As we approach the end of October, I’m reminded of one of the reasons we love living in Ohio —the leaves change to brilliant reds, golds, and oranges just like a magic science trick that always results in a visual treat! Of course, children and adults are enjoying Halloween and harvest parties with hot cider, caramel apples, and the occasional candy bar. I often refer to this as the eve of high school theatre —when we learn to enjoy camaraderie, characters, scheming plots, costumes, and special effects. At the Ohio Arts Council, we have a few treats to share too … open your treat bag and take note: The 2020-21 OAC Guidelines for grant making were adopted by the OAC board last week and will be available for you the first week in November. You’ll notice some small changes to our project-based grants and one great upgrade for Sustainability applicants. We’re excited to kick off another grant application period with you! The Arts Impact Ohio: Arts &… statewide conference is Dec. 5 and 6 in Columbus! Registration is open and is limited to 200 participants— don’t be closed out — register now ! I promise the conference has multiple treats you won’t want to miss: opening keynotes by Piper Kerman and Larry Smith; a Wednesday night party at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum; extraordinary session presenters on both days on a wide-range of topics; a public art tour; and a closing conference concert by the Harmony Project at Nationwide Arena: The Concert for Us: Sing Out. March On . The Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio will close nominations on Monday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. This is your chance to nominate a winner and treat the hardworking, creative, and giving people and organizations in your community to the state’s most prestigious arts honor! The Individual Artists panel meetings will be held on Nov. 26-30: Media Arts on Nov. 26-27; Interdisciplinary/Performance Art on Nov. 28-29; and Design Arts on Nov. 30. All meetings are at the Rhodes State Office Tower (30 East Broad Street, in the multipurpose room in the main lobby) starting at 9:30 a.m. each day. Whether you’re an applicant or observer, these meetings are an excellent opportunity to see a large body of work by Ohio artists and hear expert panelists discuss the work. When scanning Ohio’s art offerings, you can be sure to find treats in every city, town, and village as artists and arts organizations provide culturally relevant and engaging arts for our joy and quality of life. One real treat will come on Oct. 30 when The Ohio Art Corridor is officially launched in McConnelsville in Morgan County. The Ohio Art Corridor is a heritage project which explores Ohio’s cultural heritage and traditions and is a celebration of Appalachia’s literature, arts, local and global economies, and everyday life. The inaugural installation “School of Fish” is just the beginning of many outdoor large scale works of art— a treat for today and generations to come. Our congratulations go to DG Welding & Design and The Ohio Art Corridor, who partnered to bring this artwork to the public. And finally, feel free to stop by your Ohio Arts Council offices in Columbus (30 East Broad Street, 33 rd floor) and visit with us—we’ll have candy and treats while they last! Until next time, Donna S. Collins Executive Director Featured photo: Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins and artist Omar Shaheed at the opening reception for the fall Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Ohio Governor's Residence exhibition.