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State Aid For Arts Venues On The Way

Ohio Public Radio

The Columbus Museum of Art has announced it will lay off 39 employees and cut it's  budget due to revenue losses caused by COVID-19 . 

It's the latest example of an arts organization that has suffered because of COVID-19. Some state help may be coming  for struggling performing arts venues. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.



Governor Mike DeWine says he realizes performing arts are hurting right now and he says the state wants to help theaters that have lost money due to coronavirus closures and restrictions.

“We can’t announce this yet but in the money we are setting aside, we hope to have money for theatres, performing arts theaters, in the state of Ohio. Look, it’s not going to put them back where they were or where they would have been but we will have money in there for that.”


DeWine says he doesn’t think movie theaters will qualify for those funds but adds they might qualify for some other funding that’s being set aside to help Ohio businesses hurt by coronavirus.

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