Supporting arts experiences for students is a mission of the Arts Council of Westerville.

As part of this goal, the Arts Council has awarded Arts Education Grants for a mandolin project at Hawthorne Elementary School and to help acquire an electric potter's wheel at Heritage Middle School.

The "Hawthorne Mandolin Project" was entered by Mick Broderick and Sarah McPeak, and "Ceramics: Beyond Hand-Building!" was submitted by Chas McCutcheon and Megan Walker.

The Arts Council commends these teachers for their innovative initiatives to enhance educational opportunities for students.

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

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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, at Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. Cast a ballot for the People's Choice Award sponsored by Arts Council of Westerville.

March 2 through April 3 -- Westerville Art League Exhibit, works by 15 artists, at Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road. Meet the Artist reception: 2 to 4 p.m. March 4 at Innis House. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 614-895-6216

Through March -- Exhibit of Photography and Art by Students of Oakstone Academy, at Java Central Gallery, 20 S. State St. Meet the artists: 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 22; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 12 through April 27 -- Senior Art Exhibitions, weekly exhibition and receptions by graduating art majors, at 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. Saturday and Sunday; 614-823-1792.

Through April 28 -- "Another Place: Images and Stories from a Refugee's World," featuring the storytelling of Tariq Tarey's photographs and films with the visually evocative poems of Ladan Osman, at Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. Visit otterbein.edu.

Through May 6 -- "Stories from Life: A Sufi-Inspired Journey of Past and Present," Roush Hall, Fisher Gallery, 27 S. Grove St. Originally from Sudan, Columbus-based artist Mohmed Hamid presents paintings combining traditional motifs, scripts, architectural forms, and patterns to create vivid landscapes and cityscapes. Visit otterbein.edu.

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

Through April 12 -- 2018 Arbor Day Art and Photo Contest. Entries are being accepted. Open to public, private and home-schooled students in grades 3-5 in Westerville. Entry forms and rules are available at westerville.org/urbanforestry and at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

March 1 -- Westerville Public Library Meet the Authors series: Ernest Cline, 7 p.m. Ohio native, best-selling author and co-screenwriter of the book and movie "Ready Player One," directed by Steven Spielberg, will speak. Tickets: westervillelibrary.org. Event location: Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road.

March 1-4 -- Westerville North High School Theatre's production of "Mary Poppins." Tickets at https://westerville-north-theater-department.ticketleap.com/ and at the event.

March 2 -- Color Me Calm for Seniors, 1 to 2 p.m. Relax while listening to calming music and coloring. Materials provided. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff for members of the Westerville Senior Center. Class location: 310 W. Main St.

March 2 -- Concert Talk: "A Conversation with Lindsay Deutsch," 3 p.m. Meet guest violin soloist Deutsch as she converses with Westerville Symphony conductor Peter Stafford Wilson and viola instructor Steve Wedell. A Los Angeles resident, she has recorded in the movie industry and toured with Yanni. Otterbein University, Riley Auditorium, Battelle Hall, 170 W. Park St.

March 3 -- Dan Heidt, 7 to 10 p.m. Singer/guitarist/songwriter with James Taylor style. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 4 -- Masterworks II: A Beatles Fantasy with violinist Lindsay Deutsch, 5 p.m. at Otterbein University, Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets: westervillesymphony.org.

March 6 and 21 -- Sip and Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Casual art session with instruction in personalized works of art. Fee includes supplies and two glasses of wine. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Advance registration at vinomeza@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.

March 7 -- Who is Frida Kahlo?, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Children ages 6-12 will hear the story of Mexican artist Kahlo and create art. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 4, or westervillelibrary.org

March 10 -- Long Tall Deb and Colin John, 7 to 10 p.m. With Texas/Mexico border roots, Deb blends soul, gospel and Americana into a unique sound. John adds the sound of Hawaii. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 10 and 11 -- Auditions for the Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre Youth musical "Aladdin Jr." The show will be performed May 31 through June 3. For more information check westerville.org or call the recreation department at 614-901-6500.

March 14 -- JC Songwriters' Circle hosted by Dick Plunk, 7 to 9 p.m. Share an original song or come to learn and to meet this music community. Every second Wednesday at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 15 -- Artist Expressions: Pointillism, 3 to 4 p.m. Children ages 8-12 will view and discuss the form, then create art in similar style. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277 or westervillelibrary.org.

March 15 -- The Circle: Exploring the Art of Storytelling, 7 to 9 p.m. Five professional "tellers" from the Storytellers of Central Ohio will present. Hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Third Thursday of the month at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 16 -- Budding Artists, 2 to 3 p.m. Children ages 4-6 will explore different artistic styles, mediums and techniques while focusing on art as process. March theme: Printmaking. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 4, or westervillelibrary.org

March 17 -- Amhrain Irish Band, 7 to 10 p.m. Blend of Appalachian hills and East Coast folk is applied to Irish pub songs and ballads. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 19 -- Creative Writing for Seniors, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Develop writing skills through life experiences. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff for members of Westerville Senior Center. Class location: 310 W. Main St.

March 19 -- Arts Council of Westerville meeting, 5:30 p.m. Get involved in the arts in Westerville. The public is invited. Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L.

March 20 -- Poetry Discussion and Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m. Share work with the Westerville Poetry Group and discover ways others are writing and publishing poetry. Optional open mic. The public is invited. For details, contact westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

March 22 -- Jazz@OBN, 8 p.m. Otterbein University jazz, free and open to the public. Old Bag of Nails, 24 N. State St.

March 23-25, 30, 31; April 6-8 -- "The Trip to Bountiful"by Horton Foote, directed by James F. Petsche. An aging widow runs away from her family to return to her beloved hometown, Bountiful.

Suitable for all ages. Curtain Players Theater, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Performance times and tickets at curtainplayers.org.

March 23-25 -- Opera Theatre, 2 p.m. Otterbein University, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St.

March 24 -- Grassahol, 7 to 10 p.m. Traditional and non-traditional bluegrass, original music, country tunes and Americana are performed on banjo, guitar, bass, fiddle and mandolin. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 24 -- Day of Art for All, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accessible Expressions Ohio invites the public to browse works by artists of all ages with disabilities, cast a vote for the People's Choice Art and attend an awards presentation. Arts Council of Westerville will provide an activity table. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

March 27 -- Westerville Art League, business meeting at 6:30 p.m. and critique at 7 p.m. The public is invited. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

March 31 -- The Detours and Caroline and Dad, 7 to 10 p.m. Classic rock/folk/pop covers and original songs with the Detours. Caroline and Frank Hennebert present pop/rock/folk with harmonies, guitar and keyboard. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.