News from Ohio Citizens for the Arts

You’re Invited!

Ohio Citizens for the Arts will hold its Annual Meeting in Columbus on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM.  The purpose of the meeting is to carry out the business of the organization (electing Board members, approving the 2012 budget, considering amendments to the bylaws, etc.) and to provide an update on the 2011 work of the organization and introduce potential new opportunities for 2012.  All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Ohio Citizens for the Arts Annual Meeting
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM
Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts
77 South High Street, 31st Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108

We look forward to your participation!  Please RSVP to 614.221.4064 so that we can prepare for your participation.

Until next time,

Donna S. Collins
Executive Director

Seeking 12 Ohio High Schools To Represent Ohio’s 1.8 Million Students! Is Your High School The Perfect Match?

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

The Big Read Accepting Applications for September 2012-June 2013
Application submission deadline: February 1, 2012

The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2012 and June 2013. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement and participation. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.

To review the Guidelines & Application Instructions visit The Big Read website

Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email

National Association for Music Education Council of Music Program Leaders Presents Music Program Leaders Academy at the 2012 Music Education Week “Leadership for Music Education 2.0” Call for Proposals

Purpose: This academy is designed for leaders in music education who are responsible for the oversight and implementation of various components of school district music programs. Diverse sessions that address the current status of the revised art standards, professional learning communities, formative assessment, growth measures for student music achievement, professional development partnerships, and increased student empowerment are planned to maximize personal leadership and the influence on current decision making practices. Opportunities for professional conversation are included through targeted discussions, as well as at the annual meeting of the NAfME Council of Music Program Leaders (NCMPL).

Submissions Deadline: November 18, 2011.

To achieve the purpose of the Music Program Leaders Academy, members of the NCMPL are invited to submit proposals for topical sessions by the stipulated target date (time extensions will not be granted). Proposals must be sent electronically to by November 18, 2011. The final decision regarding acceptance for presentation at the Music Program Leaders Academy will be made by the NCMPL conference committee.

Selection Process: The NCMPL conference committee will be guided in this selection by the following criteria: quality of presentation; relevance to academy’s stated theme; innovativeness; timeliness of the specific topic to the field.

Presentation Format: Applicants may submit one or more proposals in presentation-style format. Appropriate technology will be available for projection, and applicants can propose sessions between 60 and 90 minutes in length.

Appropriate Topics: The theme of the 2012 Music Education Week Supervisors Academy is “Leadership for Music Education 2.0.” This theme is designed to attract proposals that address the current needs of music education leaders and their students. Topics for consideration include:

  • Professional learning communities
  • Formative assessment
  • Growth measures for student music achievement
  • Professional development partnerships
  • Increased student empowerment
  • Revised arts standards

Procedure: If accepted, presenters must register for and attend the conference, and must be members of NAfME at the time of application and dates of the conference.

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Two Foundations Take New Approaches to Arts Engagement
Many arts organizations have tracked fluctuations in attendance rates during the economic downturn, and with two separate funding initiatives the James Irvine Foundation and the Knight Foundation seem to have responded by saying, “Yes, changes have occurred. Embrace them.”

A recent story in the Sacramento Bee highlights the demographic changes that led the James Irvine Foundation to shift its arts funding strategy. A key factor was a study (PDF) released in September on arts engagement that reveals that Californians are increasingly experiencing culture at home as opposed to in theaters, museums, or galleries. The study also emphasizes the increasing importance of religion in individuals’ cultural preferences-particularly for African Americans and Hispanics. The new Exploring Engagement Fund aims to promote arts engagement by supporting arts nonprofits that are responding to the changes in the “who,” “how,” and “where” that arts engagement is now taking place within California. Commenting on the shift reflected in this new initiative, Josephine Ramirez, arts program director at the Irvine Foundation, told the Bee, “This is a whole new world where we’re prototyping risk and experimentation.” She added, “What I think we will see are a lot of organizations across the state trying new things and coming up with interesting ideas.”

Meanwhile, over on the East c\Coast, the Knight Foundation is accepting applications for the second round of Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, a grant program that is open to established arts institutions, independent artists of all types, and even businesses and service organizations. The only three criteria for the program are that projects focus on art, that they benefit Philadelphia in some way, and that they come with matching funds. As an example of  a funded project from the last round, a recent NewsWorks story cites “A Play, A Pie, A Pint,” in which audiences “at a pub or lounge can see a short play, and wash a slice of pizza down with a pint of beer, for $15.” The concept is a British import that Emma Gibson brought to the U.S. Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts at the Knight Foundation, told NewsWorks, “This year, we’re going to reach deeper into the community and try and motivate and look for ideas from individual artists and also from the creative community.”

Source: The Nonprofit Quarterly

Statewide Arts Agency Appropriations Preview Fiscal Year 2012
This report provides a forecast of state government funding for the arts in the year ahead as budgets for FY2012 are being finalized and national funding trends are beginning to emerge. Please note that this is preliminary information. Many states will revisit enacted budgets in the coming months in order to adjust for shifting revenue and expense conditions.

The Climate for Arts Funding
State budgets continue to feel the effects of the recession, which triggered the largest collapse in state revenues ever recorded. As they began planning for FY2012, governors and legislators in 42 states struggled to close budget shortfalls. Compounding this challenge was a great deal of political churn. Twenty-nine new governors and 1,620 new state legislators took office early this year, and many of those individuals campaigned on platforms of government downsizing. These conditions all led to significant cutbacks in many public services as well as reductions in spending for education, health care, aid to localities and compensation for state workers.

See the results from NASAA!

Source: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

String: The Premier Guitar Festival at the Ananda Center Northeast Ohio
This inaugural festival of guitars assembles premier players and technicians from two continents for a weeklong musical journey. String provides an opportunity to hear, observe, and learn from an outstanding acoustic array of musical excellence encompassing a sundry of styles and eras to tantalize the senses.

Collaborating with schools: Massillon native Randall Avers and Benoit Albert of Les Freres Meduses will be providing weeklong performances and workshops within the school districts of Stark County, Ohio.

On Saturday, November 12, at the Massillon Museum, a full day of workshops and seminars offering a variety of learning levels and experiences will be presented by the participants.

Friday, November 11, 2011 7:00 P.M.: The opening concert with Les Freres Meduses in the intimate setting of the Main Gallery of the Massillon Museum. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

Saturday, November 12, 2011 8:00 P.M.: Goran Ivanovic and Andreas Kapsalis at the historic Lincoln Theater. Doors will open at 7:30 P.M.

Sunday, November 13, 2011 1:30 P.M.: Solo Performance by Dieter Hennings on baroque lute and the classical guitar.

3:00 P.M.: Closing performance by Stephen and JoNell Aron.
Doors will open a half an hour before each performance.
Visit the Ananda Center’s Website for more information.
Public Art in Westerville Spaces – Sculpture Project 2012-2013
Project Description: “Public Art in Westerville Spaces – Sculpture Project 2012-2013” is a yearlong community arts project sponsored by the City of Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, Westerville Parks Foundation and the Arts Council of Westerville, Inc. The 2012 – 2013 exhibition will feature 7 – 10 sculptures by Ohio artists.  Sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and installed outdoors, on concrete pads in high profile locations  in historic uptown Westerville, Ohio and throughout City Parks and business areas. Online and print brochures will be provided to the public to inspire self-guided walking tours of theexhibit. Guided docent tours will also be available through the Arts Council of Westerville. On the launch date of Saturday, June 16, 2012, there will be a reception hosted by the Arts Council of Westerville for the artists and all the collaborators.

All work must be for sale and remain in the exhibit for the entire duration. Each artist will receive a $500 stipend. In addition to the stipend, a grand prize of $500 will be awarded. The postmark deadline for submissions is January 20, 2012.

Selection Criteria: Entries will be critiqued on artistic merit and originality. All finalists will have to meet standards of public safety and durability of design and materials. Freestanding sculptures will be considered. When choosing submissions, please keep in mind sculptures will be shown outdoors and should be of a substantive size and impact to complement surroundings. All work must be original, created by an artist residing in Ohio, for sale, and remain in the exhibit for one year. Artists selected will be notified by February 17th, 2012.

Submission Procedure: “Public Art in Westerville Spaces – Sculpture Project 2012-2013″ is open to all artists 18 years of age and older residing in Ohio. Artists may submit up to three (3) original sculptures. The non-refundable entry fee for each sculpture submitted is $25 (make checks payable to the Westerville Parks Foundation). Please download and print a copy of the application and complete it in its entirety. Artists are required to include a copy of their resume, and an artist statement. Each application must include a CD with digital images of the artwork and each image file name must specify the title. Each image submitted must be a high resolution, 300 dpi. and measure 5” X 7”. Each submission must also include information about each sculpture which includes title, dimensions, media, date created, and retail price. The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department and The Arts Council of Westerville, Inc., reserve the right to reject, upon receipt, any sculpture that does not meet the aforementioned standards for outdoor display, is deemed unsafe, and differs from artist’s photo and/or description or for any other reason.

Benefits to the Exhibiting Sculptor

  • $500 stipend
  • $500 grand prize for “Best in Show”
  • Sculptures will be placed high visibility sites in the Westerville, Ohio named one of “America’s Best Places to Live” by Forbes Magazine
  • A yearlong marketing campaign, including press releases and brochures distributed in Central Ohio

Process to Apply: In order to be included in the selection process each application package must BE SUBMITTED BY JANUARY 20, 2012 and include the following:
1. Completed Application
2. $25 non-refundable entry fee per sculpture (check payable to Westerville Parks Foundation)
3. Resume/ Artist statement
4. Descriptive statement about each piece submitted
5. CD with high resolution images of each submitted piece and a detailed description of each piece
6. Artists that wish for return of materials must include a SASE

For additional information or an application to apply please contact Jan Fedorenko at 614-797-7100 or


Suggested Reading
Getting In On The Act: How Arts Groups Are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation: This report and case studies of illustrative projects help provide a better understanding of how people are engaging in the arts, and of how arts organizations are enabling this involvement. Researchers at WolfBrown investigated active arts participation across the arts sector in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, learning from more than 100 organizations currently engaging in participatory arts. The report helps address many of the concerns that arts organizations may have in embracing participatory arts practices and illuminates the various trends in the field that are responsible for this shift. This report also presents the “Audience Involvement Spectrum,” a helpful new model for understanding various levels of arts engagement.

Beyond Their Walls: Ten Major London Arts and Cultural Organizations Share Experience of Working In The Public Realm: With an eye on the 2012 Olympics and a desire to increase engagement with the arts among all sections of society, New landscapes makes a number of recommendations to improve the working environment for outdoor arts, build a clearer picture of working practices, gather evidence of the impact of the work and increase the longer-term sustainability of the sector. This series of dialogues focuses on significant cultural organizations across London, from the Royal Opera House to the British Library, some of which are experienced in the art of working outdoors and some of which are unaccustomed to working in public spaces. It captures a range of thoughts from some of our leading cultural voices and illustrates ways in which the arts sector is working to offer audiences new experiences, transform places in unexpected ways and ignite artistic creativity.

Cultural Organizations and Changing Leisure Trends: For two working days in May 2007, a group of 34 leaders from arts, culture, entertainment, commerce, and academia focused on the issue of leisure in America. While the effort and its subject may seem a bit of a disconnect (working at understanding leisure), the conversations underscored the fact that leisure trends are serious business for cultural organizations. The changing shape and nature of non-work life fundamentally frames the public’s engagement with the arts, humanities, and sciences. This group convened to consider whether and how cultural organizations might respond to that changing frame, and where the shifts might take the interplay of leisure and cultural experience in the future.

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 for more information about processing your membership gifts!

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