#SUMMERinCincy - July Free Arts

Summer is heating up! Chill out with friends and family at some of these cool free arts events. 

Make history and break a world record! On July 24 at 6pm, head over to Fountain Square and help break the Guinness World Record for Salsa Dancing. It'll take 2000 people to break the record, so bring the whole family for a fun evening of dancing!

Celebrate Independence Day early and hear the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra chamber music series at Burnet Woods on July 3, 2014 at 6pm on the Burnet Woods Lake. Featuring performances from CCM, Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and CCO Brass Quintet, plus a free fireworks show!

Free performances from amazing symphony orchestras! The Cincinnati Symphony & Pops Orchestra will be at the Fayette County Fairgrounds on July 14 and in Forest Park, OH on July 18. Find out more here. Or head over to the beautiful Devou Park on July 12 for Circus Devou Deux ($5 suggested donation) with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Circus Mojo. 

Looking for family arts fun? Price Hill Will is hosting an afternoon filled with family-friendly arts activities: The Warsaw Arts Festival on July 26. Have a blast at this free event, including a MYCincinnati Orchestra concert, Bucket Drumming classes and demonstrations, participatory art activities, food, and more. 

3CDC, with help from Enjoy the Arts, presents the OTR performs series in Washington Park this summer. Performances include the Cincinnati Opera, yp/CC and MUSE Women's Chorus, concert:nova, Bi-okoto, and more! It’s each Sunday from 6pm-8pm, and the list of performances is here. There's also free music almost every night on Fountain Square, Washington Park, or at Party in the Park.

Cutting edge new art at Manifest Gallery. Master Pieces, an exhibit featuring works students working toward terminal degrees in art or design, opens on July 11. Find out more here

Love museums? You can always visit the Taft Museum of Art for free on Sundays (thanks to Western & Southern Financial Group), including a special family fun day, Muy Caliente, on July 20. Or, hear free live music in the Taft Museum garden every Saturday from 1-3pm. Want something more modern? The Contemporary Arts Center has free admission (thanks to Macy's) on Monday nights from 5-9pm. 

Wednesdays have never been so fun! Clifton Cultural Arts Center's Wednesdays on the Green series has an eclectic mix of free live music. Check out the full schedule for more information. 

Starting in August, Wednesdays will also mean free live theatre at Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Read more about the radical and revolutionary "Welcome Experiment."

Save-the-date - Cincinnati Shakespeare Company brings another round of free Shakespeare in the Park performances to Greater Cincinnati. Check the schedule to see when CSC will be in your neighborhood.

Want more info on free art? Follow ArtsWave on Facebook and Twitter to see more updates on free arts events throughout the summer.

Shake Up Your Summer - June 2014 Free Arts

The weather is getting warmer. Days are getting brighter. Summer is here! Yes, summer means spending time outdoors, seeing Reds games, and grilling out. But, summer also means more opportunities for the arts to bring people together.

ArtsWave is pleased to share news about several unique arts offerings in June that are completely free of charge. Read on …you’re sure to find something that you and your family will love. 

Break up your work week with some wonderful music on Wednesday nights. Clifton Cultural Arts Center's Wednesdays on the Green series has nine weeks of free live music, starting June 4. Check out the full schedule for more information.

Beautiful music and beautiful scenery! Hear the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra chamber music series at Burnet Woods on June 5, 2014, July 3, 2014, and August 7, 2014 at 8pm on the Burnet Woods Bandstand.

3CDC, with help from Enjoy the Arts, presents the OTR performs series in Washington Park this summer. Performances include the Cincinnati Opera, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, yp/CC and MUSE Women's Chorus, concert:nova, Bi-okoto, and more! It’s each Sunday from 6pm-8pm, and the list of performances is here.

See tomorrow's stars perform at the Covedale Center for the Arts. The CYPT Prep - Drama Workshop Showcase will be held Friday, June 13, 2014 at 3pm.

Join the Cincinnati Children’s Choir for the Queen City Children's Choir Festival Concerta special, national choral festival on the beautiful University of Cincinnati CCM campus. The non-competitive festival will focus on a supportive, sharing environment under the direction of CCC Managing Artistic Director, Robyn Lana, and guest artist/composer, Jim Papoulis. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 3pm at the Patricia Corbett Theatre at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Love museums? You can always visit the Taft Museum of Art for free on Sundays (thanks to Western & Southern Financial Group), or hear free live music in the Taft Museum garden every Saturday from 1-3pm. Want something more modern? The Contemporary Arts Center has free admission (thanks to Macy's) on Monday nights from 5-9pm. 

Variety is the Spice of Life - May Free Arts

It’s easy to fall into a rut in our busy, day-to-day lives: everything from having the same dinners over and over again (sigh), to packing up the car and enjoying the same outings. There’s nothing wrong with having your favorites, but why not consider changing things up this month and trying something new with family or friends? 

ArtsWave is pleased to share news about several unique arts offerings in May that are completely free of charge. Read on …you’re sure to find something that’s great fit for you.  

Cincinnati Ballet 
Cincy Dances in Washington Park
Washington Park, Wednesday, May 21st at Noon 


Queen City Chamber Opera  
Open dress rehearsal for Die Walküre, Act 1 with the Wagner Society of Cincinnati
Arts Center at Dunham (1945 Dunham Way, 45238) Thursday, May 22nd at 8:00 pm

Free event but registration requested: email with subject “Walküre Open Dress.”


MYCincinnati Children’s Orchestra Concert 
Collaborative Student Concert with MYCincinnati 
Three Rivers School (56 Cooper Rd. Cleves, OH 45002) Saturday, May 24th at 5:00 p.m.
Joint concert featuring local students joined by those from Dayton, Lexington, Chicago, and Cleveland participating in programs inspired by El Sistema, the renowned Venezuelan youth orchestra program that uses music as a vehicle for social change.
Laura Jekel, MYCincinnati Director or 513-251-3800 x106

Participants create a Memory Map of the 50 United States
21C Hotel & Museum (609 Walnut Street, 45202) Sunday, May 18 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Artist/teacher Braxton Thomas will be helping students study images of 1-2 states, then draw their selected states from memory. At the end, pieces come together in a collaborative work depicting the entire country. Metropole will feature specials on their crafty cocktails and are offering $1 off draft beers for class attendees.
Michael Hurst, 21c Museum Coordinator  or 513.578.6642 

Build the Wave: Give $10, Tell 10 Friends

In just six days, ArtsWave will announce the results of the 2014 Community Campaign.

Here's some insider information... we are SO CLOSE to our goal of $12 million. Thanks to friends like you, we are almost there - the biggest campaign we've ever had.

BUT... we're not there yet.  And we need one last effort by everyone to make it.

We know many of you have already made your gift - THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Would you consider giving just $10 more?  And asking 10 people to give $10 too?  Your actions could create a wave of giving at the last moment that makes all the difference.

If everyone receiving this message gives just $10 more, we'll make our goal.   The beauty of this community campaign has always been that it is made up of tens of thousands of people - just like you - giving what they can to make our community an amazing place to live.  

Your extra $10 helps connect neighbors at their local arts centers.  $100 from ten of your friends brings arts into schools to help students succeed.  It all adds up to $12 million invested in more than 100 arts organizations across the Greater Cincinnati region.

To sweeten the deal, if you give online between now and Monday, April 21st at Noon, you'll be entered into a raffle drawing for either 2 tickets to the Cincinnati Ballet OR 4 tickets to a Cincinnati Symphony Lollipops Concert.

Please, if you believe in the impact of the arts in our community, click here to give $10 today. And then, please forward this email to 10 people and ask them to join you. 

Thanks for believing in the power of the arts to change our community.  


Your Determined Wave-Catchers and Friends at ArtsWave


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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.