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2013 Governors Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon
by Elizabeth Weinstein

The 2013 Governors Awards for the Arts in Ohio will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12 p.m. Awards will be presented by Senate President Keith Faber and Speaker of the House Bill Batchelder at a luncheon honoring the winners and members of the Ohio Legislature at the Columbus Athenaeum, located at 32 N. 4th St. in downtown Columbus. The event is hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation.

The Governors Awards for the Arts in Ohio showcase and celebrate Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts patrons and businesses that support the arts. Winners from across the state are selected in six categories every year. The 2013 winners are: Arts Administration, Jill Snyder, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland); Arts Education, Stivers School for the Arts (Dayton); Arts Patron, Charlotte Kessler (New Albany) and Dr. Benjamin and Mrs. Marian Schuster (Dayton); Business Support of the Arts, PNC Bank (Statewide); Community Development and Participation, Raymond Shepardson (Cleveland); Individual Artist, Jack Earl (Lakeview) and Joseph O'Sickey (Kent).

The 2013 Governors Awards ceremony and luncheon will be held in conjunction with Arts Day on Wednesday, May 15. This day-long event demonstrating public value and support for the arts is sponsored by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation and will include an arts advocacy briefing, legislative visits and student exhibitions.

The 2013 Governors Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon are made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Puffin Foundation and the Ohio Channel. Media sponsors include CD102.5, The Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, Ohio Magazine, Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Time Warner Cable and WCBE 90.5 FM.

More information about the Governors Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon, including a full list of past winners, is available here.

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 the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation:
The Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation provides education about the arts in Ohio and educates citizens about ways to participate effectively in their government. The OCA Foundation partners with the Ohio Arts Council in the annual presentation of Arts Day and the Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio ceremony.

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