by Jami GoldsteinThe Ohio Arts Council (OAC) is hitting the road again this fall and winter to find out what Ohioans value about their communities, creativity and the arts. The OAC’s Listening Tour will travel to seven more communities this fall and winter discovering what creativity means to elected officials, arts professionals and citizens in large and small communities across the state. Cincinnati will be the final stop with a visit February 10, 2010. Citizens can learn more about the Listening Tours and register at www.oac.state.oh.us. “We have seen dramatic changes in the economic environment in the past year. These changes have had a profound impact on the citizens of Ohio and the arts and cultural organizations that serve them,” said OAC Executive Director Julie Henahan. “We want to hear what role Ohio’s citizens think the arts and creativity should play in their community. What we learn during this tour will help us re-envision the OAC’s role in serving Ohioans.” A small group of staff from the OAC will lead three meetings to discuss what citizens feel makes their community vital and what their aspirations are for the future. During the morning meeting OAC staff members will have a conversation with elected officials and community leaders; the afternoon meeting will be held with members of the arts community and educators; and the evening town hall will bring people from all backgrounds together to discuss the arts and its impact in their community. The findings from the first half of the Listening Tour in 2008 helped illuminate the impressive accomplishments, driving aspirations and daily struggles of communities around the state. The meetings also provided an opportunity for Ohioans to share the role they believed the arts, creativity and imagination play in their community as they pursue a wide range of economic development strategies to attract and retain news business, especially knowledge-based industries. Information gathered from this tour will provide the OAC with a better understanding of a broad range of Ohioans’ needs and assist the agency in developing the 2010-2013 Strategic Plan and the State of the Arts Report II. Other cities in the 2009-2010 Listening Tour included Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Kent, Mansfield and Wapakoneta. The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. OAC Listening Tour in Cincinnati WEDNESDAY, February 10, 2010
- 8:30-10 a.m. For Business and Community Leaders
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
- 3:30-5 p.m. For Artists, Arts Administrators & Arts Educators
Aronoff Center for the Arts, Green Room, Loge Level
- 6-7:30 p.m. Town Hall meeting—ALL ARE WELCOME!
Aronoff Center for the Arts, Center Stage Room, adjacent to the Weston Art Gallery
Please register for one or all meetings at at www.oac.state.oh.us. Meeting locations, addresses, parking information and discussion questions are available on the Web site. Light refreshments will be provided at each meeting courtesy of a private funder. Special thanks to the Cincinnati Arts Association.