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For East Palestine Art – Help is on the Way

Yesterday Power of the Arts linked to an article in the Morning Journal relating to the absence of Art Education in the East Palestine Middle School.  Help is on the way.  Last night we heard from Brian Moore, a newly elected member of the East Palestine School Board.  Here are his comments. “No resolution in sight is far from the truth. I am curious as to where you received your information. While it was eliminated from the curriculum several years ago it was prior to the current administration. The current administration was made aware after the staff and scheduling was in place for the current school year. The administration is working to return art to the building in the near future. “ Power of the Arts is glad East Palestine Schools is addressing the issue.  Art in public education is among the top issues facing education today…usually the first victim to budgetary constraints.  Arts education represents the difference between  schools producing a bunch of auto-trons and well rounded human beings.  We look forward to its return to the curriculum.

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.  

The Collective Palette Studio is currently seeking working artists to share their business experience with Studio members by becoming a guest speaker. Collective Palette is a collaboration of four local agencies serving individuals with developmental disabilities by providing a studio and gallery space to allow Collective Palette artists to create and sell their works.  The Studio and the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County is applying for a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. This grant will support artists from the Studio by providing art classes, supplies and the opportunity to engage with working artists in our community through a lecture and presentation series.  Collective Palette is seeking artists who own their own business, have a developmental disability, or simply have experience selling art  to serve as a guest artist / speaker. Guest artists will be asked to share their experiences as working artists with a focus on operating their business.  Topics of interest include marketing, exhibiting, selling and making art. Speakers will be compensated for providing a thirty-minute lecture, accompanied by a thirty minute question and answer segment. Any interested artists please respond by email to Julia Shuttic at jastaj7@gmail.com by March 6, 2017

Butler Institute: Tobi Kahn / Sculpture and Ceremonial Objects

March 19 – April 20, 2017…Meet-the Artist Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: March 19, 2017, 1-3 pm. Open to the public with free admission. Kahn’s ceremonial objects, the remarkable sculptural pieces in this exhibition, embody both realms. They are powerful as formal objects and moving in their symbolic references.   Anointed Time: Sculpture and Ceremonial Objects – Tobi Kahn March 19 – April 20, 2017 Meet-the Artist Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: March 19, 2017, 1-3 pm Open to the public with free admission Anointed Time:  Sculpture and Ceremonial Objects – Tobi Kahn is an exhibition of Kahn’s creative powers, fueled by his understanding of history and the belief systems that comprise it. His embrace of the sacred and the transcendent in his work carefully balances meticulous craftsmanship with his own artistic vision. Kahn’s ceremonial objects, the remarkable sculptural pieces in this exhibition, embody both realms. They are powerful as formal objects and moving in their symbolic references. Beautifully crafted, these works extend the rich tradition of American sculpture while belonging to the contemporary world of conceptual art. Kahn is clearly a master of technique, but it is his artistic gift that moves us to better understand aspects of our world and our humanity. Anointed Time:  Sculpture and Ceremonial Objects – Tobi Kahn is sponsored by Ben Z. Post. An exhibition catalog is available in the Butler Museum Gift Store.

Arts, Neighborhoods, Education, and Safety

New Study Links Art Access to Better Health, Safety, and Education in Lower-Income Neighborhood / Artsy Editorial by Isaac Kaplan… reveals a quantitative relationship between the presence of cultural resources in a neighborhood and key aspects of social wellbeing, particularly in less advantaged neighborhoods.  READ MORE HERE