Seven winners were chosen to receive the 2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. Winners were selected from 73 nominations submitted by individuals and organizations throughout Ohio. The Awards will be presented at a luncheon ceremony honoring winners and members of the Ohio Legislature at noon on May 11, 2011 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 Dayton photographer Francis Schanberger.
The seven award categories and recipients are: Arts Administration, Art Falco, PlayhouseSquare (Cleveland); Arts Education, Michael Kenwood Lippert (Dayton); Arts Patron, Mary Wolfe (Perrysburg); Business Support of the Arts, Freund, Freeze & Arnold (Dayton); Community Development & Participation, Lancaster Festival (Lancaster); Individual Artist, James Friedman, photographer (Columbus); Irma Lazarus Award, Dr. Wayne Lawson (Columbus).
The 2011 Governor’s Awards Selection Committee consisted of Ohio Arts Council Board members, including committee chair Charles McWeeny (Athens), Martha Appel Burton (Worthington), Charlotte Kessler (New Albany), Jeff Rich (Dublin) and Tom Schorgl (Cleveland).
More information about the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon, including a full list of past winners, is available on the Ohio Arts Council website at www.oac.state.oh.us/events/GovAwards.
The 2011 Governor’s Awards ceremony and luncheon will be held in conjunction with Arts Day on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. This daylong event demonstrating public value and support for the arts is sponsored by Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Arts Day will include an arts advocacy briefing, legislative visits, Statehouse tours and student exhibitions and performances.
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 state legislators and communicating the need for public support of the arts and arts education. Each year on Arts Day, Columbus is filled with arts supporters who share the importance of the arts in their communities. For more information or to learn how to participate, contact Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation at www.ohiocitizensforthearts.org or 614/221-4064.
The 2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon are presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Government Telecommunications.
About the Ohio Arts Council:
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.
About Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation:
Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation was formed in 1990 as a companion organization of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts, which was established in 1976. OCA is a volunteer, nonprofit grass roots organization working to increase public support of the arts in Ohio. Through the efforts of hundreds of individuals and arts and education organizations, Ohio Citizens for the Arts advocates on behalf of the Ohio Arts Council and the arts throughout the state.