Artist Bio for James Arter

James Arter is a talented, enthusiastic visual artist and has been a tireless advocate for the health, welfare, safety and creativity of children for the past 25 years. He was active in the Greater Columbus Arts Council's Artists-In-Schools program from 1988 to 1998 as a presenting artist and in training of new artists as they entered the program. Jim is one of the original designers of "Art for Life", an art auction that benefits the Columbus Aids Task Force, and has been a contributing artist since the first auction in 1989. Jim received the 2004 "Director's Award" from the CATF.

In 1992, Mr. Arter began a two-year residency at the Sullivant Gardens Recreation Center on the west side of Columbus. Working with a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and with collaboration from the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Mr. Arter pioneered an after-school arts & public safety program for at-risk children in a high-crime neighborhood. He worked alone on site two days per week and on Saturdays with visiting artists. This program became the prototype for Children of the Future (COF). Mr. Arter is co-founder of the COF AmeriCorps program, which began in 1995.

In 1995 and 1996, Mr. Arter served as an AmeriCorps artist-member in the Children of the Future program, working with a team to provide daily, year-round arts activities for children. In 1996 the Children of the Future program was awarded the "American Canvas Model Project Award" presented by Jane Alexander from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1997, Mr. Arter was hired as an Artist Leader with Children of the Future, providing programming two days per week and assisting with many aspects of member training and program outreach. In 1999, Mr. Arter joined the GCAC staff as Associate Artist for the Community Arts Education Program. The Greater Columbus Arts Council's Children of the Future program was selected by the United States Conference of Mayors and Americans for the Arts to receive the "2003 Government Leadership in the Arts Award in the category of Excellence in Arts Programs for Youth", the ceremony was held in Washington D.C.

Jim is the recipient of the 2009 Ohio Art League Centennial Anniversary Honoree, in recognition of 100 People for their outstanding contributions in support of the visual arts in Ohio. 2009 "Forte Award" from the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus "for an individual whose life has been dedicated to the arts and to making the community a better place for all to live and work". 2007 Columbus Aids Task Force's "Critic's Choice Award" for his "Standing Gum Wrapper" sculpture, the "South Side Settlement House 2005 Arts Freedom Award" awarded to "those who have utilized their talents to elevate the human condition through art.", the "2004 Governor's Award for Arts in Education for the State of Ohio", the 2004 "Director's Award" from the Columbus Aids Task Force, the 2000 Ohio Art League's "Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award", and the "Honored Artist Award" from the Arts Foundation of Old Town for his "dedicated and untiring efforts to better the community through the arts." Jim tries to live the motto…"Grow wherever you are planted".


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