Dublin Arts Council Mission Statement

Dublin Arts Council engages the community, cultivates creativity and fosters life-long learning through the arts.

Dublin Arts Council History

Dublin Arts Council began in 1983 as an ad-hoc committee to bring the Columbus Symphony Orchestra to the dedication of Scioto Park. The success of this activity encouraged the committee to form Dublin Arts Council.

Dublin Arts Council administers the internationally recognized Dublin Art in Public Places program, curates an on-site year-round Visual Arts Series in the only gallery of its kind in Dublin, hosts classes and workshops for all ages, hosts summer ARTcamps for children, and further supports the community through annual Community Arts Grants to Dublin-based nonprofit arts organizations. Dublin Arts Council has presented the popular summer DAC Sundays at Scioto concert series each year since the organization’s founding in 1983.

Dublin Arts Council Funding

DAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supported in part by an annual endowment from the City of Dublin’s hotel/motel tax and the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), which helps fund Dublin Arts Council and its programs with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DAC is further supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, fundraising events, membership, classes, gift shop sales and in-kind contributions.

Through the valuable participation of our contributors that we are able to strengthen our community through the arts. Every dollar received is vitally important to us and enables us to better serve our mission.

Awards and Recognition

Dublin Arts Council has received numerous distinctions recognizing programmatic excellence. Recent accolades include:

  • The Riverboxes program – where public art meets geocaching and letterboxing – received a 2008 Award of Excellence from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.
  • Field of Corn (with Osage Oranges) by Columbus sculptor Malcolm Cochran has received “Best of Columbus” honors by readers of Columbus Monthly magazine each year of its nomination since 2008, including four #1 awards as best public artwork in central Ohio.
  • Dublin Arts Council was the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Invitational Grant awards for Titration III: Rock, Paper, Sculpture (2009-2010) and the Dublin Art in Public Places Cell Phone Tour (2012).
  • Dublin Arts Council received a 2010 “Living the Irish Attitude” award from the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau for creation of the Dublin Arts Council Gift Shop Celtic Corner.
  • The Dublin Art in Public Places cell phone tour and Riverboxes program received the 2013 Groundworks Group CreativITy award for using technology in innovative ways to advance mission.
  • The Shifting Perspectives exhibition series received the 2013 Commitment to Excellence award from Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio and was a 2013 statewide finalist for the Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award from the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations.
  • In 2013, the Dublin Art in Public Places collection was the first public art tour in the state of Ohio to be included in the international CultureNOW “Museum Without Walls” project database and mobile applications.
  • The Dublin Art in Public Places program was named “Best Suburban Public Art program” in central Ohio by readers of CityScene magazine in 2013 and 2014.
  • The Dublin Arts Council gallery received back-to-back “Best of the ‘Bus” awards in 2014 and 2015 as Best Art Gallery from the central Ohio readers of CityScene magazine.
  • In 2014, the Dublin Art in Public Places collection became the largest collection in the state of Ohio to be featured in the Public Art Archive database, an online and mobile accessible catalog of public artworks worldwide.
  • Dublin’s public art is the only collection in the state to be included in the augmented reality GPS-enabled mobile app Wherigo. 23 artworks are included in the 20-stage game. (2014)
  • Dublin Arts Council has received a PNC Arts Alive Year Five Grant Award to curate and present the socially-focused exhibition Alfred Tibor: Hatred Doesn’t Work in 2015.
  • Dublin Arts Council was nominated for a 2015 Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio for Community Development and Participation.