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Ohio Arts Council Board Approves More Than $12.5M in Arts Grants

The Ohio Arts Council board approved $12,500,446 in grants to support Ohio artists, arts and cultural organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming when it met virtually on July 22 for its summer board meeting.
A screenshot of a dress rehearsal at the Fitton Center for the Creative Arts. Image shows an orchestra seated on stage next to a live printmaking session.

A Creative Collaboration Unfolds on Stage: Music and Live Artmaking Combine at the Fitton Center

What color would you make a major chord if you were to hang it on a gallery wall? How would you transpose an artist’s sketch onto a music staff? These are possibilities the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra and visual artist Billy Simms aimed to explore during a collaborative performance at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts on Feb. 1.
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Ohio Arts Organizations Receive $525K from National Endowment for the Arts

Twenty-five Ohio arts organizations have been awarded federal funding through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works and Challenge America grant programs.
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2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Winners Announced

Eight winners have been selected to receive awards at the 2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio, the State of Ohio’s most prestigious annual arts event.
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Jarrod Hartzler Discusses His New Role as Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Executive Director

As executive director of the Ohio Alliance for Art Education, Jarrod Hartzler is eager to use his passion for the arts in education to ensure students have opportunities through arts integration and arts learning. New technologies, resources, and partnerships make for a bright future for arts education in Ohio, and, as he shares in this Q&A, Hartzler can’t wait to get started.
A 1909 postcard of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Athens. Photo courtesy of Ada Woodson Adams

Athens Organization Selected to Host Rural Design Workshop Led by National Endowment for the Arts

An organization in Athens, Ohio, has been selected to host a multi-day design workshop focusing on rural design and creative placemaking. Part of the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design program, a national initiative that aims to support rural communities through hands-on training and other events, the workshop in Athens will focus on the efforts to preserve and reimagine the use of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a century-old church founded in 1872 that is the last standing building in the city that was built by free-born and formerly enslaved black artisans.

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