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Why are they practicing the Splash Dance?


We've shared their favorite art form - now can you guess why these Fine Arts Fund staffers are practicing the Splash Dance? Did you think that was all over?

From left to right: Ashley Guethlein, Ann DuCharme, Lisa Maly, Shannon Gilmore, Kristen Alvarez, Tom McLaughlin

Exclusive Photos! Dress Rehearsal for Splash Dance


The night before our surprise flash mob dance on Fountain Square, people from across the region came together for a dress rehearsal in the ballroom at Music Hall. (Thanks to our friends at Music Hall!)

Everyone had practiced in small teams -- with volunteer dance "captains" -- over the previous three weeks. The first time we all danced together, lots of us were a little teary. It was really something to see nearly 200 people create this amazing experience together.

The next night, we danced as a surprise for Cincinnati on Fountain Square at the opening of the MidPoint Music Fest -- in the rain as it turned out. You can see that here. (In the video - listen for the voice at the end saying, "Let's do it again!")



Neighborhood Alive with Streetscapes

We went to the 7th Streetscapes festival at the Clifton community art center. The great old school building was filled with families, artists, kids making art, people buying art to support the center....and outside the ArtWorks team was painting cars.

Ummm -- I maybe offered my car for next year.

Everyone came to see the cars transformed over two days - and famous paintings recreated in chalk in the old schoolrooms - and kids making art upstairs and on the walks outside.



What We Wore to Art - Dancing Swans

People from all over the region are coming together this weekend at the Aronoff Center and cheering for the many swans in Cincinnati Ballet's Swan Lake. The sets, the colors, the's great to be part of that show. - that's visually arresting! Here's what we were wearing.

Cincinnati was full of people all around tonite!


Surprise Splash Dance Video


Cincinnati, which embraces the arts like no place we know, erupted in a mass flash dance celebration on Thursday evening.

It had been raining, but stopped just long enough for the first ever splash dance surprise. Dancers amazed the onlookers at the music festival kickoff event when they suddenly started to dance after the first band finished.

Hundreds of people from all parts of the metro area and all walks of life volunteered their time and resources to plan the surprise over the past eight weeks.

It started with just a few people from theater, dance, music, museums, and the Fine Arts Fund staff, and grew to include hundreds of Cincinnati residents.

Even though the initial invitation didn’t say what the participants would be doing, hundreds of people signed on to show their enthusiasm for the arts. We successfully kept the secret for weeks because we all shared the goal of touching others in our community with the unexpectedness of the event.

It is amazing how the arts reach everybody in every part of our city. We started with a small group, and before you knew it, we were dancing with people who live from Mason to Covington, and all over the region. The volunteer dancers included everyone from soap executives to young children.

Great big thanks to Scott and Riann and everyone at Lightborne, which produced the video, and contributed in so many ways to making this a fun event that lives on in this video so many others can share with friends and family!

The Creative Team -- volunteers from large and small arts organizations across the region who helped the Fine Arts Fund organize the dance -- spent one afternoon listening to local musicians and choosing the music together. More thanks go to these local bands for contributing the music:

The Chocolate Horse
The Kry Kids
Freekbass and Tobotius
The Hiders
The Sweep




 Sarah said...

Looks GREAT!!! Such a cool expression of our community.

September 26, 2009 1:58:00 PM EDT 
 Joanne Lincoln Maly-Lincoln Maly Marketing said...

This idea is great. I look forward to more surprises.

Congrats FAF!

September 27, 2009 5:15:00 PM EDT 

Randy Simes said...

These are so great. You can't help but smile when watching.

September 30, 2009 9:42:00 PM EDT

Kristan said...

Love it! I take Rhythm & Motion from Heather & her "posse," and they are AWESOME. Check the Cincinnati Ballet Theater website if you're interested.

October 5, 2009 1:51:00 PM EDT 


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