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Ohio Receives Second-Largest NEA Partnership Agreement Grant for 9th Straight Year

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:


  • Ohio Arts Council: $995,800


  • National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron: $10,000


  • Cincinnati Opera Association: $33,000
  • concert:nova: $10,000
  • Contemporary Arts Center: $50,000


  • 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 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 Arts Council: $10,000


  • Kent State University Main Campus: $90,000


  • 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

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 to learn more about NEA.

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 Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist

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