Columbus Arts Festival Receives First Expy Award from Experience Columbus
For immediate releaseMarch 8, 2013
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Festival was honored with one of three 2013 EXPY Awards that were presented at the Experience Columbus annual meeting on Thursday, March 7.
In its 11th year, the Experience Columbus’ EXPY Awards program recognizes outstanding contributions by businesses, organizations or individuals whose creativity and innovation have created a vibrant and distinctive Columbus experience for visitors and residents and have propelled Columbus into the national spotlight.
Brian Ross, Experience Columbus president and Lisa Hinson, board chair noted, “This award is in recognition of the growth and success of the Columbus Arts Festival since its inception more than 50 years ago, for consistently being among the most highly acclaimed arts festivals in the nation and for its value as a tourism attraction.”
Award recipients must deliver an exceptional experience for visitors by creating a more attractive environment, providing improved access to amenities, or delivering unparalleled service to a meeting, convention or group.
Nominations are accepted each year from the public and reviewed by an executive advisory committee comprised of Experience Columbus staff and members of its board of directors. EXPY Awards are presented at the annual Experience Columbus event. Honorees over the past decade include Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, COSI, German Village, City of Dublin, the Arnold Sports Festival, Columbus Crew, Huntington Park, Pelotonia and the Columbus Museum of Art among many others.
GCAC and the Columbus Arts Festival congratulate all of the 2013 EXPY Award winners which include 200Columbus and Hilton Hotel Downtown.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to www.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visit www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2013 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are Adept Marketing, American Electric Power Foundation, Bic, Blue Moon, Clear Channel, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, FlyColumbus.com, Glazer’s, Hollywood Casino, Huntington, Jeni’s Ice Cream, La-Z-Boy, Live! Technologies, Orange Barrel Media, Sugardaddy’s and The Westin Columbus. Media sponsors include Alive, Ohio Magazine, WBNS 10TV, WOSU Public Media, CD102.5, WCBE 90.5, Mix 107.9 & Rewind 103.5/104.3.
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 and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.