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OAPN Executive Director Jessica Rosenblatt. Photo by Every Angle Photography

Get to Know Jessica Rosenblatt, OAPN’s New Executive Director

As a booking agent for an independent record label, a PR/marketing coordinator, and now as executive director of the Ohio Arts Professionals Network (OAPN), Jessica Rosenblatt is passionate about performing arts in Ohio. In this Q&A, she sat down to talk about what’s in store for OAPN’s future and why having a well-connected network is a necessity.
A 1909 postcard of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Athens. Photo courtesy of Ada Woodson Adams

Athens Organization Selected to Host Rural Design Workshop Led by National Endowment for the Arts

An organization in Athens, Ohio, has been selected to host a multi-day design workshop focusing on rural design and creative placemaking. Part of the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design program, a national initiative that aims to support rural communities through hands-on training and other events, the workshop in Athens will focus on the efforts to preserve and reimagine the use of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a century-old church founded in 1872 that is the last standing building in the city that was built by free-born and formerly enslaved black artisans.
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Meet Molly Uline-Olmstead, VSA Ohio’s New Executive Director

Molly Uline-Olmstead has trekked across the state to collect artwork for display in government offices, organized thousands of students and their complex research projects for Ohio History Day, and managed an ever-evolving art studio that aimed to give everyone the opportunity to create. Now, Uline-Olmstead is taking over at the helm of VSA Ohio, the state’s organization on arts and disability, and she sat down to talk about all things art and accessibility in this Q&A.
A group of people sit around a table during the SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge

Putting Creativity to Work: Ohio Attendees Reflect on the 2019 SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge

What do you get when you bring 81 artists, educators, and arts administrators together for an intense six-day professional development boot camp? A group of Ohioans flew to South Carolina through an Ohio Arts Council funding opportunity to find out.
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Ohio Arts Council Board Approves More Than $14.7M in Arts Grants

The Ohio Arts Council board has approved 743 grants totaling $14,733,107 to support Ohio artists, organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming during its initial and major state fiscal year 2020 funding round.
Participants in a previous Big Read community event create alfombras de aserrín, a sawdust carpet traditionally made during Holy Week to celebrate Easter in Guatemala

Ohio Arts Organizations Receive National Grants for Literature Programming

Three Ohio organizations will bring works of literature to life through national grant funding that supports community reading programming.

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