art all around us

Celebrating the Art All Around Us

Please join us, Saturday, February 20, to celebrate the creative things happening all across our community.
During the annual Fine Arts Fund Sampler Weekend, Friends For the Arts is hosting the ArtAlive Celebration at the Contemporary Art Center. The evening will include access to art in the galleries, live performances, music, food, drink, and more. Guests will receive a tote bag featuring the winning design from our 'Sharing Art' Community Competition. You can vote for your favorite artwork here.
For all the details on ArtAlive, please click here.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

'Sharing Art' -- Community Competition


Cincinnati, OH – The Fine Arts Fund is planning a community competition for everyone as part of this year's annual Sampler Weekend. The staff is inviting submissions that celebrate the way our large and small arts events across the region bring people together and make Greater Cincinnati a vibrant place to live, work, play, and stay.

Utilizing word-of-mouth tools like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, the Fine Arts Fund staffers are letting the community know about this opportunity to share their art. There is just one guideline: the design must incorporate artists' view of 'Sharing Art'. Beginning on January 20, 2010, the Fine Arts Fund staff will post submissions and invite everyone in our community to vote on the designs.


The Fine Arts Fund leaders plan to print the winning design on tote bags and give them to partygoers at the Friends For the Arts Party, held at the Contemporary Arts Center on the Saturday of Sampler Weekend. Sampler Weekend will be on Saturday February 20 and Sunday February 21 and is an annual event when creative things happen all over the place – music, dance, storytelling, theatre, painting, and much more. Area residents and visitors enjoy these events every year and can find more information about Sampler Weekend by visiting

“It'll be great to see how people across the community celebrate the way arts connect us and make our region so much fun,” said Margy Waller, Vice President of Arts & Culture Partnership at the Fine Arts Fund.

To view details about the contest and the application form for submissions, please click here.


Art = Love


On the expansion of citizen participation in art-making:

How good can any of this stuff be? That's missing the point, says Robert Lynch, president of the nonprofit arts promoter Americans for the Arts:
"The word 'amateur' comes from the Latin root for love." Where the arts are concerned, love is definitely in the air.

Read the whole report in Newsweek.






Things We Liked in Our Sunday Reading

On the last day before back-to-work in twenty-ten (yep, that's what I've settled on)
was nice to stay inside and warm and read the Sunday papers.

In the New York Times, we liked seeing this report from Damien Cave on people connecting at museums and sharing art a lot these days:


...compared with 2005, Americans spent less time in 2008 buying goods and services and more time cooking or taking part in “organizational, civic and religious activities.”

Just as tellingly, evidence can also be found in culture. While one new study shows that attendance at museums and cultural events dropped from 2002 to 2008, it has climbed in 2009 at many major institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. Movie attendance was also up 5 percent in 2009, and in the world of the Walt Disney Company, product sales have declined as the company’s theme parks enjoyed a 3 percent increase in visitors last quarter.

Even here in Miami, a city famous for its materialism, retailers are hurting while audiences continue to grow at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, at parks and for cheap activities like yoga by the beach.

“It’s a different kind of recession,” said Richard Florida, the author of several best-selling books about the economics of cities. “It’s not like in the ’30s when people stopped going to concerts. Now people seem to be keeping up with experience consumption and cutting back on other necessities.”

In the same paper, we noticed a call for a creative jobs initiative - the kind of thing that means more paintings and storytelling for all of us. We still enjoy art created with a similar effort in the thirties -- like this mural in Cincinnati-- today.

And in our local paper, we read an optimistic commentary written by Tom Callinan, on the role of local media and plans for more connections between the Enquirer and our local arts. Great way to start our year!



Conversations on the Streetcar Line


Lunch Conversation at Arnold's

Yesterday was a day for citizen conversations. All afternoon and late into the evening, we were talking about what's next.
We started with a lunch crowd at Arnold's (setting of regular music sessions), discussing the use of social media (twitter, tumblr, blogger, facebook, linkedin, myspace, etc.) by arts and culture presenters to talk about dance, music, museums, galleries, and so on. The hottest part of the conversation occurred when we started to consider whether tweets and photos and video are good for sharing the art.
Is tweeting just disruptive? Or is it a good way to reach a new audience and connect people around the art? Should we be glad that people are using the new tools to share art? Or worried? And is there anything we can do about it anyway? Should we just embrace it and see it as an opportunity?
Later, at the Coffee Emporium (an amazing space with art and dialogue) and in another group of media types (F.O.T. you might say) we plotted about making sure the casino is a good fit for the neighborhood, and is designed to benefit our local economy and businesses. Some wondered: the casino will benefit immensely from the streetcar - will the developers help to pay for it?
As always - there was art all around us.


Lighting Art








5chw4r7z said...

What is your definition of art?
Fine or performing?
Either way you're asking the wrong question, the real question is, do we continue to try and control how people consume art or do we let them define how they are going to consume it.
If the answer is the former, my guess is there won't be an audience long.

November 12, 2009 11:39:00 AM EST 


 Margy Waller said...


Good point.

As to how I define art - I was hoping that my photos would provide an answer of sorts.
Or was your question directed to a broader audience?

November 12, 2009 2:05:00 PM EST 


 Brad said...

As for extending the line to Broadway Commons, they said they are open to the idea:

November 13, 2009 8:55:00 AM EST