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The Ripple Effect: Partners in Action - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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CCHMC MusicOur region is lucky to be the home of one of the top-ranked hospitals for children in the country, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (CCHMC).  Known for its outstanding clinical services and medical research, CCHMC is also focused on providing the best possible experience for patients and their families.  Michael Browning is the Assistant Vice President of Design, Construction, and Space Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and he recently shared with us how investing in artwork and arts programs is an important strategy for improving patient experience:

"The role of art in the Cincinnati Children’s environment is to contribute to the creation of welcoming, uplifting, inspiring healing environments and to serve as a catalyst for community engagement. For patients experiencing the stress of a hospital visit or medical procedure, art can provide a positive distraction, decrease perception of pain, and reduce anxiety – all of which can contribute to an improved outcome for that patient. When patients are engaged with making art with their families and staff, it can aid in building patient support networks and provide an outlet for individual expression as part of the healing process."

To bring art into the hospital environment, CCHMC is engaged in diverse partnerships broadly representative of all the arts and cultural assets in our communities.  They commission the work of professional artists, engage with local arts organizations like ArtWorks, Cincinnati Art Museum, and Visionaries + Voices, and partner with local universities and schools.  Since 2009, more than 900 art pieces have been installed throughout CCHMC’s campuses and more than 2,500 participants have been engaged.

In addition, CCHMC has been a tremendous supporter of the ArtsWave annual community campaign for many years.  In 2014, they increased the number of employees contributing by almost 50%, and their Sing Off event was part of the inspiration for our CincySings region-wide competition.  CCHMC understands the arts can have a transformative effect on the lives of everyone in our community.  ArtsWave is grateful for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center’s support of the arts across our region and its partnership in leveraging the power of the arts to improve health outcomes in our community.

  
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The Ripple Effect: Strategy in Action - Arts + Health, Healing, and Happiness

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Pones Join the FunAn increasing body of research is revealing the intersections between the arts sector and health and human services. The interplay between these disciplines is sparking new ideas, programs, products and services in healthcare institutions across the country and in Greater Cincinnati.  A number of local arts organizations are involved in dynamic programming that advances these connections in a wide variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes. 

ArtsWave believes the inherent ability of the arts to connect, inspire, and engage at both individual and community levels has direct implications for the role that arts can play in promoting clinical and general health outcomes. If an expressive life can help increase the health and happiness of our region’s residents, then ArtsWave wants to support and enhance these critical collaborations as part of its community investment strategy. 

With the help of Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Anthem, we created an Arts For Health investment initiative in 2012 - 2013 with small project grants to support distinctive programs around subjects related to disease prevention, good nutrition and the appreciation of a healthy lifestyle.

One example is the Madcap Puppets’ Healthy Habits Program, which combines puppet theater and arts integration techniques together in a lively performance about dental hygiene.  For summer 2013, Madcap teamed with area YMCA’s during their summer camps to present this program to hundreds of children.

In 2014, we continued providing financial grants and coordination of resources in this focus area, by collaborating with Interact for Health (formerly The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati) in a pilot project calledJoin the Fun. This co-managed grants program enables dance and movement oriented physical programs for children and youth audiences, with results tracked and evaluated by ArtsWave and Interact for Health using common metrics. In addition to the physical health benefits, dance and movement instruction can also improve concentration, teamwork, self-discipline, cognitive awareness, and coordination.

Arts organizations receiving special funding through this project include, among others, the Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Black Theatre Company, and Pones Inc. Each organization used funds to increase access to established programs.  For example, The Cincinnati Black Theatre Company was able to ramp up its “Kick Obesity!” performance program in many more public community settings.  The program focuses on nutrition, exercise and healthy habits. Pones Inc. collaborated with Great Parks of Hamilton County on outdoor events promoting active living, teaching a short choreographed dance routine to visitors in Sharon Woods Park.

ArtsWave’s Chief Impact Strategy Officer, Dr. Tara Townsend, is working with Interact for Health to develop the methodology and implement an evaluation program utilizing attendance figures, teacher surveys, and student and/or parent attitudinal responses to assess the degree to which an arts-based program helped participants "get moving.”

In 2015, ArtsWave plans to further expand our current Arts For Health initiative to support programs that have demonstrated success through past performance. We have identified between 40 and 45 such programs in existence across the region.  Collaborative partnerships with medical and social service agencies, businesses and/or art groups will be encouraged.  ArtsWave will announce opportunities for arts organizations to apply for these grants in December.

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The Ripple Effect: CEO Currents - Gratitude Part II: Simple Gifts

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Alecia Kintner CEO

I was able to squeeze in a pre-Thanksgiving visit to my parents in Southern California this past weekend and got an important reminder. Nowhere is the importance of simple gifts more evident than in a retirement community.

Everywhere were the random acts of kindness that we take for granted from caregivers of all kinds, and for those I am grateful. There were also simple but profound gifts that come from ensuring access to moments of inspiration for people whose access is limited -- the creative writing class that is keeping my dad feeling connected to his past and in control of his story -- the art studio that is my mother’s chief solace -- the night out at the symphony with my mom where she met friends and remembered past concerts.

This weekend made me take stock of all the things that arts organizations do in Greater Cincinnati to ensure access to stimulating, inspiring experiences like these for people dealing with the physical challenges of age or disability. Did you know, for example, that the Cincinnati Symphony presents a Friday afternoon concert with a senior discount, attended by hundreds of appreciative residents of local retirement homes as well as by school groups? The CSO has also partnered with Mercy Health to provide seminars and performances that explore the relationship between music and medicine.

CAM Memories in the MuseumOr consider this: our art museums have partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati to create “Memories in the Museum”. On the first Wednesday of every month, on a rotating basis, people with memory loss and their caregivers join trained docents at the Taft Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, or Contemporary Arts Center for a free, themed tour and social time. They look at art, discuss observations, and share memories.

Or did you know that at UC Medical Center, Cincinnati Opera singers provide regular public performances in the main lobby and visitor waiting rooms? Cincinnati Opera’s artistic staff also curates a special playlist as entertainment for patients with in-room listening devices.

For pediatric patients battling cancer, the Cincinnati Ballet was able to “live stream” a performance of Peter Pan earlier this month to patients and families at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, bringing the magic and joy of a live performance directly into hospital rooms.

These are just a few examples of how organizations in the Cincinnati region are making the arts more accessible, even as life presents challenges.  According to a 2007 study by Americans for the Arts, nearly half of the nation’s healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families and staff. They cite the benefits that the arts bring to mental and emotional recovery of patients, as well as creating a healing environment.

I would bet that percentage has increased in the last seven years, as research continues to show the positive correlation between arts participation and health, healing and happiness – and as arts organizations like the ones in Cincinnati have developed innovative partnerships with healthcare providers to deliver these benefits.

And isn’t that what we all want for our parents, our kids and ourselves – health, wellness and happiness? This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for all the ways that arts organizations and artists make a difference in our lives. 

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Choose Your Own Holiday Arts Adventure

Do you love making family memories and spreading happy holiday cheer? Or would you rather avoid Santa and find other ways to enjoy this festive season? Never fear! Follow our "Choose Your Own Holiday Arts Adventure 2014" below to find your perfect way to spend the holidays. We'll also make special note of activities that are free or available on ArtsPass. Good luck!   

For best results, follow the choices below. Scrolling down is sadder than spoiled eggnog.

Don't want to take the quiz? See the full list of results.

START HERE:

HowDoYoulikeDecember

FESTIVE, BUT NOT "CHRISTMAS"

A JOLLY CLASSIC CHRISTMAS

A MORE CONTEMPORARY AND MODERN LOOK AT CHRISTMAS

FOCUS ON THE FIRST CHRISTMAS STORY

SNOWFLAKES ARTSWAVE

 

 

 

Ideal Christmas Experience

CLASSICAL--LET'S HEAR SOME HANDEL!

THEATRICAL, WITH A BEAUTIFUL STORY!

SNOWFLAKES

 

 

 

MY HOLIDAY ARTS ADVENTURE

 

CCOAMAHL

CBTCBLACKNATIVITY

ccacpuppet

I want to try again!                           Share your Holiday Arts Adventure using #CincyWinterArts

backgroudn

 

 

 

MyHoliday

 

                Boychoir Messiah        CSO May Festival Messiah

I want to try again!                              Share your Holiday Arts Adventure using #CincyWinterArts

 

backgroudn

 

 

 

santa?

I LOVE SANTA!

PLEASE, NO SANTA.

backgroudn

 

 

 

TWAS THE NIGHT

LOVE IT!

I'D LIKE SOMETHING ELSE. 

 

backgroudn

 

 

 

 

final choice

 

boychoir spark

ArtReach

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backgroudn

 

 

 

final choice

 

Holiday Pops

NET Miracle

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backgroudn

 

 

XMAS CAROLS?

YES! 

NO THANKS.

ONLY IF YOU MEAN THE CLASSIC DICKENS STORY.

 

backgroudn

 

 

final choice

 

Playhouse Xmas Carol

whrf xmas carol

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backgroudn

 

 

final choice

 

ballet nutcracker

Taft Antique Xmas

Pyramid Hill Lights

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backgroudn

 

 

LIKE TO VISIT...

DOWNTOWN/OTR

OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN

 

backgroudn

 

 

final choice

 

CMC Classic Christmas

Saengerfest

Caroling Washington Park

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backgroudn

 

 

 

final choice

 

ccm carols

vae candlelit xmas

ccc holiday

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backgroudn

 

 

Naughty or Nice

NAUGHTY

NICE

 

SNOWFLAKES

 

 

XMAS SPIRITS

CHEERFULLY BOOZY

JUST THE BITTERS

IT DEPENDS ON THE NIGHT

 

SNOWFLAKES

 

 

final choice

 

                   CincyShakes Xmas         ypcc

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SNOWFLAKES


 

final choice

 

Falcon Eight

net 12 Dates

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SNOWFLAKES

 

 

final choice

 

know OTR Improv

I want to try again!                               Share your Holiday Arts Adventure using #CincyWinterArts

 

SNOWFLAKES

 

 

 

Ideal Christmas Experience

MUSICAL!

THEATRICAL!

IRISH!

 

SNOWFLAKES

 

 

final choice

 

 

pops amy grant

OCAC Music

I want to try again!                             Share your Holiday Arts Adventure using #CincyWinterArts

 

SNOWFLAKES

 

 

 

final choice

 

Solders Christmas

covedale plaid

ocac xmas carol

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SNOWFLAKES

 

 

 

final choice

 

                carnegie celtic          CAA Irish Tenors

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SNOWFLAKES

 

 

 

MY ARTS

 

IN A THEATRE.

IN A MUSEUM OR GALLERY.

ALL ABOUT NEW YEAR'S EVE!

 

SNOWFLAKES


 

 

final choice

 

falcon Striking 12

know NYE

CSO NYE

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SNOWFLAKES

 

 

LIKE TO VISIT...

DOWNTOWN OR EDEN PARK

ONE OF CINCINNATI'S OTHER AMAZING NEIGHBORHOODS

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

 

SNOWFLAKES

 

 

 

final choice

 

CAC

weston gallery

CAM

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SNOWFLAKES

 

 

 

final choice

 

VandV Holly Dazed

Manifest Gallery

ccac contemporary narrative

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SNOWFLAKES

 

 


 

final choice

 

bcm trains

carnegie gallery

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SNOWFLAKES


 

 

 

MY GROUP

ADULTS AND TEENS

SMALL CHILDREN

 

SNOWFLAKES

 

 

 

final choice

 

know Bureau

shakes comedy

Playhouse Tenderly

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SNOWFLAKES

 

 

 

 

final choice

 

ETC SLEEPING BEAUTY

Children's Theatre Snow Queen

sunset aladdin

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SNOWFLAKES

 

 

FULL LIST

Until Dec 13: The Comedy of Errors, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (ArtsPass)

Until Dec 20: Caroling in the Park, Various Choral Groups in Washington Park (Free)

Until Dec 28: A Christmas Carol, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Until Jan 4: Tenderly The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (ArtsPass)

Until Jan 4: Antique Christmas, Taft Museum of Art (ArtsPass)

Until Jan 4: Holiday Lights on the Hill, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

Until Jan 18: Holiday Toy Trains, Behringer-Crawford Museum (ArtsPass)

Until Feb 7: Clay Street Press & Over Time, The Carnegie (ArtsPass / Free)

Nov 29-Dec 20: Bureau of Missing Persons, Know Theatre of Cincinnati (ArtsPass)

Dec 2-20: ArtReach Twas the Night Before Christmas, Various Locations--presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati (Select Shows on ArtsPass)

Dec 3-Jan 4: Sleeping Beauty, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

Dec 4-21: Plaid Tidings, Covedale Center for Performing Arts / Cincinnati Landmark Productions (ArtsPass)

Dec 4: A Celtic Christmas, The Carnegie

Dec 4-Jan 9: Holly Dazed, Visionaries + Voices

Dec 5: A Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show, Oxford Community Arts Center

Dec 5, 13, 14: Holiday Pops, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Dec 5 & 6: Christmas Saengerfest at Various Locations in Over-the-Rhine

Dec 5-13: The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Falcon Theater

Dec 5-13: The Snow Queen, The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati (ArtsPass)

Dec 5-14: Aladdin, Sunset Players (ArtsPass)

Dec 6 & 7: Classic Christmas, Cincinnati Men's Chorus

Dec 6 & 7: Feast of Carols, UC - College-Conservatory Music

Dec 7: Ignite: Spark!, Cincinnati Boychoir

Dec 9: The Irish Tenors, Cincinnati Arts Association (Aronoff Center)

Dec 12 & 13: Black Nativity, Cincinnati Black Theatre Company (ArtsPass)

Dec 12 & 13: Oxford Musicians Holiday Concert, Oxford Community Arts Center

Dec 12-Jan 9: Manifest Gallery (Free)

Dec 12-Jan 10: Contemporary Narrative, Clifton Cultural Arts Center (Free)

Dec 12-21: Soldier's Christmas, New Edgecliff Theatre with Actors & Playwrights Collaborative

Dec 13 & 14: A Candlelit Christmas, Vocal Arts Ensemble (ArtsPass)

Dec 13 & 14: Handel's Messiah, Cincinnati Boychoir

Dec 13: Holiday Concert, Cincinnati Children's Choir (ArtsPass)

Dec 14: Season's Sweetings: Miracle on 34th Street (Radio Play), New Edgecliff Theatre

Dec 14-30: The Naughtly LIst, OTR Improv & Know Theatre at Arnold's

Dec 15: Fa's & Las's, YPCC

Dec 16: Christmas with Amy Grant, Cincinnati Symphony & Pops Orchestra

Dec 17-28: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some), Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Dec 18-21: The 12 Dates of Chrismtas, New Edgecliff Theatre @ Thomas More

Dec 18-27: Striking 12, Falcon Theater

Dec 19-22: Amahl & the Night Visitors, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra with Madcap Puppets, Pones Inc., and more (ArtsPass)

Dec 19-27: Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker, Cincinnati Ballet (ArtsPass)

Dec 20: A Christmas Puppet Program by Lynn Somers & Friends, Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Dec 21: Handel's Messiah, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & May Festival

Dec 31: NYE Speakeasy Party, Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Dec 31: Taken by Storm: NYE at Music Hall, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 

Visit the Contemporary Arts Center (ArtsPass)

Visit the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery (Free)

Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum (Free / ArtsPass)

 

Questions about any of the events listed with ArtsPass offers? E-mail us at artspass@theartswave.org.

The Ripple Effect: Partners in Action - P&G

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A global company with deep Cincinnati roots, P&G has been an essential partner for ArtsWave for decades. It runs the largest workplace campaign for ArtsWave with more than 6,200 employees and nearly 400 retirees giving over $1.3 million in 2014 alone. But P&G’s contributions to ArtsWave and our community go far beyond dollars.

When ArtsWave began developing its impact theory five years ago, P&G volunteers from across the company expressed enthusiasm for this new community-centered approach to fundraising and grantmaking. “As we began to talk about making changes, our liaisons at P&G were very supportive,” remembers Lisa Wolter, Senior Director, Corporate Campaign, ArtsWave.  “They encouraged us to follow what our research was telling us about why people valued the arts and affirmed that we needed to connect the dots between ArtsWave, our arts partners, and the quality of life in our region.”  As the impact theory took shape, ArtsWave looked to P&G as a model for data-driven innovation and consumer-focused design.

ArtsWave is grateful to P&G for its advocacy and support of the arts across Greater Cincinnati. In the past few years, P&G experts have served as consultants to ArtsWave in design, marketing, social media, and campaign development.  One of the most innovative recent projects to come out of this partnership was CincySings, a city-wide singing competition for employee choirs from top companies across the region.  Working from an idea suggested by Melanie Healey, President, North America, P&G and the 2014 ArtsWave Community Campaign Chair, dozens of P&G employees volunteered hundreds of hours to help make the first annual CincySings a success.

Thank you for all that you do, P&G!

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