The Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts announced last week that nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the arts in the following categories:
- Individual Artist
- Arts Administration
- Arts Education
- Arts Patron
- Business Support of the Arts
- Community Development and Participation
The Ohio Arts Council Board of Directors also selects, at their discretion, the Irma Lazarus Award for individuals or organizations that have helped shape public support for the arts and brought statewide, national, and international recognition to Ohio.
The nomination deadline for the six open categories is midnight, Monday, October 20, 2014, with letters of support due by midnight, Monday, October 27, 2014. Nominations are only accepted online, and may be submitted at www.oac.state.oh.us/Events/GovAwards/Nomination.asp.
A committee composed of members from the Ohio Arts Council Board of Directors and three individuals selected by Ohio Citizens for the Arts will select award recipients in each category. Recipients will be recognized on Arts Day, May 13, 2015, at the annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts luncheon, sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Recipients of the awards will receive an original work of art by an Ohio artist and be honored in a ceremony presided over by Governor Kasich and members of the Ohio General Assembly.
The luncheon ceremony culminates Arts Day, which is an annual event that provides arts advocates opportunities to network and contact policy makers in Columbus to urge support for the arts. Students from high schools across the state prepare for months to participate in legislative visits on Arts Day, and contact each state senator and representative with a message of thanks for their support for the arts and arts education.
More information about Arts Day is available from the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation at 614-221-4064.
For information about the Governor’s Awards for the Arts 2015 see http://www.oac.state.oh.us/News/NewsArticle.asp?intArticleId=753
The FYI Arts updates are written by Joan Platz, Research and Knowledge Director for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. The purpose of FYI Arts is to keep arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities. The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association ( www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association ( www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association ( www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education ( www.oaae.net).