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Ohio Arts Organizations Receive $525K from National Endowment for the Arts

Twenty-five Ohio arts organizations have been awarded federal funding through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works and Challenge America grant programs, the National Endowment for the Arts announced in a media release on Wednesday.

The Ohio awards total $525,000, with individual grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 to support arts programs and initiatives throughout the state.

According to the release, Art Works grants, given in a variety of arts disciplines, “support artistically excellent projects that celebrate creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity.” Challenge America grants “offer support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations that have limited access to the arts due to geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability,” the release stated.

“Ohio is full of hard-working arts organizations and creative leaders who know that meaningful arts experiences have the power to change lives,” said Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “The support of the National Endowment of the Arts is integral to empowering Ohio’s artistic visionaries to continue to excel in their work, pursue groundbreaking innovations, and share their passions. We express our heartfelt gratitude to the National Endowment for the Arts for its ongoing support of the arts in our state.”

In the release, the National Endowment for the Arts said 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million were awarded during this round of federal Fiscal Year 2020 funding. Organizations in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, were awarded arts project grants.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter in the release. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”

A list of Ohio organizations receiving National Endowment for the Arts funding follows:

  • Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati | Art Works – Musical Theatre ($10,000)
  • Cincinnati Ballet Company | Art Works – Dance ($10,000)
  • Cincinnati Opera Association | Art Works – Opera ($30,000)
  • Cincinnati Shakespeare Company | Art Works – Theatre ($15,000)
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | Art Works – Music ($40,000)
  • Kennedy Heights Art Center | Challenge America ($10,000)
  • Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra | Art Works – Music ($40,000)
  • Cleveland Institute of Music | Art Works – Music ($10,000)
  • Cleveland International Film Festival | Art Works – Media Arts ($20,000)
  • Cleveland Public Theatre | Art Works – Theatre ($15,000)
  • Cuyahoga Community College Foundation | Art Works – Dance ($15,000)
  • Cuyahoga Community College Foundation (on behalf of Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland) | Art Works – Music ($25,000)
  • DANCECleveland | Art Works – Dance ($30,000)
  • SPACES | Art Works – Visual Arts ($35,000)
  • The Cleveland Orchestra | Art Works – Music ($45,000)
  • Union Miles Development Corporation | Challenge America ($10,000)
  • West Side Community House | Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works ($15,000)
  • Zygote Press | Art Works – Visual Arts ($25,000)
  • BalletMet | Art Works – Dance ($10,000)
  • Columbus Museum of Art | Art Works – Museums ($45,000)
  • OhioDance | Art Works – Dance ($15,000)
  • Central Ohio Symphony | Challenge America ($10,000)
  • Kenyon Review | Art Works - Literary Arts ($15,000)
  • Westcott House Foundation| Art Works - Design ($20,000)
  • Mad River Theater Works | Art Works - Musical Theatre ($10,000)
To view a filterable spreadsheet with additional project details for each grant award, click here.
The National Endowment for the Arts is currently accepting applications for the next round of its Grants for Arts Projects and Challenge America programs. The application deadline for the Arts Projects category is Feb. 13, 2020, while the deadline for Challenge America is April 9, 2020.

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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.

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Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist


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