Map: Ohio supports the arts more than neighboring states
Ohio invests more into its state arts organization than our neighbors do theirs, according to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.
For example, the council awarded $5,000 grants last month to 75 Ohio choreographers, writers, composers and playwrights.
- It also helps organize the annual Poetry Out Loud competition for high school students and supports the Ohio Poet Laureate program, a role currently held by Athens native Kari Gunter-Seymour.
By the numbers: The state operating budget allocates $40 million over two fiscal years toward the council's numerous grant programs.
- State support for the arts has grown significantly of late, more than doubling from a two-year total of $17 million in fiscal years 2012-13.
- The council, which also receives national funding, distributed $20 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (or CARES) Act relief to artistic causes.
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