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.


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.


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.

Dance with "Pones in(c) Public" at Findlay Market on Saturday, October 8th

Cincinnati, OH – October 6, 2011 – ArtsWave and performance art group Pones, Inc. begin a new series of fun community arts activities, “Pones In(c) Public”, this Saturday, October 8th at Findlay Market from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  “Pones In(c) Public” will enliven free public spaces with unique performances jointly created by performers and pedestrians. Events will be scheduled in different neighborhoods throughout the region every second Saturday of the month through May 2012. “Pones In(c) Public” is sponsored by ArtsWave.

“Everyone is welcome to participate,” says Lindsey Jones, Co-Director of Pones, Inc. “People of all ages can join in by dancing and moving with the performers.”  At Findlay Market, pedestrians can dance along or step up and take the role of choreographer by selecting music and movements from cards and giving instruction to the dancers through a bullhorn. Pones, Inc. performers are ready to dance to all kinds of music from hip-hop to jazz, country to classical.

ArtsWave has partnered with Pones, Inc. in the past to create impromptu arts events such as dancing on METRO buses and in Over-the-Rhine storefronts during Final Friday.  “When Pones approached us with this latest idea, we jumped at the chance,” says Rebecca Bromels, Director of Communications. “We love the fun ways they bring people together.” No reservations or prior experience are required to participate in “Pones In(c) Public”. Families will enjoy the many sights, sounds, and shops at Findlay Market and then stay to dance with Pones, Inc.

Pones Inc. Laboratory of Movement is a non-profit performance art group dedicated to creating original work that blends various disciplines and focuses on community engagement, site-specific performance and educational outreach. The company explores theatre for social change through its combination of dance and theatre in its signature style of pedestrian-influenced movement.   Founded in 2008 by Kim Popa and Lindsey Jones, Pones Inc. continually collaborates with a diverse range of artists and groups and performs in multiple locations.

“Pones In(c) Public” happens every second Saturday of the month through May: October 8, November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14, and May 12. Performance locales will be announced monthly at and Sign up for email invitations at to find out when Pones, Inc. will be in the neighborhood. 


Making Waves: Covington Makes the Carnegie a Center for Community

The arts create a surprising ripple effect of benefits in our region: bringing people together and making neighborhoods exciting. Making Waves features stories about the impact of the arts -- theatre, dance, music, museums, galleries, festivals, arts centers and more -- in our community and is posted every Thursday on My.Arts.Blog.

In the heart of Covington, The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center is a multidisciplinary arts venue for all ages, providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. Currently the largest arts venue in Northern Kentucky, this former Carnegie Library originally constructed in 1904, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Inside that classic facade, artists and community members come together for unique events like The Art of Food, an annual exhibition of art created from and inspired by food; or Suits That Rock, a rock concert featuring CEOs of local companies channeling their inner rock stars. The Art of Food at the Carnegie - picture by Mikki Schaffner


Outside its walls, The Carnegie’s influence radiates from its historic facility to the entire neighborhood. More than a decade ago, the City of Covington recognized that The Carnegie provided a central hub for the community that could anchor a growing arts and culture district. Since 2000, the community has invested over $9 million in the blocks surrounding The Carnegie—from the revamping of The Carnegie’s historic Otto M. Budig Theatre, to the new urban housing project being built adjacent to The Carnegie, to the new Covington Latin School across the street, and “Cathedral Square.”


Executive Director Katie Brass notes that The Carnegie’s leadership in transforming this area of Covington helped drive the community’s renovation of the Carnegie’s front plaza, creating a more open and inviting street presence. The recently renovated 465-seat Otto M. Budig Theatre, backstage and office annex, an outdoor sculpture garden, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center and the new front plaza and marquee complete the Carnegie Campus.


RJ Caldwell, General Manager of The Avenue Lounge on Madison Avenue, says “I was there when they cut the ribbon on the new front plaza, and I was surprised to see all these supporters, not just the people who had contributed to the project, but people from the community who were there to celebrate at 10 am on a Wednesday.” He notes that the improvements to the historic building have made the area safer, well-lit, and more attractive to visitors. “The Carnegie has had a very positive effect on Covington. Like many cities, Covington has struggled in this economy. To stand out, our arts help position this as a vibrant and diverse community, and the Carnegie is a vital part of that.”


art of food at the Carnegie

Suits that Rock at the Carnegie - picture by the Carnegie


The Carnegie works with its neighbors to encourage visitors to spend the whole evening in Covington. The bank branch across the street allows Carnegie patrons to use its parking lot in the evenings. Restaurants partner by offering dining discounts before and after events. Local businesses feature posters for upcoming plays prominently in their windows.


“We started cross-promotions with the Carnegie originally because of our owner’s personal interest in the arts,” says RJ, “But we soon recognized that our organizations share an important clientele in Covington’s tight-knit professional community.” Working together at gallery openings, wine tastings, and other events, the two organizations discovered natural synergies that built both their businesses.


Exciting gallery and theatre events lead more people to discover what The Carnegie and Covington has to offer. Katie reports that just this past year The Carnegie's theatre increased attendance by 45%. Over the past 4 years, The Carnegie's education programs have doubled and they will double again next year. Overall attendance has increased from 31,460 in 08-09 to 46,386 in 10-11.


As the neighborhood continues to grow and flourish, The Carnegie looks for new ways to connect to other businesses, non-profits, and community groups, including Cincy World Cinema, and ThunderSky, an organization dedicated to giving adults and children with disabilities access to art experiences. A place for neighbors to come together and an attraction that draws visitors to discover Covington, the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center creates community through the arts.