Artists from Summit DD Program Honored by Ohio Governor

(Tallmadge, Ohio) – The Ohio Arts Council has recently selected artwork from artists across Ohio to be displayed in Governor John Kasich’s office throughout 2014. Included in the Council’s selection are works by artists James and Marlon from County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board’s (Summit DD) Microenterprise program. On January 23, they—along with artists across the state—will be honored at the 2014 Winter Spotlight reception in the Governor’s residence.

“The opportunity to have work displayed in the Governor’s office was open to all artists across Ohio—not just to artists with disabilities,” explained Jacquie Owens, Summit DD’s Business Innovations Manager. “Only a few artists get selected for these types of submissions, so this is an incredible honor for them,” she continued. “Overall, James and Marlon are excited to have their artwork displayed next to other artists—it spreads a powerful message about inclusion.”

James and Marlon are bringing family members and their Service and Support Administrators from Summit DD with them to the invite-only event. A tour of the Governor’s office will take place after the reception where the artists may personally see their work on display.

Summit DD offers employment opportunities for 34 artists with disabilities through its Dream Out Loud Studio and Microenterprise program. To follow their stories, visit Summit DD’s blog and Facebook page at SummitDDblog.com and Facebook.com/SummitDD.

The County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board is a levy-funded agency that provides services to more than 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Summit County.  It is the organization’s mission to offer a lifetime of services and supports to eligible individuals and families that enable people with developmental disabilities to work, live, and learn as equal citizens in their communities.  More information regarding the agency is available online at SummitDD.org.


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