ArtsWave Announces CincySings Competition Host Drew Lachey

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

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Today ArtsWave announces that its first-ever region-wide choral competition, CincySings, will be hosted by artist Drew Lachey at the Aronoff Center on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.  Teams of employee choirs from top regional companies that participate in the ArtsWave Community Campaign will face-off in this high-energy evening of music and fun. Tickets are now on sale for $20 and proceeds benefit the ArtsWave Community Campaign. VIP tickets are available for $50, which includes entry into the event and a pre-show reception with celebrity host and judges.


“We are thrilled to have Drew Lachey as our celebrity host for CincySings,” said Alecia Kintner, President and COO of ArtsWave. “His enthusiasm for the arts and for Cincinnati is infectious, and we know he’ll bring great energy to this exciting event.”


CincySings builds on Cincinnati’s incredible choral tradition, beginning with the May Festival Chorus and extending through the 2012 World Choir Games. 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.  The winners of the CincySings competition will receive a special prize package from ArtsWave and have the chance to sing the national anthem at a Cincinnati Reds game on April 14. 


“CincySings is an entirely new way to involve employees and our entire community in supporting the arts, by showcasing the talent that exists in all our workplaces,” Healey said. “It’s also great for morale and for connecting employees to this region.  This event is meant to bring Cincinnati together to inspire community pride, celebrate the arts and their impact on our lives, and raise awareness for ArtsWave.”


Ten local companies are sending 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. Teams will have the option to be coached by local professional vocal artists in the weeks leading up to the event. 


To expand the competition beyond the corporate community, one additional “Wild Card” team will be chosen by fan vote on YouTube during the week of March 17th.  Any group can form a Wild Card team including churches, schools, families, etc.  To enter, Wild Card teams must create a short video of their group performing and submit it to by midnight on March 15th. All the Wild Card videos will be available to view and vote on during the week of March 17th. The team with the most votes will get the final slot in the CincySings competition.  For a complete list of Wild Card team entry rules, go to


CincySings will be hosted by recording artist and Cincinnati native Drew Lachey.  Drew is best known for being a member of the pop group 98 Degrees and as the crowned champion of season two of Dancing with the Stars. In addition to his vocal and dancing talent, Drew is an experienced stage actor with such Broadway roles as Patsy in Spamalot and Mark Cohen in Rent. Drew is a champion for the arts in Cincinnati. A graduate from Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts, Drew is also the founder of Lachey Arts, an arts education company focused on using real working situations to better train young performers.  Drew has extensive hosting experience including appearances on Dancing with the Stars, the Miss USA Pageant, The Price is Right and, closer to home, the 2012 World Choir Games.  This experience, combined with his passion for the arts and his home town of Cincinnati, makes him the perfect host for this exciting event.


“I’m excited to be hosting ArtsWave’s CincySings event,” said Lachey. “I think we’re going to hear some amazing music from these choirs, and it’s a chance to raise awareness for ArtsWave and the many arts organizations that make Cincinnati such a great place to live. This is truly something you will only see in Cincinnati.”


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. 

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ArtsWave Partners with Three School Districts to Conduct Arts Education Community Audit

Cincinnati, OH – October 25, 2013 – ArtsWave, in conjunction with The Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education (GCAAE), has partnered with Cincinnati Public Schools and two smaller school systems in Northern Kentucky, to conduct an Arts Education Community Audit.   This comprehensive assessment process will be used to measure the scope and accessibility of arts education opportunities for students in those districts.  


The process is based on the “Community Audit for Arts Education” model, created by The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and has been conducted in a number of school districts across the country, including a few in Ohio.  The audit is comprised of 13 different survey instruments, including two administered to students, as well as in-school interviews with principals, teachers and arts specialists.  Information gathered from survey data, interviews and community conversations will be compiled into a final report.


A key component of the audit process is a series of Community Forums.  These Forums are designed to bring together teachers, administrators, school board members, community artists and arts organizations, business and civic leaders and parents/caregivers of students to encourage conversation in support of arts education.  These moderated focus groups last about 90 minutes and encourage in-depth discussion from cross-representative teams.  The forums for Cincinnati Public Schools are scheduled as follows:


· Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:00-7:30 PM at College Hill Fundamental Academy, 1625 Cedar Ave., 45224

· Monday, November 4, 2013, 6:00-7:30 PM at Parker Woods Montessori, 4370 Beech Lane, 45223

· Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 6:00-7:30 PM at Carson Elementary, 4323 Glenway Ave., 45205


The forums for the two Northern Kentucky school systems will be scheduled after the first of the year.  


Through a past research initiative undertaken by ArtsWave, it has been shown that students who are impacted the most by arts education have access to all “three legs of a three-legged stool”: arts education, via arts fundamentals taught by arts specialists in the schools; arts integration, via teachers working cooperatively with both arts specialists and arts organizations’ outreach programs to integrate the arts into other core curricula; and arts enrichment, via additional touch-points both in- and out-of-school, like field trips, after-school arts programming, arts summer camps, etc.  


“ArtsWave knows that arts education plays a role in improving all of our students – their performance, motivation, attitudes and attendance –  making them more likely to succeed in life, which helps contribute to a growing, vibrant regional economy,” said ArtsWave’s CEO, Mary McCullough-Hudson. “It is our hope,” she continued “that this audit will give the community a clearer picture of how much access local students have to arts education, arts integration, and arts enrichment programs, and where opportunities exist to increase students’ access to the arts.”


“We are believers in the power of the arts to drive success in school and life, and we know that partnerships are the best way to expand arts resources that our district alone could not provide,” said Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ronan. “We have high hopes that the community audit will lay the groundwork for our ultimate shared goal of ensuring that all students have full access to great arts education and experiences.”


Alissa Paasch, Education Director at The Carnegie in Covington, is a member of GCAAE and is assisting with the research effort.  “The Carnegie is thrilled to be participating in the Arts Education Community Audit and welcomes this process in Northern Kentucky,” she said. “We look forward to the many opportunities that might result from the audit’s outcomes in our Northern Kentucky communities and beyond.”


If you are a parent, caregiver or a concerned citizen who would like to participate in Arts Education Community Audit process, you can do one or more of the following:


· Register to attend one of the community forums (Cincinnati only, Northern Kentucky registrations will be accepted after January 1, 2014))


· Complete the parent/community survey appropriate for where you currently reside

Contact Mike Boberg at 513.632.0119 or to receive the appropriate link(s) to register or participate in one of the online surveys..



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


Mary McCullough-Hudson will retire as CEO of ArtsWave in 2014; Alecia Kintner to be promoted to President & COO

August 22, 2013 — Mary McCullough-Hudson, President and CEO of ArtsWave, announced today her intent to retire at the end of the organization's fiscal year in August 2014. With this announcement, the Board of Trustees agreed to implement a succession plan that began with the hiring of Alecia Kintner as Chief Operating Officer in 2012. At the October Annual Meeting for ArtsWave, Kintner is expected to be promoted to President and COO. McCullough-Hudson will continue as CEO of the organization.

“The last couple of years have been some of the most interesting and exciting in the history of this organization,” said McCullough-Hudson. “It was exhilarating to direct the transformation of our mission to make us a powerful voice and sustainable investor in our world-class arts and cultural community. Now, after 35 years with this organization—including 20 as CEO—I think it’s time to prepare for a transition in leadership.

“Alecia Kintner represents an emerging new generation of arts leaders and will continue to help ensure that the arts in our community are strong, collaborative, and community-focused,” McCullough-Hudson said. Kintner's previous accomplishments include serving as Deputy Director of the Greater Hartford Arts Council where she led Hartford’s united arts campaign for ten years and initiated programs that connected businesses and employees to the arts, helping attract and retain top talent and young professionals to the region.

Succession planning has been an important focus for ArtsWave as the organization responded to a changing environment by expanding its mission to include advocacy and an impact-based approach to funding arts organizations.

“We believe that strong leadership will continue to be a key factor in strengthening a sector that contributes so much to our region’s economic vitality and social connectedness,” said Karen Bowman, current chair of the ArtsWave board. “By planning ahead for this leadership transition, we’ll have plenty of time to celebrate Mary’s significant accomplishments while continuing the organizational transformation.“


Community Arts Center Week Returns August 24-30, 2013

One of our favorite neighborhood arts events returns for the fourth straight year. Community Arts Centers Week is your chance to discover all the amazing offerings of your local arts center - places where families, friends and neighbors come together to make and enjoy music, dance, theater, visual arts, crafts and more.  Best of all -- all of these events are FREE!  Special thanks to our friends at United Dairy Farmers who are providing free ice cream at these events.
Kennedy Heights Parade 2011 

2013 Pre-Community Arts Centers Week event:
Saturday, August 17th Middletown Arts Center, 130 North Verity Parkway, Middletown.
10:00AM – 12:00PM Paws-a-Palooza – The MAC will be joining forces with PAWS Adoption Center for a pet-centric event that runs from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. They are inviting visitors to stop by during the day to participate in the creation of a new mural. Professional balloon twister Cedar Sanderson will be on-hand from 10:30-11:30AM.

Scheduled Community Arts Centers Week Events, 8/24-8/30
Saturday, August 24th
Women Writing for (a) Change Center, 6906 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati.
10:00AM – 2:00PM The center will have a variety of activities, including writing samplers and readings from adults and girls and an open-mic reading opportunity beginning at 1:30. Make plans to stop by here first before heading to their neighbors just down Montgomery Road.

Kennedy Heights Arts Center, 6546 Montomgery Road, Cincinnati.
12:00 – 4:00PM Participate in a community art project wherein you will have the chance to help construct a giant vessel on the front lawn as part of the exhibit Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold. Additionally, there will be a number of hands-on art activities for all ages, highlighting KHAC’s upcoming fall classes.

Elementz, 1100 Race Street, Cincinnati.
11:00AM – 2:00PM Get your dance on with a variety of free dance classes at Elementz. Children and preteens from 7+ can enjoy hip hop at 11:00AM; Miyah leads a Zumba workout for older teens and adults at Noon; and teens and adults can take part in a hip hop groove class with Derrek Burbridge beginning at 1:00PM.

Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Avenue, Oxford, OH.
2:00 – 5:00PM The Big Ol’ Wall: Oxford Ohio Making Art Together – Bring the family and join the neighbors as the community comes together to participate in the creation of a large scale art project.

Sunday, August 25th
Madisonville Arts & Cultural Center, 5021 Whetsel Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, 3:00 – 5:30PM The newly relaunched (and renamed) MACC presents a Sunday Soiree FIESTA, featuring arts activities, homemade treats, Latin music and dance with special guests Pasitico Latin Band. Neighbors and visitors alike are encouraged to participate in all of the fun acitvities.

Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Avenue, Oxford, OH.
7:00 – 8:00PM Classy Tunes, Double Piano – Two pianos, five musicians, one fantastic hour: Dr. Jerry Stanley presents a scale-blazing hour of amazing music with some special guests.

Tuesday, August 27th
Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Avenue, Oxford, OH.
6:00 – 9:00PM A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company – It Shakespeare in the Park, Uptown Park to be exact. Free art activities for all ages beginning at 6:00, followed by the free performance at 7:00PM.

Wyoming Fine Arts Center, 322 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, OH.
5:30 – 7:30PM Open House – Meet the wonderful faculty and staff at WFAC and learn about their programs! Faculty representing all our programs will be on hand to answer your questions or just chat: Ballet, Jazz/Hip-Hop, Musical Theater, Musik Kids, Suzuki Violin and Piano Programs, Art, Private Music Instruction (from Drums to Guitar, Voice and beyond).

Wednesday, August 28th
Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Avenue, Oxford, OH.
3:00 – 6:00PM Adult Workshops – Oxford-area artists will offer “bite-sized” adult classes. Anyone over 18 is welcome to stop by and try a “free sample.”
Offerings include:
· Howard Krauss – Watercolor for Beginners and Beyond, 3:00-5:00PM
· Pamela Howard – Paper journal binding, 3:00-3:45PM
· Debra Bowles – Rorschach inkblots, 3:30-4:00PM
· Wendy Richardson – Macrame key fobs, 4:00-4:30PM
· Jim Rubenstien – Coloring note cards, 4:30-5:00PM
· Marjorie Bowers – Painting flowers, 5:00-5:30PM
· Sondra Kapirides - TBA, 5:30-6:00PM
· Rebekah Powers – Beginner’s Yoga, 5:30-6:00PM

Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati.
7:00 – 9:00PM A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company - Wednesdays on the Green is finished, but we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer fun on the front green. Please join us for this free Shakespeare in the Park performance in honor of Community Art Centers Week and our five-year anniversary. Free ice cream courtesy of UDF will add to the festivities!