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A collage of images from past Poetry Out Loud competitions. Photos show students reciting poetry on stage and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas speaking at a podium. Photos by Terry Gilliam.

Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition Hosts Inaugural Poetry Showcase Aug. 1

For the first time in its history, the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition will host a day dedicated to poetry on Aug. 1. The performance schedule includes recitations and readings by 2019 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Champion Anna Kahle and other POL participants, Ohio Poetry Association poets, and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas.
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Ohio Arts Council Board Approves More Than $14.7M in Arts Grants

The Ohio Arts Council board has approved 743 grants totaling $14,733,107 to support Ohio artists, organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming during its initial and major state fiscal year 2020 funding round.
Marilyn Artus holds up a large flag made of fabric stripes designed by artists living in six states that helped ratify the 19th amendment. The bottom stripe is Ohio's and was sewn on to the flag at an event in Columbus on July 21. Photo by Amanda Etchison

Ohio Women Vote: Artist Commemorates Ohio’s Role in Ratifying the 19th Amendment with Stripe for Her Flag

Lindsay Dale-Scott, an Ohio illustrator and designer, designed a stripe to be sewn onto an 18-foot-by-26-foot flag commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Her stripe was  added to the flag at a July 21 public performance in Columbus.
Dale Farmer and Warren Waldron practice for their Traditional Arts Apprenticeship showcase performance in Oxford.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship: Sharing Appalachian Fiddle Tunes and the Stories They Carry

Ohio Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Contractor Cristina Benedetti attended a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship showcase in Oxford, Ohio, a concert that featured a musical performance by Dale Farmer and his mentors, Warren and Judy Waldron. Hear what this triumphant trio had to say about learning 100 Appalachian fiddle tunes and finding Ohio connections.
Future Truth and Present Circumstance by Emily Sullivan Smith, 2018, glass beads, nylon thread, raw silk, muslin, stone, 30

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery Presents Natural Expressions: A Student Curated Exhibition

Focused on artwork inspired by and concerned with nature, this exhibition is curated by four high school students with guidance by Erin Shapiro, curator at Springfield Museum of Art.

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