While not every child aspires to be a professional dancer, every child can reap the benefits inherent in dance – discipline, self-expression, problem solving, focus, physical fitness, and team building. In 2013, the Cincinnati Ballet taught these critical life skills to 1,061 third graders in 21 Cincinnati Public Schools through its CincyDance! Program, and will reach 1,300 kids in 31 schools this school year.
CincyDance! incorporates free, in-school dance classes taught by professional dance faculty over a six-week period in partnering schools. 75% of participating teachers observed improvements in student attention and engagement in academic classes, self-discipline, and work ethic. “Ballet is an art form but it’s also a vehicle to awaken a connection between body and mind. A student participating in ballet class is encouraged to stand with confidence - shoulders back and down, head up, eyes engaging with their teachers. Whether or not the student becomes the next Baryshnikov isn’t really the point. The goal of the program is to help youth enter each day with pride in themselves, standing tall, and ready to take on challenges.” – Julie Sunderland, Director of Education and Outreach at Cincinnati Ballet.
Several students from each school are then invited to attend classes, tuition-free, at Cincinnati Ballet studios for the next five months. Additionally, a small group of talented and interested students are awarded lifetime, full-tuition scholarships to train at Cincinnati Ballet’s Academy. Milton, age 15 (dancing with CincyDance! for seven years), says, “It’s a place where I can come when I’m feeling mad, I can come here and dance it out, or when I’m super energized, I can dance that out.”
ArtsWave is proud to support the work of Cincinnati Ballet in making an impact on the community.
Long before I ever took a ballet class as a little girl, I learned Mexican Folklorico dance as part of an afterschool program in a Los Angeles public school. Separately, my father’s work introduced us to immigrants from Korea, the Philippines, Burma and Thailand – and their native dances. His passion for Hawaii as the ultimate vacation destination meant that I had hula lessons alongside swimming and surfing lessons. And somewhere along the line I fell in love with Irish step dancing and of course, the jazz dance of touring Broadway musicals.
My personal arts education did more than keep me on my toes: it provided a window into other cultures and traditions. It taught me about different definitions of beauty and the importance of synchronization, teamwork, endurance and execution. All of these things helped prepare me for my future.
Now, as a parent, naturally I think about the world our kids will inherit. We all want our children to live in a society that values inclusion and diversity. We want our kids to be tolerant of differences and emotionally expressive. We want them to be active, productive citizens with the skills they need to pursue their passions in the 21st century.
Numerous studies have shown the connection between arts education and academic achievement, social and emotional development, critical and creative thinking skills, and interpersonal skills. Robert Lynch, CEO of Americans for the Arts, reminds us: "Not every young person will go on to be an artist. But they will all be better students, employees, and citizens if they indeed have opportunities to embrace their creativity." And yet, arts education programs are always among the first things to be eliminated from school offerings due to budget constraints.
September shines a national spotlight on the importance of arts education, and one of my goals at ArtsWave is to leverage even further the programs of our arts partners and teaching artists to give ever-more kids in our region the benefits of arts experiences. From conducting research in the region’s largest school districts to creating growth strategies, from investing in the programs of arts organizations to supporting the “One Stop Arts Shop” directory of local Arts Ed options, ArtsWave believes that increasing access to arts education is important for all of our kids and for Cincinnati’s bright future.
Tell me the difference between ArtsPass and CincYPerks.
- ArtsPass is our discount program for all donors at $75 and above. Young professionals (under 40) who give at that level receive ArtsPass with added CincYPerks. CincYPerks is a set of special benefits that appeal to YPs, including invites to exclusive events.
I never received my ArtsPass. Who do I contact?
- Email the ArtsPass Customer Service team at ArtsPass@theartswave.org or give us a call at 513.871.2787.
How do I access my ArtsPass account online?
- Visit theartswave.org/ArtsPass to login to your account and access your benefits.
How do I redeem ArtsPass benefits?
- Use this step-by-step guide to learn how to use the ArtsPass website to redeem your benefits.
How can I access my ArtsPass benefits quickly and easily from my smartphone?
I'm not very tech savvy. How can I take advantage of my benefits?
- Call ArtsPass Customer Service at 513.871.2787 and we would be happy to find the best solution for you!
I would like to update my name, password, or e-mail address. How can I manage my account online?
- We are updating our website to include this feature! After you login to ArtsPass, hover over the "+" near your name in the top-right corner. Click "My Account" and you'll be directed to a screen where you can change your name, e-mail address, and password. If unable to login, use the "forgot password" link on the login page.
How do I order tickets?
- After you click "redeem now" on the ArtsPass offer, look at the "redemption instructions" section to find out how to get tickets. If you still aren't sure, look for the organization phone number on the offer page and contact that organization for information. Feel free to contact ArtsPass Customer Service at 513.871.2787 with any other questions. Please note that ArtsWave does not sell the tickets--you will need to get your tickets from the organization offering the benefits.
I need help selecting seats. What should I do?
- Contact the organization directly, using the contact information on the ArtsPass offer screen.
When do ArtsPass offers become active?
- ArtsPass runs on a June-May cycle for our offers. However, as we receive more information and new offers from organizations, we will post offers throughout the year.
When do my ArtsPass benefits expire?
- Check the counter under "My Account" to see how many days are left on your ArtsPass. ArtsPass benefits expire 1 year from the date that your gift of $75 or more was processed.
Where can I find a complete list of all of the ArtsPass benefits? I like to plan ahead--how can I learn more about upcoming offers?
- We have created tons of ways for you to stay up-to-date on your ArtsPass offers! Check out our ArtsPass Benefits page for a complete list. Take a look at our ArtsPass calendar, detailing all events through May of next year. We have also begun a quarterly blog series, detailing all ArtsPass events over the next 3 months. And, check your inbox for our semi-monthly ArtsPass newsletter.
Why isn't [my favorite arts event] offered on ArtsPass?
- Our ArtsPass partners are working to provide the best offers possible. Unfortunately--due to high demand, a limited run, or limited seating--some productions aren't offered or have limited dates. However, if you would like help discovering what ArtsPass events you might enjoy based on your previous favorites, call us at 513.871.2787 and we'd be happy to help!
More questions? Contact ArtsPass Customer Service at 513.871.2787 or e-mail us at ArtsPass@theArtsWave.org
For the past two years, The Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, has provided special funding that allows ArtsWave to “go broad” and “go deep” in its support of arts activities in different locations across the region. Thanks to their support of "ArtsWave Presents", we have supported 79 events at arts centers, recreation centers, libraries, and college campuses located in Batavia, Loveland, Middletown, Fairfield, Springfield Township, Milford, Lebanon, Oxford, Warren County and across Northern Kentucky. These events featured an array of our arts partners, including The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre, Madcap Puppets, and Visionaries and Voices, among others.
In addition, as part of an evolving vision for aligning ArtsWave’s resources even more intentionally with other community resources and priorities, funding from The Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts allowed us to award grants to the five Place Matters neighborhoods supported by LISC. Performances and activities conducted by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Black Theater, Bi-Okoto, Kentucky Symphony, Cincinnati Opera, Elementz, Cincinnati Art Museum, and Cincinnati Children’s Theater, among others, have or will take place during 2014 variously in Price Hill, Walnut Hills, Avondale, Madisonville and Covington.
Thank you, The Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, for enabling ArtsWave to be “in action” across the region and “in residence” in five distinctive neighborhoods!
At the intersection of Arts + Neighborhoods
How can art change your neighborhood for the better? In January, ArtsWave asked this question of community development organizations for the five neighborhoods in LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s Place Matters program. Their answers led to a new ArtsWave strategic initiative that helps leverage the power of the arts to create community.
Each Place Matters neighborhood has established its own goals for community development. Goals range from bringing diverse residents together in Price Hill, to connecting youth to cultural heritage in Avondale. When presented with the opportunity to use the arts to help achieve these goals, community organizers saw great potential.
“We typically think of the arts in terms of enrichment and self-expression, but they are also a great tool for building community,” says Pamela Taylor, Community Outreach Coordinator, Price Hill Will. “We’re so excited to have this opportunity to bring together diverse populations in East, West and Lower Price Hill, building cohesion through the shared experience of watching and participating in live performances.”
In May, ArtsWave awarded $45,000 in grants to LISC’s designated community revitalization organizations in Avondale, Covington, Madisonville, Price Hill, and Walnut Hills. Each Place Matters neighborhood will use the funds to contract with arts organizations supported by ArtsWave or to support activities that include community-building arts programs. Grant projects also involve local community partners such as United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Urban League of Cincinnati, schools, and business associations.
Several groups used funds this summer to create fun events that helped to build neighborhood identity. Price Hill Will presented Shakespeare in the Park in three local parks. The “We Are Walnut Hills” festival brought residents of all ages together for dancing, face-painting and community conversation. More activities are scheduled through 2015 including Cincinnati Opera performances in a historic Covington cemetery, the continuing transformation of an alley into a community gathering space in Walnut Hills, and classes in African cooking and culture in Avondale.
Want to see this ArtsWave strategy in action? Join us for The Cincinnati Jazz and BBQ Festival on Saturday, October 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. in the heart of the Madisonville business district at Madison and Whetsel. This new festival launched by the Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation is supported in part by the ArtsWave and LISC partnership.