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Ohio Arts Organizations and Artists Receive $650K from National Endowment for the Arts

Twenty-nine Ohio arts organizations have been awarded federal funding through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Grants for Arts Projects program, and three Ohio poets have received Creative Writing Fellowships, the National Endowment for the Arts announced in a media release on Thursday.

The Ohio awards total $650,000. Arts Projects grants for organizations in Ohio range from $10,000 to $50,000 to support arts programs and initiatives throughout the state. Each of the Creative Writing Fellowships are $25,000.

According to the release, Arts Projects grants cover the artistic disciplines of Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theatre, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theatre, and Visual Arts. The National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program for organizations, Arts Projects provide project-based funding to support “public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life,” the National Endowment for the Arts website states.

In this first round of federal FY 2021 funding, 1,073 Arts Projects grants totaling nearly $25 million were awarded to organizations across the United States, the release said.

The three Ohio recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Creative Writing Fellowships are among 35 artists selected for the award this year. According to the release, “these FY 2021 fellowships are in poetry and enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.”

“We thank the National Endowment for the Arts for its continued support and recognition of the creative excellence of Ohio’s arts organizations and artists,” said Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “This past year has been especially challenging for the arts and culture sector throughout the country, and this investment in Ohio is a testament to our state’s strengths of innovation, inventiveness, and ingenuity.”

The National Endowment for the Arts’ awards for the first round of federal FY 2021 total $27,562,040 and span 14 artistic disciplines, the release stated.

“The creativity and resilience of artists and arts organizations across the country have inspired Americans during this challenging year,” said National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Ann Eilers in the release. “These projects represent the vitality and perseverance of arts organizations small and large to overcome significant challenges, transform to new ways of engagement, and forge new relationships that benefit the diverse populations in neighborhoods and cities throughout the United States.”

A list of Ohio organizations receiving National Endowment for the Arts funding follows:

Chagrin Falls

  • Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival | Arts Projects – Media Arts ($10,000)


  • Cincinnati Ballet | Arts Projects – Dance ($10,000)
  • Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra | Arts Projects – Music ($15,000)
  • Cincinnati Opera Association | Arts Projects – Opera ($25,000)
  • Cincinnati Shakespeare Company | Arts Projects – Theatre ($10,000)
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | Arts Projects – Music ($40,000)
  • Educational Theatre Association | Arts Projects – Arts Education ($50,000)


  • Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra | Arts Projects – Music ($35,000)
  • DANCECleveland | Arts Projects – Dance ($20,000)
  • Cleveland Public Theatre | Arts Projects – Theatre ($10,000)
  • Tri-C Foundation | Arts Projects – Dance ($15,000)
  • Tri-C Foundation (on behalf of Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland) | Arts Projects – Music ($20,000)
  • Front Exhibition Company | Arts Projects – Music ($20,000)
  • Greater Cleveland Urban Film Foundation | Arts Projects – Media Arts ($20,000)
  • Karamu House | Arts Projects – Theatre ($15,000)
  • L.A.N.D. Studio | Arts Projects – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works ($35,000)
  • The Cleveland Orchestra | Arts Projects – Music ($40,000)
  • The Sculpture Center | Arts Projects – Visual Arts ($20,000)
  • SPACES | Arts Projects – Visual Arts ($25,000)
  • Zygote Press | Arts Projects – Visual Arts ($20,000)

Cleveland Heights

  • Leila Chatti | Creative Writing Literature Fellowships – Poetry ($25,000)


  • Ruth Awad | Creative Writing Literature Fellowships – Poetry ($25,000)
  • OhioDance | Arts Projects – Dance ($10,000)
  • Opera Columbus | Arts Projects – Opera ($20,000)
  • Wexner Center for the Arts | Arts Projects – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works ($15,000)


  • Kenyon Review | Arts Projects – Literary Arts ($10,000)


  • Renaissance Performing Arts Association | Arts Projects – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works ($10,000)


  • Marion County Historical Society | Arts Projects – Folk & Traditional Arts ($15,000)


  • Oberlin Center for the Arts | Arts Projects – Local Arts Agencies ($10,000)
  • Robin Beth Schaer | Creative Writing Literature Fellowships – Poetry ($25,000)


  • Westcott House Foundation | Arts Projects – Design ($20,000)


  • Fine Arts Association | Arts Projects – Musical Theatre ($10,000)
To download and view a complete, filterable list of award recipients, click here. To view the list of award recipients as a PDF, click here.

The National Endowment for the Arts is currently accepting applications for the next round of its Grants for Arts Projects program. The application deadline for Arts Projects is February 11, 2021. The next cycle for National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships will focus on creative writing in prose (fiction and non-fiction). Applications for this program are due March 10, 2021.

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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 National Endowment for the Arts 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.

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Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist

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