(Columbus, May 15, 2017)  — PNC Bank representatives will reveal the program’s newest grant recipients during an event on May 16 at 10 a.m. at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC).

“PNC is our facility’s longtime banking partner. We are excited to host the PNC Arts Alive grant recipient celebration in our newly constructed north atrium as we near the July completion of our facility’s $140 million expansion and renovation,” said GCCC General Manager John Page. “Just as we are expanding the size of our facility, PNC is expanding its significant impact upon the local arts scene.”

Nine local arts organizations will receive grants totaling $250,000 during Tuesday’s event, which will feature announcements of the grantees and entertainment by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s Play Us Forward program.  A tour of the GCCC’s art collection led by curator and art consultant Michael Reese will commence following the program.

“The GCCC complex includes the largest contemporary collection of Franklin County art, which makes this location a natural backdrop for the announcement of our newest PNC Arts Alive grantees,” said Michael Gonsiorowski, PNC Bank regional president for Columbus.  “This is the eighth round of grants in the multiyear PNC Arts Alive initiative, a $3 million effort to expand the reach and economic impact of arts programs in central Ohio.”

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from the PNC Financial Services Group, supports a variety of non-profit organizations, particularly groups striving to achieve sustainability, engage a diverse population and promote early childhood education and economic development. The PNC Arts Alive program was created in 2009 to support local audience participation and engagement of the community visual and performing arts organizations.  Since the program’s inception, PNC has awarded about $13 million in grants in the central Ohio, Philadelphia, New Jersey and greater St. Louis areas.   Central Ohio has received $2.25 million to support 28 arts organizations within a 14-county region.