PAAC is partnering with Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association, the Southern Ohio Museum and the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as other local arts organizations to honor the efforts of artists, historians, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a part of everyone's life.
“Part of our mission as an arts council is to increase involvement in and support for the arts in our community,” said DeLynn Coppletti, executive director of PAAC. “The National Arts and Humanities Month seemed like the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that this area has to offer in terms of fine and performing arts experiences.”
The Southern Ohio Museum is also celebrating through a full line up of events and exhibitions offered during the month.
“The Southern Ohio Museum delights in its mission to educate, enlighten, entertain and enrich the regional community through its quality art exhibitions and related performing arts events,” said Beth Haney, assistant director of SOM.
The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra will be opening their new line-up in October with “Bravo Broadway” on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Shawnee State University's Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
“The performing and visual arts are an important part of the culture of Portsmouth. The Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association and Shawnee State University are proud to support National Arts and Humanities Month,” said Carl Daehler, executive director of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
The symphony is beginning the season with a new name.
“We are excited to be called the ‘Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra,'” said Richard Grimm, president of the PSO Board. “Our concerts feature the very best in classical and pops music performed by an accomplished ensemble of 50 local and regional musicians. If you have not recently heard the orchestra, you will be amazed at the wonderful sound of the ensemble.”