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National Endowment for the Arts Announces More Than $2.2 Million in Grants to Ohio

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced its spring round of grant funding today, which includes $2,262,200 awarded to 32 Ohio arts organizations.

As part of the NEA’s state and regional partnership grant program, which awards federal funding to state and territorial arts agencies based on population and the merit of the agency’s work, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) received $1,325,500 for federal fiscal year 2023. 

In Ohio, all federal dollars earned from the NEA by the OAC are reinvested into the state’s arts and culture sector to help individuals and organizations pursue artistic endeavors. 

In its media release, the NEA said organizations will carry out arts projects in three of the federal agency’s funding programs: Grants for Arts Projects, Our Town, and State and Regional Partnerships. Funded Ohio projects include those in arts education, dance, design, literary arts, media arts, museums, music, musical theatre, local arts agencies, opera, presenting and multidisciplinary works, theatre, and visual arts.  

“The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to support the work of our state and regional partners nationwide, demonstrating the many ways the arts enrich our lives and contribute to healthy and thriving communities,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D. “These organizations play an important role in advancing the creative vitality of our nation and helping to ensure that all people can benefit from arts, culture, and design.” 

“These grants recognize on the national level the strength and impact of Ohio’s arts and culture sector,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “We thank the NEA for their fundamental support of the OAC, which for 14 consecutive years has earned one of the top three largest federal NEA grants for state arts agencies thanks to the quality of our work. We are proud that every federal dollar we receive is directly reinvested back into Ohio’s artistic communities.” 

A complete list of Ohio NEA grant recipients in this funding cycle follows, alphabetized by city with recipients’ popularly used names in parentheses: 


  • Ohio Arts Council: $1,325,500 


  • Northeast Ohio Center for Choreography (National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron): $20,000  


  • Cincinnati Boychoir, Inc.: $15,000  
  • Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts (ArtsWave): $70,000  
  • Cincinnati Museum Association (Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM)): $35,000 
  • Educational Theatre Association: $50,000 
  • Know Theatre Tribe, Inc. (Know Theatre of Cincinnati): $20,000  
  • Mam-Luft and Company Dance, Inc. (Mutual Dance Theatre): $25,000 
  • Wave Pool Corp.: $75,000 


  • ChamberFest Cleveland: $15,000  
  • CityMusic Cleveland: $30,000  
  • Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, Inc.: $30,000 
  • Cleveland Festival of Art and Technology, Inc. (Ingenuity Cleveland): $75,000  
  • Cleveland Institute of Music: $15,000  
  • Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF): $30,000  
  • Cleveland Museum of Art: $40,000 
  • Front Exhibition Company: $40,000  
  • Greater Cleveland Urban Film Foundation: $20,000  
  • Les Délices: $15,000  
  • Literary Cleveland: $20,000  
  • Professional Flair, Inc. (The Dancing Wheels Company & School): $10,000 
  • SPACES: $20,000 


  • Columbus Museum of Art (CMA): $55,000  
  • Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab: $10,000 
  • Lincoln Theatre Association: $15,000  
  • Wexner Center Foundation (Wexner Center for the Arts): $25,000  


  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC): $65,000  
  • Dayton Performing Arts Alliance: $18,000 
  • Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC): $36,000 


  • Central Ohio Symphony, Inc.: $12,500 


  • Shakespeare Theatre Association: $10,000  


  • Toledo Opera Association: $20,000  


To see a full list of all grants awarded to all states or U.S. jurisdictions for the NEA’s fiscal year 2023 spring grant announcement, click here

For more information about the National Endowment for the Arts’ grant programs, visit


Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts 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 Arts Endowment 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 to learn more.  


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 Andrew Paa, communications strategist

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