Congratulations to Executive Director Angela Gardner Meleca who was presented with the inaugural 2021 Ohio Arts Professionals Network IMPACT Award by OAPN Board President Gary Minyard during the annual OAPN meeting at our 2021 conference at Playhouse Square.

"I am thrilled that we are able to honor Angela Meleca with the inaugural OAPN IMPACT Award. Every community in Ohio deserves great art experiences and her advocacy efforts on behalf of the state’s cultural sector resulted in millions of dollars of support for our touring arts industry." - Gary Minyard, President (OAPN)

Angela was recognized for her statewide advocacy work on behalf of Ohio Citizens for the Arts. Angela was nominated by Philip Kim. Watch his submission video HERE.

Artwork by Dayton artist, Rodney Veal 




OAPN is pleased to introduce its inaugural OAPN IMPACT Award! 
The OAPN Board of Directors is calling for nominations for the inaugural OAPN IMPACT Award. This award will honor an OAPN Member’s impact during the last 18 months. This could be a singular member, an organization, or even a partnership. 
The touring arts industry in Ohio is resilient, creative, and essential to the well-being of Ohioans. The OAPN IMPACT Award has been created to recognize the enduring creativity of our industry to overcome insurmountable odds, and celebrate the impactful work each person, organization, and community has done to keep the performing arts in the lives of Ohioans.   
How to nominate:
Part I: The nomination must focus on a nominee’s impact on their community, their organization, and/or the touring arts industry in Ohio over the last 12-18 months. Nominations should include details on engaging their community, new and innovative practices used/discovered, and any unique pivots taken during the pandemic. All of our communities in Ohio are different, so no member should think the work they did during this challenging time is too small or limited in scope to be considered worthy of recognition. * Both the nominee and nominator must be members of OAPN in good standing to qualify. * Nominees may self-nominate. 
Part II: A 1-2 minute video submission that tells the story of the nomination and the impact on the community.
Although there are no set criteria for the video submission other than length and format, the Board of Directors suggests including elements like testimonials, interviews, photos, video of activities, and any other relevant material specific to the nominee. 
Each nomination will be adjudicated by a panel of OAPN members who will recommend to the Board of Directors the specific nomination that should be recognized with the award.