Annual Report

2016 Arts Initiative Executive Report Summary
January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016


  • The Arts Initiative served a total of 36,290 patrons at exhibitions, talks, tours, and educational programs among all Arts Initiative entities (Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery, and City Center Gallery).
  • The Arts Initiative served a total of 2,057 Ohio State students through direct experience exhibiting, performing, taking part in programming, or receiving training as part of the curricular requirements in the visual arts and performing arts degrees.
  • Urban Arts Space served 30,826 patrons at exhibitions, talks, tours, and educational programs in 2016
  •  Hopkins Hall Gallery served 5,464 patrons at exhibitions, talks, tours, and educational programs in 2016
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company Partnership and the Shakespeare and Autism Project reached 5,058 patrons
  • The Town and Gown Committee Partnerships served a minimum of 13,000 patrons in 2016.
  • The Arts Initiative in collaboration with Advancement brought in grants, individual gifts, supported exhibitions, and new gifts totaling $58,091.00.
  • The Arts Initiative worked in partnership with Department of History of Art and Department of Classics to create Blueprints for a Past Future, a series of courses in Hopkins Hall that complemented the Wexner Center for the Arts’s Leap Before You Look exhibition and offered students hands-on experience in interacting with the exhibitions building projects informed and inspired by the history of Black Mountain College, including the Erik Satie Vexations music crawl which featured 20+ music students performing the legendary composition at various locations on campus.


  • 34 total exhibitions at Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery, and City Center Gallery.
    • 21 exhibitions featured work from current Ohio State University students
    • 11 exhibitions fulfill the curricular requirements of the departments of Art, Design, Dance, and Theatre
    • 5 exhibitions featured work from university faculty, staff and alumni.
  • 584 artists exhibited at Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery and City Center Gallery.
    • 412 were current Ohio State University students.
    • 30 were current Ohio State University faculty and adjunct faculty.
    • 119 featured artists not affiliated with The Ohio State University from around the world.


  • From One and Off the Wall, two dance programs showcasing thesis work by MFA students, reached a record number of 1,380 patrons
  • Town and Gown Partnership with Opera Columbus produced Opera Goes to School, which reached 12,738 school children throughout Central Ohio its tour with 10 students from the School of Music performing in the tour.
  • 556 students attended the Department of Dance, Dance Downtown - Young People’s Concert with bus subsidies from the Arts Initiative
  • 870 Ohio State students attended performances and programs presented by the Abbey Theatre, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Columbus partnership with CAPA (Columbus Association for the Performing Arts)
  • 200 Ohio State students attended The Arts and Humanities Scholars curricular tour to Chicago

Programs and Events

  • 36,290 patrons participated in Arts Initiative free public events and programs.
  • Through many of its Town and Gown Partnerships, The Arts Initiative hosted 9 lectures (in conjunction with CAPA, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera Columbus, OSU/RSC Partnership, etc.), workshops, gallery talks and panels, 24 student-docent lead tours, 59 free educational programs and tours for children, 48 free educational programs for adults, seniors and adults with developmental disabilities, and hosted 13 public and private events from outside entities.

Marketing and PR

  • The Arts Initiative websites have an average of 131 visits per day.
  • Urban Arts Space and the Arts Initiative have a total of 4,834 Facebook followers, an 18% increase over 2015.
  • Urban Arts Space has 1,389 instagram followers, increasing 66% in the last year
  • Urban Arts Space has 886 twitter followers, increasing 14.7% in the last year
  • The Arts Initiative has 4,204 email list subscribers, a 1% increase in the last year
  • The Arts Initiative received 124 earned media placements

Town and Gown Sponsorship Opportunities

  • The Arts Initiative sponsored 19 events, including 8 strategic tables at luncheons and galas for organizations  which partner in curricular or faculty research initiatives, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club (CMC). CMC hosted a luncheon panel discussion surrounding our partnership with Abbey Theatre and CAPA and featured guests from more than a dozen organizations around the city
  • The Arts Initiative provided funds for 39 bus subsidies for transportation to children’s events
  • Urban Arts Space hosted 13 events for outside groups and other university entities.
  • As part of ASC’s partnership with CAPA, 840 Ohio State students from Arts and Sciences attended performances for little or no cost ($5.00) to Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera Columbus, and Broadway Across America performances.

 Recognition, Grants and Awards

  • Urban Arts Space was voted #1 best art gallery in the Columbus Alive annual reader’s poll for the fifth year in a row
  • Arts Initiative received the 2016 Ohio Museum Award for “Best Exhibition in the State of Ohio” for Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne
  • Columbus Metropolitan Club recognized Urban Arts Space as a sponsor for the forum entitled Abbey Theater: National Theater of Dublin on October 26, 2016.
  • Urban Arts Space invited to join the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium, as one of 16 voting members in the city of Columbus, that helps determine lobbying, strategic city planning, and development of the city’s arts and cultural entities.
  • In 2016, The Arts Initiative received the first installment of $15,591 of its four year $62,360.00 sustainability grant from Ohio Arts Council, and a $22,500 Project Support grant from Greater Columbus Arts Council to support the co-presentation of Abbey Theatre’s The Plough and the Stars with the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts.

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Five Year Progress Report

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