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Change in state law is sought to levy cigarette tax to fund arts groups

Originally Published: 12:00 a.m., July 7, 2014 and  Updated 09:05 a.m., July 7, 2014

A town hall is set Friday

Staff report


Power of the Arts, a community arts and culture organization, will host a town hall at 3 p.m. Friday in Bliss Recital Hall on the first floor of Bliss Hall at Youngstown State University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Power of the Arts is actively pursuing changing the Ohio Revised Code to allow counties with populations under 1.2 million to fund arts and cultural districts with a cigarette tax. Now, only Cuyahoga County is eligible. The group’s goal would be to create a sustainable funding source for arts and culture in the Mahoning Valley.

Also at the session, attendees will hear the findings of a survey of arts and culture organizations and artists and will get an update about the Power of the Arts efforts in Columbus.

The meeting will also give attendees an opportunity to meet other representatives from arts and culture organizations who are committed to the power of the arts in the Mahoning Valley.

Planning for future arts initiatives will also begin where those in attendance can voice their opinions regarding the direction of the Power of the Arts and how it can help propel the arts and culture in the Mahoning Valley.

The mission of the Power of the Arts is to create and sustain a collaborative structure for the arts and culture community to effectively participate in the region’s revitalization and economic development and to positively impact residents’ quality of life.

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