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.

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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.

2013 Community Campaign Kick-Off on Fountain Square

On Friday, February 8th people from all over Cincinnati gathered on Fountain Square to celebrate the kick-off of the 2013 ArtsWave Community Campaign.


Crowd gathers on Fountain Square

In red hats, scarves, coats, and mittens, they danced, drank cocoa, ate cookies, enjoyed ice carving and played with Cincinnati Reds' Gapper.


Pones Inc. dancers on Fountain Square

Everyone cheered as our 2013 Campaign Chair George Vincent announced our campaign goal of $11.5 million!

Speakers at ArtsWave Kick Off Event

Thank you to EVERYONE who came out for this event. Special thanks to Suzanne Schindler, the Cincinnati Reds and Gapper, Coffee Emporium, CrEATions by Melody, 3CDC and Fountain Square, and Arctic Diamond ice sculptors. You make Cincinnati amazing!

Free Art for the Holidays!

From singing carols to decorating trees to seeing your favorite shows, the arts make the holidays in Cincinnati amazing. We’ve pulled together just a few of the fun and FREE things to do this holiday season here. Enjoy and share your experiences with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #HolidayArts!  











And, you can snap pictures of the Holiday Art all around you with our amazing FREE app, iSpyArt, and share them in our virtual gallery.  We love this picture of Tiny Tim from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's A Christmas Carol hanging out with the Tweedles from Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's Alice in Wonderland.


Happy Holidays!

Community Arts Centers Day 2012 – An Annual Celebration of Art in the Community!

Community Arts Centers Day, an annual celebration of community arts centers throughout the Greater Cincinnati region, returns for a third year on August 11th and 12th. This year, seven community arts centers and ArtsWave are partnering once again to bring people out and bring them together through the arts.
On Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2012, the participating organizations will host an Open House featuring participants of all ages celebrating their communities with creative costumes, masks, banners, musical instruments, and more followed by FREE ice cream socials made possible by United Dairy Farmers.
Community arts centers and arts events like this make our region a better place to live, work, play, and stay. Visit for a complete listing of events.

Participating community arts centers include:

Saturday, August 11

Sharonville Fine Arts Center (11165 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241)

  • 9:30am – Work with artist Deb Brod to make free form art from recyclables
  • 11:30am – Neighborhood Art Parade (Around Sharonville Square)

Emanuel Community Center (1308 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

  • 11am – My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus Group Activities
  • 12pm – Arts, Crafts, and Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
  • 1pm – Beauty and the Beast by YMCA Youth Group

Middletown Arts Center (130 N. Verity Parkway, Middletown, OH 45042)

  • 11:30am – Middletown Performing Arts Academy and Dancing Games

Fairfield Community Arts Center (411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014)

  • 12pm – Arts Activities and Demonstrations

Kennedy Heights Arts Center (6546 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213)

  • 12pm – Neighborhood Art Parade (Follows Montgomery Road from Ridge to Kennedy)

Clifton Cultural Arts Center (3711 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220)

  • 7pm – The Tempest performed by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Sunday, August 12

Peaslee Neighborhood Center (215 East 14th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

  • TBA
    Peaslee Neighborhood Center Community Arts Centers Day

Community Arts Centers Day is collaboratively organized by ArtsWave and the participating community arts centers with generous in-kind support from United Dairy Farmers.