News from Ohio Citizens for the Arts

VSAO 2012 Calls for Art
2012 Accessible Expressions Ohio (AEO) is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art entering it’s 17th season. The program is an opportunity for artists of all ages to demonstrate their abilities. The goals are to provide professional development opportunities for artists to create, exhibit and sell their art, recognize all ability levels, and present art by people with disabilities in inclusive settings. Entrants submit work under Youth (18 and under), Emerging, or Professional categories. A select number of high-quality pieces are selected to form the tour. To apply to this year’s tour, download the AEO application.

To learn more about past AEO tours visit:

Be a Tour Site for the AEO 2012 Tour!

Interested sites should download a Site Application and return it to VSAO by December 16 for scheduling priority.

2012 Young Soloists: Annually, VSA Ohio names a select group of musical artists under the age of 25, as the Young Soloists of the year. The Young Soloists demonstrate outstanding talent in vocal or instrumental music. Winners receive cash prizes and are connected with performance opportunities.  All entries are forwarded to the VSA International application process for a chance to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

To apply download the YS application.

For more information on past Young Soloist winners visit:

If you have further questions about any of these programs or the application process, contact VSA Ohio at 614-241-5325 or

Register Now for National Arts Advocacy Day 2012
Conference Headquarters
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
T: 202.234.0700
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There are three easy ways to register:
Register online
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Download our printable PDF registration form and mail to:
Americans for the Arts
c/o Meetings & Events
P.O. Box 91261
Washington, DC 20090-1261
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Download our printable PDF registration form and fax to:
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Attn: Meetings and Events

To register for the Nancy Hanks Lecture only please click here.

Registration and Admission Policies
Note: Registration payments made with credit card can be processed online, by fax, or by mail. However, payments made by check, purchase order number, or registrations for students can only be processed by mail. If registration form and payment are not received by Friday, March 30, 2012, you must register on site at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

Admission Procedures
You are required to wear your name badge to all conference events and meal functions. Admission will be denied to those without a badge. Replacement badges may be purchased at the Registration Desk for $50.

Advance Registration Deadline
All advance registration payments must be received by March 30, 2012. Registrations received after this deadline will not be processed in advance. You will be asked to register on site and provide payment at that time.

Lunch with State and District Captains
During the lunch break on Monday, April 16, 2012, you will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with your Arts Advocacy Day State and District Captains and plan your lobbying visits to Capitol Hill. Boxed lunch tickets for this event are $25 each and must be purchased in advance, no later than the registration deadline, Friday, March 30, 2012. On-site sales cannot be guaranteed.

Student Registrations
Individual full time students are eligible to register at the student rate of $75. Students must register by paper form and submit a copy of a valid student ID.

Registrations are not considered complete until all fees are paid in full. All payments must be received by Friday, March 30, 2012. Registrations received after this date will not be processed in advance and you will be asked to register on site and provide payment at that time. Payment of registrations secured by Purchase Order must be received by Friday, March 30, 2012. If payment by purchase order is not received by this date, the attendee will be required to provide a credit card and sign a payment authorization form to guarantee payment at the onsite Registration Desk before receiving credentials.

All attendees will receive confirmation of registration via e-mail. If you have not received a confirmation notice within three weeks of submitting your registration, or if you wish to change your registration information, please contact us by e-mail at

All requests for refunds must be made in writing to Americans for the Arts c/o Meetings and Events. Full refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be issued to requests received by Friday, March 30, 2012. Refund requests received after this deadline will not be considered.

For more information about this program or any Americans for the Arts programs and services, please contact AFTA by e-mail or call us at 202.371.2830

2011 Post-Election Impact on the Arts
The 2011 election proved to be a fairly good year for incumbents. Many candidates who are supportive of the arts and creative economies within their state or region were elected into office.  There were only two gubernatorial elections this year. In Kentucky, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear won re-election over his republican contender. Earlier this year in May, Beshear announced the creation of a statewide cultural district certification program. In a press release  for the initiative, Beshear said “My administration recognizes that a thriving creative sector is a powerful economic development tool and community revitalization asset,” Gov. Beshear said.  “This new program will further strengthen these assets, and Kentucky’s vibrant communities.”

In Mississippi, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is the Republican winner of the gubernatorial election, and will replace the term-limited Haley Barbour. He is a proponent of expanding the state’s film tax credit program which was launched this year, and co-hosted a film summit over the summer that focused on connecting the local business community to the film industry. Bryant will also preside over Blueprint Mississippi, an initiative launched during Barbour’s tenure that serves as strategic plan to revitalize the state, in part through the expansion of a creative and cultural economy.  Bryant had also been a proponent of the state’s Personhood Amendment, which failed with 58% opposition.

States with legislature elections were Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Virginia, and a special election in Iowa. It now appears Republicans will take party control of the Mississippi state House as well as the Virginia state senate. In Iowa, Democrat Liz Mathis won a special election to fill a state senate seat that was vacated when Governor Terry Branstad appointed Democratic Senator Swati Dandekar to an administrative position. The victory means that Democrats will maintain a razor-thin majority in the state senate.  Also of note is the ousting of Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce via recall vote, making him the first recalled elected official in state history. Pearce was the author of Arizona’s controversial immigration legislation, SB 1070.

On the mayoral front, incumbents dominated yesterday’s contests, and the arts appear to be in good hands in several large cities throughout the country. I’m also happy to note that three recipients of the Americans for the Arts Public Leadership in the Arts Awards won re-election: Mayor James Brainard of Carmel, IN; Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia; and Mayor Joseph Riley of Charleston, SC.  You can check out full results of yesterday’s mayoral elections at the US Conference of Mayors Election Center. Below you will find mayoral results in Ohio.

Columbus, OH
Mayor Michael Coleman (D) re-elected.

  • Launched the Capital Kids Initiative in 2001 – an afterschool program that includes “Academic assistance, including help with their homework, science projects, literacy tutoring and computer math; Enrichment activities such as cooking, field trips, drama and art.”
  • Served on a panel in September with NEA Chair Rocco Landesman titled “A Way Forward: Arts and Economic Development.”2
  • In 2004, launched Art Classifieds in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council. It is an n interactive online directory of regional arts education workshops and classes. 3
  • Spearheading revitalization of King Lincoln Historical District.4
  • Performed a rap on literacy for Columbus public school children.5

Source: Americans for the Arts

Ohio Arts Council Approves 80 Grants Totaling $394,501
At a public meeting on October 13, 2011, the OAC board approved the second round of grants for fiscal year 2012 and grant ratifications for fiscal years 2011 and 2010. As a result, the OAC will award 80 grants totaling $394,501 to support arts organizations, arts programs and artists across Ohio. These awards have not been previously announced. For FY2012, the OAC has received a total of 504 grant requests totaling $14,351,311.

Organizations that receive OAC funds are required to match state tax dollars with additional public and private funds. In general, for every state tax dollar invested, $84 is raised in matching funds by recipient organizations.

For more information specific to this round of grant announcements, download the following PDF file: a by-city list of grants awarded in this round.

FY 2012 Grant Award Ratifications
Artists with Disabilities Access
Five (5) Artists with Disabilities Access grants were approved totaling $2,150. The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) is designed to help artists with disabilities move to a higher level of artistic development.

Project Support
Sixty-Four (64) Project Support grants were awarded totaling $202,964. The Project Support program provides flexible funding to help organizations complete short-term projects addressing a wide variety of goals and objectives through two types of project grantsGeneral Project and Creative Economy Project.

Special Projects for Organizations
Three (3) Special Projects grants were approved for a total of $88,207. Special Projects grants include arts consultancies, fee support for presenters and one-time special projects for organizations.

FY 2010/2011 Grant Award Ratifications
Ratifications are the board’s final approval of funds allocated in various program areas since the June 29, 2011 board meeting. The board ratified six (6) grants from FY2011 totaling $71,750 and two (2) grants from FY2010 totaling $29,430. These awards have not been announced previously.

The FY2011 ratifications included:
One (1) Artists with Disabilities Access grant totaling $250
Five (5) Special Organization grants totaling $71,500

The FY2010 ratifications included:
Two (2) Special Organization grants totaling $29,430
Grant information dating back to FY1998, is searchable on the Ohio Arts Council’s website at:  

Grant applications were reviewed by Ohio Arts Council staff and diverse panels of arts experts. The OAC board, consisting of 15 gubernatorial appointees and four nonvoting members from the Ohio legislature, makes final decisions based on panel recommendations.

Source: Ohio Arts Council

Sculpture promotes art at Williamson
The Williamson College of Business Administration held a dedication ceremony on Thursday night for a new sculpture that hangs from the atrium ceiling.

The sculpture, named “Corpus Mirabile,” was designed by artists Gregory Gomez and Peter Andruchow and commissioned as part of the Ohio Percent for Art Program.

In 1990, the Ohio Legislature passed a law requiring any new or renovated public building that receives more than $4 million in capital project funds to allocate at least 1 percent of those funds for original works of public art.

Ken Emerick, director of the Ohio Percent for Art Program, said the Ohio Arts Council had a “great experience” at Youngstown State University. After putting out an open call for public art project proposals, the college assembled a nine-member committee to review the submissions.

“Open-call projects are the most adventurous type of projects,” Emerick said. “We had hundreds of submissions and a budget of over $100,000. But everything went very smoothly. This was a model situation for the program and a great example of how this program can work.”

The committee narrowed the submissions to three finalists who were invited to tour the building. The finalists were then given six weeks to modify their designs to fit the space.

Gomez, a sculptor, painter and associate professor at Wheelock College, and Andruchow, a sculptor and metal artist who owns and operates Woven Steel Distinctive Iron Works in Boston, were chosen from the finalists.

“Corpus Mirabile” is meant to be a metaphor for the corporation, the designers said. The sculpture – made up of many parts working together and going through cycles – is an ever-expanding entity.

Additionally, its open surface, which reveals the strong inner structure, represents the importance of trust and transparency in business.

The Fibonacci numbers – a mathematical sequence in which each number is the sum of the previous two – inspired the designers. Fibonacci sequences often occur in nature – like the arrangement of leaves on a stem, the form of a shell or the shape of a pinecone.

“The piece is only based on the mathematical sequence,” Andruchow said. “If we had built it with the correct math, it would have been sticking out of the ceiling. We were inspired by the mathematics, but we didn’t feel like we had to be a slave to it.”

Greg Moring, professor and acting chairman of the art department, noted the importance of public art projects and their ability to revitalize communities.

“The first thing you think of when you look at a piece of public art is the aesthetics … ‘Do I like it?'” Moring said. “But the second question most people ask is about the finances … ‘Who paid for it?’

There’s often some resentment about public dollars spent on art. But it’s important to separate those two questions and take the business investment into account.”

Moring explained that many cities like Chicago, Columbus and New York have used an investment in public art to draw people and businesses back to disadvantaged and failing communities.

“These projects have a return like any other investment,” Moring said. “Art creates a business opportunity because it creates places that people like to visit. We need to find a way to convince places like Youngstown to see art as an investment in the community.”

Source: The Jambar

Central State University Receives Recognition
Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro, joined by Central State University President John W. Garland, today named the Central State University’s Center of Excellence in Fine and Performing Arts an Ohio Center of Excellence in Cultural and Societal Transformation. The newly designated Center of Excellence will serve as a cultural hub for promoting musical and artistic excellence in area schools and communities as well as promoting local economic development.

The Center of Excellence in Fine and Performing Arts (CEFPA) is the second Center of Excellence designation awarded to Central State University and the 51st overall awarded by the Board of Regents.

“I commend Central State University for utilizing their strengths in the music and art programs to develop an Ohio Center of Excellence,” Petro said. “In addition to enhancing the cultural environment of the region with performances and the teaching of free private music lessons, the Center will also drive economic development and lead to collaboration with regional, national, and international fine arts organizations.”

CEFPA combines the strengths of the Music and Art programs at Ohio’s only historically black public university and will offer access to outstanding education in the arts for minority students. The Center will train and graduate students in music and fine art who will provide exemplary professional and cultural leadership in their fields.

The Center will also attract nationally renowned faculty and student talent to Ohio and promote local economic development by attracting and retaining the “creative community” to live and work in the Miami Valley. Graduates will become the local band and choral directors, and will pursue ventures in recording, performance, collaboration, and/or private teaching studios.

CEFPA aspires to provide online course offerings which would be included in the Ohio Learning Network course catalogue, collaborate with local and international dance and music programs, host a world music festival in Ohio, and provide master level classes.

“The CEFPA designation recognizes our longstanding preeminence as a producer of top-notch talent and leadership in the field of fine and performing arts,” CSU President John W. Garland said. “Examples include the renowned Grammy-award winning CSU Chorus and our highly regarded Music Mentors and jazz studies programs as well as CSU alumni Leontyne Price, Nancy Wilson, Roberta Alexander, and Frank Foster. The alumni, faculty and students associated with Central State University’s music and fine arts programs have greatly enriched the cultural life of the surrounding community, the state and the nation.”

More information is available.

NEA Announces New Research Note on Artists in the Workforce
Research offers industry-specific, regional, and demographic data on the 2.1 million artists working in the U.S.

There are 2.1 million artists in the United States workforce, and a large portion of them — designers — contribute to industries whose products Americans use every day, according to new research from the National Endowment for the Arts. Artists and Arts Workers in the United States offers the first combined analysis of artists and industries, state and metro employment rates, and new demographic information such as age, education levels, income, ethnicity, and other social characteristics.

This latest report builds on earlier NEA research — Artists in the Workforce: 1990 – 2005 — which identified key traits that differentiated artists from other U.S. workers. That report found artists to be entrepreneurial (more likely to be self-employed) and more educated than the workforce at large. This latest research confirms those earlier conclusions and shares new data about the working artist. Among the key findings:

There are 2.1 million artists in the United States. They make up 1.4 percent of the total workforce, and 6.9 percent of the professional workforce (artists are classified as “professional workers”).

  • More than one-third of artists in the survey (39 percent, or 829,000 workers) are designers (such as graphic, commercial, and industrial designers, fashion designers, floral designers, interior designers, merchandise displayers, and set and exhibit designers.)
  • Performing artists make up the next largest category (17 percent). In addition, each of the following occupations make up 10 percent of all artists:  fine artists, art directors, and animators; writers and authors; and architects.
  • Between 2000 and 2009, the artist labor force increased by 5 percent while the civilian labor force grew by nearly 8 percent. (i)

Artists work in many industries and job sectors

  • More than half of artists (54 percent) work in the private, for-profit sector; 35 percent are self-employed.
  • One in three artists (34 percent) works in the “professional, scientific, and technical services” sector, which includes architectural and design firms, advertising agencies and consulting firms, and companies offering computer or photographic services.
  • One in five (18 percent) of artists work in the “performing arts, spectator sports, and independent artists” category, including more than half (53 percent) of all musicians.
  • Fourteen percent of all artists (73 percent of producers and directors, 23 percent of actors, and 20 percent of writers and authors) work in “information” industries, such as the motion picture, video, and broadcasting industries, or newspaper, book, or directory publishing.

Wage gaps persist

  • Women artists earn $0.81 cents for every dollar earned by men artists. This gap is similar to that in the overall labor force (where women earn $0.80 cents for every dollar earned by men); professional women earn even less — $0.74 for every dollar earned by professional men. (ii)
  • Artists’ median wages and salaries ($43,000 in 2009) are higher than the median for the whole labor force ($39,000). Yet artists as a whole earn far less than the median wage of the “professional” category of workers ($54,000), to which they belong. Architects make the highest median wage ($63,000), while workers who are classified as “other entertainers” had the lowest ($25,000). (iii)

Artist demographics

  • Artists are less socioeconomically and demographically diverse than the total U.S. workforce, yet diversity levels vary across individual artist occupations.
  • While artists as a whole are less likely to be foreign-born than other U.S. workers, some of the highest-paid artist occupations have the highest rates of foreign-born workers. Architects and designers are the most likely to be foreign-born (14 to 16 percent, roughly the same as the U.S. workforce).
  • Artists work at home at more than three times the rate of the total labor force (15 versus 4 percent).
  • Artists are just as likely to be married as the general workforce (53-54 percent).

Artist-heavy states and regions

  • New York and California have the highest numbers of artists in the U.S. Oregon and Vermont have 20 percent greater-than-average numbers of artists, with writers and authors especially prominent. Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Washington, and Rhode Island outdo the national average.
  • In Tennessee, 22 percent of all working artists are musicians.
  • Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have the most workers in the book publishing industry. (iv)
  • The San Jose, California metro area has the highest level of employment in industrial design services — more than 3 times the U.S. average. (v)

The NEA analyzed data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey, a new annual survey tool that complements the decennial census. The note analyzed 11 distinct artist occupations: actors, announcers, architects, dancers and choreographers, designers, fine artists, art directors and animators, musicians, other entertainers, photographers, producers and directors, and writers and authors. The NEA used a five-year data set (2005-2009) to get a large enough sample size for a thorough analysis. New data on employment patterns and freelance artists reveal more accurate totals for this mobile, entrepreneurial group of workers.

i. Bureau of Labor Statistics
ii. These calculations are for full-year/full-time work only.
iii. Annual wages and salaries are provided only for full-time, full-year artists, based on 2009 estimates..
iv. From the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, which tracks employment by industry, not occupation. This data includes both artists and other workers in that industry.
v. Ibid.

Source: National Endowment for the Arts

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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