Cincinnati, OH – April 30, 2013 - ArtsWave announced the successful completion of the 2013 Annual Community Campaign, with gifts totaling $11.5 million in support of arts organizations across the region.

“We are tremendously excited to announce these results – a 3% increase over the 2012 campaign,” said George Vincent, Chair of the 2013 campaign and Managing Partner and Chairman, Dinsmore. “This increased investment in the arts benefits our entire community as the arts make our region a thriving place that attracts businesses, visitors, and residents. I especially want to thank my campaign cabinet and the hundreds of volunteers who championed the value of the arts in our community.”

ArtsWave remains the largest united arts fund in the country both in total contributions and number of donors. Most contributions to the annual campaign are individual gifts in amounts less than $150; $75 is the amount most commonly donated. To date, ArtsWave has added more than 7,000 new donors to the campaign in 2013.

Fun workplace campaigns at local businesses helped spur new donors to action. Employee campaigns at companies and organizations at Western & Southern, Cincinnati Bell, Children’s Hospital, TriHealth, University of Cincinnati and FRCH are just a few that exceeded their goals. Twenty-five local businesses ran employee campaigns for the first time, including, CVG, Federal Equipment Company, Globe Business Interiors/RCF, Talbert House, Tire Discounters and Triversity.

Demonstrating that even established campaigns can still grow, Fifth Third Bank employees turned in an astonishing 46% increase. “This year we focused on bringing the mission and impact of ArtsWave to our employees, and their response was overwhelming,” says Kevin T. Kabat, Vice Chairman and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp. “Our employees recognize the social and economic value of having a strong arts community, and they stepped up to show their support and exceed our Company goal.”

ArtsWave recognizes the importance of engaging the broad community in the arts. Three Macy’s Arts Sampler events brought together almost 12,000 people for free events showcasing the area’s arts organizations and the wide variety of experiences they offer. ArtsWave also partnered with the Cincinnati Reds for the first-ever Art in the Park day at Great American Ball Park on Sunday, April 7 which included performances by Cincinnati Ballet, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and singers from the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus.

An increase in leadership giving also contributed to the success of the campaign. With a $150,000 challenge grant from the Farmer Family, ArtsWave secured $475,000 in new leadership gifts of $1,500 or more. As a new benefit for leadership donors, ArtsWave began a quarterly luncheon series featuring arts leaders, including CSO Music Director-Designate Louis Langrée and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Artistic Director Blake Robison. ArtsWave also secured additional gifts from foundation and corporate supporters, including the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati and a gift from the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, to support ArtsWave Presents, a series of arts performances and activities in communities throughout the region.

“We are so grateful to all our donors for their amazing support,” said Mary McCullough-Hudson, President and CEO of ArtsWave. “The success of this campaign is a win for everyone who lives in Greater Cincinnati.” As is the case every year, the total dollar amount announced includes contributions already received and reported, as well as projections for campaigns that are ongoing. “For those companies and individuals who are still finishing their campaigns, please know that your support is essential.”

ArtsWave hosted a party to celebrate the successful 2013 campaign on April 30, 2013 at the Richard and Lois Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art. At the event, George Vincent introduced next year’s community campaign leader, Melanie Healey, Group President –North America, Procter & Gamble.


Cincinnati Free Arts - October-December 2014

The only thing better than the amazing arts in our region is when those arts opportunities are FREE. Check out some of the ways to experience the arts at little to no cost this fall/winter. Join the conversation about amazing arts experiences by using #CincyFallArts until the end of November and #CincyWinterArts starting in December. 



October 4 is the Cincinnati Jazz & BBQ Festival in Madisonville. Enjoy amazing music, art booths, and incredibly tasty food. ArtsWave supports this event as part of our partnership with LISC Place Matters Neighborhoods.

Opera on tour -  The Cincinnati Opera is touring with Pirates of Penzance, including a free performance at Linden Grove Cemetery on October 11. Part of our partnership with LISC Place Matters Neighborhoods, Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington

The Constella Festival has a free music workshop for ages 8 to 88 on October 15 at 6pm. Broaden your musical horizons and challenge your creative limits in a fun and engaging manner. Non-musicians are welcome to participate as audience members. Register here.

Exhale Dance Tribe presents a preview of their annual Halloween show, Dead Can Dance, at Washington Park on October 24.

Photography is everywhere in October. FOTOFOCUS BIENNIAL 2014 is a month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art. Though the events are not free, many of the exhibitions are free to view! Join ArtsWave and ArtWorks in our lobby on October 10 from 5-8pm for the opening reception of the J.Miles Wolf exhibit. The exhibit will be free and available for view from October 1-31.

The Off the Hill series from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is free all across the region. October's show is Roses & Throns (A Tale of Beauty & the Beast)Find out when this show will be in your neighborhood. 

Washington Park plays host to tons of arts events, including SCPA in the Park on Fridays in October (at noon), Where the Wild Things Play on Sundays (in conjunction with Cincinnati Art Museum), and Caroling in the Park starting in November.

Fountain Square has free music on Fridays with Rocktober on the Square. An after-work music happy hour is a great way to end the work week! 



Volunteer for free CSO tickets! Log 8 hours of volunteer activity before November 7 to receive free tickets to One City, One Symphony with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on November 14-16Learn how to turn volunteer hours into free tickets.

Art at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center "The Urban Landscape Six Artists - Six Views”  Six contemporary painters explore the urban landscape and interstitial spaces found within. Opening Reception - Friday November 14 6pm-9pm or see the exhibit from November 14 – December 5, 2014

New American opera with Opera Fusion: New Works. A free public reading of Great Scott will be held on November 25 at 7:30pm at Memorial Hall.  

Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati are joining together to spread holiday cheer across the Tristate with a number of special character appearances beginning Nov. 15.  The Character Crew will make appearances at the following holiday attractions: 

  • Saturday, Nov. 15 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, Duke Energy Convention Center
  • Friday, Nov. 21 (5 to 9 p.m.): Festival of Lights Members’ Preview, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Saturday, Nov. 22 (1 to 2 p.m.): Community Appreciation Day, Joseph-Beth Booksellers Cincinnati
  • Saturday, Nov. 22 (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.): Balluminaria, Eden Park’s Mirror Lake
  • Friday, Nov. 28 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
  • Saturday, Nov. 29 (2 to 4 p.m.): Crafty Supermarket, Music Hall
  • Saturday, Nov. 29 (5:30 to 7 p.m.): Macy’s Downtown Dazzle, Fountain Square
  • Sunday, Nov. 30 (12 to 2 p.m.): Winterfair, Northern Kentucky Convention Center




The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati ArtReach program will present a touring show of The Night Before Christmas at a variety of venues in December. Check out the full schedule to find a performance in your neighborhood. 




Discover more amazing free things to do at, including visual arts, performing arts, music, literary events, and culture. 

Love museums? You can always visit the Taft Museum of Art for free on Sundays (thanks to Western & Southern Financial Group). Want something more modern? The Contemporary Arts Center has free admission (thanks to Macy's) on Monday nights from 5-9pm.  The Cincinnati Art Museum has free admission, as well as numerous free events (especially on weekends), like daily tours, Art 360, Art After Dark, Family First Saturdays, and more! 

Downtown has lots of great opportunities for free art. Check out the Weston Art Gallery, located next to the Aronoff Center; discover your new favorite ArtWorks murals, take a glance at the YWCA gallery, or see some free art at the public library

Looking for something a little more risque'? Manifest Gallery shows some of the latest cutting-edge art, and is always free to visit! 

Christ Church Cathedral (in downtown Cincinnati) has Music Live at Lunch every Tuesday! Free if you bring your own lunch, or just $5 to buy lunch at the cathedral.

Wednesdays mean free live theatre at Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Read more about the radical and revolutionary "Welcome Experiment."

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

Do you have a free arts event to add to this list? Email our Manager, Digital Communications Rebecca Calkin to get your event added.

Cincinnati Loves Arts! - August Free Arts

Cincinnati is known for some amazing things: tasty ice cream and chilli, baseball, and the arts! Our region has so many opportunities to experience the arts--find a few below that are fun and FREE!


A Mid(week) Summer Night's Dream. Join ArtsWave, Enjoy the Arts, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on August 6th for an evening of Shakespeare for FREE! Add just $10 to your admission price to join ArtsWave's and Enjoy the Arts' Young Professionals at the event for Graeter's Ice Cream, refreshments, and accesss to VIP seating. 


LumenoCity is back on August 1-3. No tickets? No worries! You can enjoy this amazing performance on the radio, on TV, at Fountain Square, or at Riverbend. Stop by LumenoCity Village to see free arts performances in the gazebo and to help us paint "One-City Flags" at the ArtsWave booth!

Boogie down at Devou Park. August is your last chance to hear the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra as part of their Summer Series! Get your Latin pop and crossover fix at "Oye Como Va" on August 2. Or enjoy some classic, very recognizable tunes at "Anderson, Hayman & Mancini: POPS, Inc" on August 30. Admission is free, though a $5.00 per person donation is suggested.

Check out free live music almost every night on Fountain Square, Washington Park, or at Party in the Park.

The last concert in the CCO Summer Series at Burnet Woods is Thursday, August 7. Drop by at 6:30pm for the opening acts, including dance and choral music. The CCO will start their concert at 8pm.


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. 

Looking for something a little more risque'? Check out Manifest Gallery's newest exhibits starting on August 15. With a Regional Sculpture Showcase, a show with figurative works featuring the human form, and Perceptual Painters, Manifest Gallery provides a new, unique, and captivating art experience. 


Summer Shakespeare! 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.

Coming Soon - Wednesdays mean free live theatre at Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Read more about the radical and revolutionary "Welcome Experiment."

See the next generation of performers at The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. The STAR program showcase will be held Saturday August 2nd from 12:30pm - 6:30pm  Sunday August 3rd from 1pm – 7pm.  Each of the five one-act comedy, drama, musical, mystery, or revues will be under an hour in length. The five different groups will rotate in and out of the two performance spaces using a brief intermission between the one-acts.


3CDC, with help from Enjoy the Arts, presents the OTR performs series in Washington Park this summer. August perfomances include Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and a special performance from Over the Rhine in Over the Rhine! It’s each Sunday from 6pm-8pm, and the list of performances is here.

Family fun with puppets! Madcap Puppets is hosting a Family Puppet Workshop on Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at their Glenmore studio. The puppets created will be part of a Westwood Art Show and parade on September 13. To get your family involved email John at: .

Clermont County residents and visitors: visit the Community Park Performance Pavilion for Miami Township's Summer Concert Series. Enjoy some shakespeare on August 3 and music from the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra on August 10. 

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts hosts the 13th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Fair. Local artists will be on hand to display and sell their original works at this outdoor event. Mixed media will include: pottery, jewelry, enamel painted iron tiles, woodworks, oils, water colors, graphic art, fiber art, acrylics, photography, and ceramics. 

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


Cincinnati, OH – May 15, 2014 – ArtsWave announces a new strategic initiative in partnership with LISC Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to support arts activities in five Place Matters neighborhoods in the coming year. ArtsWave will award $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.

“ArtsWave sees this partnership with LISC as an opportunity to direct resources in alignment with broader community goals and strategies,” says Alecia Kintner, President & COO, ArtsWave. “We know that the region’s arts organizations can be vital partners in bringing neighbors together and building more vibrant communities, and we wanted to intentionally layer arts resources in locations where there they can fit within existing workplans. We are very excited about how the Place Matters neighborhoods intend to leverage the power of the arts to advance their specific objectives.”

The collaboration began to take shape in late January 2014, when ArtsWave convened a gathering of the LISC leadership team along with representatives from the Place Matters neighborhood redevelopment agencies to discuss how the arts could be further integrated into their dynamic urban interventions. In this initial conversation, there was an immediate consensus that community art gatherings and public art installations play a vital role in the comprehensive revitalization of a neighborhood, transforming and beautifying physical spaces, spurring economic development, and reducing safety concerns. Furthermore, ArtsWave’s recent research on local arts engagement demonstrates that residents who are highly-engaged in the arts report a growing circle of friends and a deeper connection to their community.

"This exciting partnership with ArtsWave will help fuel community engagement and pride in the five Place Matters communities. Successful creative placemaking is about the impact of local arts on people in these neighborhoods," says Kathy Schwab, Executive Director, LISC Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Some of the projects that will be supported through these grants include:

- Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation will use funds to bring the powerful “Kin Killing Kin Art Series” to the neighborhood as part of its strategy to promote alternatives to violence. It will also help residents connect to African culture through cooking and performance programs from Bi-Okoto and Cincinnati Black Theatre.

- The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington will enhance its 2014 Art Off Pike with “ArtsWave Presents” appearances by Visionaries & Voices and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, among others; and celebrate its 2015 bicentennial with special site-specific performances by a variety of arts groups including fall performance by Cincinnati Opera in Linden Grove Cemetery and a spring performance Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in a Westside greenspace.

- Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation will launch The Madisonville Jazz and BBQ Festival, a new event in the fall of 2014 in the heart of the business district at Madison and Whetsel, and immediately adjacent to the Madisonville Arts and Cultural Center (MACC).

- Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation will add arts programming to its We Are Walnut Hills Springfest and its second annual Street Food Festival, and to its transformed community public space, Five Points Alley.

- Price Hill Will and Santa Maria Community Services plan to bring together members of their multicultural communities to share performances by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and MYCincinnati in schools and community centers.

“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.”

Each grant project will also involve local community partners such as United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Urban League of Cincinnati, schools, community councils, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, and business associations.

This initiative falls under ArtsWave’s umbrella program called ArtsWave Presents, an effort to extend arts programming across the region. Funds for this initiative were contributed by The Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee as part of ArtsWave’s record-breaking $12 million 2014 community campaign for the arts. This is the second wave of strategic investments by ArtsWave in 2014, following the partnership with Interact for Health on the “Join the Fun” program that launched in February. ArtsWave will announce its impact grant awards to local arts organizations in June.

For a complete listing of projects, visit Follow @ArtsWave and @LISC_Cincy on Twitter, and ArtsWave and LISC Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky on Facebook for announcements of upcoming public 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.