Ovation to Contribute $120,000 to Arts and Cultural Organizations in 12 Spectrum Markets

LOS ANGELES: Expanding upon its Stand For The Arts Awards initiative launched last year, Ovation, America’s only arts network, will partner with Spectrum to recognize outstanding local arts, cultural, and educational organizations and programs in twelve Spectrum markets across the U.S. The initiative is part of Ovation’s national arts advocacy platform called Stand For The Arts and has committed $120,000 to support these Spectrum markets. The announcement was made today by Sol Doten, VP, Content Distribution Marketing, Ovation.

Stand For The Arts Awards are granted based on three criteria: level of community outreach and engagement, ability to create inclusive access to artistic programming, and innovative approach to arts education and skills development.

“Having Spectrum partner with us again this year, while also doubling the number of markets is affirmation that our Stand For The Arts initiative is having a positive impact for all parties involved,” said Sol Doten. “This goodwill partnership between Ovation and Spectrum puts a spotlight on the value of the arts across America and specifically these organizations that fuel the local economies through creativity and innovation, as well as providing communities with rich cultural and educational experiences.”

“We are proud to partner with Ovation again and thrilled this year’s Stand For The Arts commitment is doubling,” said Adam Falk, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for Spectrum. “This initiative supports arts at the local level and recognizes outstanding and deserving organizations that share our commitment to strengthen the communities we serve.”

Among the Spectrum markets and arts organizations being recognized are:

Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Arts Studio (BAS) is a not-for-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio space and exposure for visual artists while creating community cultural connections through exhibitions, public art, and educational programs.

Northside Workshop in St. Louis, MO

Northside Workshop (NSW) is a nonprofit art space dedicated to addressing cultural and community issues in North St. Louis. A collaboration between the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, and Artist/Cultural Activist Juan William Chávez.

SAY Sí in San Antonio, TX

SAY Sí ignites the creative power of young people as forces of positive change, valuing artists, empowering marginalized communities, and advancing culture.

Cheyenne Arts Festival in Cheyenne, WY

The Cheyenne Arts Festival (CAF) showcases and celebrates local creativity in all its forms and provides Cheyenne residents and visitors with a unique arts-related experience. It is organized by Arts Cheyenne, with programming and logistics support from the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority and a host of enthusiastic volunteers.

Cincinnati Song Initiative in Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Song Initiative was founded to bring a concentrated and cohesive source of artistic songwriting to the greater Cincinnati area. Dedicated to providing unique experiences through the power of poetry and music, each performance creates a sense of relevance and active engagement between performers and audiences.

Art House, Inc. in Cleveland, OH

Art House is a nonprofit arts center located in Cleveland’s historic Brooklyn Center neighborhood whose mission is to make art accessible to Brooklyn Center and the Greater Cleveland community by providing instruction, encouragement and facilities.

Latino Arts, Inc. in Milwaukee, WI

Latino Arts, Inc. is dedicated to bringing cultural awareness, artistic educational experiences, and high-quality programming to the Greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin community, featuring Hispanic artists from throughout the world.

South Carolina Governor’s School for The Arts & Humanities in Greenville, SC

The mission of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is to serve the artistically talented high school students of South Carolina through programs of pre-professional instruction in an environment of artistic and academic excellence.

Creative City Project in Orlando, FL

Creative City Project’s mission is to cultivate a thriving arts community in Orlando: paying emerging artists to create work at the annual event, connecting new audiences to existing and established arts organizations, and providing training for artists through workshops and seminars.

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC

Founded in 1973, the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County (North Carolina) administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts.

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