About ORBI

The Ohio River Border Initiative is something new in the world of state arts programs. The Initiative is not an organization. It is not a government agency. ORBI is a creative way for the state arts agencies of West Virginia and Ohio to support the arts community in the Ohio River valley. ORBI’s programs are open to artists, arts groups and community arts programs in all Ohio and West Virginia counties that touch the Ohio River. These counties include: Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Wetzel, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke, Hancock in West Virginia, and Lawrence, Gallia, Meigs, Athens, Washington, Monroe, Belmont, Jefferson, Columbiana in Ohio. Click here to see a map of the ORBI region.

ORBI is a funding program. Since 1994, ORBI has awarded a total of more than $450,000 in grant funding to a wide variety of projects, artists and community groups in West Virginia and Ohio counties that border the Ohio River. The deadline for our annual grant program is on or around February 1 of every year. Ten to fifteen grants are awarded every year. The maximum grant award is $3,000 to any one group or artist. Grants are awarded for projects that actively involve artists, audiences and communities on both sides of the Ohio River.

ORBI is always looking for new ideas. We have annual workshops, and now this web site, that encourage arts activists in the Ohio River valley tell us how we can do a better job of helping them get what they need.

ORBI can help solve problems. We want ORBI to be a central “clearinghouse” for new ideas about building stronger ties across the Ohio River among artists and arts groups.

ORBI has one of the largest and most comprehensive arts database in the region. We can help put you in touch with potential partners, presenters and performers.

This web site is another way for ORBI to help bring together the arts communities of West Virginia and Ohio across the Ohio River.

2 Responses to About ORBI

  1. Norm Payne says:

    My name is Norm Payne I owne an Art Sudio called Fidel’s Fine Art Studio 312 Rosemar Rd Parkersburg WV 26104 304 481-8177. Im having an Oct artfest on the 14-15 of Oct in the parking lot of the Grand central Mall, Vienna WV.
    Im writing to see you your business would like to get involved in any why.
    If you could please cantact me at 304 966-8494 business or 304 481-8177 cell

    Thank you

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    ARTIST RECEPTION: FRIDAY, NOV 8 6-9 PM 164 FIRST STREET, POWHATAN PT., OHIO
    SHOW AND SALE OF ENTRY ITEM SATURDAY, NOV 9 AT CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE EVENT.
    COME MEET, MINGLE PROSPECTIVE PATRONS AT THE WINE TASTING-TAPAS BAR
    NOV 8TH.
    All proceeds towards development of Powhatan’s Native American Mural Park.

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