performing arts

Study of Ohio arts industry during pandemic shows big hits to state economy

BY: - April 14, 2022

An analysis commissioned by an Ohio arts foundation showed significant unemployment and economic losses in the arts, and thus in the state, as the pandemic cancelled shows and exhibits. The “creative industries,” as the arts are called in a report announced this week by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, are a “critical economic […]

Art helped Ohioans endure the pandemic. Advocates say support shouldn’t change afterward

BY: - January 31, 2022

Elizabeth Brown-Ellis and Dr. Philathia Bolton spent the last two years watching the pandemic put a damper on their communities. As a University of Akron professor, Bolton watched her students dig for inspiration and purpose amid online classes and an isolated college experience. As head of the Lima Symphony Orchestra, Brown-Ellis watched 75 musicians adapt […]

Ohio arts community faces big pandemic losses, looks to state for help

BY: - June 23, 2021

As an industry with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, arts organizations are struggling to cover the significant economic losses the coronavirus pandemic caused. In a pandemic impact report, the Ohio Citizens for the Arts asked members where they stood financially following restrictions and closures caused by the spread of COVID-19 through […]

‘Soul-crushing’: Ohio’s performing arts regroup after COVID-19 losses

BY: - August 31, 2020

Opera Columbus was ready for its annual gala, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the performing arts company. The food was ordered and the venue was set for the March event. The next day, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the effective closure of the state, as the spread of COVID-19 began locally. “It was […]