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Richard Duarte Brown

Governor's Awards 2022: Richard "Duarte" Brown, Arts Education Award Winner

Richard “Duarte” Brown is a master artist with the TRANSIT ARTS Youth Arts Program and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education’s (OAAE) Art in the House program. For more than 30 years, Duarte has dedicated his talents to helping young people in Columbus through countless programs including CAPACITY (the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts’ youth arts program), the Short Stop Youth Center, the King Arts Complex, the OAAE Artists-in-Schools program, the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s (GCAC) Children of the Future, Ebony Boys, Art Safe, and Art Possible Ohio. A member of the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster, Duarte has worked as a high school art instructor at the Arts and College Preparatory Academy in Columbus. He has also led hands-on artmaking experiences at Whitehall City Schools and Berne Union Schools in the Village of Sugar Grove in Fairfield County as a resident artist supported by the Ohio Arts Council’s TeachArtsOhio arts learning grant program.

Through his own mixed-media paintings, Duarte connects people through the sharing of narratives that unveil layers of personal development and stir individual strength, wisdom, and courage. He encourages the innate creative voice in all of us through visual demonstrations of ethnography that show a quest for growth, provoke dialogue, and draw out the brilliance of the lifelong alumni of his creative influence.  In 2022, Duarte received the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Fellowship from GCAC and the Columbus Museum of Art.  His murals can be seen throughout Columbus, bringing comfort and inspiration to countless viewers.

Since its beginning in 1971, the Governor's Awards has recognized individuals and organizations who have been vital to the growth and development of Ohio's cultural resources. One of the most prestigious arts events in Ohio, the Governor's Awards showcases and celebrates exceptional Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts leaders and patrons, and business support of the arts. Governor's Awards recipients are honored at a luncheon ceremony in Columbus, where they are presented with the only arts award in the state that is conferred by the governor. Each award winner receives an original piece of artwork created specifically for the event by an Ohio artist and the opportunity to share their story with other arts supporters statewide.

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