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Phyllis Gorfain, Arts Administration Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Phyllis Gorfain, Arts Administration Award Winner

Phyllis Gorfain, professor of English emerita at Oberlin College, originated Oberlin Drama at Grafton as a Shakespeare-centered performance program at Grafton Correctional Institution in 2012.Through Phyllis' initiatives, ODAG provides a transformative space for its actors, Oberlin students, guest directors, lecturers, visiting performers, volunteers, and audiences.
Owens Corning, Business Support of the Arts Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Owens Corning, Business Support of the Arts Award Winner

Owens Corning is a global market leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composite products and solutions. The Toledo-based company has prioritized providing access to the arts in Northwest Ohio through financial support, volunteerism, and board involvement.
RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

RJ Thompson is a tenured assistant professor of graphic and interactive design in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University. Parallel to his teaching, he is the principal and creative strategist for +Public, a design research-based social enterprise that focuses on cultivating community and economic development impact through the creation of branded communication platforms, creative place-making, and storytelling initiatives for communities-in-revival.

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