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K12 Gallery and TEJAS

Governor's Awards 2022: K12 Gallery & TEJAS, Arts Education Award Winner

K12 Gallery & TEJAS is an artist-centered regional visual arts center offering innovative arts programs in the Miami Valley. Created in 1993 by Jerri Stanard as a grassroots effort to engage people through art, this nonprofit organization has grown into an established leader for the visual arts in the Dayton community. K12 Gallery & TEJAS is focused on promoting creative construction over destruction, a mission achieved through art classes, in-school and after-school hands-on making programs, summer art camps, field trips, professional exhibitions, public art, and workshops for artists of all ages and skill levels. A unique and encouraging environment, the K12 Gallery features a constantly changing slate of exhibitions and offers more than 400 on-site art classes and 1,000 off-site classes at 15 urban locations. Partnerships with local professional artists help low-income students, justice-involved individuals, adults with disabilities, and survivors of violence achieve equal access to the educational and healing qualities of the arts. K12’s members are geographically diverse and represent a wide range of activity areas, while TEJAS (Teen Educational Joint Adult Studio) programming expands artmaking opportunities to those beyond high-school age.

Located in the heart of Dayton, K12 Gallery & TEJAS engages talent in the service of the community, leading through the arts to problem-solve and creatively address local challenges. Programs such as its Advanced Placement Studio Art classes, Artist in Training after-school program, month-long Saturday Youth & Adult Drawing Studios, and community partner events and classes work in pursuit of the organization’s goal of supporting the creative mind through timely, relevant, and accessible artmaking experiences that focus on personal creative development.

Since its beginning in 1971, the Governor's Awards has recognized individuals and organizations who have been vital to the growth and development of Ohio's cultural resources. One of the most prestigious arts events in Ohio, the Governor's Awards showcases and celebrates exceptional Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts leaders and patrons, and business support of the arts. Governor's Awards recipients are honored at a luncheon ceremony in Columbus, where they are presented with the only arts award in the state that is conferred by the governor. Each award winner receives an original piece of artwork created specifically for the event by an Ohio artist and the opportunity to share their story with other arts supporters statewide.

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