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RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

RJ Thompson is a tenured assistant professor of graphic and interactive design in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University. Parallel to his teaching, he is the principal and creative strategist for +Public, a design research-based social enterprise that focuses on cultivating community and economic development impact through the creation of branded communication platforms, creative place-making, and storytelling initiatives for communities-in-revival.
Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Ronette “Roni” Burkes-Trowsdell previously served as warden at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio, and was recently promoted to Regional Director of Specialty Institutions. Throughout Roni’s 18-year tenure with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, she has chosen to lead and support diverse projects that aim to increase access to the arts for those who are justice-involved around the state.
Mark Lomax II, Individual Artist Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Mark Lomax II, Individual Artist Award Winner

Dr. Mark Lomax II is a critically acclaimed composer, recording artist, drummer, activist, and educator. A highly sought-after lecturer, Mark specializes in the socio-political and spiritual aspects of African-American art, music, race, and the usage of the arts to build community.
Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Irma Lazarus Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Irma Lazarus Award Winner

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize honors writers who use the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding. Launched in 2006 amd recognized as one of the world's most prestigious literary honors, it is the only literary peace prize awarded in the United States.

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