The following Q&A was shared with the Ohio Arts Council's e-newsletter audience as part of the agency's new "Meet the Staff" series.
Originally published on oac.ohio.gov on July 26, 2017. Interview by Kayla Draper
Get to know one of our newest team members, Amanda Etchison. She is the woman behind the stories that bring the message of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) to the public.
A content creator and betta fish owner who cannot live without her planner, Amanda is using her journalistic writing experiences to detail the stories of artists and arts organizations throughout Ohio.
Q: What is your role at the OAC and how did your journey begin?
My official title is Communications Strategist at the Ohio Arts Council. I just graduated this past May from The Ohio State University (OSU) with two majors, journalism and Chinese. While I was working at The Lantern (OSU’s student newspaper), my first role that I had there was a feature writer for the Arts & Entertainment section. I got to speak to artists and musicians and other creative individuals both at Ohio State and in Columbus, and I loved it. I loved sharing their stories with people and trying to get the word out there about their work and how they create such amazing things. So, when it came time to look for jobs, I saw that this position blended my love of storytelling with my love of art and the passion I feel for sharing the work and accomplishments of others.