101 Stories: Ohio Arts Council

By The Children's Theatre

Celebrate TCT’s 101st season as it comes to a close as we applaud and appreciate those who contributed to the organization’s magic throughout our century-long journey.  During 10 weeks of recognition, we honor individuals who have been instrumental in the success of TCT, and who have not only helped TCT grow in mission, but also thrive, thanks to their passion.  It is these people and their moments in our history that shaped TCT to become what it is today. We encourage you to consider giving a gift in their honor to ensure the sustainability of TCT’s mission for the next 100+ years.

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) helps fund The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. This state agency provides leadership and voice for the arts to transform people and communities. TCT is proud to be supported by the OAC. 

Justin Nigro, Operations and Public Affairs Director at the Ohio Arts Council

Justin Nigro, Operations and Public Affairs Director at the Ohio Arts Council, says: 

“The OAC is a state government agency that supports the arts in all 88 counties to strengthen Ohio culturally, educationally, and economically. We are a proud long-standing supporter of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.” 

He continues: “The type of work that The Children’s Theatre does helps young people succeed inside and outside of the classroom. It is proven that arts education has a positive impact on students. Our economy is increasingly driven by innovation and creativity, and developing those skills starts when you’re young.” 

“It is so gratifying that TCT’s mission is so focused on developing children and educating them on art, creativity, and the power of imagination will help these children throughout their lives. What I really love about TCT is how they make their experience accessible to everybody – whether it’s through sign language interpretations, sensory-friendly performances, and more. It has been a difficult year for those working in the performing arts sector, but it is so encouraging to see how TCT has pivoted and been able to offer their programming in COVID-friendly ways during these times.” 

The Ohio Arts Council was created in 1965 to foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio’s cultural heritage. With funds from the Ohio Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the OAC provides financial assistance to artists and arts organizations. The Council accomplishes this charge in two primary methods; first, through the various grant funding programs that the Council operates to provide support to artists and to make arts activities available to a broad segment of Ohio’s public; and secondly, by providing services that help to enhance the growth of the arts.  

Would you honor The Ohio Arts Council with a gift to recognize the impact made on TCT?