Art contest program receives state grant


(Posted Aug. 18, 2023)

The Ohio Arts Council recently awarded $21.8 million in arts grants to Ohio artists and arts organizations. This marks the largest amount of grant funds distributed in the agency’s history. A total of 907 grants were approved.

Among the recipients is the Kurt Lattimer Aspiring Artist Award working in conjunction with the Madison County Arts Council.

The Aspiring Artist Award is an annual art contest open to high school seniors in Madison County. Winners receive cash awards; all entries are put on display. The contest commemorates the life of Kurt Lattimer, an artist and 2008 London High School graduate who passed away in 2017.

The Ohio Arts Council awarded $1,849 to the Aspiring Artist program to be used for operating expenses. Kim Lattimer Reeder, Kurt’s mother, said the funds will go toward facility use for the awards ceremony, the printing of awards programs, Madison County Arts Council support, publicity, and frames and wiring for artwork display, among other expenses.

Reeder and local resident Mick Harris established the art contest seven years ago. Reeder said they appreciate the Ohio Arts Council’s ongoing support.

They also appreciate the donations they receive from friends, family, and the community. The contributions go toward prizes for the winners. Donations may be sent to: Madison County Arts Council, P.O. Box 122, London, OH 43140. Please mark the memo line with “KLAAA.”

To learn more about the program, visit

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