About the Council


The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.


Providing leadership and voice for the arts to transform people and communities.


The Ohio Arts Council was created in 1965 to foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio's cultural heritage. With funds from the Ohio Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the OAC provides financial assistance to artists and arts organizations. The Council accomplishes this charge in two primary methods; first, through the various grant funding programs that the Council operates to provide support to artists and to make arts activities available to a broad segment of Ohio's public; and secondly, by providing services that help to enhance the growth of the arts. 


State Arts Plan 2020  was created in response to the needs of everyday Ohioans. Four goals: INVEST, ENGAGE, INNOVATE, and LEAD underpin the plan, guiding program prioritization and resource deployment. Informed by focus groups, one-on-one interviews, site visits to organizations and communities, and a statewide survey of all 88 counties--State Arts Plan 2020 serves as the foundation for the agency's future. 

The Ohio Arts Council's latest Biennial Report documents accomplishments achieved, grants issued, OAC Riffe Gallery exhibitions held, and Percent for Art projects completed for the previous biennium.

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State Arts Plan

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