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August 08, 2017 : OU Southern Receives Arts Council Grant
Ohio University Southern has been awarded an ArtSTART project grant by the Ohio Arts Council. The $2,638 award will help the Ironton campus offer events and activities in the arts for students and the community.
The funding will support in three main areas, said Nicole Pennington, Dean of the Southern Campus.
“This grant will allow OU Southern to support art exhibits featuring various media by Appalachian artists in our Gallery beginning in September and running through April of next year,” Pennington said.  “We will be able to publish our anthology, Envoi, which will feature student written works and images of student art and photography, as well as purchase sheet music for the OUS Community Band,” she said.
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The ArtSTART grant from the Ohio Arts Council will help fund gallery exhibits and other projects at Ohio University Southern’s campus in Ironton.

Tom Suter, senior art lecturer at OUS, said the ArtSTART grant is important to Lawrence County and the Tri-State because it advances fine art, literary art and music in the community. 
“This project allows the Southern Campus to demonstrate artistic, educational, and cultural value in ways which make the art accessible to our students and the public,” Suter said.
One exciting aspect of the Ohio Arts Council grant is the potential it provides for the Southern Campus to engage new audiences.  Sarah Diamond Burroway, director of external relations, said any way to bring people to campus and extend learning is a plus for the community.
“Any time OU Southern can share cultural and learning experiences with the public is a benefit for our community as well as for our students, faculty and staff,” Burroway said.
The grant to OUS is part of the state Arts Council ArtSTART initiative, which provides accessible funding to organizations for project support in areas not served by other arts providers.  The grant was one of 146 awards totaling $390,687 by the Council for FY18 programming.