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State Funding

Ohio Citizens for the Arts

Ohio Citizens for the Arts is a service organization that works in tandem with the OAC. It is a 501(c)3  that was developed to “leverage funds and support for the arts and arts education statewide.” The organization offers calls to action and advocacy resources such as talking points, publications and information on the state of public funding for Ohioans.

With policymakers having significantly less money than expected for the 2018-19 fiscal year, we as arts advocates must make the case to our lawmakers for why funding the arts is vital and will help strengthen our schools, communities, and state.

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The Ohio Arts Council

The Ohio Arts Council, a state agency, has been providing grants to both individual artists and arts and cultural organizations since it was established in 1965. It provides funding to “foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio's cultural heritage." Funding for the Ohio Arts Council comes from the Ohio Legislature as part of the General Revenues Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

In addition to providing funding resources and general advice for artists and arts organizations, the Ohio Arts Council programs and manages the Riffe Gallery and administers the Percent for Art Program.

Currently the Ohio Arts Council offers several grant programs to serve the citizens of Ohio. View their website for more information.

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