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Arts Bridge Cultural Divides

When the arts reflect and celebrate the diversity of our community, residents build a greater understanding and appreciation of cultural differences.

Brandon Hawkins mural

2021 Black & Brown Artist Project Grants

A cohort of 27 Black and Brown artists were awarded grants for their projects on the theme of “truth and reconciliation.” This funding comes from the City of Cincinnati, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Duke Energy, Fifth Third Bank, and ArtsWave’s Arts Vibrancy Recovery Fund. Twenty-two grant recipients were selected from among nearly fifty applicants, in addition to five invited artists. As a group, the projects advance ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action and the powerful goals of bridging cultural divides, promoting understanding and empathy, deepening the roots of residents, and improving neighborhoods.

Click here to see a list of Truth and Reconciliation projects.


To promote cross cultural understanding by increasing the availability and accessibility of arts experiences that include and represent all races and ethnicities.

Indian Dance at Art Museum

Engagement expert Donna Walker-Kuhne:

Diverse audiences start from a culture of diversity.

Watch the full conversation with Donna Walker-Kuhne

a nationally recognized expert on marketing and audience engagement. 
Her talk was part of a continuing series of workshops 
about the goals of the Blueprint for Collective Action.