ConnectingPoint is a series of monthly virtual networking events for CreativeOhio organizational members. These events are focused on convening Executive Directors, CEOs, and Presidents and encourage the combination of multiple creative organizations’ input within a given art discipline, creating deeper knowledge, faster insights, and trusting camaraderie to more effectively and efficiently lead their organizations.


Creativeohio champion advocacy awards

The CreativeOhio Champion Advocacy Awards recognize outstanding community leadership in advocacy and support of the arts, culture, and creative sector. These awards honor and are hosted in a different region of Ohio, annually.


CO-LAB is CreativeOhio’s quarterly webinar series to empower our members with a full embrace of effective and active resources to sustain, innovate and grow their creative organizations, and not only advocate for, but demonstrate the power of the creative sector in our economy.


Impact studies

We regularly perform studies to showcase
the economic impact the creative industry
has on Ohio’s economy

Public Policy Agenda

Every year we partner with our
members to develop an agenda for
our Public Policy focuses.

WHAT WE’ve Done

View some of CreativeOhio’s recent advocacy successes.



Successfully lobbied for $50.7M for the Ohio Arts Council operating budget, an historic measure.


Advanced the understanding that the arts and creatives are vital for economic development and continue to open doors for future public-private partnerships in creative workforce development.


Reframed the conversation from ‘the arts’ to ‘creative workforce,’ and positioned non-profit organizations as businesses and drivers of economic growth.


Obtained $50M in American Rescue Plan Act funding through Ohio’s Department of Development for hundreds of Ohio’s arts non-profit organizations, successfully shifting mindsets that ‘the arts’ are business.



Successfully lobbied for $40M for the Ohio Arts Council operating budget, the largest in state history.


Successfully lobbied Ohio’s congressional delegation gaining support for the Federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, providing emergency funding to hundreds of Ohio’s live performance venues.


Ohio Gig Workers

Successfully lobbied for unemployment benefits for Ohio gig and contract workers.


Developed reopening guideline recommendations for the creative sector.

Federal funding

Built ConnectingPoint, a state-wide network of creative professionals, giving them a unified voice at local, state, and federal levels.


Secured $20M in CARES funding for non-profit arts organizations, the second highest in the country dedicated for the sector.

Creativeohio’s future

Our strategic plan identifies opportunities and strategies that will allow us to secure, enhance, and leverage CO’s core strengths and attributes to enrich our communities, citizens, and culture through constant advocacy and relentless support of Ohio creatives and the creative economy.

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