Executive Director Bill Behrendt Testifies Before Senate Finance Commitee

Last week, Executive Director Bill Behrendt testified before the Senate Finance Committee to advocate for increased funding for the Ohio Arts Council, urging committee members to realize the full potential of Ohio's creative industries which contribute so much to our state's economy and the health of our communities. Committees play a key role in policy-making and the state budget process, and soon the Senate Finance Committee will begin making decisions about the state budget's provisions.

This is the time to take action! We want to take advantage of every opportunity available to show our state government policymakers how the arts help them achieve their goals through job growth, economic development, education, and a competitive workforce for the 21st century creative economy. Please contact your State Senator, especially those on the Senate Finance Committee, to let them know the importance of supporting arts and culture. This is a crucial time and your voice will be critical in making the case to our legislators as we move through the budget process!

Philip Kim