the case for the arts
Increased appropriations to the Arts Council are needed and necessary, and with an allocation of $40 million dollars in FY2020-21, the Arts Council would be able to better serve our Citizens, meet the higher demand of grant applicants and:
EXPAND THE TeachArtsOhio PROGRAM
The TeachArtsOhio program increases arts education opportunities for students in Ohio’s poorest school districts. Additional funds will grow the program and help expand it to preschool education and early learners.
CONTINUE TO FUND ALL 88 COUNTIES
Arts Council funding reaches all 88 counties and increased funding will ensure that all Ohio’s citizens continue to have equal access and availability to arts projects, arts education, capacity building, professional development, and community programs.
TACKLE OHIO’S BIGGEST ISSUES
Collaboration with state agencies will allow the Ohio Arts Council to place the arts at the center of Ohio tourism and development efforts; opioid and addiction solutions; creative aging; and reducing recidivism, and strengthening rehabilitation through the arts.
DRIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT
The creative industries are significant economic engines. Ohio’s creative industries now account for more than $41 billion in economic activity while supporting nearly 290,000 jobs annually, and every creative category has experienced an increase in output since 2015.
PROVIDE NEEDED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCE DEPLOYMENT
As the workforce changes, there is an on-going need for professional development that builds creativity and innovation. Increased Arts Council funding is an investment in Ohio’s future workforce.
BETTER SERVE OUR VETERANS AND MILITARY
The arts heal the mental, physical, and moral injuries for military servicemembers and veterans, who rank creative arts therapies in the top 4 (out of 40) interventions and treatments.