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ArtsOhio Blog

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.

Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins and OFP Productions' Nate Leone at The Gratitude Project in Dayton on Aug. 16.

‘Tis the Season – And It’s Not Christmas!

As fall descends on us, ‘tis the season to spread our love of the arts and the economic, educational, and cultural significance that makes Ohio a smART place to live, work, and play! In this Executive Message, Donna S. Collins offers a sampling of the amazing creativity abounding here in the Buckeye State.
Ohio Arts Council staff members hold multicolored bags they screen printed at a workshop at Blockfort.

Celebrate the Arts With Me

From an historic budget allocation to awarding millions of dollars in grants to artists, educators, and organizations, Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins highlights all the reasons to celebrate the arts in this month's Executive Message.
2019 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio winners at the luncheon ceremony on May 15

May 15: A Day For the Ages

Spring has sprung and it’s exciting to begin with good news and celebrations at both the state and national levels. In this month's executive message, Donna S. Collins recaps a busy and exciting May—including the 49th Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio, National Endowment for the Arts funding news, and more—and looks to a bright future ahead this year.
2018 Poetry Out Loud State Finals competitors Magnus Saebo, third place winner; Anna Kahle, 2018  second place winner; and Caroline Delaney, 2018 State Champion at the State Finals competition.

A New Semester, A New Grant Cycle...New Starts in 2019!

From arts opportunities in the classroom to fiscal goal-setting, this month's message from Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins looks ahead to the endless possibilities that await in 2019.
Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins and Artist Programs and Percent for Art Director Ken Emerick

It’s More Than a Red Line This Time!

In this month's Message from the Executive Director, Donna S. Collins shares that there's a new date circled in red on the calendar—the Ohio Arts Council’s most tenured employee, Artist Programs and Percent for Art Director Ken Emerick, will retire in December and leave public service after a very successful 35-year career.

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