Seeking 10 Ohio High Schools to Represent Ohio’s 1.8 Million Students! Is a High School in Your District the Perfect Match?

Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council, offers a unique community service opportunity for high school students in conjunction with Ohio’s annual Arts Day and Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. Ten high schools from around the state will be chosen to send a team of six students to Columbus to serve as student advocates. These students will participate in a range of activities highlighting the value and importance of the arts and arts education as a part of a complete curriculum. This is a valuable opportunity for your students to participate in the democratic process in a way that is personally meaningful to them.

You are invited to express your interest in having your students participate in Arts Day 2013 to be held in Columbus on Wednesday, May 15th. Please respond by writing a brief statement of your interest in participating and what you hope to achieve through the student advocates program by November 19, 2012 via email, fax, or US mail (contact information can be found at the close of this message). High school selections will be made by the end of November from those indicating their interest to participate.

WHAT: Arts Day 2013 Student Advocate Program
WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
WHERE: Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts and the Ohio Statehouse
Columbus, Ohio

ACTIVITIES:

  • Students attend an advocacy briefing
  • Students meet with state legislators or their aides to advocate for the arts and arts education
  • Students attend the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Arts Day Luncheon with members of the state legislature
  • Students tour state buildings

OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Collaborate among academic departments within the high school (ex. arts, government, and language arts)
  • Host a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and/or Senate in your school for a pre-Arts Day orientation to discuss the role of a legislator in the school and arts funding process
  • Raise student awareness of the legislative process and citizens’ participation in government
  • Receive positive recognition for your school
  • Make an important contribution to the continuation of state funding for the arts and arts education

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Six (6) students who demonstrate an interest in the arts and the day’s activities
  • Advance preparation by students: identify and write their Ohio legislators
  • School-provided release time for: a) two-hour in-school legislative visit and advocacy training and b) trip to Columbus on Arts Day
  • School-provided transportation to Columbus for students and accompanying adult(s)
  • Teacher and/or school administrator to “advise” the student participation and serve as a liaison with the Arts Day Committee member

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Janelle Hallett, Member Services Director
Email: janelle@ohioctizensforthearts.org
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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About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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