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Phyllis Gorfain, Arts Administration Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Phyllis Gorfain, Arts Administration Award Winner

Phyllis Gorfain, professor of English emerita at Oberlin College, originated Oberlin Drama at Grafton as a Shakespeare-centered performance program at Grafton Correctional Institution in 2012.Through Phyllis' initiatives, ODAG provides a transformative space for its actors, Oberlin students, guest directors, lecturers, visiting performers, volunteers, and audiences.
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Arts Education Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Arts Education Award Winner

For more than 30 years, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati has built a reputation for exceptional artistic leadership and engaging community-centered programming. It provides theatre education programs that enrich young minds and prioritize inclusivity, diversity, and access, creating pathways to successful professional careers for the next generation of artists while growing the local talent pool.
Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth, Arts Patron Award Winners

Governor's Awards 2019: Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth, Arts Patron Award Winners

Cincinnati and its surrounding communities have been fortunate to claim two of Ohio’s greatest philanthropists – Randolph “Duck” Wadsworth and his late wife Sallie. Through their legacy of philanthropic support in the visual arts, music, and theatre communities, their generosity has raised the arts to new heights in Southwest Ohio.
Owens Corning, Business Support of the Arts Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Owens Corning, Business Support of the Arts Award Winner

Owens Corning is a global market leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composite products and solutions. The Toledo-based company has prioritized providing access to the arts in Northwest Ohio through financial support, volunteerism, and board involvement.
RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

RJ Thompson is a tenured assistant professor of graphic and interactive design in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University. Parallel to his teaching, he is the principal and creative strategist for +Public, a design research-based social enterprise that focuses on cultivating community and economic development impact through the creation of branded communication platforms, creative place-making, and storytelling initiatives for communities-in-revival.
Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Ronette “Roni” Burkes-Trowsdell previously served as warden at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio, and was recently promoted to Regional Director of Specialty Institutions. Throughout Roni’s 18-year tenure with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, she has chosen to lead and support diverse projects that aim to increase access to the arts for those who are justice-involved around the state.

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