Ohio Arts Council Announces Upcoming Deadlines and Panel Meetings
by Amy McKay
Each year the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) provides funding to support arts organizations, arts programs and artists throughout the state. Upcoming application deadlines for OAC funds include:
May 15, 2012: Final Deadline: Ohio Artists on Tour Roster (for presenters' fully executed contracts);
June 1, 2012: Building Cultural Diversity;
July 1, 2012: Final Deadline: Artist in Residence (Artists);
September 1: Final Deadline: Individual Excellence Awards (crafts, design arts/illustration, interdisciplinary/performance art, media arts, photography and visual arts).
Applicants must use the OnLine Grant Applications (OLGA) system, accessible at www.culturegrants-oh.org. All applications are due in the OAC office by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the deadline date. When a deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or state holiday, applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the next business day.
The Ohio Artists on Tour fee support program provides grants to presenting institutions throughout Ohio that present artists listed in the Ohio Artists on Tour Directory.
The Building Cultural Diversity program provides support to arts and community organizations whose mission, programs, staff and board are rooted in culturally specific communities and that offer Ohio citizens the opportunity to experience a full and vibrant cultural life. Grants can be used for continuing programming or project support, or for the short-term professional development of arts administrators within those culturally diverse organizations.
The Artist in Residence program places accomplished professional artists in a variety of educational and community settings. Artists in the program have the opportunity to conduct workshops and residencies funded by the OAC. Additionally, they have access to ongoing professional development and the mutual support of a group of experienced colleagues who share a passion for lifelong learning in the arts.
The Individual Excellence Awards program provides grants to Ohio artists for the exceptional merit of a completed body of work. These awards recognize creativity and imagination that exemplify the highest level of achievement and advancement of the art form for a particular discipline. With this support the OAC encourages the growth and development of individual artists.