Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
The Boneyfiddle Arts Center, in Portsmouth, was among seven Ohio non-profit organizations recognized by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted this week, as part of his monthly Ohio Business Profiles.
“These organizations are committed to creating opportunities for both those they serve and those they employ,” Secretary Husted said. “Ohio has an abundance of organizations and dedicated people who are working to make our communities stronger.”
According to a recent report from the National Center for Charitable Statistics with the Urban Institute, there are more than 60,000 nonprofits operating in Ohio, raising billions of dollars for assistance and research each year and employing nearly 500,000 paid workers.
Located on Second Street, in Portsmouth, the non-profit Boneyfiddle Arts Center was formed by a group of artists wanting to create a space for local art in our community. There is also a for-profit board or resident artists selling their art at the Center. For an artist to showcase his or her art in the Center, they must first be accepted as a member by a jury committee evaluating all new members. Once a member, artists can display and sell their work at the Center. Inside is a mixture of artistic mediums — including photography, watercolors, sculptures, bead work, carved stone clocks, encaustic, wood turning, glasswork, egg carving, fabric and more. The Center also hosts a series of Community Outreach projects with local schools and organizations.
Jim Great Elk Waters, from the Boneyfiddle Arts Center, said this recognition from Husted should have a great, positive impact and awareness for artists in southern Ohio.
“I am unbelievably proud of the work we have done to become a recognized cultural center in the community. More importantly, we filled an absolute vacuum that was in the community. The performing arts was highly taken care of by more than one group, and we had children’s art. What we didn’t have was art for the mature and adult person, who would have a place to display and show their skills. Now the Boneyfiddle Arts Center is a stopping point for folks coming to visit the wall. There is a natural connection between (artist Robert) Dafford’s great artwork on the floodwall and coming to the arts center to see what’s going on in our community,” Waters said.
On display now at the Boneyfiddle Arts Center is an exhibit by artist Deborah Doll.
“In my opinion, the BAC is one of the instruments that have been driving our community forward, along with the Southern Ohio Museum and of course the university. It is a dynamic place, and it’s brought a lot of focus. So being recognized by folks around the state, and around the country as we regularly have international travellers, this will enhance that and bring greater awareness to it,” Waters said.
Launched in June 2011, Husted said his Ohio Business Profile program has helped raise awareness about companies registered and doing business in Ohio that are creating interesting products, offering outstanding service, contributing to their local communities and employing Ohioans in the process.
In addition to the Boneyfiddle Arts Center, six other Ohio non-profits were also recognized in Husted’s August Ohio Business Profiles this week — Mothers Helping Mothers, in Columbus; Daybreak, in Dayton; Artworks, in Cincinnati; Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, in Columbus; New Heights Educational Group, in Defiance; and Family Connections of Northeast Ohio, in Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights.
Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website at OhioBusinessProfile.com, where Ohioans are encouraged to go to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.
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