News from Ohio Citizens for the Arts

2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio Winners Announced

Six winners have been selected to receive the 2014 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 21, 2014 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 Ohio painter Steven Walker at a public ceremony during the luncheon.

Winners were selected from 76 nominations submitted by individuals and organizations throughout Ohio. The award categories and recipients are: Arts Administration, Sherri Geldin, Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus); Arts Education, Dancing Wheels Company & School (Cleveland); Arts Patron, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation (Cincinnati); Business Support of the Arts, Macy’s, Inc. (Statewide); Community Development and Participation, Neal Gittleman, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (Dayton); Individual Artist, Sheri Williams, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Dayton).

In attendance at the 2014 Governor’s Awards Selection Committee meeting were four Ohio Arts Council board members and three members who were selected by Ohio Citizens for the Arts. They were: Committee Chair Sara Vance Waddell (Cincinnati), Juan Cespedes (Columbus), Jane Foulk (Thornville), Sharon Howard (Dayton), Katerina Ruedi Ray (Bowling Green), Jeff Strayer (North Canton) and Buzz Ward (Cincinnati).

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon will be held in conjunction with Arts Day on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. 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 2014, visit 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 to their communities.

The 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon are presented in partnership with the Ohio Channel.


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.

National Arts Advocacy Day 2014 March 24 and 25, 2014

Hosted by Americans for the Arts and cosponsored by 85+ national arts organizations, National Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington DC to meet with their members of Congress in support of issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

What’s At Stake In 2014? Between tax reform, budget battles, and education reauthorization, support for arts and arts education is facing many challenges on Capitol Hill this year. As Congress and the administration grapple with ever-changing policy proposals, it is imperative that arts advocates come to Washington, DC to make sure the arts to make their voices heard!

How to Register

There are three easy ways to register:

1. Register online

2. Register by mail

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

3. Register by fax

Download our printable PDF registration form and fax to:
F 202.371.0424
Attn: Meetings and Events

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 Monday, March 10, 2014, 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 Monday, March 10, 2014. 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, March 24, 2014, 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, Monday, March 10, 2014. On-site sales cannot be guaranteed.

Student Registrations: Individual full time students are eligible to register at the student rate of $75/$110 (Early-Bird/Advanced deadline). Students must register by paper form and submit a copy of a valid student ID.

Payment: Registrations are not considered complete until all fees are paid in full. All payments must be received by Monday, March 10, 2014. 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 Monday, March 10, 2014. 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.

Confirmation: 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

Refunds: 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 Monday, March 10, 2014. Refund requests received after this deadline will not be considered.

Lessons In How To Build A Successful Contest, From The Knight Foundation

Instead of waiting for interesting projects to apply for money, the Knight Foundation has started offering competitions to find ways to give away funds. Here’s how they make it work.

Grant applications are difficult for the uninitiated, and leave a lot of people with good ideas–but without grant application skill sets–from getting the money they need to move forward. Over 99% of all grant-making foundations in the U.S. still rely on the typical application process.

Not the Knight Foundation. The organization has held (or funded) nearly a dozen grantmaking contests since 2007, giving over $75 million to 400 winners–schools, business, nonprofits, and individuals. The first contest, and one of the most well-known, is the Knight News Challenge, which funds “breakthrough ideas in news and information.”

With so few other foundations launching similar initiatives, the Knight Foundation had no guidebook or set of directions to help out at launch. So now the organization has created a guide for others. A new report by Mayur Patel, the vice president of strategy and assessment at the foundation, looks at the six big lessons that Knight has learned from its contests over the years.

These are the six basic lessons:

  • Contests bring new blood and new ideas
  • Contests create value beyond the winners
  • Contests help you spot emerging trends
  • Contests help you change your routine
  • Contests go hand-in-glove with existing strategies

Within those lessons, Patel has culled four overarching tips for contest-builders. The first: keep barriers to entry as low as possible. ” If you’re going to use a contest to attract new individuals who aren’t versed in how to get money from foundations, you’ve got to make these contests as simple and easy to apply to as possible,” he says.

The second tip: leverage the social web to create community around certain activities. For example, in the 2013 News Challenge, Knight partnered with OpenIDEO to create a platform that allowed entrants to get comments and feedback from the public. They were then given a week to refine their entries based on that feedback. “As we promoted the winners, we have also tried to lift up the contributing people that helped provide feedback, refinement, and comments,” adds Patel.

Patel’s third tip is to “think about how you can nurture a set of people who are interested in the topic.” And finally, he recommends making sure that the contest cycle is in line with the cycle of innovation. In other words, don’t force entrants to wait nine months to find out if they’ve won–entrepreneurs have to respond to the market more quickly than that.

Most of the lessons in the report–like having a simple entry process and mining applications for data about the communities and cities you’re working with–apply to all types of contests. Others are more specific. When Knight has done more geographically limited competitions–like the Knight Neighborhood Challenge in Macon, Georgia, it has had to “sell the steak as much as the sizzle,” according to Patel. He says: “It’s not just the winners you’ve got to focus on. You’re also trying to sell an idea that’s going to energize the city itself.”

In the case of the Neighborhood Challenge (a contest to come up with ideas that would revitalize the city’s College Hill Corridor), that meant building the competition on the back of an existing community planning process which had identified opportunities for advancing revitalization projects in Macon.

Patel believes the contests have been a boon to the Knight Foundation. “The contest format allowed us as an institution to create a safe zone for experimenting with new kinds of processes, and an open brand for our organization,” says Patel. Running these contests makes you very public, and it makes the whole process much more transparent than other aspects of foundation grant-making.”

Plus, he says, Knight has received lots of applications from people who never had applied for a grant before–and maybe never would have if not for the contest format. And when it comes to grantmaking (or any kind of funding opportunity), the more ideas, the better.

Source: Co.Exist

Ohio State to Create a World-class Arts District

According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State will invest $200 million to upgrade facilities for visual art, dance, music, and the performing arts over the next decade to create an arts district on campus, and connect the campus with art galleries in the Short North and the museums, theaters, and other artistic spaces Downtown.

Long term facilities plans developed by the university call for Sullivant Hall, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Mershon Auditorium to serve as the entrance to the arts district. The university has already spent $33 million renovating Sullivant Hall, which houses the world’s largest academic cartoon library, OSU’s dance- and art-education departments, OSU’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, and a new center that was created with a $6 million gift from an alumnus to help students understand the business side of the arts.

Hughes Hall (music), Hopkins Hall (art and computing), and Hayes Hall (art, art history, and industrial, interior, and visual communication design), have also been renovated.

OSU is also supporting a campaign to raise funds to expand and renovate Weigel Hall and build a recital hall and teaching/rehearsal studios. The university has already committed $20 million in university funds for these renovations.

Discussions are underway to explore expanding the Wexner Center, which might include demolishing the Mershon Auditorium, and building a performing-arts complex on High Street.

The university has set aside $50 million from the interest received from the parking facilities lease agreement to support these projects.

See “Ohio State to Create World Class Arts District” by Encarnacion Pyle, The Columbus Dispatch, December 30, 2013.

High School That Teaches Through Video Games, Film and Music: Coming to Cleveland Soon?

It sounds like a teenager’s dream: A high school where you listen to music, watch movies and play video games all day.

At the planned Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts, film, music and video games won’t be things a student does behind the backs of teachers. They’ll be part of every lesson and project and assignment students have to turn in.

But, sorry kids, playing Grand Theft Auto or watching the new Hunger Games flick won’t be the norm at the school, which could be open to Cleveland students by the fall.

Games, films and music will just be the way you learn about the usual core subjects of math and history and science. And you’ll be using those art forms to show what you’ve learned. You’ll be creating games or making films about topics that students in other schools write papers or take tests about.

“It’s a tool,” said the school’s champion, Marsha Dobryzynski, of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, a Shaker Square non-profit formerly known as Young Audiences. “They’re going to use them as tools to access core content. It’s the hook to help them learn.”

Dobrzynski added: “They’re not going to come to school to play games. They’re going to come to school to create games.”

The school is still in early planning stages. It doesn’t have a location, principal, or teachers yet. And curriculum planning has just started, Dobrzynski said.

But the school has early support from the district and from the Cleveland and George Gund foundations, who work closely with the district. An application for nearly $400,000 for the school’s startup cost was one of the district’s four requests from the state’s new Straight-A innovation fund this fall.

The grant application described the school as “the first Ohio public school to utilize digital arts as a means to actively engage students who struggle to learn in traditional school models, as well as to meet the needs of students who may be interested in a career in technology fields. CHSDA students will learn both digital arts and core content and demonstrate learning, understanding and application of math, science, English Language Arts, social studies, and other art forms with the creation of digital products- games, recordings, or films – that shows mastery of essential concepts. ”

The request sought, among other costs, $110,000 for a curriculum director and technology director, $75,000 to build and equip a recording arts studio, $92,000 for a film editing lab, and $20,000 for a 3D printer, laptops for teachers, smartboards and other equipment.

Because the state did not award the grant, Dobrzynski said she is seeking other grants or donations to start serious planning. She said she should know by the end of January if the school is likely to start in the fall, or will need another year of planning.

Helen Williams, the education programs director of the Cleveland Foundation, said the school will add another choice for students as part of the Cleveland school district’s portfolio model, in which students can pick schools with specialized styles.

Williams compared the School for the Digital Arts to the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at the John Hay campus or the technology-centric MC2STEM High School that’s split between Cleveland State University, the Great Lakes Science Center and General Electric’s Nela Park campus.

Like those schools, Williams said that Digital Arts will teach through hands-on projects, help students understand possible careers in digital arts and hopefully link students to internships and workplace experiences.

“It’s a growing field from a commercial point of view and an employment point of view, and something that really intrigues a lot of young people,” Williams said. “We’re very excited about it. It will be a different kind of learning environment and it will add to the district’s choices.”

Dobrzynski said the concept came out of an arts-based job training called ArtWorks that Young Audiences started in 2005. She said that four years ago, the program added digital arts – recording and digital game design.

“That’s where teenagers are today,” she said. “They’re very comfortable working in digital media.”

She said she was struck with how engaged students were in the digital work. They came in early and stayed late as they tried to figure out how to make their projects work.

Since the program wasn’t letting students make “shooter games,” students had to create more detailed scenarios. That led to them having to research the settings, whether historical or location – to make the games more realistic.

Students had to learn math and programming details, along with graphic design, to create the games. Recording and film projects needed splicing and editing skills. And every film needs a script, which had students writing and researching topics for documentaries.

“Kids were taking responsibility for their own learning,” she said.

So she started thinking about using digital arts as the model for an entire school. She found a few schools that did parts of it – the High Tech High charter school model in San Diego, the High School for the Recording Arts in St. Paul, Minn., and the Quest to Learn schools in New York – but none use digital arts the way she envisions.

“it’s a very unique concept,” Dobrzynski said. There are bits and pieces of this around the country and this is a way to put it all together.”


Americans for the Arts & Vans Custom Culture Partner for Student Creativity

Contest Registration Open for High Schools Now!

For the second year, Americans for the Arts is parntering with Vans for their fifth annual Vans Custom Culture – an art and design competition to celebrate student creativity and support arts education. Starting yesterday, January 6, high school art teachers can register for their students to vie against schools across the country to create the most artistic designs using blank Vans shoes as a canvas. The winning school will receive a $50,000 donation for their school art program, and one of the shoe designs will be put into production for sale in select Vans retail stores. Vans will also donate $50,000 to Americans for the Arts to continue their work advancing arts education throughout the United States.

Vans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design, and call attention to the fact that school art programs are suffering due to diminishing education budgets. Since its inception in 2010 with 326 participating schools, the contest has grown to almost 2,000 schools expected to participate this year. To date, Vans Custom Culture has reached hundreds of thousands of students and put more than $290,000 back into high school art programs.

Beginning today through Feb. 14 at 12:00 noon PST, high school art teachers can register their students for the 2014 competition on the Vans Custom Culture website (registration will be capped at 2,000 schools). Students will be tasked with designing four pairs of blank Vans shoes each to depict one of four themes representing the Vans “Off the Wall” lifestyle: action sports, art, music, and local flavor. Vans employees pick the top 50 schools to be semi-finalists, the public votes on the semi-finalist school’s deisgns between April 25 and May 12, and then the top five finalist schools will travel to New York City to showcase their designs for celebrity judges and the chance to win $50,000. Vans will also donate $4,000 to each of the four runner-up schools.

For information and registration guidelines visit the Custom Culture website.

Rhode Island Removing Sales Tax on Artwork

Rhode Island is elimintating the state tax on artwork and liquor. Starting Dec. 1, the sales tax for any original or limited edition works of art was eliminated as the state launches a first-in-the-nation statewide arts district. Additionally, starting Dec. 1, wine and spirits purchased from a liquor store in Rhode Island will no longer carry a 7-percent sales tax, but beer and other alcoholic beverages will. State Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan says the tax relief should help spur sales and boost the state’s economy at an important time for retailers. Art must be limited or original work, and does not have to be made in Rhode Island but does have to be sold there.

That includes “a book or other writing, a play, a musical composition, a painting, a print, a photograph, a sculpture, the creation of a film, the creation of a dance, and traditional crafts and fine crafts,” according to the division.

“Fine art photography” will also qualify, but commercial photography such as wedding photos will not qualify.

Source: Americans for the Arts

Suggested Reading

To Thrive, Do Work That Interests Donors, Don’t Cut Programs, Says Leader: To succeed, arts groups must believe their work is never done, says Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in his new book, The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations.

Mr. Kaiser, who will step down from his post in December 2014, discusses his advice for nonprofit leaders in an interview with The Chronicle.

Online Gifts Rose 16% During Holiday Season

Online gifts in the last two months of 2013 rose 16 percent higher than in the same months in 2012, according to Network for Good, a nonprofit that processes gifts made electronically.

Donations from November 1 to December 31 last year rose to $77.9-million, up from $67.1-million in 2012. The size of the average gift was one reason for the growth: The average donation increased 10 percent, from $157 in 2012 to $172 last year.

Network for Good says the number of donations it handled increased 6 percent, with December 3, a day dubbed Giving Tuesday because nonprofits aggressively promoted donations, providing a boost in online giving.

While some observers had worried that Giving Tuesday donations might replace last-minute gifts people often make at year’s end, those worries seemed to be unfounded.

“Giving Tuesday and all of those giving activities earlier in the giving season didn’t seem to impact the total dollars or the number of donations in the last three days of the year,” says Caryn Stein, director of content strategy at Network for Good. She said the same proportion of donations, about 10 percent, were made online during the last few days of the year, as had been the case in recent years.

Using data from Network for Good, The Chronicle tracked daily online-fundraising totals for more than 14,000 charities over three years. View the most up-to-date results now.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s