Choose your own artVenture
Wednesday, May 18 | 2-4 p.m.

Go behind the scenes and explore Columbus’ cultural corners with this year’s artVentures! Join guided tours by statewide arts service organizations and their local partners for unique insights, hands-on experiences, and new ideas to take home to your community. RESERVE YOUR SPOT ONLINE.

Transportation: Following the Governor's Awards for the Arts luncheon, participants will depart by bus from the Columbus Athenaeum at 2 p.m., travel to their selected artVenture site, and return to the Athenaeum or Double Tree Hotel by 4:15 p.m. Buses will run between the Double Tree and the Columbus Museum of Art from 4:30-7:15 p.m.

1) Center Stage with Ohio Dance and BalletMet 
OhioDance will host an exploration of one of the nation’s premiere dance companies, BalletMet, and its Academy. BalletMet Dance Academy, formed in 1978, is ranked among the nation’s largest studios associated with a professional company and offers hundreds of classes each year to students aged 3-84. Participants will begin their tour by observing a BalletMet Trainee class taught by renowned academy director, Timothy Lynch. Following the class, participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour of this state-of the state art facility, including seven studios and a black box theatre, as well as a tour of the costume shop.


2) Old Towne in Transit with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and TRANSIT ARTS, a program of Central Community House
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) will host a visit to Central Community House’s Walter & Marian English Center for Art and Community. Located in the Old Towne East neighborhood of Columbus, the English Center is in its final stages of renovation, and will soon become the hub of the renowned teen arts program, TRANSIT ARTS. OAAE partners closely with TRANSIT ARTS in community arts education programming. Led by representatives from OAAE, Central Community House, and TRANSIT ARTS, participants will tour the property and then will have the option of joining in various arts experiences led by TRANSIT ARTS teaching artists and young apprentice teaching artists, similar to experiences regularly offered to teen and young adult participants.


3) "Bringing the state into focus" with Ohio Art League and OSU’s Urban Art Space
Explore some of the best contemporary artwork created by Ohio artists, in one of the city's premier exhibition spaces. Take an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour as members of the Ohio Art League and OSU's Urban Arts Space work together to install OAL's Spring Juried Exhibition. From tools and techniques to lighting and labels, you'll learn what it takes for these two organizations to present and display a diverse array of mediums in a way that results in a meaningful visitor experience. Founded in 1909, the Ohio Art League is a non-profit member-based organization created by and for Ohio artists. The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space is an exhibition and performance space located in the heart of downtown Columbus.


4) Accessible Arts All Around with VSA Ohio and Open Door Studio
Join VSA Ohio on a visit to one of Central Ohio's most accessible art studios. Open Door Art Studio & Gallery, located in the Grandview neighborhood, welcomes participants for an informative discussion about the history of accessible studios, policies that pertain to the field and changes underway. Open Door will share some of their heartwarming success stories, and demonstrate adaptive equipment used for art-making. Come prepared to paint, as this session includes a project led by one of the Open Door award-winning artists, Jessica Wallace, whose work is featured in the current exhibition.


5) Material Pulses and Quilting Demonstration with the OAC’s Riffe Gallery
Enjoy the Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery's current exhibition, Material Pulses: 8 Viewpoints, curated by internationally renowned artist Nancy Crow. Experience the exhibition, and an artist demonstration provided by quilt-maker and pattern designer Donalee Kennedy. Ms. Kennedy will interact with artVenture participants while working on an improvisational, machine-pieced quilt-top using her own fabric designs. Participants will walk four blocks from the Columbus Athenaeum to this venue.


Evening Reception at CMA 

Wednesday, May 18 | 5-7 p.m.

Join arts leaders from across the state at the Columbus Museum of Art for an evening reception celebrating the 2016 Governor's Awards winners, the kick-off of the Arts Impact Ohio conference, and 50 years of public funding for arts and culture. The evening will feature tours of the new wing, live music, hors d'oeuvres, and refreshments. RSVP ONLINE!

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