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Governor Mike DeWine has picked Kari Gunter-Seymour to be Ohio’s new poet laureate.

In the middle of a pandemic and nationwide protests, Kari Gunter-Seymour says poetry is more important than ever.

“When we write our truths, we bring things to light and create understanding. And from there we grow and find our way through these things that are so difficult for us right now,” she says.

And Ohio's new poet laureate won’t be resting on her laurels. Gunter-Seymour says she applied for the position because it would allow her to bring poetry to people in need.

The state is allowing the reopening of larger entertainment venues on June 10, including movie theaters, museums, and zoos. Health officials say companies will have to look over every facet of their venue in order to comply with the protocols.

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The first of more than a dozen fanfares commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops as commentary of the COVID-19 pandemic debuts Saturday. The Fanfare Project draws from Aaron Copland's iconic Fanfare for the Common Man, commissioned by the CSO in 1942.

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Updated April 22, 2020

Online videos of musical groups singing and playing together while in isolation remain popular on social media. WVXU reported April 7, 2020 on the Cincinnati Youth Choir's efforts to create a video featuring kids from 1st through 12th grade. Director of Programs Rachel Breeden says nearly 80 kids participated in the video released April 22.

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This week the arts community is spreading hope while encouraging social distancing. Art on the Streets, with support from ArtsWave, is launching a community-wide series of art projects with the message #StayHomeSaveLives.

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A coalition wants you to stretch your artistic muscles next week. And if you say you don't have artistic talent, "That's perfect. That's brilliant. That'll be the best!" says Pam Kravetz. "That's what we're hoping."

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Downtown's Lloyd Library is one of the true hidden gems of Cincinnati, with a world-class collection of books on the sciences and ecology. Their next exhibit, honoring Women's History Month, is Women and Nature in the Arts, Sciences, and Letters, kicks off with an opening reception on March 6. With more on the mission of Lloyd Library and this exhibit, Executive Director Patricia Van Skaik is in the studio with our Barbara Gray.

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The Contemporary Arts Center's (CAC) "This Time Tomorrow" festival is back for another year and is adding an extra day. The performance festival will span five days, April 22-26.

The Cincinnati Storytelling Festival is set for the weekend of Feb. 6 - 8 at the Madcap Education Center on Harrison Avenue.

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A new exhibition at Cincinnati Art Museum is designed to help visitors think critically about the role of gender and diversity and how those issues get represented in the world of art. 

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Women in Film Cincinnati partners with the Cincinnati Museum of Art to present a free series of acclaimed films directed by and about women. 

The American Printing House For the Blind, headquartered in Louisville, will soon house the world’s largest collection of Helen Keller artifacts.

Officials announced the acquisition Thursday. More than 80,000 individual pieces from the life of Keller, an iconic advocate for the deaf and blind, will now be housed at the printing house. Eventually many will be on exhibit; some of Keller’s artifacts, including an Oscar, a letter she wrote to Nazi students and a Zulu shield are already on display. APH CEO Craig Meador said the exhibit will underscore Louisville’s mission to highlight advocacy.

Kentucky arts teachers are asking lawmakers to require that all public schools provide visual and performing arts classes.

State law currently only requires high schools to provide art classes — one credit — though many local school districts have arts requirements for elementary and middle schools.

A group of arts educators called the Kentucky Coalition for Arts Education is pushing for the bill, called the Arts Education Equity Act, ahead of next year’s legislative session. A similar version of the bill was proposed but never received a hearing this year.

 


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Fort Wright and Fort Mitchell are now commonly known Northern Kentucky cities, but back when they were actual forts, their purpose could not have been of more importance for Cincinnati.

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On September 11, 2001, as terrorist attacks besieged New York City and Washington, D.C., airlines saw their flights diverted. One such flight was Delta Flight 37 from London Gatwick to CVG Airport. Glenn Prasser was one of the passengers aboard that flight as it was diverted to Newfoundland and where they would spend the next four days, slowly learning about what was happening in the U.S.

Renée Elise Goldsberry
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In 2016, Renée Elise Goldsberry found herself lauded with accolades, including the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, for her originating role as Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway hit Hamilton. But her journey neither starts, nor ends there.

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Twenty films will make up this year’s Indian Film Festival, running Sept. 5-14 at various locations around Cincinnati. The only Indian film festival in Ohio, it is organized and hosted by the India Sister Cities in collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum.

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Courtesy of Tabari McCoy

In his early 40s, Tabari McCoy is getting over his fears, among them his fear of flying and water. But one thing he's not afraid of is comedy. As McCoy says, it's hard to cry when you're laughing. When McCoy is not touring as a stand-up comic, he's also writing movie reviews on his blog, McCoy on Movies.

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Courtesy of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

A new exhibit, Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth., opens at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this Saturday, Aug. 17.

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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is launching its 125th anniversary season with a flash mob of performances. CSO Look Around is an immersive experience of music with more than 600 artists from 20 local ensembles performing in Cincinnati's Washington Park and Ziegler Park.

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