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$1,000 is donated to Muirfield Village Garden Club for Blue Star Memorial during 2015 Spring Grant period

A timeless addition to downtown Dublin, The Muirfield Village Garden Club has purchased a Blue Star Memorial Marker. The Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted the program and began a Blue Star Highway system, which covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way.

Installation of the marker will occur in the Historic Dublin Cemetery in downtown Dublin.

Donation for $2,500 to Dublin Arts Council: Shifting Perspectives Exhibition to Support DownSyndrome Achieves

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Photographs can evoke emotional responses that transcend human speech and the written word. Such is the impact of the images of Shifting Perspectives, a poignant photography exhibition that provides insight into the joy and wonder of what it is to be human – and living with Down syndrome. A selection of photographs, taken over a nine-year period by photographers in the United Kingdom, depicts the everyday interactions of people of all ages who are living with Down syndrome.

Dublin, Ohio-based DownSyndrome Achieves (DSA), an organization that provides a welcoming community of support for individuals and families living with Down syndrome, is partnering with the Dublin Arts Council to present the U.S. debut of Shifting Perspectives. The donation from the Dublin Foundation helps make the fall 2011 exhibition possible.

Donation of $2,500 Provides Uniforms for Dublin Cornet Band: The Dublin Foundation Supports the Dublin Historical Society

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The Dublin Historical Society wanted to revive the Dublin Cornet Band in honor of the city’s bicentennial. The Dublin Cornet Band was originally formed in 1879 and toured by wagon through Central Ohio until its final concert in 1929.

Professional musicians, as well as local band and music teachers from Dublin City Schools, joined the revived Dublin Cornet Band. A grant from The Dublin Foundation provides band members with uniforms that resemble the original ones worn in 1879. It is hoped that the band will become Dublin’s Historical Music Ambassadors for many years to come.

Donation for $1,000 to Dublin Arts Council: Dublin Arts Council Seeks Dublin Foundation Support for Japanese Culture

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The Japanese population of Dublin has been supportive to the Dublin Arts Council through many programs over the years. The DAC wanted to give back to the Japanese community by way of an exhibit featuring the internationally renowned master contemporary Japanese ceramist Masayuki Miyajima. Masayuki is well known for creating handmade pottery in the Mingei folk craft tradition.

The exhibit opened on November 11, 2009, and continued through December 19, 2009.  During the exhibit, people could speak with Miyajima about his artistic approach. The Dublin Arts Council attracted more than 200 visitors to the exhibit, further opening the path to exploring fine art and culture in the community. Since this exhibit, the artistic talent the DAC represents has continued to grow. Dublin has become a well-known visual arts presenter, and hopes to continue their future journeys with the support of the Dublin Foundation.

Dublin Arts Council Ripple Effect: Dublin Foundation Encourages Ripple Effect

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Access to the Scioto River has been identified as a high priority for the citizens of Dublin. In order to inspire use of the local parks and art venues along the river, the Dublin Arts Council created a project entitled Ripple Effect. The project was inspired by letterboxing (or geocaching), which is a mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation and the exploration of interesting, scenic and sometimes remote places. With the use of clues and navigational information, community members and their families can enjoy the scenic views of the Scioto River and six artistic expressions along the way.

The artists display their creative works in Riverboxes at each of the six stops along the adventure. Each Riverbox contains a unique artistic stamp with an ink pad and a journal or notebook. Explorers each have their own stamp and journal, and once they locate a Riverbox, they can mark their stamp in the Riverbox journal, and vice versa. Not only are participants experiencing this artistic talent, but they are being educated on their journey together. These unique artworks serve to foster a sense of exploration and satisfy the community’s interest in the river.

The Dublin Foundation supported this new addition to the community because it provided another source for enjoying local arts while educating the public. Ripple Effect provides a distinctive and artistic expedition through the Dublin community.