PNC contributes $250,000 to Central Ohio arts organizations

Front Row: Shannon Morgan, Client and Community Relations Director, PNC; Janet Chen, Executive Director, ProMusica; Laurie Lathan, Executive Director, Thurber House; Sue Porter, Executive Director, BalletMet; Warren Hyer, Executive Director, Central Ohio Symphony; Michael Gonsiorowski, Regional President, PNC. Back Row: Larry James, President, Lincoln Theatre Association; Rex Brown, Executive Director, Glass Axis; Susan Pringle, Executive Director, Columbus Children’s Theatre; Lucy Ackley, Director of Development, Columbus Museum of Art; Jon Cook, Executive Director, McConnell Arts Center; Heather Garner, Executive Director, New Albany Symphony Orchestra; Chris Hamel, Executive Director, Gateway Film Center. (Courtesy: PNC Arts Alive)

PNC announced the company donated $250,000 to Central Ohio arts organizations Wednesday.

The $250,000 comes from the PNC Foundation through PNC Arts Alive. This was the ninth consecutive year they have donated a quarter million as part of a 10-year commitment.

PNC spokesperson Craig Friedman said in a release that the 2018 grant recipients cover a wide range of disciplines, audiences and participatory experiences from art groups of all sizes.

Friedman said Columbus Children’s Theatre, Glass Axis and Thurber House are receiving grants for the first time.

“We believe that a thriving arts community brings significant value to our economy and to all of us who live, work and play in central Ohio,” said Michael Gonsiorowski, PNC regional president for Columbus. “The programs we are able to fund through PNC Arts Alive strengthen our visual and performing arts community and create unique experiences that reach hundreds of thousands of people. We are excited about this year’s grant recipients and the new opportunities that will be created by their programs.”

The program first launched in 2010 and has provided 90 grants to local, non-profit arts groups. Friedman said the $3 million effort will continue through at least 2020.

More information about PNC Arts Alive and its Central Ohio community efforts can be found here.

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