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Create a Competitive Grant Application: Winning Strategies & Best Practices

Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Free OAC webinar.

Curious about ways to strengthen your Ohio Arts Council (OAC) grant application to increase the chances of connecting with a review panel? During this webinar, the program experts at the OAC will discuss grant programs available for organizations, updates on changes to this year’s Guidelines, and tips that can give your application an edge.

This webinar will offer a useful compendium of knowledge, observations from past panel reviews, and suggestions based on successful OAC grant applications. Designed to benefit large, mid-sized, and small organizations seeking funding for general, start-up, or operating support—as well as funding for innovative opportunities, arts explorations with an educational focus, and professional development. New applicants and longstanding grantees, alike, will gain new insights into maximizing support from the OAC.


Program Experts


BRIANNA DANCE | Organizational Programs Coordinator

Brianna Dance has administered state funding to arts institutions for the past six years. She joined the Ohio Arts Council in 2013, and currently coordinates grant programs for organizations based in central and eastern Ohio. In her role, she advises and provides assistance to organizations interested in applying—and those who have received—OAC funding and coordinates the peer review panel process. Previously, she worked at the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission and also served in communication and exhibition roles at the Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus. Brianna is a 2012 fellow of the Jefferson Center's Next Generation of Leaders in the Arts program. She graduated with distinction from The Ohio State University, where she studied sculpture and philosophy.

CHIQUITA MULLINS LEE | Arts Learning Coordinator

Chiquita Mullins Lee serves the diverse needs of teachers, students, teaching artists, schools, and community organizations. She oversees programs that support quality arts experiences with an educational focus. Chiquita served for several years as project coordinator for Ohio’s Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, and as a teaching artist on the OAC artist roster. Chiquita has been recognized for artistic excellence from the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the OAC, and performs with several Columbus-area literary and theater groups. She earned her B.A. from Vassar College, her M.A. from Ohio University, and a second master’s degree from The Ohio State University.

JIM SZEKACS | Organizational Programs Coordinator

Jim Szekacs coordinates grant programs for organizations based in the western and greater Cleveland regions of Ohio, and has been with the Ohio Arts Council for more than twelve years. Jim works with arts and cultural organizations to identify possibilities for funding operations, innovative projects, and capacity building activities. He serves as the statewide coordinator for the Building Cultural Diversity grant program, and as the OAC’s records retention and equal employment opportunity officer. Jim earned a Masters of Public Administration from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. Jim spent more than a decade as a music instructor and touring professional musician—he has also worked in journalism and radio in Dayton, Ohio. When not playing music or reading a good book, Jim competes in motorsports at numerous circle track venues throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.