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 2018.


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 seventh 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 Most Recent Grant Recipients

Columbus Museum of Art - Free Sundays / New CMA Grand Opening Celebration, presented by PNC Arts Alive
The highly successful CMA Free Sundays program will continue and be combined with the New CMA Grand Opening Celebration, as free admission offerings that increase accessibility to the Museum for diverse audiences. In 2014, Free Sundays served 71,000+ visitors. The Grand Opening celebration will offer the community the very best of CMA. Visitors will be invited to explore new spaces, converse with costumed artists represented in the galleries and hear about their creative processes, and practice their own creativity.
Learn More | Twitter: @ColumbusMuseum

Columbus Symphony Orchestra - CSO Community Engagement Concerts, presented by PNC Arts Alive
Engagement Concerts include the Happy Hour with the CSO series of free concerts and a new series of Access Concerts. Happy Hour concerts make live performances of symphonic masterworks accessible to everyone and include complimentary appetizers and social/networking opportunities. Access Concerts go a step beyond, introducing people with little or no experience with classical music to some of the most popular works in the orchestral repertoire, in a creative, innovative and highly accessible format with onstage commentary, interactive discussion, and themed refreshments at intermission. Both concerts are designed to appeal to Gen X and Millennial audiences.
Learn More | Twitter: @C_S_O

Decorative Arts Center - "An Ohio Childhood" - presented by PNC Arts Alive
"An Ohio Childhood" is an exhibition of images and objects made for children in Ohio from 1830 to the present. Visitors will be able to sample a variety of masterwork paintings, sculpture, studio and amateur photographs, textiles, clothing, furniture, toys and art materials by Ohio artists and manufacturers. In the galleries, iPads on stands will be cued to specific objects, such as the world's first coloring book, created in Cleveland in 1930. The interactive iPads will contain additional information and discussion questions to excite technology-savvy young people.
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Franklin Park Conservatory - Origami in the Garden
An exhibition that will tell the story of folded paper art through a collection of monumental, metal sculptures located throughout the plant biomes and interior courtyards. Each of these sculptures starts out as a paper sculpture and then is cast in metal using a special process developed by artist Kevin Box. This exhibition is a celebration of collaboration with additional paper sculptures created by world-renowned physicist, mathematician and master origami artist Dr. Robert Lang, origami artist Te Jui Fu, and papermakers Michael Lafosse and Richard Alexander. In addition to the world-class art, complementary garden vignettes will celebrate Japanese and Asian garden design. Weekend programming will teach visitors how to make simple origami sculptures while exploring aspects of Asian culture such as the tea ceremony.
Learn More | Twitter: @FPConservatory

McConnell Arts Center - PNC Arts Alive MAC Summer Music Festival
Six free concerts (two per day) are planned to take place on the lawn of the MAC. The events will take place in June (10,11,12) in conjunction with the Worthington Arts Festival and present all local talent. In addition to the concerts, Chautauqua style, free workshops and musically inspired experiences will take place during the day.
Learn More | Twitter: @WorthingtonArts

Pizzuti Collection - Pizzuti After Dark presented by PNC Arts Alive
Pizzuti After Dark is a series of casual, after-work events with music, food and craft cocktails on the first Thursday of each month in 2016. These events will be established to build a vibrant group of contemporary art enthusiasts who want to connect with art and each other in a meaningful way. This community engagement at the Pizzuti Collection will consist of a schedule of programs including social events, educational lectures and tours, and art-inspired excursions. Pizzuti After Dark will become a social laboratory, where engagement and access are entry points to cultural enrichment for a new generation of Columbus residents.
Learn More | Twitter: @PizzutiArt

Shadowbox Live - Gallery of Echoes: Columbus Public Art Experience presented by PNC Arts Alive
Gallery of Echoes: Columbus Public Art Experience is an expansion of the original artistic concept used to create the unique "meta-media" genre, Gallery of Echoes. Partnering with Greater Columbus Arts Council, Shadowbox Live will curate and fund the work of 20 local artists for the creation of a multi-disciplinary Gallery of Echoes style performance which will include public art experiences and will premiere during the 2016 Columbus Arts Festival. The artworks will be on display at the Festival with three performances of the show, "Gallery of Echoes: Columbus Public Art Experience," in the festival area. After the Festival, the art will be moved to approved locations throughout the city and "pop-up performances" will take place wherever this public art is installed.
Learn More | Twitter: @ShadowboxLive

Short North Stage - August Wilson: Creativity and the Four B's, presented by PNC Arts Alive
The August Wilson prorgams consist of a year-long experiential/artistic exercise of drama, music/dance, storytelling and the visual arts. The project will explore focus on August Wilson's work and the "Four Bs" - the blues (music), Jorge Louis Borge (storytelling), Amiri Baraka (play writing with a political edge) and Romare Bearden (visual arts/collage). These elements animated and guided August Wilson's work.
Learn More | Twitter: @ShortNorthStage


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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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