Students from Six Ohio High Schools Chosen to Participate in Arts Day 2014

In an effort to educate young people about the legislative process, Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, with the help of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, invited high schools from around Ohio to participate in Arts Day 2014. Arts Day, co-presented annually by Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, offers opportunities for citizens to express their support of public funding for the arts and arts education to state legislators.

Schools selected to participate in Arts Day 2014 are Clark Shawnee High School, Springfield; Eastwood High School, Pemberville; Federal Hocking Secondary, Stewart; Princeton High School, Cincinnati; Reynoldsburg High School – Encore Academy, Columbus; and Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights. More than 40 high schools expressed interest in the event.

Each high school will choose ten students to participate in the event based on their ability to be successful student advocates. Advocates must have an interest in the arts and the legislative process, an ability to speak in public with individuals or small groups, and willingness to follow through with written assignments.

Prior to Arts Day, each participating school hosts a state legislator who shares information regarding the state government process and the legislator receives information on the school’s arts education and civics programs. The Student Advocates receive professional training on advocacy and public speaking. On Arts Day, May 21, the student advocates will travel to Columbus to spend the morning speaking with legislators about the impact the arts have had on their lives. In the afternoon, they will attend the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon.

For more information about the legislative school visits and Arts Day meetings please contact Janelle Hallett at Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, 614.221.4064.

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2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio

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).

More information about the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio, including a full list of winners, past and present, is available on the Ohio Arts Council Web site

Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation provides education about the arts in Ohio and educates citizens about ways to participate effectively in their government. The OCA Foundation partners with the Ohio Arts Council in the annual presentation of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.


Janelle Hallett, Member Services 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

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