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The ArtsOhio Blog is the Ohio Arts Council's way to share stories that highlight the arts in Ohio, feedback from the field, interviews with artists and staff, and more. Sign up for the ArtsOhio newsletter to receive a curated selection of posts each month.

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A New Fiscal Year and Our Resolve Remains Strong

In this month's executive message, Donna S. Collins discusses how the Ohio Arts Council is committed to helping Ohio’s arts and cultural economy recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also introduces the OAC's new Arts Resiliency Initiative, which provides two different kinds of one-time grant support for nonprofit organizations.
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Resilient Ohio: Riley School of Irish Music Takes a Technological Approach to Teaching Traditional Arts

The ancient custom of teaching traditional Irish music aurally goes back hundreds of years. But a brand-new custom has a much shorter history. Just over the past year, teaching traditional Irish music aurally and virtually has been practiced and perfected in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Riley School of Irish Music.
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Resilient Ohio: After Roof Collapse, Marysville’s Avalon Theatre Rises Toward Summer Reopening

As if fundraising for a multi-million-dollar capital campaign during a pandemic wasn't hard enough, Marysville's Avalon Theatre was forced to show its resilience when part of its structure crumbled one night in June 2020. Rising from the dust of the collapse, construction has resumed, and the theatre has set its sights on an August 2021 grand opening.
A photo of masked students in a ballet class at Richland Academy of the Arts

Resilient Ohio: Cutting-Edge Safety Measures Keep Richland Academy Thriving

A new HVAC installation and disinfectant sprayer, combined with other practices such as social distancing within classrooms and mask-wearing, have made it possible for Mansfield's Richland Academy of the Arts to continue offering classes in dance, music, theatre, and martial arts in a healthy and safe manner.

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