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Grants to Ohio PreK-12 Schools, Universities
and Nonprofits to Host an Artist in Residence

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Ohio Arts Council (OAC)

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02/01/17 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $800 per week to Ohio preK-12 schools and universities and nonprofit organizations to host an artist to share arts learning experiences. A webinar will be held January 19, 2017. The program offers access to an accomplished professional artist to bridge cultural differences and develop fresh ways of learning.

The Artist in Residence Program provides one-year grants to place accomplished professional artists in a variety of educational and community settings to facilitate learning in, through, and about the arts. Many residencies are about two to four weeks in length, although applications for residencies lasting a full semester or full academic year are permissible. OAC funds are used to support artist fees.

Residency hosts select artists from a roster of professional artists. Artists and hosts collaboratively plan an in-depth art-making experience that engages participants of varying ages, cultures, experiences and ability levels within a mutually supportive and creative learning environment. A core group is selected to work with the artist every day during the residency, while peripheral groups meet with the artist less often. The artist also works with the host to design and hold a professional development workshop involving staff in a hands-on art making experience to deepen their understanding of the creative process and the artist's discipline. The artistic work of participants is shared with the community at the conclusion of the residency.

Funding can only be used to support artist fees.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140685

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total professional fee for an artist is $1,200 per week. Grants are awarded to residency hosts to cover $800 per week, with sponsors responsible for the remaining $400 per week.

Term of Contract:

The awards are for one year. Many residencies are approximately two to four weeks in length, although applications for residencies lasting a full semester or academic year are permissible.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include, but are not limited to, public, private, charter and parochial schools from pre-kindergarten to university level), and other community and social service organizations that provide arts programming. All applicants to this program should have nonprofit status or nonprofit intent.

The OAC does not have the statutory authority to require criminal background checks of artists participating in the Arts Learning Artist Directory. However, schools and some organizations are required by Ohio Revised Code or internal policies to conduct such checks. Arts Learning Artist Directory artists may be required to submit to a criminal background check in order to work in schools or organizations.

Please see Ohio Arts Council Guidelines for additional funding restrictions (in Supporting Documents below).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Create a Competitive Grant Application: Winning Strategies and Best Practices
Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
OAC Offices
30 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215, United States

Curious about ways to strengthen your Ohio Arts Council (OAC) grant application to increase the chances of connecting with a review panel? During this webinar, the program experts at the OAC will discuss grant programs available for organizations, updates on changes to this year’s Guidelines, and tips that can give your application an edge.

This webinar will offer a useful compendium of knowledge, observations from past panel reviews, and suggestions based on successful OAC grant applications. Designed to benefit large, mid-sized, and small organizations seeking funding for general, start-up, or operating support—as well as funding for innovative opportunities, arts explorations with an educational focus, and professional development. New applicants and longstanding grantees, alike, will gain new insights into maximizing support from the OAC.

The link to register can be found in the contact information below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for one-year funding are accepted during both odd-numbered and even-numbered years; applications for two-year funding are accepted during odd-numbered years only.

Residency hosts select artists from a roster of professional artists listed in the Arts Learning Artist Directory. The Directory can be accessed at

November 1, 2016: Application available
February 1, 2017: Application deadline
March 2017: Panel meeting
July 2017: Grant award announcement
August 30, 2017: Grant agreement deadline
July 30, 2018: Final report deadline

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for the webinar:

Apply online:

Chiquita Mullins Lee

Ohio Arts Council
Rhodes State Office Tower
30 E. Broad Street, 33rd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414

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