Ohio Citizens For The Arts

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historic level of funding secured for ohio’s arts and culture

We are so thrilled to report that Governor Mike DeWine has signed the two-year state operating budget for FY 2020-2021 which includes a $5 million increase over the $29.5 million allocated for arts and culture in FY 2018-2019. The final state budget appropriation for the Ohio Arts Council now totals $34.5 million, a historic high level of arts funding in our state! We’re proud of the work we have done to secure this historic level of funding, and we couldn’t have done it without your help. Arts advocacy works, and this is proof that speaking up and making your voice heard and participating in the process has a major impact. Now is the time to celebrate and give our thanks to every advocate and policymaker who made this major victory possible!

leadership transition update

We are pleased to announce a change in leadership as Bill Behrendt will transition from Ohio Citizens for the Arts Executive Director to Ohio Citizens for the Arts Legislative Co-Counsel.

During his tenure as Executive Director, Bill was instrumental in leading and building Ohio’s only statewide arts advocacy organization and this past year, his leadership helped secure a historic high level of arts funding in Ohio: $34.5 million for arts and culture in this year’s state budget, the highest level of arts funding in our state’s history.

Bill’s transition to Legislative Co-counsel will allow Ohio Citizens for the Arts to intensify lobbying efforts on behalf of Ohio’s arts and culture and will allow Bill to continue to learn from and work with Ohio Citizens for the Arts Senior Legislative Counsel Bill Blair. This change also strengthens Ohio Citizens for the Arts’ role in statewide advocacy as it allows for the further development of the organization through a new full-time Executive Director. We are excited for this new chapter, and look forward to a bright future to come.

To apply for the Executive Director position, please send a cover letter addressing qualifications, resume, compensation history and requirements, and three professional references (including email addresses and phone numbers) by August 31st to Search Committee Chair, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, 77 S. High St. Floor 2, Columbus, OH 43215 or email to info@ohiocitizensforthearts.org. Candidates will be subject to a background check. For a job description, click here.


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