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Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins and Ohio Arts Council Board Member Neal Zimmers at the 2019 National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Leadership Institute. Photo by Billie Zimmers

Learning, Listening, and Leading: A Few Takeaways from the NASAA Leadership Institute

In this Executive Message, Donna S. Collins shares a few takeaways from the 2019 National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Leadership Institute and discusses how they connect to the arts in Ohio.
A 1909 postcard of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Athens. Photo courtesy of Ada Woodson Adams

Athens Organization Selected to Host Rural Design Workshop Led by National Endowment for the Arts

An organization in Athens, Ohio, has been selected to host a multi-day design workshop focusing on rural design and creative placemaking. Part of the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design program, a national initiative that aims to support rural communities through hands-on training and other events, the workshop in Athens will focus on the efforts to preserve and reimagine the use of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a century-old church founded in 1872 that is the last standing building in the city that was built by free-born and formerly enslaved black artisans.
Modern Head by Roy Lichtenstein on the Ohio State University campus. (H.C. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, 2018, all rights reserved)

Ohio State Celebrates Dedication of Roy Lichtenstein Modern Head Sculpture

There's a new face on Ohio State's campus, and it's 31 feet tall and made of brushed stainless steel. Funded in part by the Ohio Percent for Art Program, Modern Head, a sculpture by OSU alumnus Roy Lichtenstein, was dedicated at the university during a ceremony that welcomed the new public art piece to campus and celebrated Lichtenstein's connection to his alma mater.
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Governor DeWine Reappoints Susan Allan Block, Juan Cespedes, and William B. White to OAC Board

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has reappointed Susan Allan Block of Toledo, Juan Cespedes of Columbus, and William B. White of Marietta to the Ohio Arts Council board for terms ending July 1, 2024.
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Meet Molly Uline-Olmstead, VSA Ohio’s New Executive Director

Molly Uline-Olmstead has trekked across the state to collect artwork for display in government offices, organized thousands of students and their complex research projects for Ohio History Day, and managed an ever-evolving art studio that aimed to give everyone the opportunity to create. Now, Uline-Olmstead is taking over at the helm of VSA Ohio, the state’s organization on arts and disability, and she sat down to talk about all things art and accessibility in this Q&A.

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