Impact of the Arts

At ArtsWave, we believe that the arts are more than just nice.  We believe that the arts are essential for a thriving community.  Our landmark research study, The Arts Ripple Effect, showed that most people agree: the ripple effects from a lively arts environment make our region an amazing place to live.

We believe that we can see and measure the impact of the arts as local arts organizations create economic vitality, vibrant neighborhoods, and a more connected community. Therefore, we are committed to funding organizations and initiatives that create impact, foster innovation, and drive community engagement. Read more about our impact theory here.

In 2011, a team of key stakeholders, including community volunteers, arts partners, and ArtsWave leadership, spent many months considering how to make changes to our grantmaking process.  Working in concert with local and national experts, ArtsWave developed a Community Impact Agenda that we believe local arts organizations can help us achieve. In June 2012, our community volunteers awarded the first Impact Grants – over $9.4 million to thirty-three local arts organizations that are making a difference in our region.

We are excited to be leading a local and national conversation about measuring the value of the arts. Foundations and funders here in greater Cincinnati and across the nation are changing their priorities to fund projects and organizations that demonstrate impact.  Ultimately, we believe that funding, measuring, and sharing the impact of the arts in our community will lead to increased public support for ArtsWave’s annual community campaign and for our local arts organizations.  View the program theory before you apply for funding.

ArtsWave also helps connect organizations to local volunteers and other resources.