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Ohio Arts Council Awards Funding to Wick 

Posted Aug. 25, 2011
The Wick Poetry Center will receive two grants from the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), totaling $49,108 over the next two years. A sustainability grant of $25,200 will go toward general programming; the remaining funding will help finance Wick outreach activities. This award comes on the heels of a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wick outreach programming includes poetry workshops at northeast Ohio hospitals, palliative care/hospice settings, middle schools, senior centers, community centers, libraries, and veterans groups.

One component of the outreach program includes the Traveling Stanzas. This project features original poems displayed on artistic posters placed in area buses, schools, and hospitals. The poems are written by outreach participants, including health care providers, medical students, patients, and veterans. Under the direction of Valora Renicker, KSU Visual Communication Design students in the Glyphix design studio design the Traveling Stanzas posters.

“We are very pleased and honored to receive these grants from the OAC,” said David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center. “We believe this support speaks to the importance of art in people’s everyday lives—which is perhaps even more crucial in these difficult economic times.”

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. With funds from the Ohio Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the OAC provides financial assistance to artists and arts organizations.