NEA Arts Magazine

NEA Grants Workshop in Ohio

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Paul Redman, Patrick Tiberi, Wayne Lawson, and Dana Gioia outdoors

Paul Redman, Executive Director, Franklin Park Conservatory; U.S. Representative Patrick Tiberi of Ohio; Wayne Lawson, Executive Director, Ohio Arts Council; and Chairman Gioia at the NEA grants workshop in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Shana Chase.

New National Council on the Arts member Representative Patrick Tiberi of Ohio's 12th District hosted the Arts Endowment for a grants workshop on February 22nd in Columbus. Held at the Franklin Park Conservatory, the event attracted 100 participants from local arts organizations including Paul Redman, the conservatory's executive director, and Wayne Lawson, executive director of the Ohio Arts Council.

Chairman Dana Gioia kicked off the workshop by congratulating Rep. Tiberi on his arts leadership and applauding the many outstanding arts organizations in the Columbus area. Chairman Gioia then spoke about the Arts Endowment's leadership role in the area of arts education, citing in particular the agency's Shakespeare for a New Generation, NEA Jazz in the Schools, and Poetry Out Loud programs.

Rep. Tiberi also spoke about the importance of arts education. "I've experienced first hand the impact that the arts can have. As a youngster, I began playing the trumpet. I continued through high school and later as a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band. Not only did music provide me with a means of self expression, but it allowed me to build relationships that I continue to enjoy."

Following the opening remarks, Tony Chauveaux, the NEA's Deputy Chairman for Grants & Awards, led the hour-long grants workshop. During the workshop, local arts organizations learned the ins and outs of applying for federal arts funding, including eligibility requirements, deadlines, and how to participate in agency initiatives.