Madison-Plains High School has been selected as one of eight Ohio schools to participate in Arts Day, program about keeping arts alive in the schools.
Each year the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation co-presents the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day with the Ohio Arts Council. As part of the day, Ohio high schools are invited to participate in the Student Advocates program. This unique educational opportunity teaches students about the public policy process and how to be an effective advocate.
On Arts Day, the students spend the morning in Columbus speaking with legislators about the impact the arts have had on their lives. In the afternoon, they will attend the 2016 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon, where this year’s award recipients will be honored and Ohio legislators will be recognized for their support of arts and culture.
Arts Day 2016 will be held May 18 in Columbus.
Madison-Plains was selected based on the strength of the application, which was submitted by high school art department chair Tracy Johnson.
She chose six students who were “in their own way” advocates for art at school. They include: junior Drew Sines; sophomores Skylar Stewart, Regan Rubel, Aubrey Lilly and Lily Virjee; freshman Faith Rife.
The students will present their arguments as art advocates for keeping art programs in schools alive and well.
Prior to the event, they will host a legislator, yet to be named on a date to be determined, who will speak to them about policy making and being an effective advocate.
The students will also be coached by a professional coach to hone their public speaking skills.
Johnson said though Madison-Plains is a small, rural school, it offers a variety of art courses. The school poses some limitations including not having provided the students an opportunity to visit an art gallery.
Gallery visits have been “only virtually,” Johnson said.
“It’s not the same. I try to get these guys as much (art) exposure as I can,” she said. “They understand it’s important, learning to advocate and fight in what they believe in. It can make a difference in cost cutting and as far as budgets are concerned.”
The other schools selected include: Colerain High School, Cincinnati, Eastwood High School, Pemberville, Gahanna Lincoln High School, Lexington High School, Lincoln-West High School, Cleveland, Smithville High School, and Wilmington High School.
The Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation educates Ohioans about the arts and promotes their value to a high quality of life, strong economy, and the achievement of educational excellence.
Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.
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