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Valarie Williams, Executive Director of the Arts Initiative

Winter 2017

Dear Friends of The Arts Initiative,

As we move forward into 2017, I wanted to share with you all some of the highlights from last year. Ending our 8th year in the historic Lazarus Building, we served a total of 36,290 patrons throughout all of our exhibitions, talks, tours, programs, and performances. 2,057 Ohio State students directly exhibited, performed, or received training as part of the Arts Initiative activities, and we welcomed over 30,000 patrons to our free educational programming.

Columbus audiences engaged with Town and Gown Partnerships such as the collaboration among the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC), and Dublin, Ireland’s Abbey Theatre which brought Sean O’Casey’s poignant play Plough and the Stars to over 3,300 university and community audiences. Voice graduate students in the School of Music collaborated with Opera Columbus and toured performances of the “Opera Goes To School” program throughout central Ohio to reach 13,000 school children.

 As we look forward to Spring, we celebrate two faculty research exhibitions that provide unique access to works rarely experienced in the United States: The Legacy of Imperial Beijing:  Selections from the Bliss M. and Mildred A. Wiant Collection of Chinese Art at The Ohio State University in partnership with the Wiant Family, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Institute for Chinese Studies and Shakespeare in Prague:  Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe in collaboration with the Columbus Museum of Art; the Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague, Czech Republic; and the National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic. In addition, we look toward the end of the semester, highlighting the emerging visual artists who exhibit at Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery in their last semester of study.

Join us on campus, downtown, or throughout the state as we celebrate the many ways Ohio State partners with the state and with the world,

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Valarie Williams

Executive Director of The Arts Initiative; Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Arts and Humanities; Professor of Dance