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Map of Ohio divided into three color-coded regions

Ohio Arts Council Announces New Regions

The Ohio Arts Council’s (OAC) Janelle Hallett is taking on a new role as one of three organizational program coordinators thanks to the addition of a new agency staff position. Janelle will join Brianna Dance and Jim Szekacs, and together, they are your connection to the OAC.  

New coordinator map for Ohio Arts Council organizational grant programs. Click to view an enlarged PDF.OAC Deputy Director Dan Katona recently explained how each part of the state will be assigned.

“We have apportioned Ohio from two to three regions,” he said. “Janelle will serve the northeastern region of the state, while Jim will serve western and north central Ohio and Brianna will serve the central and southeastern regions.”

Applicants to the OAC’s organizational grant programs—Sustainability, Arts Access, ArtSTART, ArtsNEXT, Capacity Building, and the Artists with Disabilities Access Program—are assigned by county to coordinators. Applicants to the OAC’s individual artist and arts learning grant programs are unaffected by this change and will continue to work with their statewide coordinators.

Donna S. Collins, the OAC’s executive director, said it is an exciting time for the agency as it expands to better serve communities throughout the state.   

“We are thrilled with the addition of not one, but two new staff positions at the OAC. One is Janelle’s new position as an organizational programs coordinator, and the other is Katie Monahan, who joins the communications team to ensure we’re telling the complete story of the arts in Ohio,” she said. “It has been abundantly clear as we fund all 88 counties that opportunities abound as we serve all of Ohio through state and federal investments in the arts through the Ohio Arts Council.”

The new coordinator assignments are now in effect, and the OAC wants to hear from you. Contact Brianna, Janelle, or Jim to share the story of your great work in the arts and to learn more about the resources available through the Ohio Arts Council.

From left to right: Brianna Dance, Organizational Programs Coordinator,, 614-728-4427; Janelle Hallett, Organizational Programs Coordinator,, 614-728-4413; Jim Szekacs, Organizational Programs Coordinator, jim., 614-728-4449

For more information about the OAC’s grant programs, visit

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