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Announcing the 2020 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio winners

2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Winners Announced

Nine winners have been selected to receive Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. Awardees will be honored during a virtual celebration premiering online on May 10, 2021, at noon.
Horseshoe Lake by Barry Underwood

Governor’s Awards Artist Addresses Environmental Themes in Nature-Inspired Photos

It’s tempting to say that the magic behind Barry Underwood’s colorfully illuminated images is more than just a trick of the light, but the Cleveland-based artist would be the first to tell you that light is exactly what makes his photography possible.
A photo of a customer talking to an artist from inside his car at a drive-thru art loop.

Resilient Ohio: Toledo Artists Keep Creativity Cruising Along with Drive-Thru Art Shows

When the realities of COVID-19 made the mere thought of a traditional, indoor art fair seem out of the question, Mary Jane Erard, an artist and art educator from Toledo, had an idea: a socially distanced, drive-thru show.
A photo of the temporary facade of the Avalon Theatre in uptown Marysville

Resilient Ohio: After Roof Collapse, Marysville’s Avalon Theatre Rises Toward Summer Reopening

As if fundraising for a multi-million-dollar capital campaign during a pandemic wasn't hard enough, Marysville's Avalon Theatre was forced to show its resilience when part of its structure crumbled one night in June 2020. Rising from the dust of the collapse, construction has resumed, and the theatre has set its sights on an August 2021 grand opening.
A photo of masked students in a ballet class at Richland Academy of the Arts

Resilient Ohio: Cutting-Edge Safety Measures Keep Richland Academy Thriving

A new HVAC installation and disinfectant sprayer, combined with other practices such as social distancing within classrooms and mask-wearing, have made it possible for Mansfield's Richland Academy of the Arts to continue offering classes in dance, music, theatre, and martial arts in a healthy and safe manner.
2021 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Champion Monserrat Tlahuel-Flores

Columbus Student Monserrat Tlahuel-Flores Named 2021 Poetry Out Loud State Champion

2021 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Champion Monserrat Tlahuel-Flores, a senior at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, talks about the personal connection she feels to her selected poems and how she's preparing to represent Ohio in the 2021 virtual Poetry Out Loud National Finals in May.

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