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The Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio is a statewide program that showcases and celebrates Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts patrons, and business support of the arts. The public is invited to nominate individuals and organizations in seven awards categories. A selection committee, made up of Ohio Arts Council board members and three individuals selected by Ohio Citizens for the Arts, chooses the winners. The program is presented by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Award winners are presented with an original work of art by an Ohio artist at a luncheon ceremony.


JavaKitrick-Edit_4x5_300dpiLed by Java Kitrick, president, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., (PFW) seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artist activists and arts organizations often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy. PFW believes artists are able to reach across the borders of our imagination and in doing so often peaceably transform society’s ideas about social justice issues. Creative expression and innovation have always helped move society towards a more progressive democracy and allows for the recognition of universal humanity. PFW is committed to supporting such grass-roots artists and organizations. PFW partners with and also helps build community partnerships with other concerned groups and individuals to insure that the arts continue to grow, enlighten, and enrich lives. The foundation accepts grant applications from individuals, educational, cultural, and social justice organizations for projects that utilize art, dance, music, theater, photography, film/video, writing, poetry, and public interest platforms.

SPECIAL NOTICE: As a result of this honor bestowed by the Ohio Arts Council, ALL GRANT AWARDS in 2018 will only be considered for OHIO NFPs and Citizens in celebration and interest in the work that Puffin Foundation West has garnered. Applications for the 2018 grant period will be online in August 2017.