Arts Council to Award Laurel to Griffith

September 25th, 2013 by CCAD News
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By Anne Saker

President Dennison W. Griffith, who is stepping down in June, gets an award next month from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

President Dennison W. Griffith

Celebrating Dennison W. Griffith’s 15 years of leading CCAD, the Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees has voted to confer on him the 2013 Community Arts Partnership Award.

Griffith, who announced last month that he is retiring in June, will receive the award Oct. 17 at the council’s 30th annual awards luncheon at COSI.

A GCAC statement Thursday called Griffith “a tireless cheerleader for the arts in Central Ohio” who “has long demonstrated the fact that artists often use their creative talents to improve their communities. Griffith is the epitome of the artist citizen.”

Griffith has been at the center of artistic life in Columbus for more than 35 years. Before becoming president of CCAD, he spent a decade in the administrative leadership at Columbus Museum of Art.

The campus has doubled in size in Griffith’s tenure. CCAD’s reach has spread deep into the community. And Griffith oversaw the launch of The MindMarket, an incubator at CCAD for creative entrepreneurship.

The awards recognize the community’s contribution to the arts, from commerce, academia and other realms. Each year, three businesses and three people are recognized for supporting the arts. Proceeds from the event benefit community arts projects and education in Columbus.



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