In an effort to educate young people about the legislative process, Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, with the help of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, invited high schools from around Ohio to participate in Arts Day 2009.

In an effort to educate young people about the legislative process, Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, with the help of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, invited high schools from around Ohio to participate in Arts Day 2009.

Central Crossing High School was among those chosen to participate in the events on April 1.

Arts Day, co-presented annually by Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, offers opportunities for citizens to express their support of public funding for the arts to state legislators.

Each of the 12 high schools selected will choose six students to participate in the event based on their ability to be successful student advocates. Advocates must have an interest in the arts and the legislative process, an ability to speak in public with individuals or small groups and willingness to follow through with written assignments.

Prior to Arts Day, each participating school will host a state legislator who will share information regarding the state government process and receive information on the school's arts and civics programs.

On April 1, the student advocates will travel to the statehouse to spend the morning speaking with legislators about the impact the arts have had on their lives. In the afternoon, they will attend the 2009 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon as guests of Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation.

For more information about the legislative school visits and Arts Day meetings please contact Donna Collins at Ohio Citizens for the Arts, 221-4064.