Shannon Ford

Director of Community Arts Development

Shannon Ford works with government agencies and nonprofits to strengthen the arts’ presence, impact and public value in communities statewide. He administers grants to local arts agencies, presenters, multi-disciplinary arts centers, and arts service organizations. He also works to strengthen small, emerging, and volunteer-driven arts organizations statewide through the Arts Build Communities program in collaboration with 13 designated agencies.

Prior to joining the Commission, he was employed by the Ohio Arts Council for nine years, most recently as an Arts Learning Program Coordinator. He obtained his B.A. in Communication and Art from Trinity University and completed coursework towards a Master’s in Arts Policy and Administration at The Ohio State University.