9 May Ohio Receives Second-Largest NEA Partnership Agreement Grant for 9th Straight Year May 9, 2018 Art, For Organizations, For the Public, Invest, NEA, News, Organizations funding, grant, National Endowment for the Arts, NEA, OAC, Ohio Arts Council 0 More than $1.4M in grants awarded to organizations in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dublin, Kent, Somerset, and University Heights For the ninth year in row, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) has been awarded the second-largest partnership agreement grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), securing more NEA funding than larger states including Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. The OAC will receive $995,800 to help support arts initiatives throughout the state. 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. “Ohio has a long tradition of securing nearly $1 million annually through the State and Regional Partnership Agreement program from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “We are proud to receive the largest award in the Midwest and the second largest award in the nation.” California is again the only state receiving a partnership agreement grant that exceeds Ohio’s. In addition to the state partnership grant, the NEA has also awarded a total of $484,000 to 16 arts-related organizations in Ohio. “Every dollar we earn from the NEA is invested in the arts statewide through our grantees,” Collins said. “The federal investment in the arts in Ohio is important, not just the Ohio Arts Council grant award, but the 16 grants given this cycle in a variety of categories to arts organizations across Ohio.” A complete list of Ohio NEA grant recipients in this funding cycle follows: Statewide Ohio Arts Council: $995,800 Akron National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron: $10,000 Cincinnati Cincinnati Opera Association: $33,000 concert:nova: $10,000 Contemporary Arts Center: $50,000 Cleveland Cleveland Museum of Art: $60,000 Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation (aka Transformer Station): $15,000 GroundWorks Dancetheater: $20,000 Professional Flair, Inc. (aka The Dancing Wheels Company & School): $15,000 Columbus Columbus Museum of Art: $21,000 Gotham Dance, Inc. (aka Bebe Miller Company): $20,000 Wexner Center Foundation: $25,000 (Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works) Wexner Center Foundation: $20,000 (Art Works – Media Arts) Dublin Dublin Arts Council: $10,000 Kent Kent State University Main Campus: $90,000 Somerset Village of Somerset, Ohio: $75,000 University Heights ChamberFest Cleveland: $10,000 For more information about these organizations, click here to download a complete, filterable list of grant recipients. For more information about the NEA’s grant programs, visit arts.gov. ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA. ABOUT THE OHIO ARTS COUNCIL 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 oac.ohio.gov. ### Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist Comments are closed.