Ohio Humanities does not fund the creation of works of art or creative performance. Ohio Humanities does fund the humanities disciplines that concern themselves with the interpretation of art, music, theatre, material culture, and all other forms of human creativity. These disciplines include: art history, visual studies, art criticism, musicology, theatre history, and cultural anthropology.
We acknowledge some arts-based practices are important vehicles for conveying interpretive content. A photo-documentary project on community heritage, for example, or a spoken word performance based on oral histories can be effective humanities programs. If a proposed project includes a visual arts component or performance, determine if it is primarily the fruit of individual artistic expression, or a vehicle for sharing interpretive content. For questions, contact a program officer.