Arts Committee Recommends City Grants

The Cincinnati Arts Association, the Ensemble Theatre, the Know Theatre Tribe and Ink Tank are among the groups that could receive almost $106,000 in grants from the city.

Cincinnati City Council will vote Wednesday on its Arts Committee’s recommendation about who should receive funding this year in the competitive arts grant program. Overall, 19 organizations or individuals were recommended to receive grants.

Ten groups were recommended to receive $7,500, the maximum amount allowed per grant. They include the Arts Association, Contemporary Dance Theatre, the Know Theatre Tribe, Ink Tank and Muse, a women’s choir.

In making the recommendations, city officials reviewed requests from 28 eligible applicants, whose requests totaled $169,095 — or $63,198 above the $105,897 available. City council sets aside a portion of Cincinnati’s operating budget each year for arts grants.

Grants are made in three categories: established organizations that have existed for three years or more, emerging groups that have existed less than three years and individual artists.

Three individual artists were recommended for grants this year. If approved, Anthony Baysore, Amy Bogard and Tim McMichael would receive a total of $8,000.

Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell heads the Arts Committee, which also includes council members Chris Bortz, Laketa Cole, John Cranley and David Crowley.

— Kevin Osborne

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