As Dublin Arts Council's "Shifting Perspectives: In the Community" photography exhibition draws to a close, I'd like to publicly acknowledge and thank the many individuals and organizations who have come together to raise greater awareness and increase understanding of the many contributions and accomplishments of individuals in our community who are living with Down syndrome.

To the editor:

As Dublin Arts Council's "Shifting Perspectives: In the Community" photography exhibition draws to a close, I'd like to publicly acknowledge and thank the many individuals and organizations who have come together to raise greater awareness and increase understanding of the many contributions and accomplishments of individuals in our community who are living with Down syndrome.

Many thanks to Cardinal Health, The Dublin Foundation, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, Ohio Arts Council, Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Grant from Greater Columbus Arts Council, CVS Caremark, the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Dublin, Holiday Inn Express Columbus-Dublin, Shared Vision Communications, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits and Bleu & Fig for their incredibly generous support.

The exhibition, which was on view during October, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, would not have been possible were it not for the tireless efforts of Marge Barnheiser of Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio, Richard Bailey, director of Shifting Perspectives and Dublin Arts Council Board President Naomi B. Hoyt.

Many thanks are also due to the inspiring local photo and video participants and their families, as well as Ohio photographers Jim Langman, Barb Schwartz, Kate Shannon and Hosana Tekie for sharing their lives and their talent with us.

We also thank the doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the professionals at Dublin Works for hosting community forums, as well as Dublin Scioto High School and Glacier Ridge and Wyandot elementary schools for hosting artist talks and joining us on field trips to the gallery.

Thanks also to the many arts patrons, developmental disabilities groups, the Cardinal Health Differently Abled Employee Resource Group, Girl Scout troops and others who visited this important exhibition.

Dublin Arts Council is proud to be part of an inclusive community that has so generously embraced this photography exhibition and its message.

The arts have the power to inform, engage and inspire.

We hope this exhibition has indeed shifted perspectives in our community.

David S. Guion
executive director,
Dublin Arts Council