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The Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation is offering a unique community service opportunity for high school students to participate in Ohio’s annual Arts Day and Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. Several Ohio high schools will be chosen to send a team of students to Columbus to serve as student advocates. The students will participate in a range of activities highlighting the importance of the arts and arts education. This is a valuable opportunity for the students to participate in the public policy process in a meaningful way.

You are invited to express your interest in having students from your school participate in Arts Day 2016 on Wednesday, May 18th in Columbus. Please respond by submitting a brief statement expressing your school’s interest and what you hope to achieve by participating in the student advocates program. The statement must be submitted by January 22, 2016. High schools will be selected before the end of January.


WHAT:           Arts Day 2016 Student Advocate Program

WHEN:           Wednesday, May 18, 2016   9:00AM – 2:30PM

WHERE:        Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts and the Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio



  • Students attend an Advocacy Day Kickoff at 9AM
  • Students meet with state legislators to advocate for the arts and arts education from 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Students attend the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Arts Day Luncheon with members of the state legislature from 11:30AM-1:30PM (OCA Foundation purchases tickets for students and one teacher per high school)
  • Students participate in other Statehouse activities after 1:30PM, at teacher’s discretion, if travel time permits



  • Receive positive recognition for your school
  • Collaborate among academic departments within the high school (e.g. arts & government)
  • Raise student awareness of the legislative process and citizens’ participation in government
  • Host a member of the Ohio Legislature in your school for an hour pre-Arts Day orientation to discuss the role of a legislator and the arts funding process
  • Work with government affairs expert and a theatre coach to understand the advocacy process and learn positive public speaking skills in preparation for legislative visits
  • Make an important contribution to continued state support for the arts and arts education



  • Select up to ten (10) students with an interest in the arts to participate in Arts Day 2016
  • Oversee advance preparation by students
  • School-provided release time for: a) two-hour in-school legislative visit and advocacy training, and b) trip to Columbus for Arts Day on May 18, 2016
  • School-provided transportation to Columbus for the students and accompanying adult(s)
  • One teacher and/or school administrator to “advise” the student participants and serve as a liaison with the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation staff
  • Stipend may be available to help defray some travel and staff costs



Linda Woggon, Executive 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


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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