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ArtsChat Ohio

ArtsChat Ohio: OAC Staff Talks Artmaking "After Hours" (Part 2)

ArtsChat Ohio is an audio blog bringing you the latest news and updates from Ohio Arts Council staff members. Poet, playwright, and OAC Arts Learning Coordinator Chiquita Mullins Lee and musician and Technology Strategist Ted Hattemer join Riffe Gallery Director Cat Sheridan for part two of a special series highlighting Arts Council employees’ artmaking and the Riffe Gallery's "After Hours" exhibition.
Wallace Coleman playing with the Robert Lockwood Band at Brothers in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1990

Traditional Arts in Ohio: A Blues Journey

Ohio Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Contractor Cristina Benedetti spoke with Wallace Coleman, a Cleveland-based blues harmonica player and 2007 Ohio Heritage Fellow, about aspects of his life story, and about a blues itinerary that winds through many decades, states, and countries.
Dr. Paschal Yao Younge

Athens Musician, Composer, and Professor Paschal Yao Younge Awarded 2020 Ohio Heritage Fellowship

Dr. Paschal Yao Younge, a master artist specializing in African Traditional Musical Arts, has been awarded the 2020 Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award for Performing Arts from the Ohio Arts Council.
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.
Mark Lomax II, Individual Artist Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Mark Lomax II, Individual Artist Award Winner

Dr. Mark Lomax II is a critically acclaimed composer, recording artist, drummer, activist, and educator. A highly sought-after lecturer, Mark specializes in the socio-political and spiritual aspects of African-American art, music, race, and the usage of the arts to build community.
2018 Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award recipient Hasu Patel

Ohio Heritage Fellow Hasu Patel Proves There’s Power in Perseverance

Hasu Patel, one of few world-class female classical sitarists, a master of gayaki ang, and an internationally known teacher and performer, speaks about how her perseverance in the face of challenges has helped her achieve her childhood dreams.

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