Two long-time contributors to the arts in Dayton will be the recipients of the 2014 Ohio Governor's Awards for the Arts. Dayton Philharmonic Music Director, Neil Gittleman, and Sheri Williams with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company were selected with 4 other winners from around the state for the prestigious award.
Muse Machine's production of Singin' in the Rain. Muse Machine is one of the arts organizations that receives funds from Culture Works.
A study out Thursday says the arts are an important economic driver for the Dayton region. The study, commissioned by cultural advocacy group Culture Works, finds arts nonprofits are responsible for over $160 million in annual spending.
"Above and beyond the intrinsic benefits that arts and culture provides to the community in so many ways, there actually is an economic impact as well,” said Martine Meredith Collier, who heads Culture Works.
The Rubi Girls began as three guys entertaining their friends and each other with funny songs and sketches in their attic. Over 25 years later, the Rubi Girls are now for their dynamic, hilarious and highly entertaining performances that mainly benefit HIV/AIDs causes. Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with two members of the Rubi Girls, Jonathan McNeal and founding member Josh Stucky, about the group's performances and their journey from the attic to the stage.