Governor DeWine signs capital budget bill. Photo from governor.ohio.gov

On June 28, 2024 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 2, Ohio’s capital budget for Fiscal Years 2025-2026. In addition to the community projects traditionally funded by the capital budget, HB2 includes more than $700M as part of the One-Time Strategic Community Investment Fund. The bill, which includes a total of $3.5B in appropriations, directly invests nearly $100 million in arts and cultural projects and institutions in the state.

“These are not just projects, but investments in our future,” said Ohio House Speaker, Jason Stephens. “They will benefit not only local communities but also the region and the state, with many even having a national impact. These projects are designed for everyday Ohioans to see, use, and enjoy for generations, making everyone a part of this historic change.”

“The capital budget for Fiscal Years 2025-2026, combined with one-time strategic investments made in this bill, represents the largest support for Ohio facilities and local community infrastructure in history, generating jobs and continued growth throughout the state,” said Ohio Office of Budget and Management Director. Kimberly Murnieks.

Below is a list of investments (totaling $99,673,951) in Ohio’s arts and culture found in HB2, organized by county. Note: Additional indirect funding of arts and cultural initiatives through appropriations to higher education, etc. are not included. Items with an asterisk indicate projects funded by the One-time Strategic Community Investment Fund.

HB2 funding of arts and culture by County

Allen County

  • Veterans Memorial Hall Improvements, $10,000,000*
  • Swiss Community Historical Society – Heritage Center, $100,000

Ashland County

  • Hugo Young Theatre, $248,554*

Ashtabula County

  • Ashtabula Arts Center Restroom Project, $45,000*
  • Redevelopment and Reclamation of Shea Theatre, $500,000*

Auglaize County

  • St. Mary’s Theater and Grand Opera House, $300,000*

Athens County

  • Stuart’s Opera House Improvements, $35,000

Butler County

  • Riversedge Amphitheater Expansion, $1,000,000*

Champaign County

  • Champaign Aviation Museum Improvements, $20,000*
  • Champaign Aviation Museum Improvements, $300,000
  • Johnny Appleseed Education Center and Museum, $73,000

Clermont County

  • Nisbet Park Amphitheater, $250,000*
  • Owensville Historical Society Museum, $132,000*

Clinton County

  • Preservation and Progress for the Historic Murphy Theatre, $500,000*

Cuyahoga County

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum Expansion and Renovation Project, $7,000,000*
  • The Music Settlement – Gries House Redevelopment, $1,500,000*
  • Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, $480,000*
  • Cleveland Institute of Art – Interactive Media Lab, $365,000*
  • Northeast Ohio Music Arts Development Hub, $200,000*
  • Playhouse Square – Transformational Greyhound Project, $1,000,000
  • Severance Music Center, $1,000,000
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History, $1,000,000
  • Cleveland Institute of Music – Kulas Hall, $500,000
  • Cleveland Public Theatre Improvements, $500,000
  • Great Lakes Science Center – Water Technology Exhibition, $500,000
  • Karamu House Capstone Capital Improvements, $500,000
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Improvements, $500,000
  • BAYarts Cultural Arts Center Expansion, $288,000
  • Beck Center for the Arts, $250,000
  • Shore Cultural Centre Renovation, $400,000
  • Waterloo Arts Renovation Project, $100,000

Delaware County

  • Boardman Arts Park Improvements Whimsy Venue, $1,000,000*
  • Delaware Arts Castle Improvements, $100,000

Fairfield County

  • Violet Township Performing Arts Center Finish Upgrade and Modernization, $244,800
  • Decorative Arts Center of Ohio Accessibility Project, $50,000
  • Ohio Glass Museum, $40,659
  • Victoria Opera House Screen, $10,000

Fayette County

  • Historic Washington Auditorium Project, $500,000

Franklin County

  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra – Music for All, $18,500,000*
  • Heartland Music Incubator, $1,000,000*
  • Columbus Museum of Art Upgrades, $1,250,000
  • Central Presbyterian Church Renovation (CAPA), $500,000
  • Shadowbox Expansion, $200,000
  • Central Ohio Fire Museum Restoration, $200,000
  • National Veterans Memorial and Museum Core Improvements, $100,000

Geauga County

  • Capital Improvements at Community Arts Center, $70,938

Greene County

  • Cedarville Opera House, $12,000,000*
  • Clifton Opera House, $1,900,000*

Hamilton County

  • Riverbend 2.0, $8,000,000*
  • Cincinnati Art Museum Improvements, $1,650,000
  • Cincinnati Music Hall Upgrades, $1,000,000
  • Emery Theater Restoration, $520,000
  • Northside’s Outdoor Community Entertainment Venue, $250,000
  • ArtWorks Painting the Future Together, $200,000
  • Cincinnati Regal Theater Renovation, $200,000
  • Hollywood Theatre, $200,000

Huron County

  • Norwalk Theater Restoration, $2,000,000*
  • Norwalk Theater Restoration, $1,000,000

Jackson County

  • Louvee Theater, $1,500,000

Lake County

  • Rabbit Run Theater Improvements, $100,000*
  • Corning Auditorium Stage & Lobby, Creative Arts Therapies & Mental Health, $500,000

Lorain County

  • Black River Landing Amphitheater, $500,000*
  • Wilson Bruce Evans House, $250,000

Lucas County

  • Imagination Station; Toledo Science Center World of Discovery Exhibit, $750,000*
  • Toledo School for the Performing Arts Replacement Windows, $500,000*
  • Glass City Mural Wall Lighting (Toledo), $100,000*
  • Toledo Center for the Performing Arts (TAPA), $200,000
  • Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, $500,000
  • Collingwood Arts Center Upgrades, $100,000
  • National Museum of the Great Lakes Second Wave Expansion, $200,000
  • Valentine Theater Renovations, $150,000

Mahoning County

  • Youngstown Playhouse Roof, $238,000*
  • Mahoning Valley Historical Society Expansion and Improvement, $600,000
  • Youngstown Playhouse Upgrade, $100,000
  • Butler Institute of Art Studio Maker Space, $200,000

Marion County

  • Marion Harding Performing Arts Center, $500,000*
  • Stengel-True Museum Parking, $75,000

Medina County

  • McDowell-Phillips House Museum Interpretive Center, $250,000
  • York Township Historical Society Museum and Educational Center, $45,000

Mercer County

  • 1883 Morvilius Opera House Restoration Project, $500,000

Miami County

  • Miami Valley Veterans Museum Upgrades, $45,000

Montgomery County

  • Schuster Center, $1,000,000*
  • K-12 Gallery and TEJAS Acquisition Project, $250,000*
  • Dayton Art Institute Roof Replacement, $600,000
  • Dayton Live, $500,000
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery-First Floor Transformation, $250,000

Ottawa County

  • Genoa Civic Theatre Improvements, $100,000*

Pike County

  • Pike Heritage Museum Phase II Exterior Rehabilitation Project, $75,000

Richland County

  • Mansfield Theater “Road to 100” Renovation, $500,000*
  • Mansfield Theater “Road to 100” Renovation, $500,000
  • Richland Academy of Arts Renovation-Modernization Act Project, $350,000
  • Mansfield Art Center (MAC) Accessibility Project, $75,000

Sandusky County

  • Hayes Presidential Library Improvements, $300,000*

Seneca County

  • Seneca County Museum Interior Revitalization, $190,000*
  • Ritz Theatre Marquee Renovation, $30,000*

Stark County

  • Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, $300,000
  • Canton EN-RICH-MENT Arts Education Center, $200,000
  • Canton Palace Theatre, $200,000
  • McKinley Presidential Museum Improvements, $150,000
  • Canton Museum of Art, $50,000

Summit County

  • Akron Art Museum – Center for Digital Discovery, $2,000,000*

Trumbull County

  • Renovation of Wellman Theater, $300,000*

Tuscarawas County

  • Clay Capital Heritage Center, $300,000

Warren County

  • Harmon Museum & Armstrong Center Modernization, $454,000
  • Sorg Opera House Renovation, $375,000

Washington County

  • Marietta Castle Museum, $130,000

Logan County

  • West Liberty Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek Improvements, $44,000

Total: $99,673,951

* One-time Strategic Community Investment Fund

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