Governor Ted Strickland will present the keynote address at the 2009 Governorís Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon on Wednesday, April
1 at 12 p.m. The 2009 Governorís Awards ceremony and luncheon will be held in conjunction with Arts Day, Wednesday, April 1.
The event will be held at the Columbus Athenaeum at 32 N. Fourth St. in downtown Columbus. Senate President Bill Harris and Speaker of the House Armond Budish will present the awards to each of the 2009 Governorís Award recipients.
Award categories and recipients for the 2009 Governorís Awards for the Arts include: Arts Administration, Marc Folk, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, (Toledo); Arts Education, Dr. Corwin Georges (Springfield); Arts Patron, Roe Green (Aurora); Business Support of the Arts, Huntington Bank (Statewide); Community Development & Participation, Cityfolk (Dayton); Individual Artist, Derek Mortland and Michael Joseph Ulery, musicians, Sketches of the Inner World; Irma Lazarus Awards, Willis ďBingĒ Davis, (Dayton); The Honorable Patrick Sweeney, (Cleveland).
This daylong event demonstrating public value and support for the arts is sponsored by Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Arts Day will include an arts advocacy briefing, legislative visits and student exhibitions.
The 2009 Governorís Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon are made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Government Telecommunications. Media sponsors include The Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, Ohio Magazine, Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association, The Blade and Time Warner Cable.
More information about the Governorís Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon, including a full list of past winners, is available on the Ohio Arts Council Web site at www.oac.state.oh.us/events/GovAwards.
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 Arts Awards for the Arts in Ohio ceremony.
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.