ArtsWave Partners with OTR Flags for Online Auction

Cincinnati, OH – September 25, 2013 – Hand-painted silk flags created for the 2012 opening of Washington Park will go on sale through an online auction beginning October 9. Funds raised from the sale of the flags, originally created for the OTR Flags project by local artists, will go to ArtsWave for the purpose of funding free public arts programs in Washington Park in the summer of 2014.

Created for the grand re-opening of Washington Park in July 2012, the colorful silk flags helped to create a festive atmosphere for events during the World Choir Games and beyond. The community engagement project involved organizations, artists, and residents of Over-the-Rhine working together to design and paint the flags, building a sense of community through the arts at a grass-roots level. When the flags came down with the onset of winter weather, Angela Morrow of OTR Flags considered how they might have a second life.

“Each flag is beautiful and unique and represents the fabric of our community,” said Ms. Morrow. “We knew that many people would love to buy one for their home, and we wanted to leverage that enthusiasm to create even more art in Washington Park. That’s when we reached out to ArtsWave.”

OTR Flags successfully partnered with ArtsWave this past summer to create a series of family arts activities on Sunday afternoons in Washington Park featuring a wide variety of local arts groups including Visionaries & Voices, Cincinnati Ballet, and the Children’s Theater of Cincinnati, among others.

“We are so pleased to partner with OTR Flags again in supporting arts programming in Washington Park,” said Kate Kennedy, Director, Individual and Leadership Giving for ArtsWave. “Both the original project and these further collaborations have helped to establish the park as a place where the arts can bring families and neighbors together. We hope that people who are passionate about the arts and the neighborhood will bid generously to own a piece of this project and support more public arts programming.”

The auction will include 18 large flags and 43 smaller flags. Created by local artists in conjunction with local organizations and community members, each hand-painted silk flags is a unique work-of-art suitable for home display. Bidding begins Wednesday, October 9 and runs through Friday, October 18. Bids begin at $25 for small flags, and $200 for large flags. Buyers can also choose to buy a flag outright for a fixed price. To see images of the flags and place bids, visit


ArtsWave Invests $10.1 Million in Greater Cincinnati Community

June 24, 2013 — ArtsWave announces over $10 million in grants and initiatives to create vibrant neighborhoods and bring people together through music, dance, theater, museums and more. These investments are made possible by the thousands of people and organizations who contributed to ArtsWave’s annual community campaign—donors who recognize that the arts make Greater Cincinnati a great place to live. ArtsWave continues to be the largest united arts fund in the country, investing $62 million in Greater Cincinnati arts organizations in the last six years alone.

ArtsWave’s grantmaking committees of more than 50 community representatives allocated the majority of funds – more than $9.5 million - for impact grants to thirty-four local arts organizations ranging from $14,000 to nearly $3 million. In addition, ArtsWave will invest more than $400,000 in more than 60 smaller project grants and strategic local partnerships. Restricted gifts of $206,000 to the annual community campaign will support special initiatives in arts innovation, arts and health, arts education, and the region. Contributions to the community campaign also support a wide variety of shared services for arts organizations such as board training, the new Lawyers for the Arts program, and administration of a health insurance alliance.

Grantmaking committees approved one-year impact grants for nineteen organizations, including two new impact grantees in Butler County: Oxford Community Arts Center and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. The fifteen largest organizations awarded two-year impact grants in 2012 also received a pro-rata increase for the second year of their awards in 2013. See attached for a complete list of the 2013 impact grantees.

“From our recent research into local arts engagement, we know the arts have a profound impact on the quality of life in our region,” says Karen Bowman, Chair, ArtsWave Board of Trustees and Principal, Deloitte Consulting. “ArtsWave is committed to fueling that impact. These grantee organizations continue to share ample evidence of their contributions to community vitality and we believe these grants will help to sustain and expand their efforts.”

This is the second year that ArtsWave has made grant-making decisions based on the community impact of applying arts organizations, using data and measurement strategies chosen by the organizations. Grantmaking committees also considered criteria such as governance, financial performance, and collaboration with other arts organizations. In the last year, ArtsWave hired a full-time Director of Impact Planning and Analysis, Dr. Tara Townsend, who has created an online impact measurement toolkit for local arts organizations, provided multiple workshops on survey creation and other topics, and held dozens of one-on-one meetings with impact grant recipients to refine their data gathering and reporting efforts.

“Through the process of measuring impact with ArtsWave, our arts sector is focused squarely on creating additional public value,” said Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra President Trey Devey. “The feedback loop between the community and our Orchestra has made us a better organization, more able to support the highest aspirations of our region.”

The grantmaking process provided many examples of how museums, arts centers, theaters and more make an impact on life in Greater Cincinnati:

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in2013, the Fitton Center in Hamilton welcomes 55,000 community members annually creating a measurable economic impact on surrounding businesses who report an uptick in sales on nights of Fitton Center events, including a 30% increase in bookings at the downtown Hamilton hotel.

The more than 9,500 patrons of the May Festival report a direct spend of nearly $250,000 in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood during the two weekends of the festival. Nearly two-thirds say attending a May Festival concert motivates them to return to take advantage of neighborhood amenities.

In 2012, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) held 147 different events to engage the community in shared arts experiences, like Wednesdays on the Green where more than 4,500 members of the community gathered and interacted with one another in an informal setting. In fact, nearly two-thirds of attendees reported meeting new friends or neighbors at a CCAC event.

The doors at the Cincinnati Ballet open over 85,000 times a year as adults and children come to classes and events. With a constant flow of people and a security guard at their door, their presence on the corner of Central Parkway and W Liberty Street is making the neighborhood safer.

Cincinnati Art Museum’s extraordinary exhibitions drew more than 295,000 people – its third highest attendance on record. By offering free admission, Cincinnati Art Museum expands opportunities for residents and visitors to experience a wide variety of cultures through art.

Impact grants will benefit a wide variety of communities including Covington, Clifton, Hamilton, Kennedy Heights, Oxford, and Westwood. “We believe it is vital to expand the benefits of the arts all across the Greater Cincinnati region,” says Mary McCullough-Hudson, President & CEO of ArtsWave. “By investing in a wide variety of arts and culture groups in many different neighborhoods, we hope to engage more people and increase our impact.”

The ArtsWave Board of Trustees also approved the commitment of funds to continue strategic partnerships with several local organizations including Cincinnati Public Radio, CET, the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and the May Festival and Vocal Arts Ensemble.


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.

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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.