Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Arts in Crisis

Arts Funding Crisis in Ohio

Take Action!

As the economy in Ohio worsens, Governor Ted Strickland abandoned his long aversion to gambling and endorsed a slot machine at racetrack provision which he estimates will bring in more than $900 million during the next biennium, beginning July 1. In addition, he has proposed $2.4 billion in cuts to Ohio departments, agencies and commissions. The Ohio Arts Council, which had an appropriation of $25 million at the beginning of the current biennium and, because of the Governor's cuts during this biennium, which actually received and spent $21 million will suffer further cuts if the Governor's proposals are approved by the Conference Committee on HB 1 (the budget) and pass the House and Senate.

The Governor proposes that the Ohio Arts Council have $13,188,578 to spend in the next biennium (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2011). This would take us back to near the level of 1985 spending. We are in an historic economic collapse, certainly worse in Ohio than in the Country as a whole. There are those few in the Legislature who advocate (we are told because no one has publicly said this) that the Ohio Arts Council be eliminated. In what should be the last week before the approval of the budget, it is imperative that we reinforce to every member of the Legislature and the Governor our message of the importance of the arts in so many aspects of our citizen's lives, but especially EDUCATION and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

We must also tell them that we understand the nature of our economy and the tough economic decisions that they have on their plates. But, what we propose, for very little monies, out of a $55 billion budget, is to help them with partial solutions to their most vexing problems. We are now at the final act of our budget play, we have the power to see that this play has a happier ending than presently appears. I quote again the old Anglican hymn "Let us march with vigor on!"

Please take action today and ask four friends to join you in making contact with their legislators.

William P. Blair

Legislative Counsel

Ohio Citizens for the Arts

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Dead Line Approching Humble Play 2009 playwright app

Humble Play will be presented September 28 – October 3, 2009
Playwright applications must be postmarked
June 29, 2009.

The Corporation for the Performing arts in partnership with ARTS/West is pleased to invite submissions from adventurous playwrights to participate in our 4th Annual Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival.

Acknowledging gifted writers with new plays that speak to a regional audience, ARTS/West will open its doors for these new works.

: We are seeking plays that will highlight the work and the playwrights, actors and directors of Appalachia generally and Southeastern Ohio specifically.

A script committee will review each play submitted. Be concise and clear in your application; the committee is interested in your evaluation of the work you are submitting, which is where you impress.

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted no later than June 29, 2009. All applications must be postmarked on or before June 29, 2009.


There is a $20.00 application fee for each submission. Checks and money orders should be made out to “The Corporation for the Performing Arts.” The application fee is required to cover the costs of having copies made of each project for the reading committees. The application fee will be waived if the playwright makes copies of their submissions (a minimum of 7 copies of each project is needed).

You may not submit more than two projects and each project must be submitted as a separate application with its fee.

ACCEPTANCE: All applicants will receive notification of the result of this application. Notification will be emailed in mid-August. At this time, successful applicants will receive further instructions. Accepted plays will be presented to the public during the week of September 28 – October 3, 2009, in the form of a staged reading in the ARTS/West performance space. The committee will choose the best pairing of local theater company with each play. Your play cannot have had a fully staged production before.