Ohio Citizens for the Arts (OCA) is calling upon the arts community to Advocate for the Arts.



Ohio Citizens for the Arts is asking the Ohio Arts and Creative community to reach out to your legislators regarding the Ohio House 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force. Help to ensure that people working in the arts receive the support they need during the COVID-19 crisis.

Some of the ways you can help:

•  Ohio speaker Larry Householder named 24 legislators to a bipartisan task force that will study ways the Ohio House can lay the foundation for economic recovery from the pandemic. At the bottom of this post, you will find the list of elected officials named to the Ohio House 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force. OCA urges you to reach out to these legislators and ask them to include arts and cultural concerns in their considerations. You can use the messaging provided below as a template, or personalize your own message:

Dear Representative,
Ohio’s Arts and Creative industries account for more than $41B in economic activity and employ nearly 300,000. Now, more than ever, Ohioans rely on the Arts to help them cope and survive during this trying time. And now, more than ever, Ohioans working in the arts and for arts organizations and businesses statewide – real people, working real jobs – need your help and the support of all Ohioans to survive.

•  Check out the Ohio Citizens for the Arts comprehensive list of Arts and Creative Sector and COVID-19 Talking Points

•  Ohio Citizens for the Arts has launched an #OhioArtsStrong campaign to showcase the resilience and strength of Ohio’s arts community. They encourage you to use the hashtag in your social media postings to help elevate Ohio’s arts community. They are grateful for the many artists and organizations that participated in their #OhioArtsStrong video (below) and have kicked off the movement on social media.

Ohio House 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force

Chairman Paul Zeltwanger (R-Mason) | [email protected]

Vice-Chairman Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) | [email protected]

Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester) | [email protected]

Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) | [email protected]

Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) | [email protected]

Jon Cross (R-Kenton) | [email protected]

Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) | [email protected]

Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) | [email protected]

Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) | [email protected]

Brett Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville) | [email protected]

Adam Holmes (R-Nashport) | [email protected]

Don Jones (R-Freeport) | [email protected]

Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) | [email protected]

George Lang (R-West Chester) | [email protected]

Jeff LaRe (R-Violet Township) | [email protected]

David Leland (D-Columbus) | [email protected]

Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) | [email protected]

Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) | [email protected]

Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) | [email protected]

Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) | [email protected]

Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Paris Township) | [email protected]

D.J. Swearingen (R-Huron) | [email protected]

Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) | [email protected]

Thomas West (D-Canton) | [email protected]