DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Senator Sherrod Brown joined arts leaders at the Dayton Arcade to celebrate millions of dollars in Shuttered Venue Operator Grants benefiting arts organizations across the Miami Valley.

“They [arts organizations] are essential to keep young people in the community. They’re essential so people can learn from the arts and perform and they’re essential for the economy,” Sen. Brown said.

“39 Dayton-region arts venues across our entire service area and arts organizations received over $18 million through the first round of the SVOG with the largest grant to the downtown theater Dayton Live, formally know as the Victoria Theater Association, at nearly $10 million from both rounds of funding,” said Lisa Hanson, the executive director of Culture Works Dayton.

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