Governor Kasich Recommends Funding for the Arts in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Governor John R. Kasich recommended flat state funding for the arts and culture in Ohio through the release of his state budget recommendations for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

"This sustained investment in the arts and culture in Ohio will ultimately have a positive impact on the creative economy. The arts sector stands ready to continue to engage, innovate, and lead thanks to our state’s continued support,” said Donna S. Collins, executive director. 

Governor Kasich’s budget maintained the Ohio Arts Council’s (OAC) total General Revenue Fund (GRF) appropriations at approximately $14.8 million in each year of the biennium, amounting to nearly $29.6 million over the two-year period.


Specifically, the governor proposed continuing the OAC’s state subsidy (i.e., grant-making) line item at a level of $12.95 million in FY 18 and FY 19, a biennial total of $25.9 million. The governor also kept the agency’s administrative line item flat at approximately $1.8 million in each fiscal year.


Read the OAC’s talking points on the Governor’s budget for more information.

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



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