ArtsWave’s First-Ever CincySings Event Brings Cincinnati Together

Teams of Employee Choirs from Top Companies Help Celebrate the Arts, Raise Awareness

Last night on April 9, ArtsWave hosted its first-ever CincySings event at the Aronoff Center. Hosted by artist Drew Lachey, the high-energy evening featured amazing performances by 11 employee choirs from top regional companies. Judges Bob Herzog, Kathy Wade, Pamela Myers, and Casey Hayes reviewed the performances and provided commentary throughout the show.

For several years, both P&G and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center have run “sing-off” events as part of their ArtsWave workplace giving campaigns, encouraging employees to create small choral groups and take the stage in support of ArtsWave. This year, Melanie Healey, Group President – P&G North America and Chair of the 2014 ArtsWave Community Campaign, suggested expanding the concept to encourage other top regional companies to run internal competitions and then send their winning choirs to face-off in a friendly showdown.  

Ten local companies sent their top choirs to CincySings: American Modern Insurance, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Duke Energy, Fifth Third Bank, GE, Horseshoe Casino, Humana, Kroger, P&G, and TriHealth. Several of the teams worked with a vocal coach provided by ArtsWave from one of the city’s many vocal music and arts organizations including Cincinnati Opera, the May Festival, Cincinnati Boychoir, the Young Professional’s Choral Collective, Cincinnati Children’s Choir, Southern Gateway Chorus, and Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

“CincySings brought our employees together in a new and creative way,” said American Modern Insurance Group President and CEO Manny Rios. “It helped us raise more funds for ArtsWave than ever before and also generated a lot of goodwill and team spirit among the entire company.”

 “It was so exciting to see the creativity, energy and community pride onstage – an extraordinary example of the arts bringing people together,” said Melanie Healey, ArtsWave 2014 Campaign Chair.

All of the company champions succeeded in bringing amazing performances to the stage. After intense discussion, the judges felt that they had to recognize two teams with an “Honorable Mention”: Vocal Intensity from American Modern Insurance Group and Just Roll With It from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.  GE Aviation’s Any Direction narrowly took the runner-up spot and P&G’s Legal Notes was declared the winner. Legal Notes will sing the national anthem at the Cincinnati Reds game on April 14, and with the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend in July.  Any Direction, Vocal Intensity, and Just Roll with It have been invited to perform at Summerfair on May 31.

As the nation’s first and largest arts fundraising drive, the ArtsWave campaign supports the work and impact of over 100 arts and cultural organizations with grants and services. More than 400 companies and 37,000 donors contribute to the effort each year, many through workplace giving campaigns.

For more information on CincySings, visit and follow @ArtsWave and #CincySings on Twitter.


P&G CincySings Legal Notes

P&G, Legal Notes - Winner


 GE CincySings Any Direction

GE Aviation, Any Direction - Runners-up


American Modern CincySings Vocal Intensity

American Modern Insurance Group, Vocal Intensity - Honorable Mention


 CCHMC CincySings Just Roll With It

CCHMC / Wild Card Winner, Just Roll With It - Honorable Mention


Horseshoe Casino, The Seven Stars Singers

Horseshoe Casino, The Seven Stars Singers

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