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2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Winners Announced

2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Winners Announced

Nine winners have been selected to receive awards at the 2018 Arts Day & Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio luncheon and ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at noon at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. The 2018 award recipients and categories, including city, county, biographies, and additional information follow:

ARTS ADMINISTRATION
Howard Parr, executive director of the Akron Civic Theatre
Akron (Summit)
 

ARTS EDUCATION
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Cleveland (Cuyahoga)
 

ARTS PATRON
Stuart and Mimi Rose
Springboro (Warren)
 

BUSINESS SUPPORT OF THE ARTS (SMALL)
Heartland Bank
Gahanna (Franklin)
 

BUSINESS SUPPORT OF THE ARTS (LARGE)
The J.M. Smucker Company
Orrville (Wayne)
 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & PARTICIPATION (co-winners)
Sierra Leone, president and artistic director of OFP Theatre Company
Dayton (Montgomery)

David Poe Mitzel, Ph.D., founder of Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory (AHOOT)
Zanesville (Muskingum)
 

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST
Ricardo Averbach, DMA, director of orchestral studies at Miami University
Oxford (Butler)


IRMA LAZARUS AWARD
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Dayton (Montgomery)

Learn more about this year's winners here.

The Governor's Awards Selection Committee, comprised of six Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board members and three members selected by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts (OCA) Foundation, recommended winners after reviewing nominations submitted by individuals and organizations across Ohio.

"The 2018 Governor’s Awards winners are true innovators and leaders in their communities. They exemplify Ohio’s creative and forward-thinking spirit," said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. "On behalf of the Ohio Arts Council, I congratulate this year’s group of individuals, organizations, and businesses on earning our state’s most prestigious artistic and cultural achievement.”

Winners will receive an original work of art by Ohio artist Carol Stewart.

The Governor’s Awards luncheon is held in conjunction with Arts Day, an annual arts advocacy event sponsored by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation.

ABOUT THE GOVERNOR’S AWARDS FOR THE ARTS IN OHIO
Since its beginning in 1971, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio has recognized individuals and organizations who have been vital to the growth and development of Ohio’s cultural resources. Each year, the public is invited to nominate individuals and organizations in eight award categories. The program is presented by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization. 

ABOUT THE OHIO ARTS COUNCIL
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at oac.ohio.gov.

ABOUT THE OHIO CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS FOUNDATION
The Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, formed in 1990 as a companion organization to Ohio Citizens for the Arts, leverages support for the arts and arts education. For more information about the foundation, visit ohiocitizensforthearts.org/about-oca-foundation.

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Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist
Photo: Design by Alan Jazak, Artwork: "Marigold" by Carol Stewart



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