The Dayton area is very fortunate to have outstanding arts programs, artists, and generous patrons, three of them Governor's Award for the Arts winners in 2018.
The Ohio Arts Council has awarded The Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio annually since the program's inception in 1971. The statewide program showcases and celebrates Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts patrons, and business support of the arts. The public is welcome to nominate individuals and organizations in seven awards categories.
The Dayton area is very fortunate to have outstanding arts programs, artists, and generous patrons, three of them Governor's Award for the Arts winners this year. Please join us in congratulating:
Irma Lazarus Award Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. The world-renowned DCDC is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio. Founded in 1968 by Jeraldyne Blunden, DCDC is one of few American dance companies of international reputation located outside a major U.S. metropolitan area.
Arts Patron Stuart and Mimi Rose. From dynamic performing arts centers to rare copies of ancient books, Stuart and Mimi Rose’s support of the arts spans a diverse array of fields. The Rose's have impacted many projects with their generous support including: Stuart and Mimi Rose Music Center, The Dayton Art Institute, and Stuart and Mimi Rose Theatre at Dayton’s Miami Valley School.
Community Development and Participation Sierra Leone. Writer and poet Sierra Leone is the president and artistic director of OFP Theatre Company, co-founded with her husband Robert Owens, Sr. For more than a decade, Ohio has benefitted from Sierra's vision of creative urban arts as a powerful artistic medium to bring communities together across racial, cultural, ideological, and economic divides.
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