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International Partnership—Understanding Each Other's Culture Is Good Business

This program is on hiatus until further notice. No applications are being accepted. Posted August 24, 2009.

Since l989, the Ohio Arts Council's International Program has encouraged cultural dialogue among academic and cultural arts institutions and artists throughout the world. Economic globalization and increased cultural misunderstandings indicate that now, more than ever, we need to use the arts to help people of different nationalities listen, talk, challenge and support each other. The arts help build healthy communities. Through the arts, individuals can explore similarities as well as differences between cultures. To understand each other's culture is to respect one another.

For a complete overview of this program please view the International Program Flash in either English or Spanish

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The OAC's International Program supports education projects, exhibitions, artist exchanges, performances and informational resources. Funding priority is given to projects with recognized OAC international partner countries. Organizations must be non-profit and based in Ohio. Organizations or individuals in other countries must have an Ohio partner or contact the OAC for more information.

Special Thanks to:
Ludwig Music Publishing for their generous donation of sheet music to the Fundacion Orquestas Juveniles library and the OAC hotel partner in Chile, the Santiago Park Plaza.


International Partner Countries
Argentina*, Austria, Chile*, Cuba, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Israel*, Japan*, Mexico, South Korea
(*indicates formal agreement in place between Ohio and branch of designated country's governments)

The OAC's International Program provides support in the following areas:
Visual Arts
Community Development
Performing Arts
Arts Education
Individual Artist Residencies

Before applying to this program you must read Guidelines, specifically the legal and program requirements. Unless otherwise stated, all future deadlines will use the new Online Grant Application system (ARTIE). No paper applications will be accepted for this program.

International Partnership Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General grants process FAQ


NEW! PDF's of PowerPoint presentations delivered during the ADCULTURA seminars in Santiago and Fruitillar Chile in August, 2004:

Resources and Worksheets from 2003 Building Communities Through the Arts Seminars in Chile
In 2003, a delegation of Ohio arts administrators and OAC staff traveled to Chile to teach ways for using the arts in community development. In an effort to extend the learning beyond our visit, we created a series of worksheets designed to help Chilean arts administrators build organizational capacity to plan programs and projects. These worksheets are available in both English and Spanish.

Going Global: Expanding Cultural Collaborations for the Ohio Arts Council
Project Funded through the U.S. Department of Education?s Fund for the Improvement of Education

International Program database
Search current and past OAC International Program projects.

The Ohio Arts Council is looking for people to serve on advisory panels to review grant applications. To nominate a panelist complete a Nomination for Panel Membership form or contact the Office of Grants Administration & Constituent Services at or 614/466-2613.



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