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More complete information about these programs and services is included in Guidelines.

Ohio Artists on Tour Directory—For Artists
The Ohio Arts Council strongly believes Ohio arts organizations should support the artistic endeavors of Ohio artists. This service is designed to introduce presenters to the wealth of artists in Ohio who are available for touring.  Individual performing artists and groups that apply and are selected by the OAC’s Artist Review Panel are listed in the Ohio Artists on Tour Directory.  Artists in the directory do not receive funds directly from the OAC.  Organizational presenting applicants should refer to the “Sustainability” section for information about the benefits for presenters who book Ohio artists.  Before applying to this program you must read Guidelines, specifically the legal and program requirements. Artists interested in becoming members of the Ohio Artists on Tour Directory apply to the OAC using a web-based application form located at

Appalachian Artist Directory
The Ohio Appalachian Artist Directory is an online searchable listing of artists that live and work in or near Ohio’s Appalachian region. The Directory is managed by the Ohio Arts Council and is free and open to the public for browsing and searching. The purpose of the Directory is to increase access to and communication among Ohio’s many Appalachian artists and arts organizations, and to help strengthen the role the arts play in the communities of Appalachian Ohio. The Ohio Appalachian Artist Directory makes searching for artists and craftspersons easier and faster than it has ever been before. The directory is available online at For more information, contact the OAC Office of Organizational Services.

Artists With Disabilities Access Program
The Ohio Arts Council is committed to making the arts accessible to all Ohioans. Accessible buildings or spaces, programs and creative opportunities enrich the artistic experiences of all and enhance a community?s cultural climate. To ensure that Ohio remains a leader in cultural access, the OAC provides funding for artistic development for artists with disabilities. The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) is designed to help artists with disabilities move to a higher level of artistic development. For more information on this program visit is the comprehensive on-line cultural calendar of events maintained and managed by the Ohio Arts Council in collaboration with the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland, Experience Columbus and the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau. With this free, easy to use online guide, Ohio residents and visitors can search for events by city, date, organization, special accessibility, price, special discounts and more. More than 1,400 organizations and 1,800 venues list their information in, and more than 2,500 unique events are available at any time. Because of the wide variety of arts and cultural organizations listing information on this database, users obtain access to many diverse events throughout the state. Participating organizations are museums, symphonies, concert series, festivals, libraries, historical societies, zoos and many other organizations with cultural programming. Visit to register your organization.

Building Cultural Diversity Initiative
Ohio's communities are enriched by people representing many different cultures and ethnicities. The Ohio Arts Council is committed to ensuring that Ohio citizens have broad access to and opportunities to participate in diverse arts experiences. The OAC believes that public investment in culturally diverse arts organizations and emerging arts professionals ensures that Ohio citizens can experience a rich, diverse, and vibrant cultural life. Encouraging the artistic expression of multiple perspectives can be a catalyst for building community dialogue and understanding.     For more information on this program visit

Directory of Ohio Writers
The Ohio Arts Council’s Directory of Ohio Creative Writers lists approximately 500 authors of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama and literary or art criticism who live or work in Ohio. This nonjuried listing of one-page résumés supplied by creative writers is updated each year. The directory can be accessed through our website at The directory serves: Writers who wish to network and learn more about literary activities in the state, authors who wish to promote their books, Presenters looking for writers, Libraries—reference, community service and acquisitions departments. There are no eligibility requirements for inclusion in the directory. To request a questionnaire or for additional information, please contact the OAC's Individual Artist Grant Programs and Services office.

Festivals and Competitions Directory
The Festivals and Competitions Directory contains detailed information about arts and crafts festivals and competitions throughout each year, including dates, activities, number of spaces available for artists to display work, fees and contact information. It is organized by date and location and includes alphabetical indexes of festivals by name, city, region and sponsor. Events are classified as juried, nonjuried, invitational or juried invitational, according to information supplied by the promoters. The Ohio Arts Council publishes this directory and distributes it in partnership with the Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild and Ohio Designer Craftsmen. The directory is available online at For more information contact the OAC Public Information Office.

Ohio Heritage Fellowships
Each year, the Ohio Arts Council will award one Ohio Heritage Fellowships to an individual whose work in the folk arts has a significant impact on the people and communities of the state. The folk and traditional arts grow out of particular cultures and are recognized as the artistic expressions of ethnic, linguistic, occupational or regional groups. Awards are given in one of three categories: Performing Arts, Material Culture (folk art, folk crafts, folk architecture) and Community Leadership. Nominees must be Ohio residents. Awards are announced in the spring. The nomination deadline is January 15 each year.  To nominate someone for this fellowship or to see past winners please visit the Ohio Heritage Fellowships page.

Ohio River Border Initiative
The Ohio River Border Initiative (ORBI) is a joint project of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council to support the arts community in the Ohio River valley. ORBI’s programs are open to artists, arts groups and community arts programs in all Ohio and West Virginia counties that touch the Ohio River. These counties are Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Wetzel, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke and Hancock in West Virginia, and Lawrence, Gallia, Meigs, Athens, Washington, Monroe, Belmont, Jefferson and Columbiana in Ohio. Ten to 12 grants are awarded every year. The maximum grant award is $3,000 to any one group or artist. Grants are awarded for projects that actively involve artists, audiences and communities on both sides of the Ohio River. For more information about ORBI, visit

Online Visual Artists Registry
The Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry is a joint project of the Ohio Percent for Art Program, administered by the Ohio Arts Council, and the Humanities, Fine Arts and Recreation Division of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The Registry displays works of more than 900 artists from Ohio and around the world, representing all types of visual art. It is a web-based, nonjuried registry that is accessible from your home, office or local library. Ohio Percent for Art Advisory Selection committees use the Registry as an artist resource as do collectors, designers, architects, curators, journalists, juries, gallery owners and others interested in visual arts. The Registry is available online at For more information, contact the OAC's Individual Artist Grant Programs and Services office.

Percent for Art Program
Ohio’s Percent for Art legislation, in effect since July 1, 1990, provides funds for the acquisition, commissioning and installation of works of art for new or renovated public buildings that receive state appropriations of more than $4 million per biennium. For these projects, the law stipulates that one percent of the total state appropriation be allocated for the acquisition, commissioning and installation of art work. A searchable database of completed projects is available at   For more information about the Percent for Art Program contact the OAC's Individual Artist Grant Programs and Services office.

Riffe Gallery
The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio’s artists and curators, exhibitions produced by the Ohio Arts Council’s International Program and the collections of the region’s museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery’s Education Program seeks to increase public appreciation and understanding of those exhibitions. Exhibition proposals from arts organizations may be mailed to Director, Riffe Gallery, 77 South High St, Columbus, OH 43215. The gallery does not accept exhibition proposals from individual artists.The gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in Downtown Columbus. The gallery is open Tuesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 614/644-9624 or visit




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