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Ohio Arts Council Board Approves More Than $12.5M in Arts Grants

The Ohio Arts Council board approved $12,500,446 in grants to support Ohio artists, arts and cultural organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming when it met virtually on July 22 for its summer board meeting.
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.
2020 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Champion Austin Smith

Austin Smith of Bexley Named 2020 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Champion

Austin Smith, a senior at Bexley High School, took home the title of Ohio's 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Champion after reciting three poems during the Poetry Out Loud State Finals on March 6.
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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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Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards Announced

Members of the Ohio Arts Council board have approved $375,000 in grant funding to be awarded to Ohio artists through the OAC’s Individual Excellence Awards program for state fiscal year 2020.

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