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A collage of U.S. Regional Arts Resilience Fund recipients, including Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Stuart's Opera House.

4 Ohio Arts Organizations Receive COVID-19 Relief Grants Totaling $205K

Thirty Midwestern arts and culture organizations, including Ohio-based organizations Cleveland Public Theatre, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Karamu House, and Stuart’s Opera House, have received COVID-19 relief grants from Arts Midwest through the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund.
Dr. Paschal Yao Younge

Athens Musician, Composer, and Professor Paschal Yao Younge Awarded 2020 Ohio Heritage Fellowship

Dr. Paschal Yao Younge, a master artist specializing in African Traditional Musical Arts, has been awarded the 2020 Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award for Performing Arts from the Ohio Arts Council.
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Paper Routes Celebrates Women Artists in Ohio

"Walking through the Riffe Gallery’s newest exhibition, Paper Routes: Women to Watch 2020 - Ohio, I’m reminded (and forgive the pun) of the expression, 'you can’t see the forest for the trees.' I’ll admit I have been paper-blind, but these artists have gifted me with new eyes." In this blog post, OAC Riffe Gallery Marketing and Exhibitions Fellow Aimee Wissman reflects on the current exhibition.
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Ohio Arts Council Board Approves More Than $12.5M in Arts Grants

The Ohio Arts Council board approved $12,500,446 in grants to support Ohio artists, arts and cultural organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming when it met virtually on July 22 for its summer board meeting.
Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour

Governor DeWine Names Kari Gunter-Seymour Ohio Poet Laureate

Governor Mike DeWine has named Kari Gunter-Seymour of Albany, Ohio, the state’s poet laureate. Gunter-Seymour, whose term began June 10, 2020, succeeds the state’s second poet laureate, Dave Lucas. A third-generation Athens Countian, Gunter-Seymour was named poet laureate for Athens, Ohio, in 2018-2020, and the Ohio Poet of the Year in 2020. She is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project and a recently retired instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
A screenshot of a dress rehearsal at the Fitton Center for the Creative Arts. Image shows an orchestra seated on stage next to a live printmaking session.

A Creative Collaboration Unfolds on Stage: Music and Live Artmaking Combine at the Fitton Center

What color would you make a major chord if you were to hang it on a gallery wall? How would you transpose an artist’s sketch onto a music staff? These are possibilities the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra and visual artist Billy Simms aimed to explore during a collaborative performance at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts on Feb. 1.

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