Create Your Saturday! Macy's Arts Sampler: March 15, 2014

Who doesn't love free events? This Saturday, March 15, the Greater Cincinnati region is teeming with free arts events at Macy's Arts Sampler. We know there are a lot of fun things to do this weekend, so we want to make sure you have a few ideas of how you can create your Saturday itinierary. Check out the sample itineraries below. 


The Downtown/OTR Sampler Standard

  • 10am-11:45am: Visit Memorial Hall for Dance Liaison presenting "A New Beginning" and Bach & Boombox, an interactive presentation where you can discover what Bach and James Brown have in common.
  • Noon: Catch the St. Patrick's Day Parade OR stay at Memorial Hall for the Forget-Me-Not Dancers
  • 1pm: Catch the Spirit at Music Hall with a collaborative performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival Chorus, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
  • 2pm: Head back to Memorial Hall for the Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium Concert


The Irish Culture and Music Lover

  • Noon: Catch the St. Patrick's Day Parade Downtown, then pop in to the Main Library to catch Dave Hawkins share music, stories, and funny anecdotes in a performance that blends folk and celtic. 
  • 1pm: Stick around at the library for the Clark and Jones Trio as they present a concert of Celtic music, including lively dance tunes, sing-alongs, and reflective airs on fiddle, Celtic harp, bodhran, recorder, guitar, and more.
  • 2pm: Pop down to Memorial Hall for the Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium Concert


The Dancer

  • 10:30am-1:30pm: Enjoy interactive classes and demonstrations at Elementz, featuring instruction from MamLuft&Co Dance and hip-hop dance class from Elementz
  • OR 11am-Noon: Visit Ballet Theatre Midwest to see students perform from their production of Paquita and modern choreography by Shani Ziso 
  • 2:30pm-4:00pm: At the Cincinnati Ballet Studios, the Cultural Centre of India present Mantra-Mystical Dances of India and Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute presents Rhythm of Our Land


The "Girls Day Out" Art Lovers

  • From 10am-5:30pm:  Drop in at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery to see Exhibitions: Canstruction®; Nellie Taft: Odyssey, A Lifelong Journey Through Art
  • From 1pm-4pm: Enjoy the amazing art at Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
  • From 11am-4pm: Sample classes and enjoy refreshments with Women Writing for (a) Change.


The Interactive Family

  • 10am-11:15am: Create your own art with hands-on family friendly art experiences at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts
  • 11:30am-2:30pm: Take the short trip to the Fairfield Community Arts Center to see the Bubble Troll create bubble art, hear school age performers play the blues, and enjoy an interactive comedic Shakespeare showcase with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
  • OR 1pm-2:30pm: Experience interactive storytelling at the Behringer-Crawford Museum with Clifton Performance Theatre's Baby Box Theatre and Dramakinetic's The Adventures of Oz.


The Family with Multiple-Generations

  • 11am-2pm: Visit Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices for Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition: Wellness Through Music Making, featuring interactive art that is proven to strengthen the immune system. Then stay for the Cincinnati Opera presenting Carmen Redux, a modern take on the classic opera.
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm: Head over the Memorial Hall to catch the rest of the Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium Concert.

Other Highlights:

  • 11:30am-1:30pm: Grove Banquet and Events Center - ROKCincy presents The Barber of Seville and Jonathan Heart's "Win It in an Origami Minute"
  • 11am: Middletown Arts Center - Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra string trio concert


For a full list of events at each of these amazing locations, visit the Macy's Arts Sampler main page or download the Macy's Arts Sampler 2014 app.  

Community Arts Center Week Returns August 24-30, 2013

One of our favorite neighborhood arts events returns for the fourth straight year. Community Arts Centers Week is your chance to discover all the amazing offerings of your local arts center - places where families, friends and neighbors come together to make and enjoy music, dance, theater, visual arts, crafts and more.  Best of all -- all of these events are FREE!  Special thanks to our friends at United Dairy Farmers who are providing free ice cream at these events.
Kennedy Heights Parade 2011 

2013 Pre-Community Arts Centers Week event:
Saturday, August 17th Middletown Arts Center, 130 North Verity Parkway, Middletown.
10:00AM – 12:00PM Paws-a-Palooza – The MAC will be joining forces with PAWS Adoption Center for a pet-centric event that runs from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. They are inviting visitors to stop by during the day to participate in the creation of a new mural. Professional balloon twister Cedar Sanderson will be on-hand from 10:30-11:30AM.

Scheduled Community Arts Centers Week Events, 8/24-8/30
Saturday, August 24th
Women Writing for (a) Change Center, 6906 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati.
10:00AM – 2:00PM The center will have a variety of activities, including writing samplers and readings from adults and girls and an open-mic reading opportunity beginning at 1:30. Make plans to stop by here first before heading to their neighbors just down Montgomery Road.

Kennedy Heights Arts Center, 6546 Montomgery Road, Cincinnati.
12:00 – 4:00PM Participate in a community art project wherein you will have the chance to help construct a giant vessel on the front lawn as part of the exhibit Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold. Additionally, there will be a number of hands-on art activities for all ages, highlighting KHAC’s upcoming fall classes.

Elementz, 1100 Race Street, Cincinnati.
11:00AM – 2:00PM Get your dance on with a variety of free dance classes at Elementz. Children and preteens from 7+ can enjoy hip hop at 11:00AM; Miyah leads a Zumba workout for older teens and adults at Noon; and teens and adults can take part in a hip hop groove class with Derrek Burbridge beginning at 1:00PM.

Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Avenue, Oxford, OH.
2:00 – 5:00PM The Big Ol’ Wall: Oxford Ohio Making Art Together – Bring the family and join the neighbors as the community comes together to participate in the creation of a large scale art project.

Sunday, August 25th
Madisonville Arts & Cultural Center, 5021 Whetsel Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, 3:00 – 5:30PM The newly relaunched (and renamed) MACC presents a Sunday Soiree FIESTA, featuring arts activities, homemade treats, Latin music and dance with special guests Pasitico Latin Band. Neighbors and visitors alike are encouraged to participate in all of the fun acitvities.

Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Avenue, Oxford, OH.
7:00 – 8:00PM Classy Tunes, Double Piano – Two pianos, five musicians, one fantastic hour: Dr. Jerry Stanley presents a scale-blazing hour of amazing music with some special guests.

Tuesday, August 27th
Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Avenue, Oxford, OH.
6:00 – 9:00PM A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company – It Shakespeare in the Park, Uptown Park to be exact. Free art activities for all ages beginning at 6:00, followed by the free performance at 7:00PM.

Wyoming Fine Arts Center, 322 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, OH.
5:30 – 7:30PM Open House – Meet the wonderful faculty and staff at WFAC and learn about their programs! Faculty representing all our programs will be on hand to answer your questions or just chat: Ballet, Jazz/Hip-Hop, Musical Theater, Musik Kids, Suzuki Violin and Piano Programs, Art, Private Music Instruction (from Drums to Guitar, Voice and beyond).

Wednesday, August 28th
Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Avenue, Oxford, OH.
3:00 – 6:00PM Adult Workshops – Oxford-area artists will offer “bite-sized” adult classes. Anyone over 18 is welcome to stop by and try a “free sample.”
Offerings include:
· Howard Krauss – Watercolor for Beginners and Beyond, 3:00-5:00PM
· Pamela Howard – Paper journal binding, 3:00-3:45PM
· Debra Bowles – Rorschach inkblots, 3:30-4:00PM
· Wendy Richardson – Macrame key fobs, 4:00-4:30PM
· Jim Rubenstien – Coloring note cards, 4:30-5:00PM
· Marjorie Bowers – Painting flowers, 5:00-5:30PM
· Sondra Kapirides - TBA, 5:30-6:00PM
· Rebekah Powers – Beginner’s Yoga, 5:30-6:00PM

Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati.
7:00 – 9:00PM A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company - Wednesdays on the Green is finished, but we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer fun on the front green. Please join us for this free Shakespeare in the Park performance in honor of Community Art Centers Week and our five-year anniversary. Free ice cream courtesy of UDF will add to the festivities!

ArtsWave Presents Summer Series for Families in Washington Park

The Summer months just got better with more FREE, family-friendly events.

As part of the OTR Performs arts programming in Washington Park, ArtsWave Presents Sundays in the Park will feature a variety of participatory arts activities led by artists and arts organizations from across the community, including Visionaries and Voices, My Nose Turns Red, Cincinnati Ballet, Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Ensemble, Cincy Young People's Theater, Cincinnati Ballet, Children's Theatre of Cincinnati and more! Special thanks to OTR Flags for their sponsorship of this series.

Leading off a full day of programming, the Sundays in the Park events will start at 2:00 PM. OTR Performs starts at 7:00 PM featuring everything from puppet shows and musicals to three-act plays and Shakespeare. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic or enjoy the concessions for sale in the park.

WP Schedule
Click here for descriptions and details of all the ArtsWave Presents Sundays in the Park events.

Dancing, Music, Museums at Macy's Arts Sampler on April 13

Top Picks
Celebrate the end of Macy’s Arts Sampler 2013 with the Sampler Sock-Hop in Washington Park. Featuring The Wonderettes from Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, this fun event will have everyone singing and dancing along to the music of the 1950s and 60s. 5 to 7 pm on the Civic Lawn.

Top Picks for Families

Let the little kids’ imaginations run wild at Contemporary Arts Center’s UNMuseum starting at 11 am. And the whole family will enjoy playing in the CAC’s current main exhibition “ON! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds”.
Cincinnati Ballet has a world tour of dance with traditional Indian dance, belly-dancing, kung-fu, and yes, ballet.
Enjoy the Taft Museum of Art’s current exhibition “African American Art since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center” and stay for hip-hop dance and spoken word performances by teens from Elementz, and African drumming and dancing by Bi-Okoto. Doors open at Noon.
Teens and parents who love musical theater will want to head over to the Covedale Center in Westwood for a choreography demonstration and mini-lesson from Cincinnati Landmark Productions' current production of the musical, “Legally Blond”.
Learning Through Art’s “Books Alive for Kids” gets young kids inside the story with crafts, performances, and activities from 10 am to 2 pm.

Top Picks for Adults
Adults will want to play at the Contemporary Arts Center’s ON! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds exhibition, plus check out an eclectic mix of events throughout the day including Mam-Luft modern dance, Constella Festival chamber music, and Wasabi Jazz.
Brazee Street Studios in Oakely holds an open house with glass-blowing demonstrations by Queen City Glass from Noon to 3 pm.
Catch a sneak peek of the musical PARADE at The Carnegie in Covington at 2 pm.


Great Neighborhood Events
Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton will have music, crafts, and more for families starting at 10 am.
Enjoy great choral music from Cincinnati Children’s Choir and MUSE: Cincinnati Women’s Choir at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church in Clifton at 1 pm.
Sharonville Fine Arts Center hosts weaving demonstrations and a performance by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 3 pm.
College Hill Presbyterian hosts music, dance, crafts and a silhouette artist starting at 1 pm.
In Northern Kentucky, public libraries host musical groups in Fort Thomas, Newport, and Erlanger.
Nrityarpana School of Performing Arts in Mason will have an open house featuring traditional Indian dancing, henna painting, and food starting at 11 am.


Join Us for Art in the Park!

ArtsWave and the Cincinnati Reds are teaming up for the first-ever Art in the Park day on Sunday, April 7 at Great American Ball Park!

Come cheer on your Cincinnati Reds as they take on the Washington Nationals. ArtsWave will sponsor art performances and activities in the Fan Zone before the game, including performances and character greetings by Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and Pones, Inc.

Artistic Director of Playhouse in the Park, Blake Robison, will throw out the first pitch at 1:10 p.m. and a group from the May Festival Chorus will sing "God Bless America" at the seventh inning stretch.

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Gapper and ArtsWave leaders on Fountain Square