Arts for Resilience in Our Community is designed to connect young adults, ages 15 to 24, with professional artists to foster confidence, build resilience, and increase social and community connectedness in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on them.

AROC will contract with three professional artists in Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, and Musical Arts. Twenty young adults will be selected to participate per discipline. Workshops will be held twice a month for 2.5 hours over a three-month period. Each discipline will conclude with an exhibition or showcase of the works created. The AROC experience will provide both participants and artists opportunities to work together throughout the three-month workshops.

This $39,000 project will offer each individual artist an $8,000 commission in the fields of theatre arts,  musical arts, and visual arts. It is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), supported through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and administered by the State Library of Ohio.

How to Participate

Extended deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021 by 11:59 PM

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The AROC project aligns with the library’s mission, vision, and values.


Shaker Library plans to help our community in recovering from COVID-19 by using the arts to address the mental health issues of one of our most vulnerable demographic groups: 15-24-year-olds.

Recognizing the healing power of the arts and building on the library’s many successful arts collaborations, we will host a nine-month arts series targeting young adults ages 15 to 24. Our aim is to use the arts to foster confidence, build resilience, and increase social and community connectedness.

Grant funds will be used to compensate three professional artists who will facilitate 18 two-and-a-half hour-art workshops over a nine-month period, and to purchase supplies for the workshops, exhibitions, and showcases. Funds will also be used for staff training in effective community engagement practices.


The State Library of Ohio Board has awarded $2,306,129 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Outreach Grants to 45 institutions. The purpose of the ARPA Outreach Grant initiative is to assist libraries and their communities as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as address economic and community needs, resulting from the pandemic, through equitable approaches.

Using Federal ARPA funds, received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Ohio libraries  were invited to submit proposals for this competitive grant program focused on the concept of outreach. Applications were accepted in three categories: Outreach and Education, Community Connections, and Outreach Initiatives.

Shaker Library received $39,000 to implement its project, Arts for Resilience in Our Community.