Grant to Go Toward Public Art Project

Wednesday, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) announced that the Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission (TMAC) was the recipient of a $1,557 grant to go toward its traffic control box art wrap program.

TMAC received one of 178 grants totaling $491,994 in the ArtSTART category, which provides accessible funding to help organizations complete short-term projects. Most awards support the programming of new or emerging organizations, first-time OAC applicants, and organizations in areas not served by other arts providers.

TMAC started in 2022 to promote the arts in the City of Tiffin and collaborate on public art projects. The group has organized an art contest to solicit original art for vinyl wraps on traffic signal boxes throughout the community, the first phase of which is complete and submissions for the second phase recently were closed. The third phase of the project will be announced soon for wrapping of traffic controller boxes near Heidelberg and Tiffin universities and community schools.

Tiffin Mayor Dawn Iannantuono said, “Thank you to the Ohio Arts Council for providing this grant and congratulations to the members of the Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission as they continue to strive in their mission to advocate, educate, and promote the culture, creation, and celebration of the arts in the City of Tiffin.”

The OAC board approved $18,246,306 in grants to support Ohio artists, arts and cultural organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming at its July 20 summer meeting.

The 764 grants approved at the meeting constitute the initial and major state fiscal year 2023 funding round for the OAC.

“We thank Ohio’s elected leadership—especially Governor Mike DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, and members of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate—for their steadfast support of our state’s creative sector,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins in a news release. “With these awards, Ohio’s resilient arts and culture sector will continue to play a critical role in the health and vitality of communities across the state.”