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ArtsOhio Blog

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.

Portsmouth City School District students stand in a flower bed in the Human Rights Garden, a plant and sculpture garden created by Portsmouth students and teaching artists as part of an Ohio Arts Council TeachArtsOhio grant

Imagine the Future

Springtime is a season of renewal, growth, and hope. As flower gardeners plant their seedlings and serious vegetable gardeners sift through seed catalogs, it's time for new beginnings. In this Executive Message, Donna S. Collins shares some of the work arts leaders are doing to grow Ohio culturally, educationally, and economically toward a secure and prosperous tomorrow.
A photo of the temporary facade of the Avalon Theatre in uptown Marysville

Resilient Ohio: After Roof Collapse, Marysville’s Avalon Theatre Rises Toward Summer Reopening

As if fundraising for a multi-million-dollar capital campaign during a pandemic wasn't hard enough, Marysville's Avalon Theatre was forced to show its resilience when part of its structure crumbled one night in June 2020. Rising from the dust of the collapse, construction has resumed, and the theatre has set its sights on an August 2021 grand opening.
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ArtsChat Ohio: OAC Staff Talks Artmaking "After Hours" (Part 1)

ArtsChat Ohio is an audio blog bringing you the latest news and updates from Ohio Arts Council staff members. OAC Riffe Gallery Director Cat Sheridan and Artist Programs Coordinator Katie Davis host part one 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.

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