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.


Providing leadership and voice for the arts to transform people and communities.


The Ohio Arts Council was created in 1965 to foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio's cultural heritage. With funds from the Ohio Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the OAC provides financial assistance to artists and arts organizations. The Council accomplishes this charge in two primary methods; first, through the various grant funding programs that the Council operates to provide support to artists and to make arts activities available to a broad segment of Ohio's public; and secondly, by providing services that help to enhance the growth of the arts. 


The State Arts Plan 2015-2017 was created in response to the needs of everyday Ohioans. Informed by focus groups, one-on-one interviews, site visits to organizations and communities, and a statewide survey of all 88 counties--the State Arts Plan serves as the foundation for the agency's future. 

Four actions areas: INVEST, ENGAGE, INNOVATE and LEAD underpin the plan, guiding program prioritization and resource deployment.

Plan highlights include:

  • Making bold, smart investments in Ohio arts and culture – including funding in all 88 Ohio counties
  • Revamping arts education programs to be accessible to schools and impactful for students
  • Creating and retaining creative sector jobs
  • Supporting Ohio artists and creative entrepreneurs
  • Modernizing and streamlining the grantmaking experience
  • Engaging with creative sector professionals in new and authentic ways
  • Meeting regularly with Ohio artists, administrators, educators, and other leaders in their communities
  • Sharing and learning from the successes of grant recipients
  • Building new relationships with partners at the state, regional, and national levels
  • Leading the state's arts and cultural sector with sound policy development, clear vision, and dynamic communication


 Source: http://www.oac.ohio.gov/