RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
The Ohio Arts Council board approved the first round of grants for fiscal year 2013 and grant ratifications for fiscal year 2012, during their public meeting on June 21. As a result, the OAC will award 455 grants totaling $7,870,213 to support arts organizations, arts programs and artists across Ohio. Included was $44,313 for three Portsmouth arts organizations.
Organizations that receive OAC funds are required to match state tax dollars with additional public and private funds. In general, for every state tax dollar invested, $84 is raised in matching funds by recipient organizations.
Locally, the OAC has approved $7,833 for the Portsmouth Area Arts Council for operating support, $13,121 for the Southern Ohio Museum operating support and an additional $2,400 for a three-week artist in residency program, and $20,959 for the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association for operating support.
Though fewer projects have been approved this year, the OAC grant totals for 2013 are an increase from 2012 when the the state awarded 534 grants totaling $6,495,874.
Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org.