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ArtsOhio Blog

The ArtsOhio Blog is the Ohio Arts Council's way to share stories that highlight the arts in Ohio, feedback from the field, interviews with artists and staff, and more. Sign up for the ArtsOhio newsletter to receive a curated selection of posts each month.

Arts Midwest President & CEO Torrie Allen and Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins

2020: A Successful Start!

By all indications, 2020 is already a success for the arts in Ohio at all levels. In this month's Executive Message, Donna S. Collins celebrates the inspiring, innovative, and creative work that's happened throughout the state in just the first 31 days of the new decade.
Dr. Marcia Latta and Donna S. Collins

On the Road Again ... and Again, and Again!

The roads to the arts are well-traveled. In this month's Executive Message, Donna S. Collins recaps some of her recent artist and arts organization visits and shares why you won't want to miss when Arts Impact Ohio 2020 comes to Akron next May.
Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins and Ohio Arts Council Board Member Neal Zimmers at the 2019 National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Leadership Institute. Photo by Billie Zimmers

Learning, Listening, and Leading: A Few Takeaways from the NASAA Leadership Institute

In this Executive Message, Donna S. Collins shares a few takeaways from the 2019 National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Leadership Institute and discusses how they connect to the arts in Ohio.
Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins and OFP Productions' Nate Leone at The Gratitude Project in Dayton on Aug. 16.

‘Tis the Season – And It’s Not Christmas!

As fall descends on us, ‘tis the season to spread our love of the arts and the economic, educational, and cultural significance that makes Ohio a smART place to live, work, and play! In this Executive Message, Donna S. Collins offers a sampling of the amazing creativity abounding here in the Buckeye State.
Ohio Arts Council staff members hold multicolored bags they screen printed at a workshop at Blockfort.

Celebrate the Arts With Me

From an historic budget allocation to awarding millions of dollars in grants to artists, educators, and organizations, Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins highlights all the reasons to celebrate the arts in this month's Executive Message.
A student participates in the Arts Commission's Young Artists at Work program. YAAW provides teens from diverse neighborhoods in Toledo the opportunity to come together to find unique summer employment while tapping their creative skills. Photo courtesy of the Arts Commission.

School’s Out for Summer

While the doors to most Ohio K-12 schools are closed for the summer, that doesn’t mean learning has gone by the wayside. In this month's Executive Message, Donna S. Collins highlights what students throughout the state are up to in the arts this summer and provides an update on the state budget process.

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