we are what we believe

 

From the beginning, we’ve focused on our mission, vision, and values, keeping our community at the core of everything we do. Start here, then scroll to down to learn more about our reasoning, our leadership, and our timeline so far.

 

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we are what we believe

OUR MISSION

the gahanna area arts council connects and enriches our community through participation in and engagement with the arts.

OUR MISSION

the gahanna area arts council connects and enriches our community through participation in and engagement with the arts.

OUR VISION & VALUES

let’s start with ‘why’

What does an Arts Council do, you ask? And who is it for?

It’s simple, really. We serve to cultivate a creative community. We create space and opportunities for creativity, we foster connections, and we develop relationships. And we’re for everyone, including you! Even if you haven’t previously considered yourself an artist before, you’re probably more creative than you think.

We firmly believe that everyone can have a meaningful connection to the Arts, and we’re willing to bet if you look through our values below, you’ll find at least one that resonates with you.

CONNECT

  • The Arts should be accessible, integrated, and inseparable from everyday life.
  • Lifelong appreciation of the Arts begins with learning opportunities and active participation.

UNDERSTAND

  • Every member of the community can be connected to the Arts in meaningful ways.

  • The Arts are a medium for thought, conversation, reaction and response.

  • Each artist brings their background and worldview to their work.

  • The Arts are often more than what may be presented.

APPRECIATE

  • New Art, in its varied forms, should be commissioned and created.

  • Sharing of skills and techniques is key to helping develop others’ abilities.

  • A lifelong love of the Arts should be nurtured in oneself as well as in others.

LOVE

  • It is the community’s duty to promote, support, and advocate for its artists.

  • The Arts help to connect us to people and cultures different from ourselves.

  • The Arts come in diverse forms and genres and are continually evolving.

  • The Arts cannot exist without the essential role of both the Artist and the Audience.

BENEFIT

  • The Arts are inherently collaborative, cultivating empathy, communication, and understanding.

  • A strong community of Artists (from all genres) makes Gahanna more inclusive and welcoming.

  • The Arts contribute to the economic surrounding region.

OUR VISION & VALUES

let’s start with ‘why’

What does an Arts Council do, you as? And who is it for?

It’s simple, really. We serve to cultivate a creative community. We create space and opportunities for creativity, we foster connections, and we develop relationships. And we’re for everyone, including you! Even if you haven’t previously considered yourself an artist before, you’re probably more creative than you think.

We firmly believe that everyone can have a meaningful connection to the Arts, and we’re willing to bet if you scroll through our values below, you’ll find at least one that resonates with you.

CONNECT

The Arts should be accessible, integrated, and inseparable from everyday life.

CONNECT

Lifelong appreciation of the Arts begins with learning opportunities and active participation.

UNDERSTAND

Every member of the community can be connected to the Arts in meaningful ways.

UNDERSTAND

The Arts are a medium for thought, conversation, reaction and response.

UNDERSTAND

Each artist brings their background and worldview to their work.

UNDERSTAND

The Arts are often more than what may be presented.

APPRECIATE

New Art, in its varied forms, should be commissioned and created.

APPRECIATE

Sharing of skills and techniques is key to helping develop others’ abilities.

APPRECIATE

A lifelong love of the Arts should be nurtured in oneself as well as in others.

BENEFIT

The Arts are inherently collaborative, cultivating empathy, communication, and understanding.

BENEFIT

A strong community of Artists (from all genres) makes Gahanna more inclusive and welcoming.

BENEFIT

The Arts contribute to the economic vitality of Gahanna and its surrounding region.

LOVE

It is the community’s duty to promote, support, and advocate for its artists.

LOVE

The Arts help to connect us to people and cultures different from ourselves.

LOVE

The Arts come in diverse forms and genres and are continually evolving.

LOVE

The Arts cannot exist without the essential role of both the Artist and the Audience.

Feeling inspired by our mission, vision, and values?

Take two minutes to support the cause.

What we believe translates into what we’re doing.

Check out our programs page to see how.

OUR LEADERSHIP

2018 board of directors

The Arts Council started out with just a few dedicated individuals, but we’ve quickly grown beyond the original Board of Directors. We’re currently made up of hundreds of your friends and neighbors, serving on program and fundraising commissions as well as day-to-day volunteers.

Mr. Kevin Dengel

President

kevin@gahannaarts.org

Mr. Bob Bowers

Vice President

bob@gahannaarts.org

Ms. Juli Hess

Secretary / Treasurer

juli@gahannaarts.org

Dr. Frederick Kauser

Governance Officer

fred@gahannaarts.org

Dr. Ronald Anderson

ron@gahannaarts.org

Mr. Lew Griffin

lew@gahannaarts.org

Ms. Maritza Nelson

maritza@gahannaarts.org

Mr. Christian Peck

christian@gahannaarts.org

Ready to join us in serving our community?

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved at every level.