The Arts Initiative Snapshot
The Arts Initiative at Ohio State serves as the umbrella for multiple aspects of the arts on and off campus, and facilitates venues where faculty and students can perform and exhibit beyond the university community. The initiative supports a global community of artistic educators through collaborative alliances with state, national, and international organizations advancing the daily impact of the arts on individuals.
At a Glance
More than 3,500 elementary, middle and high school students have been impacted by the RSC and OSU partnerships
38 teachers and 9 MFA theatre students have completed the intensive educational program in Stratford-upon-Avon and Columbus.
OSU Urban Art Space voted Best Local Gallery in the 2011
Small Business Beanstalk first-ever Local Business Awards.
OSU Urban Arts Space was nominated as Best Art Gallery in the 2012 Alive Best of Columbus contest
Stand Up For Shakespeare
Moopi Mothibeli is far from home, but his studies in the Ohio State Department of Theatre’s master of fine arts (MFA) program in acting keep him too busy to be homesick. Last summer, Mothibeli and eight other MFA actors traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon in England with 20 local schoolteachers to work with RSC educators and actors in the Stand Up for Shakespeare America program. This spring, he and the other acting students will spend time with teachers and students in Columbus and Reynoldsburg City Schools.
Swing Space Gallery
A small gem in the heart of the South Campus Gateway, it is the venue for a variety of faculty, student, departmental, and specially curated exhibitions and programs.
Each autumn, the gallery presents the work of recently arrived visiting artists, fellows, and lecturers. A group exhibition of graduate work occurs each winter. Juried shows of Art and Design Foundation Year, Undergraduate Majors, and Fergus Family Fund Scholarship winners occur annually. BFA Senior Projects exhibitions are held during the academic year and the Biennial Alumni shows offer great home coming events to celebrate with our former students.
Urban Arts Space
An arts laboratory for Ohio State faculty and community artists, and a professional launching pad for Ohio State students. The Space is housed within the largest gold certified LEED-renovated building in the region, the historic Lazarus Building in downtown Columbus.
Royal Shakespeare Company
Ohio State University and the UKs Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) have joined in an international partnership that focuses on guest artist residencies, professional development for local K-12 teachers, and teaching-artist training. At the core of this landmark collaboration is the RSCs innovative Stand Up for Shakespeare manifesto: See It Live Do It on Your Feet Start It Earlier.
The third year of the partnership launched with Year of Shakespeare that includes Shakespeare-related theatre, film, lectures, music, and an exhibition, culminating in the Stand Up for Shakespeare Festival.