Thompson, ‘City of You’ Win Governor’s Award

RJ Thompson, assistant professor of graphic and interactive design at Youngstown State University, will receive the Ohio Governor’s Award in the Arts for Community Development for the City of You project. The award, to be presented in the spring, is given to individuals or organizations that work to create or strengthen interactive arts participation among diverse community members while increasing public awareness about the role of the arts in community life. Thompson was selected from a pool of 65 applicants. The City of You is a marketing and advertising platform for the city of Youngstown that supports local culture, events and programs. The campaign uses residents’ stories in the form of nearly 200 podcasts to change negative perceptions of the city. 

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