Impact Stories

Your gift to the ArtsWave annual campaign makes a real difference to our community.

Over 100 organizations serve the community with music, visual art, dance, theatre, festivals, museums and more - creating a ripple effect of benefits for everyone in the region.

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For example...

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Cincinnati Art Museum’s extraordinary exhibitions drew more than 295,000 people – its third highest attendance on record.  By offering free admission, Cincinnati Art Museum expands opportunities for residents and visitors to experience a wide variety of cultures through art.

LumenoCity – over 35,000 people from all over the region packed Washington Park for this unique concert and synchronized light show featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, and the May Festival Chorus.


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Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Fitton Center in Hamilton welcomes 55,000 community members annually creating a measurable economic impact on surrounding businesses who report an uptick in sales on nights of Fitton Center events, including a 30% increase in bookings at the downtown Hamilton hotel.

The more than 9,500 patrons of the May Festival report a direct spend of nearly $250,000 in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood during the two weekends of the festival. Nearly two-thirds say attending a May Festival concert motivates them to return to take advantage of neighborhood amenities.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions lights up Cincinnati’s Westside 127 nights a year.  Business owners report a 15-20% uptick in business on nights when the Covedale Center hosts productions or events.


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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s ArtReach brings touring production and arts integration workshops directly into school and public venues, reaching an estimated 90,000 children in the past season.

Taft Museum of Art’s Artists Reaching Classrooms brought professional artists to 12 area high schools for a year-long program that culminated in a public exhibition of student work based on the Taft’s collection.

The Carnegie provides over 17,000 hours of arts education in local Covington schools each year.  Currently, The Carnegie is gathering data to show how arts integration improves literacy.



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In 2012, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) held 147 different events to engage the community in shared arts experiences, like Wednesdays on the Green where more than 4,500 members of the community gathered and interacted with one another in an informal setting. In fact, nearly two-thirds of attendees reported meeting new friends or neighbors at a CCAC event.

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra – attracts 21,000 visitors to its free summer concerts in Devou Park. These are family events – 37% attend with multiple generations.

For eight years, Cincinnati Opera’s “Opera Goes to Church” program has brought together dynamic congregational choirs, acclaimed international opera artists, and top local jazz musicians for free community concerts in churches and temples.


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May Festival Chorus: 98% of members report creating new and lasting relationships. 92% report their involvement in the May Festival Chorus is an important part of their decision to remain in the region.
The Contemporary Arts Center’s “One Night, One Craft” series invites young professionals into the museum to create a simple craft project in a single night while meeting new people.
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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s “Off the Hill” series brings performances to more than 30 local communities each year.
The Cincinnati Children’s Choir brings music education to children in their own communities with a focus on the underserved.  Serving over 200 students in 11 locations – Fairfield, Finneytown, Lebanon, Mason, Batavia, Bridgetown, Blue Ash, Oxford, West End, Wilmington, and Lakeside Park, KY. 


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