A Note from Jeff

Ohio Citizens for the Arts is working each day to ensure the arts in Ohio have the opportunity to secure public funding to support their programming, operations, and creative talents.  Recently, I appointed a taskforce to study the issue of alternative funding sources for the arts. The Funding Options for Arts and Culture Taskforce is being chaired by Marc Folk, OCA Board member and executive director of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.  Marc is joined by a cadre of his peers for this important work: MJ Albacete, Sara Jane DeHoff, Mary Gimpel, Tim Greenwood, Bill Hilyard, Barbara Hunzicker, Joy Padgett, Emily Prince, Katerina Ruedi Ray, Rocky Saxbe, Jeff Strayer, and myself. 
 
In just the few short weeks the Taskforce has been in place we have gathered data and research from around the country to inform our work.  The Taskforce met in Columbus on May 5th and will meet again on June 9th.  The charge of the Taskforce is to make recommendations to the Ohio Citizens for the Arts’ Board about options for arts funding in Ohio.  While we stand one hundred percent committed to working with members of the Ohio Legislature to secure the highest funding possible to the Ohio Arts Council to re-grant to artists and arts organizations from the state’s budget, we know that the fiscal crisis in our state is far from over and these funds are always in jeopardy. 
 
We at Ohio Citizens for the Arts are working daily to ensure the arts in Ohio remain strong and we invite you to join us by sharing your thoughts, ideas, and dreams. Feel free to email me at jrich@richgillislawgroup.com or our executive director Donna Collins at donnacollins@ohiocitizensforthearts.org.   We will share your ideas with the Taskforce and who knows, you may have the next best idea that becomes the ticket for supporting the arts in Ohio.

Jeffrey A. Rich, President
Ohio Citizens for the Arts

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