News from Ohio Citizens for the Arts

The Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation’s Arts Day Committee, chaired by Pat Bridgman, is busy planning a great day for you and your colleagues in Columbus on May 9th.  We anticipate an enthusiastic crowd of arts advocates joining us for our Annual Advocacy Briefing, legislative visits, and the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon.

The luncheon is hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Registering for this prestigious annual event is easy and convenient from your desktop.  Individual tickets are just $50 and include a great lunch and dessert reception.

In addition to single ticket registration we offer table sponsorships. Tables will seat ten individuals and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation will register all of your guests to save you an on-line step in the registration process. Your table sponsorship will be recognized at the luncheon on event signage and will be featured in the program.  A table sponsorship is just $1,000 ($500 is tax deductible).  The Arts Day Luncheon has been a sellout event in past years so you’ll want to reserve your table as early as possible. For more information call our office at 614.221.4064.

We look forward to the annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio as a great way to celebrate the arts and acknowledge Ohio’s policy-makers who ensure public funding for arts and culture through state appropriations to the Ohio Arts Council.

Join us on May 9th and come prepared for an extraordinary day of advocacy, celebration, and action on behalf of the arts in Ohio!

With anticipation,

Donna S. Collins
Executive Director

Call for Artists: Glenwood Neighbors Beautification Project!

The Youngstown Playhouse is pleased to announce an upcoming mural project in the Glenwood Avenue area on the Southside of Youngstown! The project is an effort to beautify the Playhouse Grounds and surrounding environs through a highly collaborative mural art display. Debris and brush will be removed and a mural painted by community residents and institutional partners on a large and highly visible wall adjacent to playhouse grounds. This project ties into greater efforts to beautify and improve the Glenwood corridor and to strengthen community partnerships between non-profits and neighborhood residents.    

Friday, March 23 – Response DEADLINE
April 15 – Selection of artist
April – May – Design
June -July – Mural Installation


  • Cover letter, stating your interest in the project, as well as how you would approach the project if you were selected
  • Examples of past work, jpg files on a CD (max 10)
  • Annotated image list to accompany jpg files
  • Resume with three references and contact information

All materials must be submitted by MARCH 23, 2012

Applications and materials may be sent to:
The Youngstown Playhouse
600 Playhouse Lane
P.O. Box 11108
Youngstown, OH  44511

For more information, please see the full Call for Artists.
 QUESTIONS  Please contact Sean Posey at, or by calling 330.480.0423.

Detroit Institute of Arts May Pursue a Tri-County Tax to Help Fund Operations
The Detroit Institute of Arts is now exploring a new regional funding source. The world class culture center hopes to find long-term financial security.

More than 90,000 people have already taken in the Rembrandt “Faces of Jesus” exhibit at the DIA. They come from across Michigan and the nation, young and old.

The DIA is a treasure most affordable.

“We’re very much an institution that serves the entire state of Michigan and indeed the region,” said Annmarie Ericson, executive vice president of the DIA. “When people talk about the culture of life in our community, the quality of life in our community, the DIA is one of the first things they always mention.”

The DIA’s holdings are valued at more than $1 billion, but they are not about to be sold and there is no longer any state funding and the city contributes about $375,000 a year towards a $25 million budget.
“So clearly, we need to be able to replace state funding and city funding, and that funding has left about a $12 million gap in our budget,” Ericson explained.

Fundraising and admissions close the gap for now, but the DIA is considering a possible 0.2 mill tax in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties similar to the tax that now funds the Detroit Zoo. Residents of those areas would get free admission. It’s seen as a temporary measure.

“During which we will be able to drive our fundraising power from funding operations to building endowment, and a strong endowment will eventually throw off enough interest money so we can fund operations of this institution,” Ericson said.

Corporate support has also dwindled in recent years. Additional millages in a tough economy may be a difficult sell, but the DIA has broad support.

“I think it’s a good idea. This is a magnificent facility and they have brought us so much and it’s so inexpensive,” said Patricia Taylor.

“Anything to support these magnificent buildings and what they bring to us because otherwise we wouldn’t have the opportunity to see these paintings,” said Kay Cozzie.

Source: My Fox Detroit
America’s 50 Top Philanthropists Include 12 Arts Donors
The most generous members of the 1% devoted more than 2% of their charitable giving last year to arts and culture, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which issued Monday its annual ranking of America’s 50 most generous donors.  

Reporters for the Chronicle found specific donations of at least $1 million to arts and cultural institutions by 12 of the 50, totaling $213.4 million.

The Philanthropy 50, as the Chronicle calls them, gave $10.4 billion in total charitable donations in 2011, more than three times the $3.3 billion they donated in 2010.

Just about all of that increase can be attributed to Margaret A. Cargill of La Jolla, who died in 2006, leaving a bequest to two foundations she had established, resulting in gifts that the Chronicle placed at $6 billion. Cargill, needless to say, was No. 1 in the rankings.

The Chronicle’s methodology on arts giving among Philanthropy 50 wasn’t sufficiently fine-tuned to capture all the arts interests of top donors.

For example, the Chronicle did not identify Cargill (pictured), as a cultural donor, because it counted all $6 billion as a gift to a foundation, rather than one that would benefit the arts. But Cargill’s will specified that Native American culture and folk art will be one of the areas funded regularly through her foundations — potentially yielding millions of dollars in annual arts giving.

Eli and Edythe Broad ranked 49th on the list, with $27 million donated to their Broad Foundations, but the Chronicle didn’t count any of it as an arts-specific gift. But contemporary art is one of four causes the foundations support, and the Broad Art Foundation’s average annual spending from 2008 to 2010 was $4.8 million, according to its federal tax returns.

The Broads are likely to have a spot reserved in the Philanthropy 50 in the next few years as they begin funding the downtown Broad Collection museum — to the tune of $130 million for construction and $200 million for an endowment. The parking garage beneath the museum is almost finished, Broad spokeswoman Karen Denne said Friday, with construction on the museum itself expected to begin next month.  

Also not broken out separately was the arts component of a $65 million gift to Ohio State University from Leslie and Abigail Wexner (ranked 21st), partly to fund the school’s Wexner Center for the Arts.  

The top individual cultural gifts noted by the Chronicle were $70 million to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, by Arthur and Margaret Glasgow, the lion’s share of a $125 million bequest that ranked them ninth; $35 million for the Miami Science Museum from Phillip and Patricia Frost (37th); $30 million for the Miami Art Museum from Jorge Perez (tied for 43rd); $30 million for a new arts complex at Columbia University in New York, and $5 million for the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia from Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest (17th).

The list also noted $25 million to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Israel, from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson (tied for 43rd); $17.4 million for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial in Washington and $1.75 million for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark from Eric Ross (16th); $12 million for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington from David Rubenstein (20th); $7.6 million for the Experience Music Project and the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle  from Paul Allen (who ranked third, with total gifts of $372.6 million); $5 million for the San Diego Symphony from Irwin and Joan Jacobs (ranked 22nd with $64.9 million total giving); and $1 million for San Diego Opera from Conrad Prebys (ranked 24th with total donations of $63.1 million).

The Chronicle noted that 14 of the Philanthropy 50 are Californians — the most of any state, and 22 institutions in the state received largess from people on the list, also tops in the nation.  
It also found that those doing the heaviest philanthropic lifting in 2011 were not necessarily those with the biggest piles — only 21 of the 50 were on Forbes magazine’s list of the 400 richest Americans. The Chronicle reported that Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates didn’t make the Philanthropy 50 for 2011 because it only counts new commitments; most of their charity went toward fulfilling multiyear pledges they’d made previously.

 Source: LA Times  

Ohio Green Ribbon Schools
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognizes schools where staff, students, officials and communities have come together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments and to ensure the sustainability and environmental literacy of graduates.

Ohio will recognize up to four schools in the 2011-12 school year as Green Ribbon Schools. These are schools where schools and communities work together to:

  • save energy;
  • reduce costs while protecting health;
  • foster  wellness;
  • provide environmental education; and
  • boost academic achievement and community engagement.

The recognition award is part of a larger effort by the U.S. Department of Education to identify and distribute practices to improve student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates and workforce preparedness.

Ohio Application  – The Green Ribbon Schools application is an online survey tool. If you have attachments or supporting documents, they must be submitted separately by sending them in an email to

 Click here to begin your application

All Ohio schools are eligible to apply for Green Ribbon School recognition. Submissions are due no later than March 1, 2012.

Partnership for Ohio Green Ribbon Schools pilot program includes:

Brenda Metcalf, Executive Director
Environmental Education Council of Ohio   

Professional Development Opportunities with VSAO
How to Share Your Art with the World – March 3
Professional Development Workshop for Artists and Service Providers

Saturday, March 3, 2012
9:00am – 12:00pm
Westerville Community Center
350 N. Cleveland Ave, Westerville OH 43082

About the Workshop
What do you want for your art? What three things can you do to get closer to your goal? We will discuss how social media, technology, digital photography have created amazing opportunities for artists and how you can investigate these opportunities to support your artistic and professional goals.

About the Presenter
Patty Mitchell is a working artist and social entrepreneur specializing in collaborations between artists with and without developmental disabilities. Collaborative works created during residencies are often site specific public art pieces. Art ideas developed during residencies have been translated into product with a focus on creating employment, funding streams (for continued arts programming) and demonstrating the talents of people living with cognitive challenges. Mitchell has been an Artist in Residence for the Ohio Arts Council since 1994 and works internationally with her partner, Robert Lockheed, facilitating start up collaborative studios and advancing the work of established studios. Mitchell is passionate about exploring her own and others obsessions and collaboratively making artworks through those interests. Mitchell works as a consultant through Norwich Consulting Services and received her BFA and MFA from Ohio University’s Fine Art Photography program. Mitchell has received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Ohio University’s College of Fine Art, Ohioana Citation for Art and Education, Individual Artist Award from the Ohio Arts Council, Citizen of the Year from Athens Civitan and The Keystone Award from Ohio University for outstanding community service.
**The workshop is presented in conjunction with A Day of Arts for All (11am – 2pm), which includes the opening ceremony for Accessible Expressions Ohio 2012, performances by the 2012 Young Soloist winners, and previews of the new and films from the November 2012 ReelAbilities – Columbus disability film festival.

The Critical Response Process – March 12:
Professional Development Workshop for Teaching Artists

Monday, March 12, 2012
3:00pm – 7:00pm
Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts
77 South High Street, Columbus 43215

About the Workshop
The Critical Response Process was developed by dancer/choreographer, Liz Lerman, to support her dancers at the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange as they choreographed their own dance works.  It grew out of a need for artists to feel safe and comfortable in the giving and receiving of artistic feedback.  Up until then, feedback was given with very little thought, sometimes with negative undertones, and sometimes completely unrelated to what the artists themselves were questioning about their work.  The Process is a ground-breaking method that nurtures the artists as they share their art through a four-step, facilitated dialogue between the artist, peers, and/or audience.  In this structure, feedback is given to the artist in an ordered, non-threatening and caring environment.  In use for more than 20 years, the Process is embraced by artists, educators, and administrators.  The Process deepens dialogue between artists and audiences, enhances learning between teachers and students, and affirms all participants in their search for artistic meaning.   For further reading, the Dance Exchange offers the publication:  Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process: A method for getting useful feedback on anything you make, from dance to dessert, by Liz Lerman and John Borstel.

About the Presenter
Susan Millard-Schwarz, a professional classical singer, has been active as a performer and teaching artist for 25 years.  While in her work as Program Coordinator at the Ohio Arts Council-Office of Arts Learning, she had her first encounter with Liz Lerman’s extraordinary work with artists using her Critical Response Process (CRP).  Greatly inspired, Susan determined to become skilled in the Process, and is now in training with John Borstel at the Dance Exchange in Washington, DC to become a certified CRP facilitator.  Susan has served on numerous boards, including that of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education; she has contributed to the analysis and review of the Ohio Fine Arts Academic Content Standards, and she has designed and facilitated many panels, conferences and workshops for administrators, educators and artists.  Currently, she serves as the Grant Administrator for the Ohio Alliance of YMCAs, and enjoys an active performing career as a mezzo soprano.

Presented in Partnership with The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

Body to Body – May 3:
A Professional Development Seminar for Educators and Dancers

Thursday, May 3, 2012,   3:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 1, Galbreath Pavilion, Ohio Theatre
39 E. State St., Columbus 43215

About the Workshop
In this second participatory workshop, dancer/educator Ann Cooper Albright will continue to share a series of fun and accessible movement scores designed to fit many bodies.  The second half of the workshop will focus on body-mapping, an exercise that combines art and movement to explore the different landscapes of our personal and cultural experiences of our bodies. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal or notebook.

About the Presenter
A performer, choreographer and feminist scholar, Dr. Ann Cooper Albright is Professor of Dance at Oberlin College.  Combining her interests in dancing and cultural theory, she is involved in teaching a variety of dance, performance studies and gender studies courses that seek to engage students in both practices and theories of the body.  She is the author of Modern Gestures: Abraham Walkowitz Draws Isadora Duncan Dancing (2010); Traces of Light:  Absence and Presence in the Work of Loie Fuller (2007); Choreographing Difference:  the Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance (1997) and co-editor of Moving History/Dancing Cultures(2001) and Taken By Surprise: Improvisation in Dance and Mind (2003).  Encounters with Contact Improvisation (2010) is one of her latest adventures in writing and dancing and dancing and writing – with others!  Ann is currently working on an interdisciplinary project entitled Gravity Matters, which looks at contemporary embodiment after 9/11.

Presented in partnership with OhioDance

Registration – for any workshop**

Email the following information to Erin,

  • Workshop Title:
  • Name:
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • City:
  • Occupation:
  • Accessibility Requests:

For more information about these workshops or VSA Ohio please call 614-241-5325 or visit   
John Legend, Kennedy Center Launch National Digital Youth Campaign For Anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”
Singer-songwriter John Legend joined the Kennedy Center today to launch “What’s Going On…NOW,” a national arts and digital media campaign to inspire and engage youth while marking the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s iconic album and his 1972 Kennedy Center performance. Online now at, the project will culminate with two concerts at the Kennedy Center May 3-4, 2012 featuring John Legend with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Using Marvin Gaye’s music as a catalyst, the Kennedy Center’s campaign asks: “How have things changed in the last 40 years? What’s going on…now?” Young people can go to and share their own creative perspectives on the similarities and differences between Marvin Gaye’s “then” and their own “now.” They can upload video, photos, poems, music – whatever art form inspires their own creative expression.

“‘What’s Going On’ is an anthem for today’s times.” said Darrell M. Ayers, Vice President of Education at the Kennedy Center. “Marvin Gaye’s music hit an emotional nerve and awakened many to a new social consciousness. We’re seeing that same awakening now across America. Through this project, we are asking young people to capture the spirit of ‘What’s Going On….NOW’ and use the arts to tell us what is happening in their lives and communities today.”

In 1971, Marvin Gaye’s album spurred audiences to reflect on the times. In 1972, he performed What’s Going On during the Kennedy Center’s inaugural season. The Kennedy Center will celebrate this historic performance with a week of celebrations in May 2012 that will culminate in a national youth summit with representatives from Washington, D.C. and seven youth groups around the country. Partner cities include: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. On May 3 and 4, John Legend, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and the National Symphony Orchestra will come together to reimagine Gaye’s performance in an evening-length concert.

Today, Gaye’s classic Motown’s recorded music catalog is managed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). “Marvin Gaye’s music resonated across America and helped shape a generation,” said Bruce Resnikoff, President/CEO, Universal Music Enterprises. “The ‘What’s Going On….NOW’ campaign will ensure that his music continues to inspire, educate, and engage America.”

The Kennedy Center will curate the user-submitted content and feature it online and during the May events. From the work chosen to be featured on, two participants will be selected for a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the May 3 Kennedy Center concert. Additionally, performances and events will be held that week in Washington and around the country that will celebrate the intersection of youth-produced digital media and the arts.

“We know that the arts boost learning and achievement for students,” said Nichole Pinkard, Founder, Digital Youth Media. “Digital literacy has become just as critical to student success as traditional reading and writing.”

“What’s Going On….NOW” will apply the tools and platforms young people already use to communicate and help focus their thinking and artistic expressions on our history, culture, and current events. In doing so, the project becomes a unique collaboration between some of the country’s leading youth development, digital learning, and entertainment industry organizations.

Source: The Kennedy Center

2012 Our Town Grant Guidelines Now Available
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has posted the guidelines for 2012 Our Town grants.
Our Town
supports creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities with the arts at their core and will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to:

  • Improve their quality of life.
  • Encourage creative activity.
  • Create community identity and a sense of place.
  • Revitalize local economies.

Grants may range from $25,000 to $150,000.  Projects may include planning, design, and arts engagement activities that reflect a systemic approach to civic development and a persuasive vision for enhanced community vibrancy. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:59PM EST. Complete guidelines are available.

The NEA will conduct an informational Our Town webinar on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Schedule and registration details will be posted on the Our Town guidelines webpage.

Source: National Endowment for the Arts
Deadline Extended for 2012 Governor’s Awards Program Advertisements to March 9!
Have you purchased your ad in the event program for the 2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon?

The deadline for ad sales has been extended! We will be accepting advertisements until Friday, March 9, 2012. To reserve your ad space, fill out and return the Advertising Order Form.

We invite you to place an ad in the Governor’s Awards for the Arts program to congratulate a winner, highlight an Ohio tourism venue, thank your legislators for their support of the arts, or promote an upcoming season, exhibition or performance.

The 2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus.

2012 Winners 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

For complete descriptions of each winner’s accomplishments, please read the Winner Biographies. Don’t miss this great opportunity to join arts supporters from across the state as they congratulate our award winners, thank their legislators and celebrate the arts.

We encourage you to distribute copies of this email to your board members, local businesses and community members. If you have questions, please contact Amy McKay at or 614/728-4463.
Suggested Reading
Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination: RAND researchers examine initiatives in six cities to reverse a decades-long decline in arts education by coordinating the work of local governments, arts institutions, schools and other organizations.

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.

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 for more information about processing your membership gifts!

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