During these moments of national crisis, the cultural and heritage nonprofit sector is frequently overlooked. People turn to the humanities and arts to understand what is going on and for solace. Governor DeWine’s frequent assurances that Ohioans have faced tough times before and prevailed–and will do so again–are informed by his knowledge of our state’s history. While our sector isn’t working in emergency departments or the grocery stores, gas stations, and banks deemed critical, we help fortify those who do with insight and an enhanced quality of life.

Committed to helping our partners create and sustain vibrant communities, Ohio Humanities is taking the lead to assist cultural organizations impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  In order the determine how we can be most effective with assistance, we have partnered with Heritage Ohio, the Ohio History Connection’s History Fund, the Ohio Local History Alliance, the Ohio Museums Association, the Ohio Travel Association, and the Society of Ohio Archivists to survey our various constituents. Your responses to this survey are vital and will help us craft an emergency plan to distribute federal stimulus funds to help Ohio’s cultural heritage community.  We’ll use this to plan and distribute federal stimulus funds and create other services to fortify your institution as you address your community’s needs in the face of COVID-19.

This survey will require about 30 minutes to complete, but the results have the potential to preserve cultural organizations far into the future.