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National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grants to 21 Ohio Organizations, More Than $1 Million to Ohio Arts Council

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced its spring round grant funding today, which includes $1,629,300 awarded to 21 Ohio arts organizations.

As part of the NEA’s state and regional partnership grant program, which awards federal funding to state and territorial arts agencies based on population and the merit of the agency’s work, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) received $1,174,300 for federal fiscal year 2022.

In Ohio, all federal dollars earned from the NEA by the OAC are reinvested in the arts statewide through OAC grantees to help individuals and organizations pursue artistic endeavors.

According to the NEA, the spring funding round will support the arts in areas such as cultural tourism, community revitalization, economic development, education, and health and human services.

“Through our work with state and regional partners, the National Endowment for the Arts can extend its impact, reaching even more communities throughout the nation, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies.”

“We thank the National Endowment for the Arts for empowering the Ohio Arts Council to continue to invest in a strong, resilient Ohio arts sector,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “We are proud that every federal dollar received by the OAC is reinvested directly in our grantees, providing a great return for Ohio and supporting public funding for the arts.”

A complete list of Ohio NEA grant recipients in this funding cycle follows, alphabetized by city:


  • Ohio Arts Council: $1,174,300


  • National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron: $20,000

Chagrin Falls

  • Chagrin Documentary Film Festival: $10,000


  • ArtsWave: $50,000
  • Cincinnati Art Museum: $40,000
  • Lynx Project: $15,000
  • Mutual Dance Theatre: $25,000
  • Taft Museum of Art: $40,000
  • Wave Pool Corp.: $20,000


  • ChamberFest Cleveland: $10,000
  • Cleveland Classical Guitary Society, Inc.: $25,000
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, Inc. (CIFF): $15,000
  • Literary Cleveland: $12,000
  • Morgan Conservatory: $15,000
  • The Dancing Wheels Company and School: $25,000


  • Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab: $10,000
  • Jazz Arts Group of Columbus: $15,000
  • Wexner Center for the Arts: $20,000


  • Culture Works: $50,000


  • Kent State University Main Campus: $18,000


  • Miami University: $20,000

To see a full list of all grants awarded to all states or U.S. jurisdictions during the NEA’s FY 2022 spring grant announcement, click here.

For more information about the National Endowment for the Arts’ grant programs, 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 Arts Endowment 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 Justin Nigro, operations & public affairs director

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