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Resilient Ohio: Sandusky State Theatre Weathers the Storm of COVID-19, Building Collapse

Last year’s coronavirus-pandemic-induced shut down created an obstacle for theatres everywhere, but for the Sandusky State Theatre, a performing arts theatre and “entertainment destination” in Sandusky, Ohio, the lockdown was merely “the calm before the storm”—literally.
The Dear Vaccine in-person response collection effort at the mass vaccination site at Kent State University's Field House. Photo courtesy of Wick Poetry Center.

Resilient Ohio: Global Vaccine Poem Receives Responses From Around the World

Shot, meet stanza: An international poetry project with collaborative roots in Ohio and Arizona is collecting responses from people around the globe who are reflecting on the coronavirus vaccine.
A photo of a customer talking to an artist from inside his car at a drive-thru art loop.

Resilient Ohio: Toledo Artists Keep Creativity Cruising Along with Drive-Thru Art Shows

When the realities of COVID-19 made the mere thought of a traditional, indoor art fair seem out of the question, Mary Jane Erard, an artist and art educator from Toledo, had an idea: a socially distanced, drive-thru show.
A photo of the temporary facade of the Avalon Theatre in uptown Marysville

Resilient Ohio: After Roof Collapse, Marysville’s Avalon Theatre Rises Toward Summer Reopening

As if fundraising for a multi-million-dollar capital campaign during a pandemic wasn't hard enough, Marysville's Avalon Theatre was forced to show its resilience when part of its structure crumbled one night in June 2020. Rising from the dust of the collapse, construction has resumed, and the theatre has set its sights on an August 2021 grand opening.
A photo of masked students in a ballet class at Richland Academy of the Arts

Resilient Ohio: Cutting-Edge Safety Measures Keep Richland Academy Thriving

A new HVAC installation and disinfectant sprayer, combined with other practices such as social distancing within classrooms and mask-wearing, have made it possible for Mansfield's Richland Academy of the Arts to continue offering classes in dance, music, theatre, and martial arts in a healthy and safe manner.

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