First Lady Karen Kasich and the Ohio Legislature Turn Out to Support the 2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts

On Wednesday, May 11, First Lady Karen Kasich will present the welcoming remarks as part of the 2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio at the Columbus Athenaeum, located at 32 N. 4th St. in downtown Columbus, from noon to 1:15 p.m. The event is presented by the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation.

Representatives and Senators from districts all around Ohio will gather at the Governor’s Awards to celebrate the achievements of the arts in Ohio. More than 800 artists, arts supporters, arts patrons, business and community leaders also are expected to come to Columbus to recognize artistic excellence in Ohio and thank the Governor and legislature for their support of the arts.

Awards will be presented by Senate President Tom Niehaus and Speaker of the House Bill Batchelder to the 2011 winners: Arts Administration, Art Falco, PlayhouseSquare (Cleveland); Arts Education, Michael Kenwood Lippert (Dayton); Arts Patron, Mary Wolfe (Perrysburg); Business Support of the Arts, Freund, Freeze & Arnold (Dayton); Community Development & Participation, Lancaster Festival (Lancaster); and Individual Artist, James Friedman, photographer (Columbus). This year, the Irma Lazarus Award will also be given to Wayne P. Lawson (Columbus) for recognition of his lifetime achievement in the arts.

The 2001 Governor’s Awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with Arts Day. This daylong event demonstrating public value and support for the arts is sponsored by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation and will include an arts advocacy briefing, legislative visits and student exhibitions. Arts Day was created to foster a greater awareness of the value of the arts in Ohio. Citizens are encouraged to participate in Arts Day by visiting with their state legislators and communicating the need for public support of the arts and arts education. For more information on Arts Day 2011, visit or call 614/221-4064.

The 2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon are made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Channel. Media sponsors include CD101, The Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, Ohio Magazine, Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association, Cleveland Scene, The Blade, Time Warner Cable and WCBE.

More information about the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon, including a full list of past winners, is available on the Ohio Arts Council website at

About the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation:

The Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation provides education about the arts in Ohio and educates citizens about ways to participate effectively in their government. The OCA Foundation partners with the Ohio Arts Council in the annual presentation of Arts Day and the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio ceremony.

About the Ohio Arts Council:

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.

Source: Ohio Arts Council/News  by Amy McKay

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