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Registration Opens for Arts Day & Governor's Awards | Arts Impact Ohio

Registration is now open for the 2016 Arts Day & Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio luncheon and the first Arts Impact Ohio conference.

This year marks the 46th anniversary of the luncheon, which will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. New this year, the Governor’s Awards will be followed by Arts Impact Ohio, a statewide conference engaging the creative sector, which will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts. The luncheon and conference are hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation.

Arts Day & Governor’s Awards Ticket Includes:

  • Arts Day Kickoff
  • Legislative Visits
  • Awards Ceremony Luncheon & Dessert Reception
  • NEW! Columbus artVentures!
  • NEW! Arts Impact Ohio Evening Reception

Arts Impact Ohio Ticket Includes:

  • Wednesday - Join us for Columbus artVentures! As well as the Arts Impact Ohio Evening Reception
  • Thursday Full-Day Conference

Tickets for both events are available for online purchase. Table sponsorships are available through Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, contact Linda Woggon at Registration closes on May 2, 2016.

2016 Governor’s Awards

Nine winners, selected from 88 nominations submitted by individuals and organizations across the state, will be honored at the luncheon ceremony along with members of the Ohio General Assembly. Winners will receive an original work of art by Dayton photographer Paula Kraus.

ARTS ADMINISTRATION: Gary Hanson, executive director, The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland (Cuyahoga)

ARTS EDUCATION: Joe Deer, professor, Wright State University, Dayton (Montgomery)

ARTS PATRON: George Barrett, chairman/CEO, Cardinal Health, Dublin (Franklin)

BUSINESS SUPPORT OF THE ARTS (SMALL): First-Knox National Bank, Mount Vernon (Knox)

BUSINESS SUPPORT OF THE ARTS (LARGE): Premier Health, Dayton (Montgomery)

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & PARTICIPATION: Harmony Project, Columbus (Franklin)

Janice Lessman-Moss, professor of textile arts, Kent State University, Kent (Portage); 
John Scalzi, author, Bradford (Darke)

IRMA LAZARUS AWARD: James Conlon, music director, Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati (Hamilton)


Arts Impact Ohio conference activities will begin immediately following the Governor’s Awards, with a series of Columbus artVentures taking place around the city. Participants will be able to experience the arts onsite at various venues during the afternoon of May 18. An evening reception will be held at the Columbus Museum of Art. Both events are also open to purchasers of Governor’s Awards tickets.

Thursday, May 19 will mark the opening of an all-day professional development conference. Workshops, peer group sessions, and other learning opportunities will be offered to participants.

The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in downtown Columbus is the official conference hotel. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate. Use offer code “OAC” to reserve your room online or call 1-800-525-2430.

Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded to leverage funds and support for the arts and arts education statewide. The Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council, present the annual Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at


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