OAC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WAYNE LAWSON RECEIVES OHIOANA AWARD
On October 19, Wayne Lawson was awarded the Ohioana Career Award from the Ohioana Library Association for his outstanding career achievements as executive director of the Ohio Arts Council. He was one of 17 individuals honored for outstanding contributions to literature, arts and humanities. Nominator Bill Joseph described Lawson as, "the angel behind the Ohio Arts Council's long-term, consistent support of the lives and careers of our state's individual artists." The mission of the Ohioana Library Association is to recognize and encourage the creative accomplishments of Ohioans, preserve and expand a permanent archive of books, sheet music, manuscripts and other materials by Ohioans and about Ohio and disseminate information about the work of Ohio artists to researchers, schools and the general public.
In Mid-November, the Ohio Arts Council will present at the 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) in Montréal, Canada. ARNOVA is an open forum committed to strengthening the research community in the emerging field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies. ARNOVA members include scholars and nonprofit leaders fostering the creation, application and dissemination of research on voluntary action, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy and civil society. One focus area for the conference is "Nonprofits and Community," which highlights the community contributions provided by groups such as arts organizations, faith-based institutions, health and social service organizations.
Christy Farnbauch, OAC community development director and Sue Anne Lafferty, community development consultant for the OAC, will present on the OAC's State of the Arts Report (SOAR). SOAR helped the OAC secure a $1.1 million grant from the Wallace Reader's Digest Funds State Partnerships for Cultural Participation (START) Initiative. The START funds are being used to implement the findings of SOAR and to increase the public's access to and participation in the arts and culture.
One component of the START grant is to work with five regional sites to increase cultural participation through building the infrastructure of nonprofit arts organizations in those regions. One of the regional sites that received START funds is the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) in Cleveland. CPAC president Tom Shorgl and vice president of programs and services, Julie Adrianopoli, will explain their web assessment tool for local organizations: CultureADD (Assess.Diagnose.Develop). Martin Nagy, executive director of Arts Council Lake Erie West and Danette Olsen, OAC field consultant will discuss their field-work in northwest Ohio. Specifically, they will explain the impact of local nonprofit arts organizations on rural communities, using the Black Swamp Rural Arts Initiative as an example.
CINCINNATI GRANTS (CON'T)
disturbances in Cincinnati last year, CSF is applying its NAMP training and funding to a new marketing plan that focuses on developing African American and Generation X audiences through the universal truths in Shakespeare's writings and through new voices in the theatre community that address social and political concerns. For more information on Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival visit www.cincyshakes.com.
This year, Enjoy the Arts/START (ETA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary of outreach to students and young professionals to promote and build audiences for the visual and performing arts in Greater Cincinnati. The group's newly created marketing strategy seeks to recruit new members and sell discount arts ticket passes to students and young people. It will target older generations to buy these passes as gifts for their children and grandchildren. For more information on Enjoy the Arts/START visit www.etastart.com.
Family Circles and Other Relative Geometries: Ohio Artists Focus on Family is on view at the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth through December 30. The exhibition features the work of 11 Ohio artists, many of whom are OAC Individual Artist Fellowship Recipients. All work centers around the theme of family. For more information call 740/354-5629.