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.  

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.