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.

Get $5 off on tickets when you order online here:

Fun Card and ArtsPass holders-- watch your email for a special discount just for you!


Gapper and ArtsWave leaders on Fountain Square

Macy's Arts Sampler Showcases the Action Adventure Side of the Arts on March 2

Our second Macy's Arts Sampler of 2013 is almost here!  March 2 includes an incredible line-up of music, theatre, dance, and more.  For an easy-to-print schedule, click hereFor more details on events, use the Macy's Arts Sampler app on your computer or mobile device.

You could spend the whole day in and around Washington Park enjoying “Action! Adventure! Art!” with a variety of activities designed to showcase the thrilling side of the arts.
Young Professionals Choral Collective performs at Macy's Arts Sampler

First, join us for a Choral Sampler hosted by Cincinnati Boychoir to hear Southern Gateway Chorus, Cincinnati Men's Chorus, Young Professional's Choral Collective, and the Cincinnati Boychoir at Memorial Hall starting at 10:00 am.

Grab lunch from one of the food trucks at Washington Park or at one of Downtown Cincinnati's great restaurants.

At 1 pm, head over to Music Hall for a joint concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The rare joint concert has a “Heroes & Villains” theme, with an adventurous line-up certain to thrill adults and kids including selections from Romeo & Juliet, Aida, Don Giovanni, Swan Lake and more in a fast 40 minutes.

After the concert, continue your art adventures at the School for Creative and Performing Arts where you can learn to make stage blood from chocolate syrup, see a rapier and dagger stage combat demonstration by students at CCM, make your own superhero cape with Hero Design Company from ArtWorks, learn circus tricks with My Nose Turns Red, and enjoy performances by the CCM Preparatory Dept. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati will offer theatre tours and a fun “Science of Theatre” demonstration. Plus, take a hip hop dance class at Elementz and complete the Arts Action dance challenge by finding the four costumed dance heroes from Pones, Inc. -- the Astronaut, the Cowgirl, the Pirate, and the Superhero -- and learning their super moves!

Looking for events closer to home? Macy's Arts Sampler is pleased to present these great neighborhood events on March 2.
Children's Theatre of Cincinnati Sampler 2011 PerformanceThe Grove in Springfield Township has a great line-up for families including The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s touring production of Rumplestiltskin, Schoolhouse Symphony, and world music.
The Barn in Mariemont will have artists demonstrating a variety of media throughout the afternoon.
Ballet Theatre Midwest presents an exciting mix of classic and contemporary dance at their space in Columbia-Tusculum.
Oxford Community Arts Center has celtic music and more.
Visionaries & Voices opens their studios in Northside and invites families to participate in a hands-on craft activity.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center hosts a world percussion workshop.
In Price Hill, families can enjoy the Music for Youth in Cincinnati orchestra at Elberon United Methodist Church.