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12 Ohio Arts Organizations Receive American Rescue Plan Grants from The National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded 12 grants totaling $1,450,000 to Ohio arts organizations as part of coronavirus (COVID-19) relief funding made possible by the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

The NEA, an independent federal agency supporting the United States’ arts sector, received $135 million in COVID-19 relief funding when the ARP was signed into law by President Joe Biden in March 2021.

A Thursday media release announcing the federal grants marked the third installment of ARP funding overseen by the NEA. In April 2021, the NEA had allocated $52 million to 62 state, jurisdictional, and regional arts organizations. In November 2021, the agency allocated $20.2 million to 66 local arts agencies, who then sub-granted this funding to local artists and arts organizations.

Nationally, 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington. D.C., have been recommended by the NEA to receive funding totaling $57,750,000 in this third funding round.

“Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations rebuild and reopen,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA, in the release. “The arts are crucial to helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”

In Ohio, ARP grant amounts ranged from $50,000 to $150,000. Organizations “may use this funding to save jobs, and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation,” the release stated.

Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins expressed gratitude for the NEA’s ongoing support for the arts and culture sector as organizations and artists take steps to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.

“On behalf of the Ohio Arts Council, we congratulate award recipients for bringing nearly $1.5 million in federal funding to Ohio through the American Rescue Plan,” Collins said. “Ohio’s arts sector is strong, forward-looking, and resilient, ready to spur economic growth and put these funds to work.”

A list of Ohio organizations receiving ARP funding follows:


  • Canton Museum of Art | $150,000


  • Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati | $50,000


  • Cleveland International Film Festival | $150,000
  • Karamu House | $150,000
  • The Dancing Wheels Company & School | $100,000


  • Gateway Film Foundation | $150,000
  • Lincoln Theatre Association | $100,000
  • Marion Voices Folklife + Oral History | $50,000
  • Wexner Center for the Arts | $150,000


  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company | $150,000


  • Renaissance Performing Arts Association | $100,000


  • Toledo Museum of Art | $150,000

For more information about the NEA, visit


Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the National Endowment for the Arts supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at


Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist

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