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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) has joined the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) in celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) throughout October. NAHM has been celebrated since 1993 and provides a great opportunity for people to participate in the arts offered in their communities. 

The Ohio Statehouse will host special art tours and a performance during the month of October. Arts and Humanities Month events include: 

October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday Art Tours; Ohio Statehouse Map Room: 
The Ohio Statehouse is renowned across the country for its Greek Revival architecture, but it also houses an incredible art collection. Special tours of “The People’s Art Collection” will take place every Wednesday in October from noon to 1 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to see and discuss a number of rarely-viewed works, including some of the governor’s portraits. Tours are free and open to the public, and are designed to encourage observation and conversation. 

Friday, October 4; 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Thursday, October 24; 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Artist Events; Ohio Statehouse Map Room: 
Two prominent artists, who have work on display at the Ohio Statehouse, will lead visitors through their artist process, from conception to completion. Oil painter and arts educator Ron Anderson will lead a special tour of his portraits on Friday, October 4, at 11 a.m. Anderson will discuss his work showcased in the George Washington Williams Room. 

Leslie Adams, a portrait artist and painter, will talk about her Statehouse commissions during a special tour on Thursday, October 24 at noon. Adams will discuss how she works through a project, and the tour will highlight her governor and legislative portraits on display in the Ohio Statehouse. 

Monday, October 7; 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Performance by Mo’ Mojo; Ohio Statehouse Atrium: 
OAC and CSRAB will celebrate music with a performance by Mo’ Mojo, a popular, high energy, Zydeco-based “Party-Gras” band from Akron, featuring Cajun accordion, fiddle, guitar, bass, drums, rubboard/sax, percussion and vocals. Mo’ Mojo is featured in the OAC’s Ohio Artists on Tour directory. 

October 16; 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Riffe Gallery: 
Wednesday, October 16 at noon, the celebration continues at the Riffe Gallery Lobby with readings by notable Ohio poets Amy Greenberg, Susan Hendrickson, Terry Hermsen and Hannah Stephenson. The event is free and open to the public. 

A visit to the Statehouse is also a good time to explore “The People’s Art Collection.” The artwork in the collection at the Statehouse depicts the hopes, dreams, values and aspirations of Ohioans - - and commemorates Ohio’s accomplishments and struggles. With the support of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and the Ohio Arts Council, CSRAB created integrated lessons about the works of art found within the Ohio Statehouse and on Capitol Square. These resources are available for parents and teachers on the Statehouse Web site at: http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/Education/PeoplesArtCollection.aspx. 

Ohio National Arts & Humanities Month events are organized by the Ohio Arts Council with support from the Ohio Statehouse. 

National Arts & Humanities Month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the national organization working to empower communities with the resources and support necessary to provide access to all of the arts for all of the people. 

To view this press release and others, visit www.ohiostatehouse.org. 

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