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National Endowment for the Arts Awards More Than $1 Million to Ohio Arts Council

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) has received a state and regional partnership agreement grant exceeding $1 million from the National Endowment for the Arts. This has been an agency goal for the past few funding cycles.

OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins announced the news at the 2019 Arts Day and Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio luncheon held May 15 at the Columbus Athenaeum.

The OAC will receive $1,007,950 to help support arts initiatives throughout the state. This is the fifth-highest National Endowment for the Arts grant awarded to the OAC in the agency’s 54-year history.

It also marks the 10th year in a row that Ohio has received one of the three largest grants for state arts agencies in the country from the NEA, securing more grant funding than larger states including Florida, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

 “We are always grateful for our partnership agreement grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and continued federal support of the arts in Ohio,” Collins said. “Receiving more than $1 million this year is an exciting accomplishment for the Ohio Arts Council—and a recognition of Ohio’s renowned arts organizations and artists.”

The NEA allocates grant money based on each state’s population and the merit of the work done by its state arts agency. In Ohio, all federal funding is reinvested as grants to help individuals and organizations pursue artistic endeavors.

“Every dollar we earn from the National Endowment for the Arts is invested in the arts statewide through our grantees,” Collins said. “Given the size of our award, that means more of our federal tax dollars are being put back to work and reinvested in the Buckeye State.”

In addition to the state partnership grant, the NEA also awarded a total of $403,000 in direct grants to 15 arts-related organizations in Ohio.

A complete list of Ohio NEA grant recipients in this funding cycle follows:


  • Ohio Arts Council: $1,007,950


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


  • ArtWorks: $50,000
  • Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: $10,000
  • Contemporary Arts Center: $35,000
  • The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation: $25,000


  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation: $88,000
  • GroundWorks DanceTheater: $15,000
  • Morgan Conservatory: $20,000
  • Playhouse Square Foundation: $20,000
  • The Dancing Wheels Company and School: $15,000


  • Dayton Performing Arts Alliance: $10,000


  • Toledo Museum of Art: $30,000
  • Toledo Opera Association: $10,000

West Chester

  • Women of Color Quilters Network: $40,000


  • Otterbein University: $15,000

For more information about these recipients and their projects, click here to download a complete, filterable list of awards.

To see a full list of all grants awarded to all states or U.S. jurisidctions during the NEA’s FY 2019 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 Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist

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