PNC Arts Alive

Central Ohio

PNC Arts Alive programming demonstrates that there is an artistic outlet for everyone, regardless of age, economic background, skill level and taste. Pop-up performances, mobile arts vans and the use of unusual venues are among the many initiatives supported through PNC Arts Alive and we're excited to continue to help invigorate local arts organizations in Columbus and Central Ohio, while bringing new and exciting programs to our communities.

Did You Know?

In Central Ohio, PNC Arts Alive funding has supported a number of highly regarded and award-winning productions and exhibitions. Grantees have received awards for Arts Alive programming in recognition of leadership for artistic excellence, production value and other attributes from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and other leading arts advocacy and funding organizations.

Application Information

The grant application period is now open! If you would like to apply, please follow the below steps:

  1. Complete the 2021 Application
  2. Complete the 2021 PNC Arts Alive Budget
  3. Submit the PDFs of the completed items above to CyberGrants by 5 p.m. on May 3, 2021. 

On June 18, 2021 all applicants will be notified about the status of their PNC Arts Alive grant request.

For the tenth consecutive year, PNC has contributed $250,000 to arts groups large and small in the Columbus region. The grants cover a wide range of disciplines, audiences and participatory experiences.


Meet Our 2020 Grant Recipients

Jazz Arts Group of Columbus
Jazz and The Struggle for Freedom is a concert with conversation presented by PNC Arts Alive and the Jazz Arts Group. Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Byron Stripling will lead a top-flight rhythm section and singers, as well as a conversation with Michelle Alexander, the award-winning New York Times opinion writer and author of the best-selling “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Michelle Alexander will speak with Byron on issues related to race, diversity, civil liberties, and mass incarceration with Stripling and the ensemble adding musical counterpoint through jazz, blues, R&B and gospel styles.

Website: | Twitter: @jazzartsgroup

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio
Distinctly Paramount: Fashion & Costume from the Paramount Pictures Archive, presented by PNC Arts Alive,  is a new exhibit showcasing studio-created as well as purchased fashions from Paramount Pictures’ films. Paramount Pictures has been at the forefront of defining style in motion pictures and television for over 100 years.  This exhibit is a colorful display featuring dazzling costumes from some of the studio’s most beloved movies.  The exhibit includes costumes by Edith Head along with individual pieces by Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen, and Nolan Miller. Some of these unique pieces will be displayed for the public for the very first time as part of Distinctly Paramount. 

Website: | Twitter: @DiscoverDACO

Opera Columbus
La bohème @ 400 West Rich is an innovative and completely new production that reimagines Puccini’s popular and beloved opera. The sound is La bohème and the look is Rent. The shows will be performed with orchestra in Franklinton’s 400 West Rich, a 100 year-old warehouse that has been converted into creative arts space. There will be a pre-show gallery hop with 400 West Rich artists. La bohème @ 400 West Rich will be performed over two weekends with six total performances.

Website: | Twitter: @OperaColumbus

Columbus Museum of Art
Raggin' On: Aminah Brenda Lyn Robinson’s House and Journals, on view at CMA through October 2021, invites visitors to examine the “missing pages” of history that Robinson’s work presents and marvel at her ingenious use of all types of manufactured and natural materials. Visitors experience the ambiance of Robinson’s home through her art, furnishings, and personal collections of books, canes and the works she traded with other artists. The exhibition includes never-before-seen drawings, watercolors, button-beaded books and dolls, illustrated journals, sculpture and rag paintings. A full slate of public programs for Raggin' On increases engagement and access to the arts among diverse audiences.

Website: | Twitter: @columbusmuseum

Contact Information:

General questions may be directed
by email to:

Shannon Morgan
Client & Community Relations Director

Media relations inquiries:
Craig Friedman
(614) 463-6647

Thanks to Our Community Partners
Columbus Association for the Performing Arts
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council

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