Fine Arts Fund Presents....

This spring, large and small arts organizations across our region are sharing music, dance, theatre, opera, and visual arts at neighborhood community arts centers, in a new series—Fine Arts Fund Presents….

This initiative, sponsored in part by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./US Bank Foundation, will connect Cincinnati’s arts institutions with community arts centers and other presenting partners across our region.

Through this new series, arts organizations will increase their presence and reach in neighborhoods and suburbs with performances, lectures, and events in Blue Ash, Sharonville, West Chester, Fairfield, Hamilton, and Oxford.

Fine Arts Fund Presents… programming begins on Sunday, April 18, 2010. This year’s series will run for two weeks, wrapping up on Sunday, May 2, 2010 and will close out our annual community campaign. The program is a pilot for a larger initiative coming this fall.

All performances/lectures are approximately one hour long and suitable for all ages.

For a complete schedule of these performances, please click here!


Splash Dance Contributes to the Best of Cincinnati

City Beat editors just announced the Best of Cincinnati 2010. We're thrilled that Splash Dance received TWO mentions: 'Out and About' and 'Best New Thing'.

Readers nominated and voted for Splash Dance as one of the city's best "new things" in a category that editor John Fox described as filled with a very diverse set of nominations "from retail businesses and restaurants to events and organizations to people and social issues." Fox decided to write a short article about the top vote getters in the category as a response to what he calls the "Know Nothings": People who "who like to tell you (and the world) how Cincinnati is a boring city and there’s nothing to do here and all the old places are stupid and nothing new ever happens. They stubbornly cling to the notion that new things here can’t be exceptional because Cincinnati is incapable of being exceptional."

In the "Out and About" category, CityBeat staff named Splash Dance "best arts promo".

You can see Splash Dance's mentions here and here, along with the other winners of City Beat's Best of Cincinnati 2010.

As City Beat noted, all who participated and watched the Splash Dance loved it and had a great time. Thanks to everyone involved, CityBeat voters and staff!


Express Cincinnati Shares our Surprise Art


This year, we kicked off the 2010 Annual Community Campaign for the Arts with something new: surprise art happening all across the region -- from transforming buses into mobile galleries to surprise shows on buses and public spaces in our community.

Margy was a witness to many of the surprise art performances and shares the experience in a column for Express Cincinnati, which you can read here.


“We should all be proud of what we’ve created and make sure we keep the arts all around us,” she concludes.

Next up: A special video of the surprises on kickoff day. Watch this space or sign up for our occasional emails about the fun things in Greater Cincinnati here.

You can show your support for the arts in our community by giving to the Fine Arts Fund today. DONATE HERE.


Arts Make Cincy Sparkle!


The Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded Mary McCullough-Hudson one of its Partnership Awards at the lunch party for the Spirit of Cincinnati USA Awards. The award is for our services and contributions related to bringing all the singing you can imagine (and more) with the 2012 World Choir Games.

The 2012 World Choir Games begining on July 4, 2012 and will be one of the biggest conventions ever in this region, bringing people from all over the world to the "olympics of song".
Even better, it will be a chance to show the world how incredibly vibrant the arts make our region.
Today's celebration ended with some surprise singing that we captured in this video.


Sharing the Joy on Sampler Weekend



On February 20 & 21, Cincinnati celebrated the arts all around us with the Fine Arts Fund's annual Sampler Weekend, sponsored by Macy's. Our city was filled with thousands of people visiting over 50 venues like theaters, museums, community art centers, libraries, schools, and beyond, for shows, exhibits, and hands-on activities throughout the entire Cincinnati region. Creative things – music, dance, storytelling, theatre, painting, and much more – happened all over the place, from the center of the city to the suburbs.

Our Kick Off and Sampler Weekend are creating a big buzz in Cincinnati that is giving our businesses a boost. Last week was a great example of the types of things that happen all over our community, all year long, bringing us together.

To see MANY more photos taken during Sampler Weekend, click here.

Want to support the arts in our community? Click here to donate to the Fine Arts Fund today!