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Governor's Awards 2022: Boneyfiddle Project, Community Development and Participation

The Boneyfiddle Project is a nonprofit organization created to promote commerce through the arts in the historic district of Boneyfiddle in Portsmouth, the county seat of Scioto County. Founded by Robert and Julia Black, the Boneyfiddle Project is driven by a belief in music and the arts as healing forces capable of spurring lasting, positive change.
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Governor's Awards 2022: William “Bill” Mullane, Community Development and Participation Award Winner

William “Bill” Mullane is an artist, educator, administrator, and civic leader whose collaborative and creative leadership has shaped myriad arts and culture organizations and initiatives throughout the Mahoning Valley.
Announcing the 2022 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio winners

Announcing the 2022 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Winners

Nine winners have been selected to receive Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio this year.
2020 Governor's Award Winner Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch

Governor's Awards 2020: Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch was initially built in 1989 as “a ranch that grows guitar players,” but it has since transformed into so much more. Founded by Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen, Fur Peace Ranch is an immersive music camp, conference center, concert venue, and art gallery located in Meigs County.
2020 Governor's Award Winner Joan Perch

Governor's Awards 2020: Joan Perch, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Joan Perch began her career as an arts educator and owner of several successful art galleries in downtown Cleveland. Recognizing the opportunity to combine and implement cutting-edge approaches to the fields of art, technology, business, and civic and economic development, Joan has pioneered programs that embraced innovation to further the impact of the arts.
RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

RJ Thompson is a tenured assistant professor of graphic and interactive design in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University. Parallel to his teaching, he is the principal and creative strategist for +Public, a design research-based social enterprise that focuses on cultivating community and economic development impact through the creation of branded communication platforms, creative place-making, and storytelling initiatives for communities-in-revival.

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