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Accessible Expressions Ohio Exhibition

The Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise was pleased to announce its selection as a host site for the exhibition “Accessible Expressions Ohio” (AEO) in October and November 2023. The exhibition was housed in the Barnett Center Collaboratory and included programming for campus and community members.

Art Possible Ohio is the statewide arts agency for arts and disability. Founded in 1986, we work together with artists of all ages who have disabilities to advocate for accessibility and inclusivity, advance careers in the creative sector, build community, and improve the academic achievement of Ohio’s students through arts integration. By bridging arts and disability, our programs and services promote inclusive spaces and accessible opportunities for Ohioans.

Art Possible Ohio and its programming is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Major funding for Art Possible Ohio programming is provided by the Ohio Department of Education Office for Exceptional Children.

Accessible Expressions Ohio (AEO) is a program of Art Possible Ohio. The exhibition began in 1995 in Dayton, Ohio, and has since expanded to a statewide tour of artwork by Ohio artists with disabilities. Artists of any age, living in Ohio, with a disability may enter in the Youth, Emerging, or Professional categories. AEO raises awareness by presenting the show in inclusive settings designed to change perceptions about disability. 
AEO is a professional development opportunity for artists and showcase for great art. Accessible Expressions Ohio connects artists with peers and a statewide audience of potential patrons. Learn more at www.artpossibleohio.org/aeo


Dancing with Devils

The exhibition which was displayed in the Barnett Center Collaboratory during the 2022 fall semester and 2023 spring semester featured Latin American festival masks and documentary photographs of the Diablada de Píllaro (Devils Dance of Píllaro, Ecuador). The masks on display were provided by the Kawsay Ukhunchay Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts and Cultural Artifacts Research Collection at The Ohio State University, crafted by Italo Espín and donated by Ohio State alumnus Mark Gordon. The documentary photographs were taken by Ohio State Photojournalist Leonardo Carrizo. 

For more information about the visiting artists and events visit the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Themes page. Also visit the pages for the Kawsay Ukhunchay Collection, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the exhibition's blog. Click on the following link for comprehensive information on the exhibition itself and select "Diablada Masks Collection and Dancing with Devils Exhibition.


Creative Pathfinders

Creative Pathfinders is a webinar series, hosted by the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise in partnership with the Department of Art, the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), the School of Music, the Department of Design, and the Department of Dance. In this series of interviews, College of Arts and Sciences alumni will be joined with Ohio State faculty and distinguished guests for a series of conversations that trace the career and highlight the groundbreaking accomplishments of our dynamic Ohio State alumni in the arts and design. Creative Pathfinders was envisioned as an opportunity to strengthen our connection to our collective alumni network while providing our current students with a chance to learn from some of our most accomplished graduates.


Barnett Symposium 

Founded in 1993, the Barnett Arts and Public Policy Symposium is a biennial event that aims to enable extensive conversations about current policies and practices in the field. Past topics have included, Illuminating Creativity: The Anniversary Celebration, Artists and Creative Enterprise in Columbus, and Good Policy, Bad Policy, No Policy: The Arts and Education. To learn more about the Symposium, please visit the Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy's website.