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.

Application Information

The application period is currently closed.
For information on future funding opportunities, please return in January 2019.

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.

For the eighth 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 2017 Grant Recipients

Actors' Theatre of Columbus
The Shakespeare Underground | Summer 2018
An exuberant, fun take on Shakespeare’s classic plays, this program combines elements of guerrilla street theater and traditional Elizabethan staging methods.  Shakespearian plays will be edited into 90-minute productions and audiences will be treated to new productions of a classic works performed in unique and non-traditional venues.
Learn More | Twitter: @ActorsTheatreCo

Oz Behind the Curtain | May 2018
Rather than retelling the familiar “The Wizard of Oz,” BalletMet has created an original storyline to attract audiences to this novel performing arts experience. Along with large-scale puppets, the ballet includes animated set pieces, state-of-the-art digital projections, magical costumes and a new musical score – all intended to change perspectives about ballet for first-time audiences.
Learn More | Twitter: @BalletMet

Columbus Renaissance | Fall 2018
In collaboration with the Lincoln Theatre, CATCO will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance by performing the musical SHUFFLE ALONG, which was first produced on Broadway in 1921. The project will include a digital oral history, photos and stories from the Harlem Renaissance.
Learn More | Twitter: @CATCOisTheatre

Columbus Dance Theatre
CDT@20 | October 2018
In recognition of Columbus Dance Theatre’s 20th anniversary, the Company will perform a festival concert at the Lincoln Theatre. The project will include a “video catalogue” of past works from the Company’s history. These works will be curated into four shows by a celebrity panel with input from the public via online voting.
Learn More | Twitter: @ColDanceTheatre

Columbus Museum of Art
I Too Sing of America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 | October 2018
“I Too Sing of America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100,” is an original exhibition curated by Columbus native and highly acclaimed writer Wil Haygood. The exhibition will include a selection of books, sheet music, and print ephemera from the period will showcase the innovative and expansive cultural output produced in Harlem during this unforgettable epoch of American history. Dedicated, immersive spaces will enhance the visitors’ experience.
Learn More | Twitter: @ColumbusMuseum

Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Summer Night Music | Summer 2018
Summer Night Music is a new series of classical music summer concerts that will be performed in the Southern and Lincoln Theaters as well as other suburban venues. The series will offer works by composers such as Mozart, Schubert, and Dvořák and will provide opportunities for diverse new audiences to experience the joy and enrichment of some of the world’s greatest music in communities throughout central Ohio.
Learn More | Twitter: @C_S_O

King Arts Complex
MLK 50 Years Later | April 2018
A citywide arts celebration will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2018. Programming will include panel discussions, writing seminars, theatrical productions, keynote presentations, photography exhibitions and musical tributes. Attendees will be able to share and record their personal stories through interactive video testimonial booths at each event. These vignettes will be edited into a documentary film by students from the Columbus College of Art and Design.
Learn More | Twitter: @KingArtsComplex

Opera Columbus
Orphée: A New Opera Experience | April 2018
In this new production, Opera Columbus will take a radical step forward from a traditional operatic production, to produce a work that interprets what Gluck (1714-1787) could have done if he had access to 21st century technology. This inventive production will blend the traditional with the avant garde, integrating a respectful approach to Baroque performance with the 21st century digital cutting edge, creating a modern spectacle that will appeal to new, younger audiences and experienced opera-goers alike.
Learn More | Twitter: @OperaColumbus

Shadowbox Live
Dream | January 2018
Shadowbox Live will produce a conceptual theater experience celebrating the societal revolution that was the American Civil Rights Era. Simple moments of poetry and spoken word will be woven around powerful vignettes and dance-theater pieces that resurrect pivotal moments of the movement.
Learn More | Twitter: @ShadowboxLive


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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