News From Ohio Citizens for the Arts

Registration is now open for the 2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at noon on May 9, 2012 at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. This annual event is hosted by Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. Tickets can be purchased online for just $50 each and include lunch and a dessert reception.  Registration closes on April 9, 2012.

The 2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon will be held in conjunction with Arts Day on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. This daylong event demonstrating public value and support for the arts is sponsored by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Arts Day will include an arts advocacy briefing, legislative visits, an arts showcase, tours of the Ohio Statehouse, 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. Every year on Arts Day, the Capitol is filled with arts supporters sharing the importance of the arts in their communities.

For more information on how to participate in Arts Day, or how to purchase table sponsorships for the luncheon, contact the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation at info@ohiocitizensforthearts.org or 614.221.4064.

Until next time,

Donna S. Collins
Executive Director

2012 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio Winners Announced

Eight winners have been selected to receive the 2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. The awards will be presented at a luncheon ceremony honoring the winners and members of the Ohio Legislature at noon on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. The luncheon is hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Winners will receive an original work of art by Debra Joyce Dawson, a plein air artist from Pataskala.
Winners were selected from 67 nominations submitted by individuals and organizations throughout Ohio. The award categories and recipients are: Arts Administration, Ed Stern & Buzz Ward, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Cincinnati); Arts Education, Toledo School for the Arts (Toledo); Arts Patron, Louise D. Nippert (Cincinnati); Business Support of the Arts, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (Dayton); Community Development & Participation, ArtsinStark (Canton); Individual Artist, Michael Jerome Bashaw (Kettering); Irma Lazarus Award, Barbara S. Robinson (Cleveland).

The 2012 Governor’s Awards Selection Committee consisted of seven Ohio Arts Council board members and three non-board members who were selected by Ohio Citizens for the Arts. They were: Committee Chair Chuck McWeeny (Athens), Ohio Arts Council committee members Karen Bell (Columbus), Louisa Celebrezze (Columbus), Matt Colopy (Columbus), Sara Jane DeHoff (Perrysburg), Jeff Rich (Dublin) and Tom Schorgl (Cleveland), and Ohio Citizens for the Arts committee members Marc Folk (Toledo), Mary Gimpel (Cincinnati) and Dave Seyer (Dayton).

More information about the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon, including a full list of past winners and program advertising information, is available on the Ohio Arts Council website at www.oac.ohio.gov/events/GovAwards .

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon will be held in conjunction with Arts Day on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. This daylong event demonstrating public value and support for the arts is sponsored by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Arts Day will include an arts advocacy briefing, legislative visits, an arts showcase, Statehouse tours and student exhibitions. For more information on Arts Day 2012, visit  www.ohiocitizensforthearts.org or call 614/221-4064.

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. Every year on Arts Day, the Capitol is filled with arts supporters sharing the importance of the arts in their communities.

The 2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon are presented in partnership with the Ohio Channel.

Source: Ohio Arts Council

Congress Passes FY 2012 Budget: $9M Cut for NEA, NEH

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the final budget agreement for FY 2012, which includes $146.255 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The $146,255 million appropriation is identical to President Obama’s proposed budget, a cut of nearly $9 million from FY 2011, and is a compromise between the House of Representatives number of $135 million and the Senate number of $155 million as previously considered by their respective subcommittees.

Also included in this bill is $24.596 million in funding for the Arts in Education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, which had been zeroed-out in a previous proposal in the House.

This concludes the prolonged Congressional negotiations for the FY 2012 budget and prevents a government shutdown.

Source: Americans for the Arts

The pARTnership Movement: Enhancing Business & Arts Partnerships

In this current economic environment, businesses are continually seeking new ways to build their competitive advantage. To help them reach this goal, Americans for the Arts has launched  The pARTnership Movement, a new initiative designed to create mutually beneficial partnerships between arts and business institutions.

The Movement demonstrates how the arts can help business achieve these goals by enhancing the critical thinking, team building, and creative skills of the corporate workforce while also enhancing communities to attract and retain employees. In addition, it prepares arts organizations to partner with businesses in new and innovative ways.

To help businesses better understand the myriad benefits of partnering with an arts organization, The pARTnership Movement-working with local arts agencies across the country-will place ads with major newspapers, magazines, and other publications that demonstrate how partnering with the arts enhances critical thinking skills and creativity within the workforce as well as strengthens community engagement.

The website gives a comprehensive description of the benefits partnering with the arts brings, provides numerous case studies and creates a one-stop shop for building out connections in the community; provides companies with a thorough overview of how and why the arts can help them realize business goals; and includes a zip code finder that will allow businesses to easily locate Americans for the Arts’ member arts organizations across the country that are ready to partner.

The Movement also offers arts organizations the tools they need to more effectively partner with the businesses in their communities including: case studies that showcase innovative ideas and program concepts and multi-channel aspects to highly successful partnerships that deepen over time; information on creating a solid business proposition for partnering with the arts and making an initial request; opportunities to connect with business leaders, gleaning valuable tips directly from the source; and chances to network with and learn from peers.

Source: Americans for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts Announces a New Federal Interagency Task Force to Promote Research on the Arts and Human Development

The National Endowment for the Arts is leading a new task force of 13 federal agencies and departments to encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.

“Human Development” is a framework that researchers, policymakers, and practitioners use to devise research and programs that help people lead full lives from early childhood through old age. While many studies have found links between the arts and positive cognitive, behavioral, and social outcomes, most of this research is small-scale and short-term. There are major gaps in federally sponsored arts research. For example, there is no large-scale research on the arts and creative thinking, a critical asset in today’s global economy. There are research gaps on how the arts influence both youth and aging populations. And there is no nationally representative research on how the arts affect people with illness, injury, or disability. Until now, arts research has not been part of significant research on human development, and there has been little coordination among federal agencies, researchers, and practitioners to rectify this problem.

Taking a collective leap forward, the members of the NEA Interagency Task Force will work together to help fill the research gaps and build a stronger evidence base to inform future policy and practices nationwide. The task force will:
•    host a series of quarterly webinars on compelling research and practices;
•    coordinate the distribution of information about funding opportunities for researchers and providers of the arts, health, and education across the lifespan;
•    conduct or commission a gap-analysis and literature review of federally sponsored research on the arts and human development;
•    identify and leverage joint research funding opportunities across agencies;
•    host a convening with researchers and practitioners for professional development and capacity-building in the field of arts and human development
“It is my job to support artists and arts organizations in their prime mission: making and presenting art. But we also have a responsibility to look beyond ourselves to see the ways in which our work connects with our fellow citizens and the world at large,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “I am pleased to be working in partnership with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to create a research agenda that explores the role of the arts in human development across the life span.”

The task force is a result of The Arts and Human Development, a white paper that proposes a framework for long-term collaboration among federal agencies to build capacity for future research and evidence sharing about the arts’ role in human development. The white paper stems from a first-ever convening between the NEA and the Department of Health and Human Services in March 2011 in Washington, DC with NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In her remarks at the convening, Secretary Sebelius stated, “It is our hope that coming out of this meeting we can deepen our collaboration on research and identify new avenues for studying how the arts can improve all our lives.”
Participating federal agencies and departments in the task force are:

•    HHS/Administration for Children & Families
•    HHS/Administration on Aging
•    Department of Education/Office of Innovation & Improvement
•    NIH/National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
•    NIH/National Institute on Aging
•    NIH/Office of Science Education
•    NIH/Office of Behavioral & Social Sciences Research
•    NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
•    NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
•    Institute of Museum & Library Services
•    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
•    National Science Foundation/Science of Learning Centers
•    National Endowment for the Arts

Source: National Endowment for the Arts

The BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America

The BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America recognizes businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community. These companies set the standard of excellence and serve as role models for others to follow.

The BCA 10 2011 was presented on Wednesday, October 5 at the Central Park Boathouse in NYC. Please view the gala publication here (pdf 3.5 MB).

Nominate a Company
Who can nominate a company?  Anyone can do it-an individual, an arts organization, or company employee.
Which companies are eligible?  Companies large and small that support the arts in the United States are eligible. Tax-exempt nonprofit organizations are ineligible.

 Submit a nomination here. Nominations close on Friday, February 17, 2012.

Source: Americans for the Arts

Governor to Deliver State of the State Address at Steubenville’s Wells Academy

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich announced on January 18, 2012 that he will deliver the annual State of the State address on February 7 at Wells Academy in Steubenville.

Wells Academy is the highest-ranking public elementary school in Ohio, measured by test results, and part of Steubenville City Schools. It is consistently viewed as one of the best, most innovative elementary schools in Ohio.

Ohio governors deliver the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly; therefore the General Assembly will pass a Joint Resolution enabling it to convene for the day at Wells Academy, which shares its building and auditorium with Steubenville High School.

Source:  Media Release, Governor’s Office

Suggested Reading

Wallace Studies in Building Arts Audiences: Getting more people to experience more art more deeply is the work of 54 Wallace Excellence Award winners. This series explores the audience-building efforts of four arts groups.

NBC foots bill for school musical programs: The nonprofit iTheatrics’ Junior Theater Project aims to begin another 180 programs this fall, building toward a 2014 goal of 1,000 school programs reaching 1 million students, NBC said. Schools may apply for the fall program at the website MakeaMusical.org starting Friday. NBC declined to put a funding amount on the initiative.

TACLing Collaboration: Ohio’s very own Marc Folk talks revitalizing our cities and collaborating with organizations in your area.

Ohio Citizens for the Arts Gift Memberships Available

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

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)?
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!

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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