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October | Message from the Executive Director

donna collins headshotAs we look ahead on our calendars, there are plenty of incredible opportunities coming up! In order to keep track of dates and deadlines, I’d like to highlight a few ways you can share your voice, experience the arts, and come together this fall.

 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio

I hope you’ve had the chance to review categories and nominate deserving individuals or organizations in your area. The deadline to submit a nomination is this Monday, October 24, at 5 p.m. This blog post will walk you through the steps, and when you’re ready to hit submit, visit I know you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see your community represented at the 2017 Governor’s Awards.

 Happening in the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery

As the season changes, as does our exhibition in the gallery. From free drop-in watercolor classes to artist demonstrations, there are a plethora of ways to engage with Watercolor Ohio 2016: 39th Annual Juried Exhibition during October 27, 2016—January 7, 2017. In an exciting partnership with the Ohio Department of Veterans Service, we’re honored to have the artwork of 17 Ohio veterans and active military on display in Art Inspired by the Frontlines. The exhibit is on display in the lobby of the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts (just outside the OAC Riffe Gallery!) through November 13.

 Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitive Exhibitions Directory

This free guide is a resource for artisans and craftspeople seeking to display and sell their work, for artists seeking entry in juried exhibitions, and for the public to engage with cultural tourism across the state. Complete the online form by Thursday, November 3 to have your arts festival or competition listed in the 2017 Festival Directory:

 Announcing Creative Ohio

The value of coming together with your peers and colleagues across the arts in Ohio is truly priceless. This month, we’re also excited to announce the third annual Creative Ohio convening! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 6, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration will open soon at

 And that is just a glance at what’s coming up! We hope you’ll find the latest news through the ArtsOhio blog and the OAC’s social media channels. 

Until next time,

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Donna S. Collins
Executive Director

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