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In mid-March, Ohio. Gov. DeWine and Amy Acton, the state's health director, ordered K-12 schools be shut down, prohibited mass gatherings of more than 100 people and banned visitors at nursing homes and state psychiatric hospitals. The museum closed in response.
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In his note, Roediger says the virus has had an million impact on the museum’s fundraising abilities.
The museum housed 456 Belmonte Park North is one of several arts groups hit hard by the pandemic.
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Seven of Dayton’s most prominent arts organizations — Culture Works, the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Live, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, the Contemporary Dayton and the Human Race Theatre Company — recently shared their concerns in a rare joint statement.
Using the Americans for the Arts economic impact calculator, they estimated that the economic impact on the region is $214 million.
DAI is seeking donations to its annual fund.
“I am asking you to help us close the gap created by the pandemic and consider any gift of significance to you,” Roediger said in his note.
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The Dayton Art Institute, a favorite of Dayton.com Best of Dayton voters, was founded in 1919 as the Dayton Museum of Arts.
Its founding patrons include Orville Wright and the founders of NCR.