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Playwright Greg Vovos knows the title, “How to Be a Respectable Junkie,” leaves some people wondering what kind of play he created.

He is hoping that intrigue brings people to Dobama Theatre for the one-man show, which offers a window into what life is like for a man addicted to heroin.

The main character, Brian, is considering suicide and decides to make a how-to video before taking his own life. The instructional video is intended to show drug users how to improve their behavior as addicts.

Tracy K. Smith knows many readers are intimidated by line breaks. She knows people don't like identifying consonance, assonance or alliteration.

But Smith — the newly announced 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States — wants to help America push past that anxiety.

"What do you hear? What do you feel? What does this remind you of?" she asks NPR. "These are all real and valid reactions to a poem."

[Editor's note: This previously aired on WKSU on May 4, 2017]

The iconic music and pop culture magazine Rolling Stone turned 50 last year. Next month, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum closes its yearlong exhibit that takes music fans through the magazine's vast archives of photos and interviews.

WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked with Cleveland Scene music writer Jeff Niesel about Rolling Stone Magazine at 50.

Ohio Ranks In Top 10 For Arts And Culture Employers

Apr 28, 2017
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For the first time, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Commerce are releasing arts industry data for individual states.

For only the third time ever, the government released today a national report card examining the knowledge, understanding and abilities of U.S. eighth-graders in visual arts and music.

And in many ways, the numbers aren't great, with little progress shown in most categories since the last time the assessment was given in 2008. One bright spot: The achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white peers has narrowed. But Hispanics and African-Americans still lag far behind white and Asian eighth-graders.

Lower than projected state tax revenue totals will make budgeting more difficult for Ohio’s lawmakers in the coming weeks. Advocates for the arts know the tight budget threatens their funding but it's not keeping them from making a case to save those dollars.

The National Endowment for the Arts sends about $2 million a year to Ohio, which benefits a variety of arts organizations and artists across the state.

President Donald Trump’s budget calls for the elimination of the NEA, and that doesn’t sit well with many in the arts community.

“The financial impact will be significant, but the impact on us as a culture will be much deeper,” said Great Lakes Theater’s Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee.

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William B. Conner, Jr., the president and CEO of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts as well as a leading figure in the Columbus arts community, passed away Friday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 64.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Jun 17, 2016

Join Classical 101 host, Christopher Purdy, to discuss the local arts scene in Columbus. 

All Sides Weekend Arts

May 20, 2016

Join Classical 101 host, Christopher Purdy, to discuss upcoming productions in Columbus. 

All Sides Weekend: Success Stories in the Arts

Apr 29, 2016
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Join Classical 101 host, Christopher Purdy, to discuss the art success that has been flourishing in and around Columbus. 

Wexner Center for the Arts
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While art museums have their own collections, they heavily depend on lenders for exhibits. A gallery owner, who had artwork on loan when a man damaged dozens of pieces at The Wexner Center for the Arts, fears these kinds of incidents will stymie lending. WOSU sat down with two Columbus arts leaders to talk about the future of museum lending.

The competitors in the 2016 Oscars race were announced Thursday, in an event that was live-streamed from California. The winners will be announced on Feb. 28.

Arts Museum At Ohio State Reopens

Dec 2, 2015
Wexner Center for the Arts
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After a three-day closure, The Wexner Center for the Arts is set to re-open today, according to local news sources. Former Ohio State University employee Dean Sturgis damaged the After Picasso exhibit before taking his own life. The exhibit is permanently closed.


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