Ohio Arts Council Earns Second Highest Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for Sixth Consecutive Year

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by Ohio Arts Council's Staff


May 6, 2015


Justin Nigro



Columbus, OH--For the sixth year in a row, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) has earned the second highest state partnership agreement grant in the nation from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

The grant totals $952,000 and reflects a slight increase from the prior fiscal years grant of $949,700. Awards are based on state population and the competitive nature of the work done by each states arts council. As in recent past years, only California's award exceeds Ohio's, while Ohio outpaced larger states including Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

"Artists, arts organizations, and citizens across our state should be proud that Ohio continues to punch above its weight and merit national recognition for its excellence in the arts," said Donna S. Collins, OAC executive director.

Continuing temporary law in Ohio's state operating budget ensures that virtually all NEA funding is dedicated to grants for individuals and organizations. "The OAC's NEA grant is invested in nonprofit arts groups, individual artists, schools, and ultimately the people they serve," Collins added.

State partnership agreement grants allow the NEA to extend its reach to every community in America, translating national leadership into local, state, and regional benefit. NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States including in Ohio. Funding these new projects represents a significant investment in local communities and the creative vitality of Ohio."

"As we celebrate fifty years of public funding for arts and culture in Ohio this year, we are grateful for the significant, continuing investment by the National Endowment for the Arts in the Ohio Arts Council," Collins concluded.

In addition to the grant award to the OAC, the NEA announced 18 additional grants totaling $447,000 for arts-related organizations throughout Ohio. Overall, Ohio will receive almost $1.4 million in NEA grants in the spring funding cycle.

NEA grant recipients are listed below by city:


  • Ohio Arts Council: $952,000


  • Cincinnati Arts Association: $15,000
  • Contemporary Arts Center: $50,000
  • Mayerson Foundation: $27,000


  • Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (formerly YA of Northeast Ohio): $10,000
  • GroundWorks Dancetheatre: $20,000
  • L.A.N.D. studio, Inc.: $50,000
  • The Dancing Wheels Company & School (aka Professional Flair, Inc.): $15,000

Cleveland Heights

  • Apollo's Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra: $35,000


  • American Folklore Society, Inc.: $55,000
  • Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA): $20,000
  • Columbus Museum of Art: $35,000
  • The Ohio State University: $15,000
  • Shadowbox Live (aka ShadoArt Productions, Inc.): $20,000


  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (aka Dayton Contemporary Dance Guild, Inc.): $15,000


  • Shakespeare Theatre Association: $15,000


  • Arts Commission of Greater Toledo: $20,000

Yellow Springs

  • YS Kids Playhouse (aka YSKP): $10,000


  • Mad River Theater Works: $20,000

All total, the NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in its spring funding round.

For the complete list of NEA grants in Ohio this funding round with additional description, click here.

For the complete NEA press release, click here.

For the complete list of all NEA grants this funding round, click here.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015.

About the National Endowment for the Arts:

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts--both new and established--bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education.

About the Ohio Arts Council:

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

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