The Arts Council of Westerville is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Arts Education Grants awarded to those teachers in the Westerville City School District who wish to provide unique learning opportunities for their students in and through the arts.

This funding is aimed at enhancing the learning experiences for all students through arts programming. Awards were given to Katie Wirthlin, McVay Elementary School for her Art Academy: Transforming Community through Art; Laura Fahning and Doug Hildreth, Westerville Central High School for Finale Music Notation Program; and to Julie Rathje and Kate Mantinieks, Emerson World Cultures Elementary School for a program in Chinese calligraphy.

Each of these unique learning opportunities provides creative integrated arts educational experiences for students.

Raising awareness about art, disability

The Arts Council of Westerville has selected VSA Ohio as the 2017 Supporter of the Arts.

The VSA group is the organizer of a statewide traveling exhibition of visual art by artists of all ages with disabilities.

The exhibition will kick off March 1 at the Westerville Community Center and will include a Day of Arts for All on March 25. Starting at 11 a.m., the day will include workshops, performances by Shopworks Theatre Company and judging of the art entries. Each year, the Arts Council sponsors the People’s Choice award.

Linda Wilkins is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.

March calendar of exhibits and events

The Westerville ArtsLine column and calendar is provided by the Arts Council of Westerville and printed as a public service by ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion. Email listings to artscouncilwesterville@gmail.com.

March 1-31 – VSA Accessible Expressions Art Exhibit, Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

Through March 2 – Mixed Media Artwork by Don Scott. Innis House. Meet the Artist: Feb. 26, 2 to 4 p.m. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road, 614-895-6216.

March 6 through April 28 – Senior Art Exhibitions. Weekly exhibition and receptions by graduating art majors, Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery, 33 Collegeview Road. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 614-823-1792.

March 6 through April 29 – Art and Photography by Westerville Art League members. Diverse styles and subjects. Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St., java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Through April 22 – Between Us: Relationship and Identity in Tibetan Contemporary Art. Work by internationally recognized Tibetan artists and brothers Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang (TJ), Frank Museum, 39 S. Vine St. Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 614-818-9716.

Through April 30 – Water and Ink Revisited: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Academy. Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 614-823-1792.

Every Tuesday – Acoustic Jam hosted by fingerstyle guru John Morgan, 8 to 9:30 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Every Friday – Acoustic Open Mic, 7 to 10 p.m. Featuring 12 or more diverse, talented performers every week. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 1 – Deadline: Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest, 11th annual event sponsored by Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion. For writers of every age. First-place winners will be published in the newspaper. All qualifying submissions will be included in a professionally bound book. For details on how to enter, contact artscouncilwesterville@gmail.com.

March 1 – Teen Crafternoon, 4 to 5 p.m. Ages 12 to 18 will create a DIY ribbon wreath, gold confetti canvas and personalized Washi Tape switch plates. Free. Registration required, westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

March 4 – Grassahol, 7 to 10 p.m. Covers and originals of bluegrass, Americana, folk and even some blues, jazz and rock. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 5 – Blues Vespers, 6 p.m. Blues by singer/guitarist Charles Sealy and contemplative thoughts by Father Joe Kovitch of St. Matthews Episcopal Center. More soothing and spiritual than religious. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 7 and 22 – Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 7: Italian Inspirations. Artist teacher Jan Fedorenko. Mixed media paintings. March 22: March Magic in the Moonlight. Artist Mirian Lerner. Acrylics. Fee of $25 includes supplies and two glasses of wine. Limited to 20 participants. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Advance registration at vinomeza@gmail.com or call 614-259-3101. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.

March 8 – JC Songwriters’ Circle hosted by Dick Plunk. Every second Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 11 – Blues guitarist/singer Charles Sealy, with singer/songwriter Mark Dzonakis, 7 to10 p.m. Sealy’s deep, bluesy voice performs Brook Benton’s “Rainy Night in Georgia.” Dzonakis’ vocal style is Dylan-esque. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 12 – Otterbein Guest Artist: Tenor Daniel Neer, 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St.

March 12 – Westerville Symphony presents Masterworks II, 5 p.m. Strauss’ “Serenade for Winds,” Schoenberg’s 15-instrument “Chamber Symphony No. 1” and “A Little Three Penny Music” by Kurt Weill. Otterbein University Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St. Tickets at westervillesymphony.org.

March 13 – Paint Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Simple, stress-free painting experience for adults. A guest artist will guide participants in replicating the night’s featured painting. Free. Registration required, westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

March 13 – Writers’ Circle, 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by Alexis Wilson, local author of “Not So Black and White,” the memoir of her life as a top dancer and the daughter of Broadway choreographer Billy Wilson. Event held each second Monday. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 16 – The Circle: Exploring the Art of Storytelling, 7 to 9 p.m. Five professional “tellers” from Storytellers of Central Ohio will share stories and discuss their craft. Hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Every third Thursday, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 17 – Budding Artists, 2 to 3 p.m. Children ages 4 to 6 will focus on art as process rather than art as finished product by exploring different artistic styles, mediums and techniques. March: Play Dough. Free. Registration opens on March 3, westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

March 18 – String Theory, 7 to 10 p.m. Classic ’50s-’80s rock including Beatles, CCR, Eagles and Jefferson Airplane, with lead singer Arie channeling Grace Slick. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 19 – Folk and Fiction, 3 to 5 p.m. Local authors, poets and singer-songwriters performing original works. Host Chris Minton and sponsor Columbus Creative Cooperative. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 20 – Creative Writing for Seniors, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Writers can share life experiences and encourage others while developing writing skills with fellow Westerville Senior Center members. Free. Led by a staff member from the Westerville Public Library. Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St.

March 21 – Westerville Poetry Group Discussion and Open Mic, 7 to 8:45 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 2164.

March 24, 25, 31, April 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m.; April 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. – Curtain Players presents “Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Kate Tull. The Corbetts have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down. For ages 13 and older. Contains adult language. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Tickets: 614-360-1000 or curtainplayers.org.

March 24 and 25 at 8 p.m.; March 26 at 2 p.m. – Otterbein University Opera Theatre presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium.” Inspired by a seance attended by the composer himself, the story involves a fake medium. Tickets: $5 students, $8 seniors, $10 general admission. Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium.

March 25 – Avalon Nine Duo, 7 to 10 p.m. Duo version of classic rock/folk/roots group. Linda Blaine and Dave Clutter, vocals/guitar and Brian Such on lead guitar. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 28 through April 25 – Reader’s Theater Troupe Does Shakespeare, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Four-week session exploring works of the Bard. Ages 8-12 will watch videos, read plays and perform brief scenes. Free. Registration opens at 9 a.m. March 13, westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

March 28 – Westerville Art League meeting, 6:30 p.m. New members welcome. Guest speaker Judy Anderson, award-winning local artist, will critique artwork brought in by members, westervilleartleague.com. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

March 30 at 7:30 p.m.; March 31, April 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8 p.m.; April 2 at 2 p.m. – Otterbein Theater presentation of “Damn Yankees.” A transformed star-slugger needs a way to outsmart the Devil before his soul is lost for eternity. Tickets: boxoffice@otterbein.edu, Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.