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Arts Day Spotlight: Karen Waldbillig Kasich

Karen Waldbillig Kasich headshot


Karen Waldbillig Kasich has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the William R. Joseph Ohio Arts Advocacy Medal by Ohio Citizens for the Arts (OCA), whose foundation partners with the Ohio Arts Council to present the annual Arts Day & Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio luncheon. Mrs. Kasich created the Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Ohio Governor's Residence program in 2013, which celebrates and features works by Ohio artists at the Governor's Residence each quarter. She has also promoted the Youth Art Exhibition at the Ohio State Fair and Ohio's first Poet Laureate Dr. Amit Majmudar, among other arts-related activities.

The William R. Joseph Arts Advocacy Medal celebrates the life and legacy of OCA's founder and will be presented alongside the Governor's Awards at the 2017 Arts Day & Governor's Awards luncheon on May 17 at noon at the Columbus Athenaeum. For more information including a media release on Mrs. Kasich, the medal, and the luncheon, please visit Ohio Citizens for the Arts, where you can register to attend the event until May 3.

Ohio House Speaker Clifford A. Rosenberger | Ohio House of Representatives | 91st District

"The arts are an important component of an enriched, well-rounded, and cultivated state and society. I am proud to kno wa person such as Karen Kasich, as she demonstrates a high level of strategic engagement as an advocate for the arts in Ohio.”

Ginger Warner | Attorney (retired)

“Mrs. Kasich exemplifies the virtues of what this most distinguished award represents. The high level of engagement Mrs. Kasich has demonstrated over the years allows Ohioans from all walks of life to have access to, and value for, the arts.”

James F. Dicke, II | CEO | Crown Equipment

“Mrs. Kasich has been instrumental supporting the arts for programs such as Spotlight at the Governor's Residence -- featuring Ohio artists all year round, support of the Ohio Poet Laureate, engaged heavily in the youth and professional artists programs via the Ohio State Fair, and her loyal support of the Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio -- to name a few.”

William White | CEO | Offenberger & White, Inc.

“Karen Kasich has been blessed with a life centered on family and friends, service to the people of Ohio, and rich with an appreciation of how arts make us better children, better parents, better employees, and better citizens.”

Duff Lindsay | Owner | Lindsay Gallery

“In a time when the arts have become an easy target for budget cutting, having an advocate for the arts like Karen Kasich is invaluable to all of us in Ohio, especially to our children."

Erin Hoppe | Executive Director | VSA Ohio

“Mrs. Kasich demonstrates a high level of strategic engagement as an advocate for government support of the arts, embodying the purpose of the William R. Joseph Arts Advocacy Medal. This is accomplished personally through a life-long love of the arts, and recently in Mrs. Kasich's role as First Lady for the State of Ohio."

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