Stepping Up: Art at YSU, Ankle & Foot Care, Foundations

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Business Journal is asking companies and organizations to tell us how they are faring and what they are doing to help others through this pandemic crisis.

We call this series “Stepping Up.” Segments have been posted all this week and will continue to be posted during the crisis.

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Cliffe College of Creative Arts and Communication

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Cliffe College of Creative Arts and Communication at Youngstown State University has launched a new virtual-art series featuring performances and presentations by students and faculty.

The video series, C3=Cliffe Creative Connections is hosted on Youngstown Sate’s YouTube channel.

“Unfortunately, arts venues across the Mahoning Valley and our region are largely dark at this point, and for the foreseeable future,” says college dean Phyllis Paul. “Since we are the largest single arts entity in the Valley, we feel that it is imperative for us to continue and further our mission for our students, our community and the arts. Our faculty and students are tremendous artists, and we are excited to continue sharing their talents through our C3 initiative.”

Among the videos are piano, voice, guitar, saxophone and cello performances and gallery talks by faculty in the art department. Appearing in videos Dana School of Music faculty members such as pianist Caroline Oltmanns, cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman and guitarist Francois Fowler, along with McDonough Museum of Art director Claudia Berlinski, among others.

NOMS Ankle & Foot Care

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The area’s 19 NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers are now offering telemedicine for patients through Skype, FaceTime and a patient portal. 

“We’re trying to make it as safe and easy as possible to care for patients in need during this difficult time,” says Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico, podiatric physician with NOMS Ankle & Foot Care. “If we’re able to help you avoid a trip to the emergency room or an urgent care facility, we’re going to do everything we can to ensure a safe visit for you.”

NOMS offices are also cleaning and disinfecting practices and staff are checking the temperatures of patients, staggering appointment times, allowing patients to wait in their vehicles and improving the time it takes to discharge patients after their appointments.

Local Foundations

YOUNGSTOWN/WARREN, Ohio – The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, the Raymond John Wean Foundation and The Youngstown Foundation have created an application for nonprofits seeking aid in addressing the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

The common form is available on the websites of all three and applicants can send proposals to all three foundations at once. The applications will be reviewed collaboratively and grantees may receive a combination of funding from one or more organizations.

The joint application stems from the foundations partnering with the United Way of Trumbull County and United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley to create the Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund.

Donations to the fund can be made at and

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