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Governor's Awards 2022: William “Bill” Mullane, Community Development and Participation Award Winner

William “Bill” Mullane is an artist, educator, administrator, and civic leader whose collaborative and creative leadership has shaped myriad arts and culture organizations and initiatives throughout the Mahoning Valley. A champion for the arts, community, and the inseverable connection between the two, Bill currently serves on the board of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley; the Raymond John Wean Foundation; the Trumbull Art Gallery; Friends of the Fellows Riverside Gardens; the Medici Museum; and the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has held the role of board president for several years.

As a current board member, former board president, and former acting director of the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, Bill brings his expertise to an organization aimed at fostering the arts in Northeast Ohio. His work to connect and inspire collaboration amongst local organizations has cultivated partnerships with Warren City Schools, the City of Warren, the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, and Students Motivated by the Arts. In the 1980s, Bill’s cross-organizational, synergetic efforts resulted in the expansion of the Trumbull Art Gallery to incorporate creative programming; regular exhibitions; and the Kenneth Patchen Literary Festival, a multi-year project celebrating the life of Ohio poet Kenneth Patchen. Bill’s involvement in the visual arts has been furthered by his work at the Butler Institute of American Art, where he has co-curated several exhibitions, including multiple Northeast Ohio Scholastic Art Exhibitions and ceremonies. Currently, Bill serves as adjunct curator and exhibition designer at the Medici Museum of Art. A passionate facilitator of community connections and a tireless arts advocate, Bill is above all considered a source of inspiration for those with whom he has worked.

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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