Our mission for Stand For The Arts, a national arts advocacy platform, is to ensure the arts remain a vital part of our society and to reinforce the value that the arts provide to the creative economy. That’s why at Ovation, we’re proud to partner with our distributors to celebrate local arts organizations and community leaders across America, to recognize their commitment to accessibility and equity in arts and cultural opportunities for all.
Our partnerships shine a national spotlight on the Power of Art™ within local communities.
MAYORS WHO #STANDFORTHEARTS
Ovation is recognizing mayors and their communities throughout the country who advocate for arts access and equity. They stand together with local non-profits, our distribution partners, and Ovation in support of the arts in their cities.
Mayor Holt, of Oklahoma City, encourages support for its local arts economy, where organizations like Oklahoma Shakespeare help generate millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson expresses his support for the inclusive representation of Dallas’ arts, artists, and proudly salutes Dallas Black Dance Theatre as the city’s leading cultural ambassador to the world.
Click the photos to learn more about our partner organizations.
Ovation and Mayor John Stephens (Costa Mesa, CA) celebrate The Wooden Floor, whose mission is to is to empower low-income youth to strengthen self-esteem, self-discipline and sense of accomplishment through dance, academic and family programs.
Ovation and Mayor Ben Walsh (Syracuse, NY) celebrate CNY Arts, whose mission is to promote, support, and celebrate arts and culture in Central New York.
Ovation and Mayor David Holt (Oklahoma City, OK) celebrate Oklahoma Shakespeare, whose mission is to produce bold, re-imagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of Shakespeare and the classics.
Ovation and Mayor Eric Johnson (Dallas, TX) celebrate Dallas Black Dance Theatre, whose mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities.
Ovation and Mayor Mitch Roth (County of Hawai’i, HI) celebrates Donkey Mill Art Center, whose mission is to provide art education and experiences to people of all ages and abilities at their facility in Holualoa. This includes hands-on classes, exhibitions, and events of contemporary visual arts, crafts and culture.
Ovation and Mayor John Engen (Missoula, MT) celebrate Missoula Children’s Theatre, whose mission is to support the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.
Ovation and Mayor Buddy Dyer (Orlando, FL) celebrate Creative City Project, whose mission is to cultivate a thriving arts community and shape the global perception of Orlando as one known for innovation and creativity.
Ovation and Mayor David Berger (Lima, OH) celebrate Lima Symphony who is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of their community, now and for future generations, through performance, education and community partnerships, while always maintaining a vigilant devotion to artistic and fiscal integrity.
Ovation and Mayor Knox H. White (Greenville, SC) celebrate the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities whose mission 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.
Costa Mesa, CA: Photo Credit – Pam Collazo; Syracuse, NY: Photo Credit – Amelia Beamish; Oklahoma City, OK: Photo Credit – Greg Singleton; Holualoa, HI: Photo Credit – Eric Edwards; Missoula, MT: Photo Credit – Melissa Anne Photography; Orlando, FL: Photo Credit – Creative City Project; Lima, OH: Photo Credit – Michael Ayers Photography
STAND FOR THE ARTS PARTNER AWARD RECIPIENTS
Nominated by Ovation’s partners, selected arts organizations are awarded $10,000 contributions based on the following criteria:
• Commitment to accessibility and equity in the arts • Advocacy for underserved populations in their communities • Support of creative/artist communities via economic or mental health recovery connected programs
Click above to learn more about our 2017-2020 award recipients.
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