It is essential to preserve Ohio’s cultural heritage, which serves as a legacy for future generations and a catalyst for community pride. The following points can be used as conversation starters with friends, colleagues, and policy-makers. Start the conversation today!
• The diverse cultural landscape of Ohio has been shaped by a multitude of peoples from all over the world. From the bluegrass musicians and basket-makers who live in the state’s southern hills to glass blowers and polka bands in the northern industrial cities, the daily lives of Ohioans are affected by traditions passed from generation to generation.
• Ohio has a variety of distinct cultural products—its cultural landmarks, traditions and character—that reinforce the state’s brand identity. Examples include the Museum of Ceramics (East Liverpool), historic Roscoe Village, Hartman Rock Garden (Springfield), the Washboard Music Festival (Logan), the Asian Festival (Columbus), Zoar Village, the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center (Wilberforce), Little Cities of Black Diamonds and the murals in the cities of Portsmouth and Steubenville.
• The arts contribute to community vitality in every corner of the state. According to research, citizens who engage in arts and culture activities tend to participate in other types of community activities as well. This engagement also creates a strong shared identity and instills pride in a state’s cultural heritage. Additionally, the presence of cultural organizations in a neighborhood stimulates local community participation overall. (National Assembly of State Art Agencies)
• In rural areas, the arts create sustainable small businesses, improve quality of life for residents, and attract visitors and investment. Heritage corridors and cultural trails, such as the Ohio Quilt Barn Trail, attract visitors to rural regions that may have otherwise been undiscovered. (National Governors Association)
Sources for the Talking Points can be found at: www.OhioCitizenForTheArts.org Resources, State Funding for the Arts, Talking Points.