In early May, the Ohio House announced its initial version of the Fiscal Year 2020-21 state budget. Substitute House Bill 166 provides $31.5 million for the biennium for the Ohio Arts Council. This figure represents a $2 million dollar increase compared to the Governor's proposed budget. In total, the House version of the budget cuts $330 million of state spending for FY 20-21 from the Executive proposal, so to receive a substantial increase for arts funding is a major win.
Because of the tight timetable, the Senate has already begun hearings on the budget bill. The tentative schedule calls for the Senate to pass its version of the budget in mid-June, with conference committee deliberations to ensue at the end of June, before being signed by the Governor by July 1st.
Our advocacy efforts have already made a huge difference, as evidenced by the House budget proposal's increase for arts funding over the Governor's budget proposal. Passage of the state budget is a lengthy process, and we as arts advocates must continue to make the case to our lawmakers for why funding the arts is vital and will help strengthen our schools, communities, and state.
Keep up with Ohio Citizens for the Arts for more updates on the state budget process, take time to equip yourself with the resources below, and visit our Action Center to make your voice heard and send a message to our public officials advocating for increased funding for Ohio’s arts and culture.
Visit our Action Center to find your legislator, look up a bill, and take action through advocacy campaigns.
Visit the Americans for the Arts Mobilization Center for tools, resources, and information to help you make the case for the arts and arts education.
10 Reasons to Support the Arts from Americans for the Arts.
Listen to Executive Director Bill Behrendt and ArtsNow Executive Director Nicole Mullet on the Jasen Sokol Radio Show discuss Ohio’s Creative Economy and make the case for increased funding for the arts.
Download the Ohio Arts Council 2019 Fast Facts one-sheet.