The Columbus Foundation named CCAD President Denny Griffith the 2014 winner of the Spirit of Columbus Award at an event held on April 17.
The Spirit of Columbus Award, known as the “Jerries” in honor of aviator Jerrie Mock, was established in 2013 and recognizes individuals who have exhibited exemplary community spirit through their accomplishments.
“Denny’s transformation of CCAD clearly exemplifies what the Spirit of Columbus is, and his contributions will for many years positively affect our city and beyond,” said Douglas F. Kridler, president and CEO of the Columbus Foundation. “He is, and lives, our community brand of smart and open.”
After receiving the award, a bronze maquette of the new Jerrie Mock sculpture at Port Columbus International Airport, from Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Griffith said, “Thank you for believing in the power of CCAD to incubate talent and shape culture and commerce in Columbus.”
Griffith was also given a $5,000 grant to award to a nonprofit from PowerPhilanthropy®, the Foundation’s online marketplace. Griffith chose the CCAD Creative Excellence Fund, which provides grants to high-performing, high-financial-need students.
Established in 1943, the Columbus Foundation is a philanthropic advisor and the seventh largest community foundation in the United States.
Griffith was also recently recognized by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) with the distinction of “fellow” for his many years of service to the association.
The award will be presented during the October 2014 NASAD annual meeting in Minneapolis.
NASAD is the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines. Made up of approximately 323 schools, the association produces statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of art and design schools, and engages in policy analysis.
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