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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.
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.
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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.
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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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