ORBI Terminated

The state arts agencies of West Virginia and Ohio have decided to terminate funding for the Ohio River Border Initiative before the end of the 2015 fiscal year.  All of ORBI’s programs will cease effective February 13, 2015.  If you have any questions or concerns about this termination, contact the Ohio Arts Council at 614-466-2613 or the Arts Section of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History at 304-558-0240.

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2015 ORBI Grant Application Is Now Available

Here is a link to the 2015 application for ORBI’s annual grant program.  You can also find this link on the ORBI Grants page, along with application forms for our other grant programs.

This application is due on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.  If you have questions or would like a paper form, contact the ORBI Project Director at 304-655-8255.

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ORBI Has New Facebook Page

Check out ORBI’s new Facebook page.  The new will include a number of features that you won’t find here on the Web site:

  • Stories about the impacts of ORBI’s grant programs in the people and organizations that make them happen
  • Experiences of individual artists who have taken advantage of the Artist Fast Track program
  • Announcements and upcoming events

And don’t forget to “like” ORBI before you leave our FB page.

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Theatre de Jeunesse Offers Sign Language Interpretation Workshop July 20 in Marietta, OH

“Sign Language Interpretation For The Stage” Workshop Invitation

Theatre de Jeunesse, a local young adult theatre arts organization, invites Mid-Ohio Valley sign language interpreters to attend a free workshop entitled “Sign Language Interpretation For The Stage”. The workshop will be held on Sunday, July 20, at 10:00 AM at the Hermann Fine Arts Center, 500 Butler Street (corner of 4th and Butler Streets) in Marietta, Ohio.

The subject matter covered will be the differences between interpretation for the stage versus other types of events, and ASL Theatre Certification information. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for RID members who attend. Workshop presenters will be Janelle St.Martin and Brianna Butler who have a combined total of over 30 years experience in interpreting for stage productions. There is no charge for the workshop and light snacks will be provided. Workshop attendees will be offered a complimentary ticket to attend the performance of the musical classic “Camelot” later in the day to observe stage interpretation.

Registrations accepted through Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Please contact Linda Buchanan by phone at 304-354-7506 or by email to lindabn2art@yahoo.com, and provide the following information: Name, Address, Phone, Email, and Number of Years Experience in sign language interpretation. This workshop is presented with financial assistance from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.

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The 2014 Annual Grant Application Is Up on the ORBI Grants Page

The link to the 2014 application for ORBI’s annual grant program is now up on the ORBI Grants page.  There are several changes to the 2014 application including questions about attendance/participation trends, information about your project timeline and more specifics on your marketing plan.

If you have any questions, or would like the Project Director to read a draft of your application, please call 304-655-8255.  Unless you call to make other arrangements, the Project Director cannot review drafts after January 20, 2014.  First time applicants to the program always do better if they submit a draft for review.

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Take Advantage of ORBI’s Accessibility Mini-Grants

A number of organizations have applied for and received ORBI’s Accessibility Mini-Grants over the years.  Over the last ten years, we have averaged less than one application per year.

The Mini-Grants, up to $1000, are designed to help organizations initiate a new accessibility project that is part of their plan to improve access to their programs by audiences, students and artists.

Theatre de Jeunesse has been funded for the last two years.  In 2012, the youth theater group initiated sign language interpreters at their performances.  In 2013, Theatre de Jeunesse purchased an assistive listening device for use by audience members who have hearing impairments.  In both cases, Theatre de Jeunesse expanded the impact of their projects by offering workshops in signing for theater performances in 2012 and by offering their listening device to other community arts organizations when they are not using it.

If your organization wants to expand accessibility to your programs, and you are located in the ORBI region, you need to look over the Accessibility Mini-Grant program application and guidelines at this link.

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2013 Grant Awards

Here is a link to a list of the grants awarded in ORBI’s 2013 annual grant program.

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