Photo Credit: Every Angle Photography (OAPN 2021 - Dr. E, Vision, The Dancing Wheels Company)

In 2021, OAPN launched its "Sponsored Artist" program to reduce the barriers of entry into the performing arts world for Ohio Artists. This new initiative was created directly following a 3 month E.D.I.A (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility) Board training session. In an effort to address inequality in the touring arts industry in Ohio (and beyond), OAPN took action with the creation of this program which financially supports artists who are Ohio-based, self- or unrepresented, and self-identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or an artist with a disability. Qualifying artists were selected from the 24 Juried Artists selected to showcase. The initiative pays 100% of the Artists costs associated with attending and showcasing at an OAPN Conference, including a stipend for travel and a free year of OAPN membership.

2021 Sponsored Artists:
Vision (spoken word - Cleveland, OH)
Dr. E (songwriter, performer, author, teacher - Blacklick, OH)
The Dancing Wheels Company (dance organization - Cleveland, OH)

OAPN was thrilled to receive sponsorship dollars from its first enthusiastic sponsor, Cain Park, an outdoor amphitheater located in Cleveland Heights that hosts music, dance, and theater. Our second sponsorship came from the entire OAPN Board of directors who all personally donated to our first year initiative.
 
We only hope that this program grows in years to come. If you would like more information on how to take part in, or help us grow our 2022 initiative, please email [email protected] with the subject line "Sponsored Artist Program"