Ohio spends more pandemic relief on arts programs



(The Center Square) – Ohio continues to spend down federal COVID-19 relief money, this time dedicating $2.4 million to arts organizations around the state.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced the continuation of the Ohio Arts Economic Relief Grant Program, which sends American Rescue Fund money to organizations that lost revenue from 2019 to 2021 and their 2022 operating budget.

“Thriving arts programs are a sign of a vibrant and prosperous community,” DeWine said. “By supporting the arts, we’re nurturing the very spirit of innovation, unity, and self-expression that has made Ohio the heart of opportunity for residents and visitors alike.”

Overall, about $43 million was awarded to arts organizations in the program’s first two rounds. The first round gave more than $23 million to 139 groups, and 104 organizations split $20 million in the second round.

The third round divides $2.4 million between 16 organizations that met one of two criteria, including: the production and presentation of performances in music, comedy, the performing arts or related fields; or cultural arts museums that have a primary purpose related to exhibiting property for artistic or aesthetic purposes.

“This grant program not only supports creativity but also promotes a better quality of life and thriving communities, ultimately spurring innovation and encouraging economic growth here in Ohio,” said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

The largest grant in the most recent allocation went to the Cincinnati Musical Festival Association for more than $329,000.



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