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State Arts Plan, 2015-2017

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The Ohio Arts Council's State Arts Plan 2015-2017 was created in response to the needs of everyday Ohioans. Informed by focus groups, one-on-one interviews, visits to dozens of organizations and communities, and the agency's largest ever statewide survey response including citizens from all 88 counties the State Arts Plan now serves as a solid foundation for the agency's future.

Four actions areas -- INVEST, ENGAGE, INNOVATE and LEAD -- underpin the plan, guiding program prioritization and resource deployment.

Plan highlights include:

  • Making bold, smart investments in Ohio arts and culture including funding in all 88 Ohio counties;
  • Revamping arts education programs to be accessible to schools and impactful for students;
  • Creating and retaining creative sector jobs;
  • Supporting Ohio artists and creative entrepreneurs;
  • Modernizing and streamlining the grant-making experience for applicants;
  • Engaging with creative sector professionals in new and authentic ways;
  • Meeting regularly with Ohio artists, administrators, educators, and other leaders in their communities;
  • Sharing and learning from the successes of grant recipients;
  • Building new relationships with partners at the state, regional, and national levels; and
  • Leading the state's arts and cultural sector with sound policy development, clear vision, and dynamic communication

To request a copy of the plan's Executive Summary, find out how you can get more involved in the arts in your community, or share other feedback, contact Justin Nigro at


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