Each year Arts Day includes an advocacy briefing, student performances, the Governor's Awards for the Arts & Arts Day Luncheon, legislative visits to every Ohio House and Senate office, and networking among Ohio's arts advocates. Arts Day serves as an event rich in education, information, and communication.
In addition to Arts Day activities, students from Ohio high schools travel to Columbus to visit state representatives and senators. Throughout the morning they visit offices in the Statehouse and Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts delivering their message of need for quality arts education programs in public schools. In addition to the student messages, legislators are provided with a packet of information including: a list of Ohio Arts Council grants by legislative district; arts education data and information; and an arts themed children's book.
Arts Day 2016 will held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. As always, arts advocacy is a year-round opportunity and obligation of citizens who value the arts in their communities. But on May 18, arts advocates from around Ohio converged on the capitol to demonstrate, through a united presence and voice, the need for and value of public funding for the arts in Ohio.
Each year on Arts Day, Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation hosts an Arts Tradeshow in the Oak Room at the Columbus Athenaeum as part of the celebration of the arts in Ohio. Participants in the Arts Tradeshow have an opportunity to share information about their programs and schedules with Arts Day participants, legislative staffers, and others individuals visiting the Athenaeum before and after the event.
Visit the Ohio Citizens for the Arts website for more information on Arts Day 2016.
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