The Ohio Arts Council’s free monthly webinar series provides professional development opportunities to help constituents do their work more efficiently and effectively. A complete archive of past webinars is available on the OAC’s YouTube channel

Past Webinars

Reframing Disability (May 25, 2023) 
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Navigating accessibility and inclusion work in arts and cultural spaces is challenging, yet often the most gratifying work. Join Art-Reach Director of Education Katie Samson to learn about the models of critical disability studies and how they are infused in access services and programs. We’ll identify disability etiquette, respectful language, and ways to build allyship. Whether you work in marketing, fundraising, education, building management, or administration, accessibility touches every level of the workforce. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and will come away with valuable tools to be respectful, understanding, and responsive to the needs of people with disabilities.

Statewide Call: Show Your Art at the Ohio State Fair (April 6, 2023)
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Are you ready to show your artwork in one of Ohio’s most visible art exhibitions? The Fine Arts, Creative Arts, and Youth Art Exhibitions at the Ohio State Fair are visited by thousands of attendees each year, and each exhibition offers something for all ages and abilities. Join the OAC and the Ohio State Fair & Expo Center special events team to learn about each of the competitions--important dates, events, and tips for preparing your entries for a blue-ribbon display. To submit your entries, visit

Feature Your Folklore: Funding Available through Legends & Lore Roadside Marker Program (March 23, 2023)
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Does your community have a great piece of folklore that should be shared? Join us to learn more about the Legends & Lore Roadside Marker program from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. Legends & Lore is designed to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as part of our heritage. The OAC is partnering with the Pomeroy Foundation to bring these engaging Ohio-made markers to communities across the state at no cost to successful applicants. Learn how to put together a strong application from Pomeroy Foundation representative Jodi Oaks and Krystal Luketic of the Waynesville Area Heritage and Cultural Center, recipient of Ohio’s first Legends & Lore grant.  

How to Prepare a Standout ADAP Application (March 9, 2023)
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Curious about the Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) grant application process? This workshop is for you! Join Ohio Arts Council and Art Possible Ohio staff as they discuss program eligibility, the panel review process, and support services available to applicants. You’ll also hear from past grant recipients who will share their experiences and offer guidance on writing a standout narrative and preparing a competitive application. 

Artist Opportunities: Funding to Support Professional Growth (February 23, 2023)
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Interested in learning more about the Ohio Arts Council’s new Artist Opportunities grant? Join OAC Artist Programs staff Kathy Signorino and Chaz O’Neil as they walk through the process of applying for this project support grant initiative and offer tips to help your application stand out. The Artist Opportunities grant supports Ohio artists who have opportunities that will significantly impact their professional growth or have projects that will contribute to the vitality of their community. This grant is open to artists of all disciplines, at any stage of their career, and includes all types of artistic practice. 

OAC Grants Open: What You Need to Know! This Cycle’s Guidelines/ARTIE Changes (December 15, 2022)
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Time to get your grant applications ready for the OAC’s major 2023 deadlines as they approach in February and throughout the spring! Join Ohio Arts Council Deputy Director Dan Katona and Organizational Programs Coordinator Brianna Dance as they highlight changes made to the OAC’s grantmaking Guidelines for the next funding cycle, including the addition of several new grant programs, the consolidation or sunsetting of others, and substantive changes to the grant application process. Attendees will also learn about key revisions to application forms and processes in the ARTIE online grantmaking system. These updates were made in response to constituent input, with the goal of making programs more accessible and equitable, streamlining and simplifying requirements, and improving accessibility. 

Engaging Communications: How to Attract and Keep Audiences  ​(September 15, 2022) 
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Organizations rely on audiences for support via word of mouth, partnerships, and of course, patronage. Communications that simply “push” out information overlook the essentiality of understanding these key audiences and “pulling” them in. By better identifying audience segments and building mutually beneficial relationships, organizations enjoy a base of strong, loyal, and truly engaged supporters. Join us to learn more about using audience information and insights to foster productive relationships. 

Communications that Build Momentum (August 18, 2022) ​ 
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How do you develop communications plan that does a great job of getting the job done? You follow a process that treats communications as continuous programming rather than episodic efforts.  When time is tight and resources are limited, organizations should optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of communications through key marketing strategies and practices. Join us to learn more about designing authentic communications that best distinguish your organization and motivate audiences to act. 

Virtual Forum: The Arts and the United States' 250th Anniversary​ (August 16, 2022)
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Earlier this year, state lawmakers created the Ohio Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial. Launched to help coordinate Ohio’s participation in the nation’s 250th anniversary, the Commission is charged with “planning, encouraging, developing, and coordinating the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and the impact of Ohioans on the nation’s past, present and future.” State law grants the Ohio Arts Council representation on the Commission through OAC Board Chair Ginger Warner, with support from OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. Efforts are ramping up, so now is the time to amplify the role of the arts and lend your voice to the Commission's early planning! The OAC extends a special invitation to you and your fellow arts professionals to join the Commission’s Executive Director Todd Kleismit to discuss the work of the Commission. Todd wants to hear from arts organizations--and all Ohioans--about what we hope to happen during the lead up to July 4, 2026, the nation’s 250th anniversary. 

How to Kickstart a Public Art Program in Your Community (June 23, 2022)
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Join Amanda Golden and Josh Lapp of Designing Local Ltd. for a conversation on how to kickstart public art programs in small and rural communities throughout Ohio. National experts in public art planning, Designing Local’s leaders will discuss tangible steps you can take to help your community develop a public art program. The webinar will focus on placing murals on privately owned buildings, working with community partners to fund public art projects, and thinking about how public art can be integrated in public spaces. 

A Review of Ohio's Historic Opera Houses and Theatres: Cultural History, Economic Impact, and Case Studies from Around the State (May 5, 2022)
The Ohio Arts Council is excited to partner with Heritage Ohio for an in-depth look at Ohio’s historic theatres and opera houses. We’ll begin with the cultural history and evolution of these storied institutions, then transition to stories of several rural opera houses and theatres making significant economic and cultural impact in their communities, and conclude with four case studies of successful restoration and preservation efforts from around the state. Featured case studies include the Twin City Opera House (McConnelsville), Ashland Schine’s Theatre (Ashland), Murphy Theatre (Wilmington), and St. Marys Theatre and Grand Opera House (St. Marys). 

Making an ADAP Application is Possible with Art Possible (February 17, 2022)
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Curious about the Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) grant application process? This webinar is for you. Join Ohio Arts Council and Art Possible Ohio staff as they cover program eligibility, examples of past support, application deadlines, the panel review process, support services available to applicants, and more.

The Business of Art: Accounting Principles for Artists and Arts Organizations (January 27, 2022)
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Join us for an exploration of trusted accounting principles and best practices for artists and arts organizations. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of tax basics for gig economy workers, resources for independent contractors (1099s, retirement planning), the importance of working with an accountant, and more.

Call for Curatorial Proposals Informational Session (November 16, 2021)
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Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery Director Cat Sheridan and Erika Hess, painter, curator, and host of the podcast “I Like Your Work,” cover all you need to know about the OAC Riffe Gallery’s Call for Curatorial Proposals. From how to craft a competitive submission to what to expect should your proposal be selected, Cat and Erika will offer guidance on navigating the process from start to finish.

Unlock Your Community Genius (October 5, 2021)
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Tune in to find out how the Ohio Arts Council and the AIR Institute are working together to improve connectivity within communities and lay the groundwork for building nimble creative economies. In this webinar you’ll learn more about the programming, whether you’re a good fit to become a facilitator, and whether your community is ready to host and implement these workshops that will help you thrive.

Best Practices for Accessible Virtual and Hybrid Programming (August 26, 2021)
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Tune in to learn best practices for inclusive and accessible virtual and hybrid programming from Molly Cairney and Megan Fitze of Art Possible Ohio. In this webinar, Molly and Megan will share successes and failures they’ve experienced in hosting and attending various virtual programs over the past 16 months, such as classroom education, public workshops and panels, professional development trainings, and online webinars. They’ll also discuss best practices for event marketing to ensure inclusivity and accessibility from start to finish.

Engagement Orientation: Empowering Your Staff to Build Community (August 5, 2021)
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Employee engagement is critical to an organization’s success. How do you foster an environment where staff and volunteers feel empowered, purposeful, and connected to their work? Engagement Orientation is a strategy that embeds staff and community engagement into organizational decision-making practices. This webinar will demonstrate strategies for arts organizations to better understand what motivates staff and volunteers; and how to leverage that engagement to build meaningful relationships with community members, funders, and audiences.

Public Funding Resources with the NEA and OAC  (July 22, 2021)
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The National Endowment for the Arts has released guidelines and application materials for two programs to distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds as well as resources for applicants. These programs are open to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and local arts agencies, regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past. This is a change from previous emergency funding requirements at the NEA and significantly expands access to federal funds for the arts and culture sector. Join staff from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) to learn about the new ARP funding as well as other grants and resources available from your national- and state-level public funders of the arts.

Assembling a Competitive Governor's Awards Nomination (Part II) (July 13, 2021)
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When it comes to assembling a stand-out Governor’s Award nomination, storytelling is key. So how do you encapsulate a nominee’s passion, dedication, and impact in an 800-word narrative and five support letters? Join us for a panel discussion with successful nominators of Governor’s Awards past. Panelists will reflect on the experience of coordinating a nomination and offer advice on establishing a strong narrative, enlisting a diversity of voices for support letters, and more.

Assembling a Competitive Governor's Awards Nomination (Part I) (July 8, 2021)
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Ohio Arts Council Communications Strategists Katie Monahan and Amanda Etchison cover all you need to know about the Governor's Awards for the Arts. From crafting a competitive application to getting acquainted with the new online nomination form, they share tips and tricks to help guide you through the Governor's Awards nomination process from start to finish.

Individual Excellence Awards: What to Know Before You Apply (June 16, 2021)
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Interested in applying for an Individual Excellence Award but not sure where to start? Join OAC Artist Programs/Percent for Art team members Kathy Signorino and Katie Davis as they take the guesswork out of the application process and offer strategies for crafting a stand-out submission for this longstanding OAC grant program. This webinar is geared towards our writers, choreographers, and music composers. Kathy and Katie will show you how to: review the program guidelines, structure a well-thought-out narrative, identify strong support materials, and navigate ARTIE, the OAC’s online grant system. Tune in to ensure you have the necessary information to hit “submit” with confidence.

Budgeting for Bronze: Understanding Design and Maintenance Needs for Public Art  (May 20, 2021)
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Public art must withstand a variety of elements. Whether it’s bad weather, heavy pollution, or adoring crowds, regular upkeep is crucial to ensure healthy, long-lasting collections, but so is making informed decisions on materials, location, installation, and maintenance planning while still in the design phase. Whether you’re an artist or a collections manager, a public art advocate or a city official, join us to discuss material design, failure issues to anticipate and avoid, artwork assessment and maintenance, and the importance of documentation and recordkeeping. 

Expand Your Network, Advance Your Career: Resources for Performing Arts Professionals (April 15, 2021)
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Interested in making meaningful connections within Ohio’s performing arts scene, but not sure where to start? The Ohio Arts Professionals Network (OAPN) is here to help! Join Jessica Rosenblatt (executive director) and Gary Minyard (board president) of OAPN as they discuss the many resources and opportunities the organization offers for Ohio’s performing artists and presenting organizations.

The Business of Art: Legal Principles for Artists and Arts Organizations (February 18, 2021)
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Join us in an exploration of trusted legal principles and practicalities geared toward artists and arts organizations. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of arts-centric agreements, intellectual property rights, organizational legal counsel, and more. Whether you're just starting out or are a seasoned pro in need of a refresher, there's something in this webinar for everyone. 

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (January 28, 2021)
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Thinking about applying for a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant or just want to learn more about the program? Master artists and past grantees Elaina Hernandez and Talcon Quinn join our Individual Artist Programs staff to discuss the process of planning an apprenticeship, crafting a strong application, and adapting work plans in the face of adversity. 

Going Virtual: Moving Work and Programming Online (November 12, 2020)
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Explore new technology and techniques to help rethink your daily work and programming using virtual spaces. Tune in for in-depth training on the latest Zoom functionality and case studies for moving meetings, workshops, fundraising, community events, and performances online. 

Public Funding Resources: An NEA and OAC Convening (August 12, 2020)
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Join staff from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) to learn about grants and other resources available from your national- and state-level public funders of the arts. 

Level Up: Best Practices for Today's Visual Artist (July 8, 2020)
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You have the skill. You have the desire. Why is it such a struggle to get your work out into the world? Tune in to hear Riffe Gallery Director Cat Sheridan and Individual Artist Programs Coordinator Katie Davis discuss best practices for artists looking to break into the professional art realm. Topics covered include writing an artist statement, growing your community connections, and getting your work seen. 

Programs and Resources for Ohio Folk and Traditional Artists (June 17, 2020)
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Traditional music and dance, handicraft – whatever your folk art, this webinar is for you! Kathy Signorino, director of Artist Programs, and Cristina Benedetti, folk and traditional arts contractor, will walk you through the process of applying for an OAC Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant and nominating someone for the Ohio Heritage Fellowship award. Participants will also learn about additional OAC resources available to practitioners working with arts and cultural organizations and in K-12 education around the state. 

Ohio's Historic Architectural Styles (May 28, 2020)
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Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month by discovering the richness and diversity of Ohio’s architecture. The story of Ohio, from early settlement, through industrial expansion, to modern times, is reflected in its landmark buildings, urban centers, small towns, and the work of specific architects and builders. This webinar will introduce broad architectural trends and characteristics of specific styles examined within the context of 19th and 20th century Ohio. 

Individual Excellence Awards: 5 Things to Know Before You Apply (May 27, 2020)
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Interested in applying for an Individual Excellence Award but not sure where to start? Join OAC Artist Programs/Percent for Art team members Kathy Signorino and Katie Davis as they take the guesswork out of the application process and offer strategies for crafting a stand-out submission for this longstanding grant program. 

Budgeting During a Global Pandemic (May 20, 2020)
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We know financial planning is hard right now – but, in truth, it’s never easy! Now more than ever, budget management is critical to navigating our changing world – and it’s okay to ask for help! Join fiscal expert Elaine Grogan Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts as she reviews scenarios to help organizations and individuals plan for the ongoing pandemic and the eventual recovery.

FY 2020 Final Report Guidance (April 17, 2020)
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During these uncertain times, sustaining your work is more important than ever, and we know there are ways we can help. Accordingly, the OAC is adjusting reporting requirements in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that may affect your organization, particularly if it has postponed or canceled events in response to the pandemic. Join OAC Deputy Director Dan Katona and Investment Director Dia Foley as they describe changes to FY 2020 Final Reports, designed to assist organizations in navigating these challenges. We will also preview the agency’s approach to managing fluctuations in state and federal funding that lie ahead.


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