POA Arts & Culture Grantseeker Symposium – October 19 – St. John’s Episcopal Church – $15 advance/$20 at the door Power of the Arts brings together the Ohio Arts & Humanities Councils, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, Mahoning Valley foundations, arts and culture nonprofits, and individual artists, to discuss arts and culture funding in the Valley and Ohio. St. John’s will host the event in the Great Hall. George Nelson of The Business Journal will moderate the panel and Q&A. Dinner by Café India. Dana School of Music students will play a brief jazz set showcasing Dana’s Steinway, housed at St. John’s: Jason Volovar on piano, Matt Jackson on bass guitar, Hobie Butcher on drums. Purchase e-tickets (click on event link above) or in person at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., during office hours (8:30-4 Mon.-Thurs., 8:30-noon Fri., cash or check only).

Power of the Arts Historic Theater Bus Tour – October 23 – $25/Limited Reservations. Did you know that there were once 75 theaters in the City of Youngstown? Join us for a Historic Theatre Bus Tour on Monday, October 23 as we visit some of the city’s iconic surviving performance venues, as well as some that have been lost. Historian Sean Posey will lead the tour, in conjunction with his new book Historic Theaters of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, published by The History Press. The tour begins at the Youngstown Playhouse at 6:30, and makes a few stops downtown  (weather-appropriate clothing is encouraged) before returning to the Playhouse for a reception featuring Old Fashioneds, tasty non-alcoholic drinks and old timey desserts. Those wearing vintage hats will be entered into a theater ticket drawing. Seating is limited. Tickets are available from the Youngstown Playhouse box office, in person or by phone, (330) 788-8739, Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Economic Impact of the Arts

Ohio Citizens for the Arts is a statewide arts advocacy nonprofit, dedicated to increasing funding and public support for the arts. Their economic impact study, here, shows how the arts compares to other economic drivers in our state. You might be surprised to know that the creative industries support nearly 200,000 jobs in Ohio. Consider joining Ohio Citizens for the Arts, making a difference for the arts and artists in Ohio.  

Power of the Arts at Community Day

Thanks to the Southern Park Mall for including us at Community Day, side-by-side with many tremendous nonprofits in the Valley. It was a pleasure to talk up the arts, McDonough Museum of Art’s newest show, the Youngstown Playhouse’s upcoming season, stroller day and shows at the Butler Institute of Art, information on Oh Wow! and several other venues. Many people told us wistfully, “I haven’t been there in years.” Organize a community event? Let us know. Have promotional materials you’d like us to share with the community? Let us know.

Power of the Arts at the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts

Shout-out to the artists who came down to add to our beautiful continuous, contiguous chalk drawing at this year’s Festival! Many people stopped to watch and take pictures, and admire the unfolding, Festival-long work. These artists took half-hour blocks to work on the drawing: Jennalee Butch, Lillian Lewis, Missy McCormick, Jackie Bader, Grace Cummings, Dragana Crnjak, Sara Ciccarelli, Marcie Roepke-Applegate, Daysha Williams, Sara Oliver, Jenna Hudock, Ashley Dillon, Kristie Gearhart, Kelly Bancroft, Amber Beall, Royce Umberger, Craig Latchaw, Thomas Welsh, and John Elias. We loved our “neighborhood,” near artists, other community nonprofits, drumming circles, and popcorn and gelato stands. Thank you to Lori Factor and the Festival, our tent volunteers, the chalk artists, and to our many, many visitors for a truly great weekend.