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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.

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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We Can Support Ohio Arts by Working Together

Even in a time of social distancing and limits on traditionally presented arts gatherings and events, Ohioans can still find creative ways to support our state's wonderful arts organizations, arts educators, and artists.
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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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Celebrate the Arts With Me

From an historic budget allocation to awarding millions of dollars in grants to artists, educators, and organizations, Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins highlights all the reasons to celebrate the arts in this month's Executive Message.

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