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The ArtsOhio Blog is the Ohio Arts Council's way to share stories that highlight the arts in Ohio, feedback from the field, interviews with artists and staff, and more. Sign up for the ArtsOhio newsletter to receive a curated selection of posts each month.

Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Ronette “Roni” Burkes-Trowsdell previously served as warden at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio, and was recently promoted to Regional Director of Specialty Institutions. Throughout Roni’s 18-year tenure with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, she has chosen to lead and support diverse projects that aim to increase access to the arts for those who are justice-involved around the state.
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.
2019 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio winners at the luncheon ceremony on May 15

May 15: A Day For the Ages

Spring has sprung and it’s exciting to begin with good news and celebrations at both the state and national levels. In this month's executive message, Donna S. Collins recaps a busy and exciting May—including the 49th Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio, National Endowment for the Arts funding news, and more—and looks to a bright future ahead this year.
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National Endowment for the Arts Awards More Than $1 Million to Ohio Arts Council

The Ohio Arts Council will receive $1,007,950 to help support arts initiatives throughout the state. This is the fifth-highest National Endowment for the Arts grant awarded to the OAC in the agency’s 54-year history.
Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry, a column by Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Column 9

The most important hip-hop “crossover” event of Dave Lucas' youth was not Aerosmith and Run-DMC or even the Rage Against the Machine and Wu-Tang Clan tour. It happened in Mrs. Stuckey’s 11th grade British literature class, between John Milton and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. In this column, Ohio's Poet Laureate talks about poems, songs, literature, and lyrics.

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