Community Invests $9.8 Million in the Region’s Arts Groups

June 24, 2011 — People all across our community will learn today how their support of the arts combines to make a significant investment in the creative things happening all over our region. ArtsWave announced that community volunteers approved distributing $9.8 million to support the music, dance, museums, theatre, festivals, and more that make our neighborhoods great. This investment is possible thanks to the support of thousands of people who contributed to the annual community campaign for the arts.

Grants support over 100 organizations of all sizes from large organizations like the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Cincinnati Ballet, to mid-size nonprofits like Madcap Puppet Theatre and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, to regional and emerging groups like the Kennedy Heights Arts Center and Visionaries and Voices.

In 2011, community volunteers made major grants to seventeen organizations totaling $9,397,691. Additionally, over $365,000 has been set aside for smaller grants to be made to other groups. The next grant application process for smaller groups begins in July. Below see a complete list of the 2011 major grants.

ArtWorks $37,866
Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center $23,010
The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati $79,303
Cincinnati Art Museum $1,768,892
Cincinnati Ballet $871,594
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra $28,640
Cincinnati Opera $1,014,156
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park $1,175,724
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company $39,592
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra $2,957,990
Contemporary Arts Center $474,455
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati $90,272
Fitton Center for Creative Arts $52,999
Kentucky Symphony Orchestra $50,330
MadCap Productions Puppet Theatre $48,594
May Festival $349,644
Taft Museum $334,710
Community Grants Program $365,210

“By supporting a wide variety of arts groups, we engage more people throughout the region both as artists and audience members,” says Mary McCullough-Hudson, ArtsWave President & CEO. “The more people involved, the greater the benefits to the whole community.” View a list of the organizations that received funding in the last year here.

Community residents and our neighborhoods benefit in many ways from the arts. Theatres, museums, festivals, and arts centers create vital neighborhoods and energized communities where people want to live, work, play, and stay. Music, storytelling, and dancing bring people together—connecting with each other, sharing ideas, and understanding each other in new ways.