OCA Newsletter September 2011

Governor Kasich Proclaims October Arts & Humanities Month in Ohio

Governor John Kasich has issued a proclamation declaring October Arts & Humanities Month in Ohio.

“The arts and humanities play a unique role in the lives of our families, communities and country by enhancing and enriching the human experience,” proclaims Gov. Kasich. “I hereby designate October 2011 as Arts & Humanities Month throughout Ohio and encourage the residents of Ohio to celebrate and promote the arts and culture in our state.”

National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) has been celebrated since 1993 and provides a great opportunity for people to participate in the arts offered in their communities. The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) is teaming up with the Ohio Statehouse to celebrate NAHM by organizing a series of free arts events in downtown Columbus.

On Tuesday, October 4, the month-long celebration will kick off in the Statehouse Atrium from noon to 1 p.m. with a reading of Gov. Kasich’s proclamation of October as Arts & Humanities Month throughout Ohio. Following the reading, high-energy bluegrass band Grassahol will perform a 45-minute set of their toe-tapping music. Described as “original, contemporary bluegrass at its finest” by Bluegrass Unlimited, the band frequently entertains audiences across the Midwest and features the musical stylings of Carl Yaffey (banjo), Chas Williams (fiddle), Heidi White (bass), Buren Carter (guitar) and Scott Brooks (mandolin). The lunchtime event will be free and open to the public.

A visit to the Statehouse is always a good time to explore the People’s Art Collection. The artwork in the collection depicts the hopes, dreams, values and aspirations of Ohioans and commemorates Ohio’s accomplishments and struggles. With the support of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and the OAC, the People’s Art Collection created integrated lessons about the artwork found within the Statehouse and on Capitol Square. These resources are available for parents and teachers.

The Statehouse is just one place where Ohioans can discover and explore the arts in the Buckeye state during NAHM. To discover the rich variety of arts and cultural activities going on throughout Ohio, visit ArtsinOhio.com. The OAC also encourages arts organizations to schedule events in coordination with NAHM and to use ArtsinOhio.com to promote them. Organizations can register online for free and post their events to the website.

Ohio Arts & Humanities Month events are organized by the Ohio Arts Council and the Capitol Square Review & Advisory Board with support from the Central Ohio Bluegrass Association and Ohio Citizens for the Arts.

Source: Ohio Arts Council

Consortium Views Arts as Engines of Recovery

In the two years since he became chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman has been trying to make the case that art is an effective linchpin to economic development. Now in a broad effort to build on that thesis, he has helped to enlist an unusual consortium of foundations, corporations and federal agencies that will use cultural enterprises to anchor and enliven 34 projects around the country, from a struggling city block in Detroit to a vacant school in East Harlem.

The projects will receive $11.5 million in grants from the foundations and another $12 million in loans from the corporations under the program that is to be financed through the private sector but coordinated in part by federal agencies. The program, to be announced on Thursday and called ArtPlace, aims to integrate artists and arts groups into local efforts in transportation, housing, community development and job creation as an important tool of economic recovery.

“We really need to scale up the resources in the field,” Mr. Landesman said. “It is not going to be through Congressional appropriation.”

“We felt,” he added, “if we worked together and coordinated our efforts, it would have a multiplier effect.”

The foundations involved are the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation and the Robina Foundation as well as an anonymous donor.

It is unusual for foundations to join forces in this way to back a single cause. “It seemed too important not to do,” said Don Michael Randel, president of the Mellon Foundation. “The support for the arts and humanities is fairly frail.”

The federal partners besides the National Endowment are the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and its Domestic Policy Council.

Source: New York Times

Nonprofit Job Growth Nearly Flat in 2010, Says Study

The growth in nonprofit jobs slowed in 2010 compared with other recent years, according to a new analysis of U.S. labor statistics.

The number of nonprofit jobs grew by just under 1 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to a study of figures in 45 states by the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies, in Baltimore. Year-to-year nonprofit job totals increased by 1.2 percent in 2009 and 2.6 percent in 2008.

However, nonprofits fared better in 2010 than for-profit companies, which saw a 0.9 percent decrease in jobs last year.

Among specific fields, education saw the highest rate of growth at a rate of 1.9 percent from 2007 to 2010, followed by professional services and arts, each at 1.8 percent. Health-related jobs grew by 1.6 percent, and social services by 1.5 percent. Civic groups saw a 0.5-percent drop in jobs during that three-year period, according to the report.

Other key findings show that half of all nonprofit jobs are health-related, 13 percent are in education, and 11 percent in social services.

The full report, “Nonprofits Continue to Add Jobs in the Current Downturn but Rate of Job Growth Falters: An Overview,” will be released later this month, but a summary of its main findings can be found on the university’s Center for Civil Society Studies Web site.

Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy

CMU gets $265 million gift from William S. Dietrich II

A philanthropist and former steel executive is giving Carnegie Mellon University $265 million, its biggest gift ever and one of the 10 largest by an individual to private higher education in the United States, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has learned.

The gift, which has the potential of transforming the university, is from William S. Dietrich II, 73, a longtime member of Carnegie Mellon’s board of trustees. It is to be announced today at a gathering honoring Mr. Dietrich, who was reared in Crafton and is former chairman of Dietrich Industries. His gift becomes effective upon his death.

The CMU gift — equal to about a fourth of the university’s entire endowment — is intended to be a catalyst for its global initiatives and for something long a source of CMU pride: What campus officials call the “fusion of left-brain and right-brain thinking” that includes linking arts and technology study.

The gift will be felt throughout the 111-year-old university at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in scholarship, artistic creation and in research, officials said. And it will support emphasis on interdisciplinary study and problem-solving at an institution Mr. Dietrich has called “a special place.”

Find out more about Mr. Dietrich and his gift to Carnegie Mellon University.

Ohio Statehouse Asks Ohioans to Send a Birthday Greeting

Organizations, schools and individuals are being asked to help celebrate the 150th birthday of the Ohio Statehouse by sending a “birthday greeting.”

In preparation for a special 150th birthday event on November 15, the actual day the Capitol Building was completed in 1861, citizens and organizations throughout the state are encouraged to send a birthday greeting to mark the historic occasion.

Birthday greetings can be as unique as Ohio’s 11.5 million residents. Birthday greetings can represent and capture the well-wisher’s organization or school. Greetings can be sent in any manageable size, format and/or medium. Creativity is highly encouraged.

Each birthday greeting will be displayed during the “Ohio Statehouse 150th Birthday Celebration Open House and Capitol Artists Fair” scheduled for November 15.

Each submitted birthday greeting will become part of the permanent collection of the Ohio Statehouse. Plans are in place to preserve each greeting and display them during the Statehouse’s 200th anniversary in the year 2061.

Birthday greetings should be mailed by November 8 to:

Ohio Statehouse 150th Birthday
Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215

Digital greetings should be emailed by November 10 to:


About the Ohio Statehouse 150th Birthday Celebration Open House and Capitol Artists Fair:

November 15, 2011, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cake Cutting at 12 p.m.; Statehouse Rotunda
Ohio Statehouse, Broad & High Streets; downtown Columbus

The Ohio Statehouse will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Ohio Statehouse with a birthday celebration open house and artists fair. The day of special events will feature Ohio artists, crafts and activities. The Capitol Artists Fair will include both contemporary crafters and artisans from every corner of Ohio. Ohio artists will display their own original work in the beautiful Ohio Statehouse. It is a one-stop shopping extravaganza for central Ohio and Ohio Statehouse visitors. From glass, to jewelry, to pottery and paintings …it’s all together in one location. Ohio food and wine sampling, special discounts and door prizes! The day-long event will provide an opportunity for all Ohioans to learn about the important history of the Ohio Statehouse and the time period in which it was completed.

November 15, 1861 was the day that the Ohio Statehouse was pronounced complete. This program is sponsored by the Capitol Square Foundation.

About the Ohio Statehouse Sesquicentennial

The people of Ohio are celebrating the sesquicentennial of the Ohio Statehouse throughout 2011. The Ohio Statehouse has served as the heart of Ohio democracy for the last 150 years. Construction on the Ohio Statehouse began on July 4, 1839. After 22 years, the temple to democracy was completed on November 15, 1861. Throughout the state, the Ohio Statehouse stands as a symbol of the legislative and executive branches of state government, and the people of Ohio.

After 22 years of construction, the Ohio Statehouse was completed in 1861 at the beginning of the American Civil War. One hundred and fifty years later, the Ohio Statehouse continues to serve as the heart of Ohio democracy.

The Statehouse is considered to be one of the most significant architectural accomplishments of the early republic. Its Greek Revival Doric architectural details and proportions give the impression of permanence, elegance and grandeur deserved by the original State Legislature who passed a law on January 26, 1838 to build the new Statehouse. Restored to its 1861 appearance, the Ohio Statehouse maintains its historic character as it continues to function as the center of state government in Ohio.

Source: Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Citizens for the Arts Gift Memberships Available

Are you looking for a perfect gift to share with the arts lover in your life?

With holidays just around the corner are you wondering what the perfect gift can be for the family with everything?

Thinking about what to give to your favorite hostess at that upcoming next social gathering, (because we know you are tired of bringing the same cheese ball or bottle of wine to the party)?

Let us help you plan ahead for the gift giving season.  Consider the gift of an Ohio Citizens for the Arts membership for friends, colleagues, and families!

It’s easy to shop … just call Ohio Citizens for the Arts and we’ll process the gift membership right over the phone. We will provide a beautiful card announcing your gift, with an image of the Ohio Statehouse painted by Ohio Artist Jim Siemer, for each gift membership you purchase.  Gift memberships are a great way to support the arts in Ohio!

Start your holiday shopping today! Contact Janelle at 614.221.4064 or by email at janelle@ohiocitizensforthearts.org for more information about processing your membership gifts!

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