News from Ohio Citizens for the Arts

Ohio Citizens for the Arts Announces the New William R. Joseph Ohio Arts Advocacy Medal 
Nominations Are Open!
Ohio Citizens for the Arts will celebrate the life and legacy of arts advocacy to honor our founder William R. Joseph through an annual award beginning in 2014.

The William R. Joseph Ohio Arts Advocacy Medal will be given annually as part of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon. Ohio Citizens for the Arts’ members (individuals and organizational members) may make nominations now through February 28, 2014.

Nominations will be accepted by US mail at: Ohio Citizens for the Arts, 77 South High Street, 2nd floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108, or by email All nominations must be postmarked no later than February 28.

A nomination includes the completed items listed below:
  • Award Nomination Form
  • Letter of Recommendation documenting the nominees’ high-level of strategic engagement as an advocate for governmental support of the arts.
  • Image/photo of the nominee
  • Nominations are accepted only from Ohio Citizens for the Arts’ members (individual or organization). Download the nomination form here.
Questions may be answered by calling the Ohio Citizens for the Arts office at 614.221.4064.

Registration Opens for the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon
Registration is now open for the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio luncheon. This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the luncheon, which will be held at noon on May 21, 2014 at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. The luncheon is hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Single tickets, which must be purchased online at the Ohio Arts Council website, are $50 and include lunch and a dessert reception. Table sponsorships are available through the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Registration closes on April 21, 2014.
Six winners, selected from 76 nominations submitted by individuals and organizations across the state, will be honored at the luncheon ceremony along with members of the Ohio Legislature. Winners will receive an original work of art by Ohio painter Steven Walker at a public ceremony during the luncheon.
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).
Additionally, advertisements may be purchased online for the Governor’s Awards program. Placing an advertisement in the luncheon program is an excellent way to congratulate a winner, promote an upcoming season, exhibition or performance, highlight a tourism venue or thank legislators for their support of the arts.
The 2014 Governor’s Awards ceremony and luncheon will be held in conjunction with Arts Day on May 21, 2014. 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, Columbus is filled with arts supporters who share the importance of the arts in their communities. For more information on how to participate, or how to purchase table sponsorships for the luncheon, contact the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation or 614/221-4064.
The 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon are presented in partnership with the Ohio Government Telecommunications.

Additional Opportunities to Participate in Arts Day and the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio Luncheon
Table sponsorships are available through the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. The details of purchasing a table sponsorship are as follows:

Cost: $1,000 ($500 of which is tax deductible) Payment for the table can be made to the Ohio Citizens For the Arts Foundation 77 South High Street, Floor 2 Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Seating: 10 seats for the guests of your choice. We encourage you to invite a legislator to join you at your table. If you would like to do so, please let us know who you would like to have join you and we will extend the invite to the legislator’s office on your behalf.

Recognition: Table signage, event signage for the day of the event, recognition in the program. Seating near the front of the stage for better viewing.

Participate in the 2014 Arts Day Showcase. This event is an opportunity for you to showcase your organization to hundreds of individuals from around Ohio participating in Arts Day.  On Wednesday, May 21, 2014 the Showcase will be held at the Columbus Athenaeum, 34 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio to coincide with the arrival of attendees, including members of the Ohio Legislature, to the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon.  To secure your spot as a 2014 Arts Day Showcase participant, contact Janelle at Ohio Citizens for the Arts by phone at 614.221.4064 or email for an application. Spots for the Arts Day Showcase are provided on a first come first serve basis.
Purchase an Ad in the Governor’s Awards for the Arts Luncheon Program. Click hereto download the ADVERTISING ORDER FORM.
Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to:
  • Recognize outstanding contributions to the arts in your community
  • Advertise an upcoming season
  • Thank your legislators for their support of the arts
  • Congratulate a winner
To reserve your space in the event program, complete the Advertising Order Form by Friday, February 21, 2014.
Due to technical difficulties with our website, the Ohio Arts Council will NOT be offering online payment for ads this year. Instead, please send a check made out to the Ohio Arts Council, along with your order form, to:
Ohio Arts Council
Attn: Elizabeth Weinstein
30 E. Broad St., 33rd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215
Fax: 614/466-4494
Participate in the 2014 Arts Day Showcase. This event is an opportunity for you to showcase your organization to hundreds of individuals from around Ohio participating in Arts Day.  On Wednesday, May 21, 2014 the Showcase will be held at the Columbus Athenaeum, 34 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio to coincide with the arrival of attendees, including members of the Ohio Legislature, to the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon.  We hope to generate a large amount of people traffic at the Columbus Athenaeum between 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
To secure your space for the 2014 Ohio Arts Organizations Showcase email Janelle for an application!  Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Arts & Autism in Ohio Research Initiative, Phase II Request for Proposals 
VSA Ohio
Proposal submission deadline: March 7, 2014
Award notification: March 12, 2014
Project Completion Date: May 23, 2014

Research question: How can the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency, better support access to the arts for students and young people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

The Arts & Autism in Ohio Initiative began in the fall of 2012 and its first phase was implemented in spring/summer 2013. The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) commissioned VSA Ohio (VSAO) to conduct a research project to answer the above question. VSAO used three primary data collection methods: an online survey, focus groups, and a review of the literature. Research yielded rich information, themes and ideas to continue moving the Initiative further. However, limits to the data existed and additional information is sought to better answer the research question. The current Phase II of this project includes collecting information from Ohioans about their perceptions, needs and ideas for how the OAC can better support people living with ASD. A particular emphasis shall be placed on collecting information from geographic areas beyond the three major urban centers in Ohio and to a broad range of constituents.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking initiative. To date, the researchers have not identified a similar research initiative anywhere in the country. There are innumerable institutions, programs, and individuals who are working to make the arts accessible to people with autism Spectrum Disorder. However, no other statewide initiatives or leaders are pursuing this question of arts-access-autism with similarly broad perspectives and/or goals. The project has received recognition and attention from national partners such as VSA, The Kennedy Center, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Interested consultants are asked to submit proposals that include the following information:

  • A narrative outlining how the consultant will approach this project, including a timeline.
  • A budget not to exceed $10,000. Proposals are permitted to include budgets with various optional components.
  • Current resume or vita of key personnel.
  • Summary of experience on projects of a similar scope/nature.
  • A sample work product from a project of a similar scope/nature.
  • A list of two professional references, at least one of which are from projects of a similar scope/nature including current contact information.

Primary Responsibilities of the Consultant
1. Utilize the Arts & Autism in Ohio Initiative Phase I Report, provided by VSA Ohio upon
selection, to assist with project design and implementation.
2. Identify and articulate the appropriate research methodologies for gathering data aimed at
answering the research question.
3. Identify, articulate, and implement the methodology by which the data will be collected.
4. Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the research question.
5. Identify costs and benefits unanticipated by the Ohio Arts Council and VSA Ohio.

Deliverables should include but not be limited to the following:
Final report including introduction that includes background, history, and context, methodology, results, analysis, and conclusion.

All travel, administrative and operational costs would be the responsibility of the consultant. Payment will be made at the conclusion of the project when all responsibilities have been met and deliverables received by VSA Ohio.

Assumptions and Agreements
The following assumptions shall apply to the final contract:

  • The expected budget for the project is not more than $10,000.
  • Work must be completed by Friday, May 23, 2014.
  • All written, electronic, or multimedia documents, presentations, reports, studies, or other types of documentation are the exclusive property of VSA Ohio and Ohio Arts Council.
  • The consultant will ensure cultural competence, relevance and inclusiveness in all methods, actions and communications.
  • The consultant will take all steps possible to protect the confidentiality, anonymity, privacy, safety and reputations of all informants and participants.

How to Apply
Proposals should include a cover sheet identifying the consultant and all pertinent contact information. The narrative will clearly identify the approaches and methodologies that will be employed to develop the feasibility study, a tentative project timeline, brief bios of key personnel, and what experience the consultant is able to bring to the project. A separate sheet should be included for the budget overview. Applicants should also include information on their company and/or relevant past work and clients.

Proposals may be sent by email to or by regular mail to:

Erin Hoppe, Executive Director
VSA Ohio
77 South Front Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108

All proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. March 7, 2014.

Additional Information
If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Erin Hoppe at 614.241.5325 or email at

This project is commissioned by the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency, with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and VSA Ohio.

N.E.A. Funds Benefit Both Rich and Poor, Study Finds

Ever since the late 1980s, when the performance artist Karen Finley started playing around with yams and chocolate, the National Endowment for the Arts has come under fire from some conservative lawmakers. Back then the agency was castigated for giving grants to provocative artists like Ms. Finley, whom some critics called obscene.

Now House Republicans charge that the endowment supports programming primarily attended by the rich, causing “a wealth transfer from poorer to wealthier citizens.”

A new study to be released on Wednesday challenges that assertion, however, and concludes that federally supported arts programs attract people across the income spectrum; the wealthy, yes, but also many below the poverty line.

The study, by the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, was specifically intended to test lawmakers’ propositions about arts funding.

Last year the House Budget Committee, led by Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, issued a proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year, which eliminated all funding for the arts endowment as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

It stated that these agencies’ activities were “generally enjoyed by people of higher-income levels, making them a wealth transfer from poorer to wealthier citizens.”

To assess that statement, university researchers first looked at income differences in places that receive arts grants and those that don’t. They discovered that the bigger and more economically diverse the community, the more likely it was to receive a grant.

These areas have a greater proportion of both poor and rich households, researchers said.

In addition, they found that arts grants led poorer people to attend an event just as much as those in higher tax brackets.

“There is not a disproportionate benefit to wealthy individuals,” said Zannie Giraud Voss, the director of the arts research center at Southern Methodist. “The poor are as likely to benefit as the wealthy.” (The center receives no federal funding, although it relies on the endowment agency for some of the data is uses in its research.)

William Allison, the press secretary for the House committee, said, “We’ll let the statement in our budget blueprint speak for itself.”

The National Endowment for the Arts has long been targeted by many conservative members of Congress.

They were outraged, for example, that the agency had awarded grants to Ms. Finley, who smeared chocolate and yams over her naked body; a grant to support a touring exhibition of work by Robert Mapplethorpe, known for his homoerotic and sexually explicit photographs; and to Andres Serrano, an artist who immersed a crucifix in a jar of urine.

In the mid-1990s Congress slashed the agency’s funding by 40 percent. In the years that followed, the endowment all but halted its grants to individual artists and focused instead on financing cultural organizations and programs that offer increased access to the arts.

Meanwhile, endowment chiefs took pains to cultivate support from the left and the right. Over the years, financing slowly inched its way toward pre-1990s levels.

The 2014 appropriation is $146 million, said Victoria Hutter, an endowment spokeswoman.

The agency has also been without a permanent chairman for more than a year.

Obama to nominate Jane Chu to chair National Endowment for the Arts

President Obama announced that he plans to nominate Jane Chu as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts – a position that has remained vacant for more than a year.

Since 2006, Chu has been president of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City where she oversaw completion of the sprawling center a $326 million project finished in 2011 using private funds.

“Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City,” Obama said in a statement. “She knows firsthand how art can open minds, transform lives and revitalize communities, and believes deeply in the importance of the arts to our national culture.”

Source: Washington Post

Ohio Citizens for the Arts’ Board of Directors
Officers: Marc Folk, President; Tim Greenwood, Immediate Past President; Bill Hilyard,Vice President; Mary Gimpel, Vice President; Barbara Hunzicker, Vice President; Richard Swanson, Treasurer; and Dave McElwee, Secretary


Term Directors: MJ Albacete, Hunt Brawley, Pat Bridgman, Bill Conner, Heather Densmore, Trey Devey, Christine Dodd, Julius Dorsey, Jr., Gary Hanson, David Harmon, Cheri Mitchell, Tom Johnson, Peter Lawson Jones, Joy Padgett, Stephen Pleasnick, Emily Prince, Katerina Ruedi Ray, Michael Roediger, James Sanders, III, David Seyer, Press Southworth, III, Jeff Strayer, Kristy Szemetylo, Paul Vincent,  Carla Walker, and Cindy Wood
President’s Advisory Council and Statewide Arts Service Organization Representatives: Faye Heston, Canton; Jane D’Angelo, OhioDance; Erin Hoppe, VSA Ohio; Jarrod Hartzler, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Staff: Donna S. Collins, Executive Director; William P. Blair, Legislative Counsel; and Janelle Hallett, Member Services Coordinator
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