Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council, offers a unique community service opportunity for high school students in conjunction with Ohio’s annual Arts Day and Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio.  Twelve high schools from around the state will be chosen to send a team of six students to Columbus to serve as student advocates.  These students will participate in a range of activities highlighting the value and importance of the arts and arts education as a part of a complete curriculum. This is a valuable opportunity for your students to participate in the democratic process in a way that is personally meaningful to them.

You are invited to express your interest in having your students participate in Arts Day 2012 to be held in Columbus on Wednesday, May 9th.  Please respond in writing by November 3, 2011 by email, fax, or US mail (contact information can be found at the close of this message).  High school selections will be made by the end of November from those indicating their interest to participate.

WHAT: Arts Day 2012 Student Advocate Program

WHEN: Wednesday, May 9, 2012   9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

WHERE: Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts and the Ohio Statehouse


  • Students attend an advocacy briefing
  • Students meet with state legislators or their aides to advocate for the arts and arts education
  • Students attend the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon with members of the state legislature
  • Students tour state buildings and other cultural venues while in Columbus


  • Collaborate among academic departments within the high school (ex. arts, government, and language arts)
  • Host a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and/or Senate in your school for a pre-Arts Day orientation to discuss the role of a legislator in education and the arts funding process
  • Raise student awareness of the legislative process and citizens’ participation in government
  • Receive positive recognition for your school
  • Make an important contribution to the continuation of state funding for the arts and arts education


  • Six (6) students who demonstrate an interest in the arts and the day’s activities
  • Advance preparation by students: identify and write their Ohio legislators
  • School-provided release time for: a) two-hour in-school legislative visit; and b) trip to Columbus on Arts Day
  • School-provided transportation to Columbus for students and accompanying adult(s)
  • Teacher and/or school administrator to “advise” the student participation and serve as a liaison with the Arts Day Committee member


Donna Collins, Executive Director


Telephone:  614.221.4064     Fax:  614.241.5329

Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation

77 South High Street, 2nd Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108

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