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Resilient Ohio: Riley School of Irish Music Takes a Technological Approach to Teaching Traditional Arts

The ancient custom of teaching traditional Irish music aurally goes back hundreds of years. But a brand-new custom has a much shorter history. Just over the past year, teaching traditional Irish music aurally and virtually has been practiced and perfected in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Riley School of Irish Music.
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Ohio Arts Council Board Approves Historic $18.4M in Arts Grants

The Ohio Arts Council board approved 746 grants totaling $18,479,247 to support Ohio artists, arts and cultural organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming when it met on July 21 for its summer board meeting. This marks the largest amount of grant dollars distributed to constituents applying to OAC funding programs in the agency’s history.
The Dear Vaccine in-person response collection effort at the mass vaccination site at Kent State University's Field House. Photo courtesy of Wick Poetry Center.

Resilient Ohio: Global Vaccine Poem Receives Responses From Around the World

Shot, meet stanza: An international poetry project with collaborative roots in Ohio and Arizona is collecting responses from people around the globe who are reflecting on the coronavirus vaccine.
2020 Governor's Award Winner Lora Lynn Snow

Governor's Awards 2020: Lora Lynn Snow, Arts Administration Award Winner

Lora Lynn Snow is the founder and executive director of the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre in Gallipolis, home of The Ohio Valley Symphony. Lora, an oboist, was inspired in 1987 to form a professional orchestra in Gallia County and recognized the amazing acoustics in the long-neglected 1895 Ariel Opera House that had been abandoned for 25 years.
2020 Governor's Award Winner Nigel Burgoine

Governor's Awards 2020: Nigel Burgoine, Arts Education Award Winner

Nigel Burgoine, artistic director of the Ballet Theatre of Toledo, is a classical ballet instructor and choreographer. A graduate of the Royal Ballet School and former principal dancer with the London Festival Ballet, Nigel has danced around the world. Fueled by his passion for sharing the magic of ballet with the next generation of dancers, Nigel has used his experience and training to teach ballet to diverse audiences.

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