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Michael J. Colligan History Project launches series on the role of the arts


The Michael J. Colligan History Project and the Fitton Center for Creative Arts launch a lecture series about the role of the arts in Hamilton's past and future Thursday, Sept. 6, with philanthropist and Miami University trustee Harry T. Wilks (Miami '48).

All events are free and open to the public.

  • Harry T. Wilks, longtime Hamilton resident and philanthropist, will discuss his passion for the arts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at his home at Pyramid Hill. The interview will be recorded before a live audience with a discussion afterward. The event is free, but tickets are required, with limited seating. For tickets, call (513) 785-3277 or email

  • Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, presents “Culture, Politics and the Creative Economy” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. Lynch explains why arts are central to political and community dialogue and the policies necessary to advance arts education.

  • Mary McCullough-Hudson, president and CEO of ArtsWave, Cincinnati, discusses “Mobilizing Arts Impact on Communities” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. McCullough-Hudson shares her organization’s history and its vision for the greater Cincinnati area.

  • Rick H. Jones, executive director of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, presents “One Hundred Fifty Years of the Arts in Hamilton” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. Jones will discuss milestones in community arts and the future of Hamilton’s arts and art education programs.

  • Greg Handberg, senior vice president of Artspace Projects, Inc., presents “Building a Better Hamilton Through the Arts” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 221 High Street in downtown Hamilton. Handberg’s work through Artspace Hamilton Lofts will offer community and commercial revitalization and encourage Hamilton’s rising arts scene.

The Michael J. Colligan History Project is sponsored by Miami University Hamilton and the Hamilton Community Foundation.

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