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The OAC has developed this Web page to provide access to resources that will aid you in making the case for the arts in your community and beyond.

We know that maintaining a strong arts and cultural infrastructure is fundamental to strengthening the state�s economy and education system and to ensure that all citizens have hope for a better future for Ohio. Support for the arts and cultural sector is a sound investment of public dollars�an investment that provides significant returns in the form of stabilized, revitalized communities, a better quality of life, and an education system that prepares our young people to be engaged citizens and productive members of the 21st century workforce.

The arts are part of the solution for a better Ohio and this Web page provides you the resources you need to demonstrate these key points effectively to community leaders and elected officials across the state.
      Ohio Arts Council Fact Sheet and Highlights  
       The Arts: Part of the Solution
         Stories from around the state that bring the work of the Ohio Arts Council to life highlighting work in economic development, downtown revitalization, 21st century education, creativity and imagination, cultural participation and building audiences and bringing unity to communities.

Click on the image to go to a searchable database of Arts--Part of the Solution stories
       Why the Arts Matter to Ohio
         A team of Ohio Arts Council staff has prepared this document to 1) provide a brief overview of the budget process, 2) frame a rationale about the ways in which support for the arts is good public policy, and 3) provide key talking points that illustrate the fundamental role the arts play in maximizing our state’s recovery potential.
       Ohio Arts Council Accomplishments
         The Ohio Arts Council, under the Kasich administration, has continued to provide leadership through the arts by carrying out its legislative mandate to foster and encourage the development of the arts in this state, to preserve Ohio�s cultural heritage, and to manifest on a daily basis its mission to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically making Ohio a great place to live, learn, work and visit. Below is a link to a document outlining those accomplishments from 2010 through 2013 and a link for accomplishments from 2007 through 2009.
       2016/2017 Budget Timeline
         The State of Ohio prepares a two-year budget every other year. The General Assembly approves the final budget documents in June of each year. The following is the timeline for the budget preparation and adoption process for appropriations made to state agencies. It includes major events, advocacy opportunities and key players.
  • Budget Timeline  
       Statewide Economic Impact of the Arts
         An economic impact study released by Bowling Green State University (BGSU) shows that the arts in Ohio are big business! The study, Ohio�s Arts: A Foundation of Innovation, Creativity, and Economic Strength, conducted by BGSU's Center for Regional Development, Northwest Ohio Arts Exchange and Ohio Citizens for the Arts, indicates that the arts and creative industries contribute more than $25 billion to the state�s economy, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and result in nearly $2.84 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenues. Click on the link below for a two-page summary of the major findings.
       The Status of Arts Education in Ohio's Public Schools, 2013
         This arts education report builds on Ohio's continued interest in the strength of arts learning and its role in school academic programs. The report provides baseline data for anyone seeking a "big picture" understanding of what the level of support for high-quality arts education has been among Ohio's public schools and districts, how available resources are being used, and where additional resources and efforts may be needed. It also addresses key elements of the state�s arts education infrastructure, particularly people, resources and policies at the local level that affect delivery of arts instruction and allocation of resources to arts education. Anyone who makes decisions that could affect K-12 students' access to arts education and their continued progress in learning in, about and through the arts should read this report.

The report was published by the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Department of Education. The report's findings and recommendations are based on the 2009-2010 Study by Quadrant Education Research. Click on the link below for the complete report of the findings and recommendations.
       Annotated Community Development Research Bibliography
         This annotated bibliography cites important, recent research on the economic and social impacts of arts experiences within communities. Whenever possible, links have been provided to the publications or research Web sites. Used in conjunction with the arts education research and information in the Research-Based Communication Tool Kit, this bibliography can help citizens make a powerful case for the importance of the arts in their communities.
       Americans for the Arts� Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts Reports
         These reports offer a new, research-based approach to understanding the scope and importance of the arts to the nation's economy. Click here to view the statewide report. Reports by legislative district are also available, please send requests to
       National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) Research-Based Communication Tool Kit
         This Research-Based Communication Tool Kit is a comprehensive document that brings together several components that advocates can use at state and local levels. Each component is research-based, drawing on careful reviews and analyses of research literature that confirm, explain and clarify the role of the arts in various significant policy contexts. The sample materials in the Tool Kit, prepared by a working committee of State Arts Agency Arts Education Managers, are meant to be "boilerplate" so that arts advocates can adapt them to their contexts and needs, quickly creating targeted, personalized advocacy messages.
       Focusing the Light: The Art and Practice of Planning
         A resource developed by the Ohio Arts Council to illustrate what is needed to create significant works for communities, secure funding for these initiatives, and evaluate and communicate the results. This seven-volume series provides those who work in the arts and nonprofits with strategies, tips, and techniques for successful project planning, advocacy and evaluation.
       National Governors Association�s Center for Best Practices: Arts & the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development
         In this 52-page report, governors and other state leaders will find models from states throughout the country that demonstrate the value of incorporating the arts and culture into their continuing economic development strategies. The report describes how the creative industries contribute direct economic benefits, such as generating employment and fostering tourism, and outlines ways the arts give businesses a creative edge.
       NEAs Arts and Civic Engagement
         The Arts and Civic Engagement: Involved in Arts, Involved in Life, reveals that people who participate in the arts also engage in positive civic and individual activities -- such as volunteering, going to sporting events, and outdoor activities -- at significantly higher rates than non-arts participants. The report shatters the stereotype that art is an escapist or passive activity, showing instead that it is associated with a range of positive behaviors.
       National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
         The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts.
       National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
         The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.
       Americans for the Arts (AFTA)
         Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America.
       Ohio Citizens for the Arts (OCA)
         Ohio Citizens for the Arts, established in 1976, is a Statewide non-profit grass-roots membership organization working to increase public support for the arts in Ohio. Through the efforts of hundreds of caring individuals and arts education organizations throughout the state, Ohio Citizens for the Arts enables effective advocacy for funding of the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
       Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE)
         OAAE exists to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan and has established and maintains a network for communication, cooperation, and advocacy. OAAE has more than 8,000 members including students, parents, educators, administrators, citizens, artists, and arts advocates.



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