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Individual Artist Grants and Services Program - Investing in the Future of Ohio's Artists

Individual artists are making a difference in communities across Ohio every day. They illuminate community identity and help us understand and imagine our lives in new ways. Our lives are richer and more remarkable because of the contribution of artists to the social, physical, economic and spiritual fabric of our neighborhoods and towns. The presence of artists in a particular place is a strong indicator of cultural vitality. Businesses, new and old alike, need places where work and play come together in creative and dynamic ways. Artists living and working in a community affect the extent to which arts and culture are integrated into the schools and the number of non-profit arts organizations, theatres, art classes, galleries, and venues for live music in that community.

The FY2014 Individual Excellence Award Panel Meetings

This year the panel meetings for the Individual Excellence Awards were held the weeks of December 9-12 and 16-19, 2013.  If you applied to this year's deadline you will receive notice of the panelist recommendations sometime the first weeks of January.  Notice will be sent out an email via OLGA (online applications system.)  If you don't receive notice check in your junk mailbox, the OLGA emails often end up there. Once the OAC Board meets in March, the recipients of this year's awards will be loaded into our searchable grants database and also sent to the Ohio newspapers.

Here are this year's panelist bios:

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Individual Artist Grant Programs:

The Individual Artist Grants and Services Program offers grants to individual artists in two program areas:

    1.The Individual Excellence Awards provides grants to Ohio artists for the exceptional merit of a body of work.  These awards recognize creativity and imagination that exemplifies the highest level of achievement in a particular discipline and advances the art form.  Please read the program Guidelines before applying. 

    2. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program strives to keep alive traditional and folk arts by supporting collaborations between master artists and dedicated apprentices. Master artists preserve ethnic, occupational, regional group, community or family traditions that have been passed down for generations. Please read the program Guidelines before applying.

After reading the Guidelines, and specifically the legal and program requirements, you apply using our Online Grants Application System, OLGA.
    FAQ's on Individual Artist Grant and Services Program

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Grant opportunities for artists through other OAC programs:

    To learn more about other programs we have for artists click here.

Other services we provide for artists:

        In addition to grants the OAC's IAGSP office offers a number of resources for artists. We've created a page that holds all these resources in one place; visit it now by following this

        link: Artist Resources

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