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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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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.
Collage of photos from the 2019 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

15 Ohio Artists Win Awards at 2019 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

The 2019 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition features work by 249 artists hailing from 34 Ohio counties. Each year, hundreds of amateur and professional artists from all around Ohio come together at the exhibition, which officially opened with an awards reception on July 23. Meet the artists who were selected for 15 Ohio Arts Council awards.
A collage of images from past Poetry Out Loud competitions. Photos show students reciting poetry on stage and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas speaking at a podium. Photos by Terry Gilliam.

Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition Hosts Inaugural Poetry Showcase Aug. 1

For the first time in its history, the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition will host a day dedicated to poetry on Aug. 1. The performance schedule includes recitations and readings by 2019 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Champion Anna Kahle and other POL participants, Ohio Poetry Association poets, and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas.
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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition Focuses on Natural Perspective

This year's Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition is celebrating artists' work focusing on the themes of sustainability and conservation in "A Perspective From Nature." More than $20,895 in awards will be given to artists in a variety of categories. The deadline to enter is May 29.

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