National Endowment for the Arts Awards More Than $1.2M to Ohio Recipients


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – June 14, 2017

 A total of $1,275,500 will be awarded through 19 grants to various arts-related organizations in Ohio, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced Wednesday.

Of the grants distributed during the NEA’s spring funding cycle, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) will receive $965,500 to help support arts initiatives throughout the state. This is the eighth year in a row that the OAC has earned the second-highest partnership agreement grant, securing more NEA funding than larger states including Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

 “Ohioans should be proud that the Ohio Arts Council has brought home the second-largest NEA grant for eight straight years,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “The OAC puts every federal dollar it receives right to work in communities throughout our state, directly investing in our economy.”

 California is once again the only state that received a partnership agreement grant that exceeds Ohio’s.

 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.

 “The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the ones in Ohio offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

 A complete list of Ohio NEA grant recipients follows:


  • Ohio Arts Council: $965,500


  • Northeast Ohio Center for Choreography: $10,000


  • Mam-Luft and Company Dance, Inc. (aka MamLuft&Co. Dance): $10,000
  • Mayerson Foundation: $25,000


  • GroundWorks Dancetheater: $10,000
  • Professional Flair, Inc. (aka The Dancing Wheels Company & School): $10,000
  • The Sculpture Center: $15,000


  • ShadoArt Productions, Inc. (aka Shadowbox Live): $10,000
  • Wexner Center Foundation (aka Wexner Center for the Arts) – Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works: $35,000
  • Wexner Center Foundation (aka Wexner Center for the Arts) – Media Arts: $25,000


  •  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance: $10,000


  • Shakespeare Theatre Association: $15,000

 Shaker Heights

  • City of Shaker Heights: $50,000


  • Heidelberg University: $15,000


  • Toledo Opera Association (aka Toledo Opera): $10,000

University Heights

  • ChamberFest Cleveland: $10,000


  • Fine Arts Association Willoughby: $10,000

 Yellow Springs

  • Community Media Productions Group Inc.: $30,000


  • Mad River Theater Works: $10,000


For additional detail on NEA grants in Ohio in this funding round, click here.

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts—both new and established—bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education.

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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