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7 Valley arts and culture organizations receive CARES Act funds

The organizations were awarded a total of $251,500 by the Ohio Arts Council.
Stambaugh AuditoriumNEW
The Stambaugh Chorus and Opera Western Reserve, both of which operate out of Stambaugh Auditorium, received $24,500 and 12,000, respectively, from the Ohio Arts Council. (Mahoning Matters)

COLUMBUS — Seven Mahoning Valley organizations were awarded a total of $251,500 in grants Thursday from the Ohio Arts Council.

The OAC announced 296 grant awards totaling $20 million in economic relief from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act for Ohio’s arts and culture sector.

CARES Act funds were made available to the OAC through the initiative of Gov. Mike DeWine and state legislative leaders and through the approval of the state’s Controlling Board. 

Awards were determined through a tiered, need-based formula that considered each eligible organization's budget and reported expenses qualifying under the CARES Act.

The Valley organizations and grand awards are:

  • Ballet Western Reserve: $42,300;
  • Butler Institute of American Art: $148,400;
  • Etruscan Press: $13,300;
  • Lit Youngstown: $4,500;
  • Opera Western Reserve: $12,000;
  • Stambaugh Chorus: $24,500;
  • Stage Left Players: $6,500.

"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,” Donna S. Collins, OAC executive director, said in a news release. “In this season of thankfulness, I join with the OAC board to express my gratitude to Gov. Mike DeWine and leaders of the Ohio General Assembly for investing in Ohio’s performing and cultural arts organizations."