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A screenshot of a dress rehearsal at the Fitton Center for the Creative Arts. Image shows an orchestra seated on stage next to a live printmaking session.

A Creative Collaboration Unfolds on Stage: Music and Live Artmaking Combine at the Fitton Center

What color would you make a major chord if you were to hang it on a gallery wall? How would you transpose an artist’s sketch onto a music staff? These are possibilities the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra and visual artist Billy Simms aimed to explore during a collaborative performance at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts on Feb. 1.
A photo of pewter dinnerware made by Willa Hollingsworth

Traditional Arts in Ohio: Embodied Learning and Pewtersmithing

Ohio Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Contractor Cristina Benedetti visited Millersburg, Ohio, to meet Willa Hollingsworth, a pewterer and owner of Three Feathers Pewter. At the Three Feathers workshop, she learned about Ms. Hollingsworth's study of the traditional craft through years of apprenticeship and practice.
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.
A photo of three people standing in the Riffe Gallery looking at ceramics in a display case

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.
13th annual OOVAR Juried Show jurors' choice award winners. (From left) Linda Hutchinson (Kent), Donna Coleman (Oberlin), Angie Rucker (Westerville), Ohio Arts Council Artist Programs/Percent for Art Director Kathy Signorino, and OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. (Not pictured: People’s Choice Award winner Samantha Bias (Cleveland)

Ohio Artists Take Home Exhibition Honors at 13th Annual OOVAR Juried Show

The work of four Ohio artists received awards at the 13th annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR) Juried Show, which celebrated its closing reception at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Carnegie Gallery on Feb. 29.
Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Finals logo

9 Students to Compete in Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Nine Ohio high school students will compete for the title of Ohio’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Champion on March 6 at the King Arts Complex’s Nicholson Auditorium in Columbus.

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