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


For the ninth 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 2018 Grant Recipients

BalletMet | Winter 2019
BalletMet’s “Dance2U” program will innovate access to ballet by expanding community performances through BalletMet 2, the organization’s second company of ambassadors. Ballet performances will be offered in 5-7 non-traditional community sites and in three underserved school settings.
Learn More | Twitter: @BalletMet

Central Ohio Symphony | April 2019
Local Focus is a new work by the Central Ohio Symphony that will feature elements of film photography and new music composition. The project will also include a series of pre-concert events to engage audiences. In addition to these outreach events, the concert itself will include four world premiere commissions, three in music and one in film. 
Learn More | Twitter: @centralohiosym

Columbus Children’s Theatre | Winter and Spring 2019
Columbus Children’s Theatre will offer performances specifically to help underserved audiences experience the magic of theater. CCT will offer six Mainstage performances and one Theatre for the Very Young show under the all access pass. Special programming elements include sensory-friendly performances, which provide a welcoming performing arts experience to children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. 
Learn More | Twitter: @CCTColumbus

Columbus Museum of Art| Monthly throughout 2019
Think Like an Artist days will be held at the Museum on the first Thursday evening of every month throughout 2019. Each TLaA Thursday will include a local creative partner, a local beverage partner and a local music partner to help engage new and more diverse audiences looking for more of an enhanced and hand-on Museum experience.
Learn More | Twitter: @columbusmuseum

Glass Axis| Winter 2019
Fantastical Creatures combines the creativity of children with the skills of professional artists. Glass Axis will partner with several local schools during the year, working with students to draw imaginary creatures and to write stories about these fantasy beasts. Glass Axis will pick several drawings and stories and “bring the fantasy to life” by creating 3-D glass models of the creatures.
Learn More | Twitter: @glassaxis

McConnell Arts Center | Spring and Fall 2019
This program will provide music fans with the opportunity to see the latest live music in Columbus without having to stay out late. The series will be offered free of charge, encouraging attendance from a variety of socio-economic levels and introducing a way to stay connected to the music scene that better fits within busy lifestyles.
Learn More | Twitter: @worthingtonarts

New Albany Symphony Orchestra | Spring, Summer and Fall 2019
New Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform 12 on-location chamber concerts within the New Albany Community in addition to in-theatre performances that will be sensory-friendly. Patrons will be able to catch NASO musicians performing at several community-based pop-up locations throughout New Albany as well as at locations such as the James Cancer Hospital.
Learn More | Twitter: @NASymphony

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra | Spring, Summer and Fall 2019
The ProMusica Sessions series will include six performances in restaurants, breweries and bars throughout the city of Columbus. Each concert will consist of two components: a half-hour of traditional classical music, followed by a half-hour of classical variations on either rock, hip-hop, tango, or cinematic pieces.
Learn More | Twitter: @ProMusica_Ohio

Thurber House | December 2019
Thurber House will celebrate its 35th anniversary and James Thurber’s 125th birthday in a community-wide celebration: The Year of Thurber. Programming will expand promote Thurber's work and feature numerous community engagement activities as well as a star-studded community-wide affair to celebrate the Thurber Prize for American Humor awards ceremony along with the annual Thurber Birthday gala.
Learn More | Twitter: @thurberhouse


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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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