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Toward Public Value:. New Strategies for the Arts in the 21 st Century. In the beginning. 1964 – the National Endowment for the Arts is established 1965 – the Ohio Arts Council is established. Governor Rhodes with Stan Aronoff, 1965. Late 1960’s – early 1970’s.

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Toward Public Value:

New Strategies for the Arts

in the 21st Century


In the beginning...

  • 1964 – the National Endowment for the Arts is established
  • 1965 – the Ohio Arts Council is established

Late 1960’s – early 1970’s

  • 1968 – the North American Assembly of State and Provincial Arts Agencies is organized
  • 1972 – the Mid-American Arts Alliance is formed
  • 1974 – Regional arts organizations are formed the served the Upper Midwest, the West and the Southwest

Mid 1970’s

  • 1976: establishment of the Ohio Citizens Committee for the Arts (now Ohio Citizens for the Arts)
  • 1977: OAC creates Minority Arts, Traditional Arts and Individual Artist programs


  • Technological advancements abound
  • Major arts education partnerships are established
  • OAC launches the Appalachian Arts Program

Late 1990’s

  • NEA staff reductions
  • Term limits implemented in Ohio
  • State economic woes begin

Survival Skills...

... and luck has nothing to do with it!



  • Being proactive
  • Staying ready for challenges
  • Close connections to – and dialogue with – constituents
  • Strong advocacy organization in OCA

Wallace Foundation

funds have enabled:

  • Direct funding to 5 regional Ohio sites
  • OAC “FAM-iliarization” tours
  • Internal staff training, planning and professional development





“You can’t solve a problem

with the same consciousness that created it.”

- Albert Einstein


Other Keys to Success:

  • Support and accessibility for all
  • Strategies for inclusion and participation
  • Persistence and willingness to embrace change
  • Long-tenured staff and Executive Director
  • Belief in the ability of the arts and artists to create healthy communities

SOAR Revisited:

  • The universe of entry points to the arts is expansive
  • Old “classical” definitions of the arts were not inclusive enough
  • 3 of 4 Ohioans believe state tax dollars should be used to support the arts
  • Only 40% are aware state tax dollars do support the arts

SOAR at the local level:

  • Going beyond who’s in the audience: do you know who isn’t?
  • Why aren’t they there?
  • How can you serve these constituents in a meaningful way if their voices are not heard?

2003 OAC Field Survey:

  • 86% agreed or strongly agreed that they value the OAC staff for their leadership and guidance
  • 70% agreed that the OAC should provide programs that give them a broader perspective on arts policy / current research
  • 73% strongly agreed that the OAC should be a leader in helping Ohio’s citizens understand the of the arts



Describe a personally meaningful arts experience:

  • What / when / who / where?
  • Describe a Sensory Memory / Metaphor.
  • What was the personal value to you?
  • What was the social or relational value?
  • What was the value to your community / city?