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7 Local Groups Get Grants from Ohio Arts Council

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Seven Mahoning Valley arts organizations have received grants from the Ohio Arts Council.

The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown was the biggest recipient, with a $148,000 grant.

 “We were jumping for joy at getting the grant,” said Louis A. Zona, executive director and curator of the art museum. “It will be used for salaries and to get us through what may lie ahead.”

The Butler, like all arts venues, was shut down for roughly two months in the spring due to the pandemic.

The grants from the Ohio Arts Council are funded by the organization’s allocation from the federal coronavirus relief package.

The other local grant recipients include:

  • Ballet Western Reserve, $42,000.
  • Etruscan Press, $13,300.
  • Lit Youngstown, $4,500.
  • Opera Western Reserve, $12,000.
  • Stage Left Players,$6,500.
  • Stambaugh Chorus, $24,500.

In all, the Ohio Arts Council awarded 296 grants awards totaling $20 million.

“This investment will go a long way in supporting the recovery and resilience of Ohio’s creative economy, which is among the pandemic’s hardest hit sectors,” said Donna S. Collins, executive director of the council, in a statement.

Awards were determined through a tiered, need-based formula that considered each eligible applicant’s budget and reported expenses qualifying under the federal relief package.

Pictured: The Butler Institute of American Art.

Copyright 2020, AfterHoursYoungstown, Youngstown, Ohio.

Posted Nov. 20, 2020.

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