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GCAC’S COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL WINS FOUR 2011 PINNACLE AWARDS FROM INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS & EVENTS ASSOCIATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2011

Contact: Jami Goldstein
jgoldstein@gcac.org
(614) 221-8492

Columbus, Ohio – The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) recognized the Columbus Arts Festival on October 3, 2011 during the IFEA/Haas &Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 56th Annual Convention & Expo in Fort Worth, Texas. GCAC was presented with four awards in the prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition. Awards were won in the following categories:

Gold – Best Sponsorship Program, Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds
Silver – Best Web Site, www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org
Silver – Best New Promotion, 50th Anniversary Paint Splatter Video
Silver – Best New Event, Savor the Arts with Dine Originals

Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the 500 Festival, Indianapolis, IN; Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, TX; Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin, OH and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, CA. International contenders included Ham Pyeong Butterfly Festival, South Korea; Ludwig Van Beethoven Easter Festival, Poland; World Gourmet Summit, Singapore and Festival Lent, Slovenia.

Awards were handed out in 69 different categories including Best TV Promotion; Social Media Site, Event Program; Commemorative Poster; Overall Sponsorship Program; Environmental Program; Educational Program, Children’s Programming; Media Relations Campaign, Overall Merchandising Program; Festival & Event Management Degree Programs to the highest award reflecting the best overall festival and event in the world – the Grand Pinnacle.

“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for the outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE. “The Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments by festivals and events around the world. Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festival and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”

Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) is the Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for their continued support.

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