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Ohio Arts Council Announces Upcoming FY2014 Grant Deadlines
by Elizabeth Weinstein

Each year the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) provides funding to support more than 1,000 arts organizations, arts programs and artists throughout the state. Upcoming application deadlines for OAC funds include:

January 15:

    Final Deadline: Traditional Arts Apprenticeships
    Final Deadline: Ohio Heritage Fellowships

February 1:

    Final Deadline: Artist in Residence (Sponsors)
    Full Application for New Applicants: Sustainability (over and under $1.5 million)

March 1:

    Building Cultural Diversity quarterly deadline
    Final Deadline: Arts Partnership
    Final Deadline: Arts Access

April 1:

    Off-Year-Update: Sustainability (over and under $1.5 million)
    Financial Updates: Arts Access
    Final Deadline: Project Support General and Creative Economy

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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a draft application through OLGA at least 30 days before the final deadline date.

The Building Cultural Diversity program provides grants to Ohio's culturally diverse arts organizations for continuing programming or project support, or for short-term professional development of emerging arts administrators.

The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program keeps alive traditional and folk arts by supporting apprenticeships between master artists and dedicated apprentices. The folk and traditional arts grow out of particular cultures and are recognized as the artistic expressions of ethnic, linguistic, occupational or regional groups. Master artists preserve these traditions. Apprentices are Ohio residents who want to develop and continue these artistic expressions.

The Ohio Heritage Fellowship program recognizes Ohio folk and traditional artists who are the finest and most influential masters of their particular art forms and traditions, and whose work in the folk and traditional arts have had a significant impact on the people and communities of the state. Awards are given in three categories: Performing Arts, Material Culture (e.g., folk art, folk crafts and folk architecture) and Community Leadership.

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program places accomplished professional artists in a variety of educational and community settings. Artists in the AIR 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 Sustainability program provides general operating support to arts and cultural organizations across Ohio that make important contributions to the health and vitality of our communities.

The Arts Partnership program is designed to provide a flexible source of support for arts learning projects that address the needs of individual learners and their communities, particularly underserved populations.

The Arts Access program supports recurring arts and cultural activities that broaden opportunities for Ohio citizens to participate in the arts. This program supports Ohio organizations that plan and conduct ongoing arts programs for either a full year of programming or recurring activities.

The Project Support program provides flexible funding to help organizations complete short-term projects addressing a wide variety of goals and objectives through two types of project grants-General Project and Creative Economy Project. General Project grants may be used for a wide variety of expenses in support of a short-term project while Creative Economy Project grants must leverage the assets of the creative sector to improve a community's economic conditions and quality of life.

About the Ohio Arts Council:
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.

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