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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.

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Athens Mandolin Maker Don MacRostie Awarded 2022 Ohio Heritage Fellowship

Don MacRostie, internationally known and respected as one of the top mandolin builders in the country, has been awarded the 2022 Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award for Material Culture from the Ohio Arts Council (OAC).
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ArtsChat Ohio: OAC/AIR Institute Partnership

ArtsChat Ohio is an audio blog bringing you the latest news and updates from Ohio Arts Council staff members. In this episode, OAC Riffe Gallery Director Cat Sheridan is joined by Beth Flowers and Emily Prince of the AIR Institute, an organization providing rural and under-resourced communities with programming that inspires new connections and ignites the creative economy. Cat, Beth, and Emily talk about AIR Institute programming and promote an OAC webinar about future opportunities to get involved.
Dr. Paschal Yao Younge

Athens Musician, Composer, and Professor Paschal Yao Younge Awarded 2020 Ohio Heritage Fellowship

Dr. Paschal Yao Younge, a master artist specializing in African Traditional Musical Arts, has been awarded the 2020 Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award for Performing Arts from the Ohio Arts Council.
Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour

Governor DeWine Names Kari Gunter-Seymour Ohio Poet Laureate

Governor Mike DeWine has named Kari Gunter-Seymour of Albany, Ohio, the state’s poet laureate. Gunter-Seymour, whose term began June 10, 2020, succeeds the state’s second poet laureate, Dave Lucas. A third-generation Athens Countian, Gunter-Seymour was named poet laureate for Athens, Ohio, in 2018-2020, and the Ohio Poet of the Year in 2020. She is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project and a recently retired instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

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