Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center Receives Ohio Arts Council Grants

Photo from Wick Poetry Center's Wick Juniors Summer Writing ClubThe Wick Poetry Center, in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, recently received two grants from the Ohio Arts Council. The grants, totaling $28,368, will help support the Wick reading series, student scholarships, poetry publications, outreach workshops and the Traveling Stanzas project.

The $14,410 Ohio Arts Council Sustainability grant, renewable for four years, provides general operating support to arts and cultural organizations across Ohio that make important contributions to the health and vitality of our communities. 

According to the Ohio Arts Council, “Sustainability grants ensure that public support of the arts continues to play an integral role in celebrating the rich past and sustaining the vibrant future of Ohio’s cultural legacy through flexible and reliable funding for annual arts programming.” 

“We’re thrilled to receive the sustainability grant because it indicates that the Ohio Arts Council thinks that what Wick is doing is valuable to the Northeast Ohio community and beyond,” said Jessica Jewell, assistant director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State. 

The $13,958 Ohio Arts Council Arts Partnership grant will support the center’s Traveling Stanzas project. The project is a collaborative, multidisciplinary project between the Wick Poetry Center and student graphic designers and illustrators at Kent State, aimed at serving communities locally, nationally and internationally. 

“Due to the tremendous success of our Traveling Stanzas project, bolstered by the ongoing support of the Ohio Arts Council, this grant will allow us to continue to encourage global voices across languages and cultures by creating an interactive Traveling Stanzas website and traveling exhibit, launching in 2015,” said David Hassler, director of Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center. “The evolution of our Traveling Stanzas project will allow people to share poems across the division of language and culture, to make connections with others and to discover a shared humanity through the intimate voice of poetry.”

About The Wick Poetry Center
One of the leading university poetry centers in the United States and the only one with an interactive poetry park, the Wick Poetry Center is unique for its range of impactful programming, which includes education, performance, publications and outreach. The Wick Poetry Center was established in 1984 by brothers Robert and Walter Wick in memory of their sons. For more information about the Wick Poetry Center, visit

About the Ohio Arts Council
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. The Ohio Arts Council is celebrating 50 years of funding for arts and culture in 2015. For more information about the Ohio Arts Council, visit

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Photo Caption:
On Aug. 4, 2015, student poets in the Wick Juniors Summer Writing Club gave a reading in the Wick Poetry Park located on the Lefton Esplanade at Kent State University. The university’s Wick Poetry Center recently received two grants from the Ohio Arts Council.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 3:53pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 22, 2017 - 1:29pm
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