There’s so much to look forward to in 2017 in the arts! Thanks to ArtsWave’s partnership with the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network (RTN), we’ve announced 14 special grants this month that will support exciting Fall programs. Here is a quick snapshot of upcoming events made possible by ArtsWave donors: 

To build on October’s new “BLINK” Festival in downtown Cincinnati:  
* ArtWorks will produce a 20-block Light parade as part of BLINK’s opening night ceremony  
* Cincinnati Opera will feature short & sweet performances in the Opera Express big-rig truck, parked along the BLINK route  
* Cincinnati Ballet will collaborate with Contemporary Dance Theatre for three performances at the Aronoff’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater, that will occur during BLINK evenings 
* Taft Museum will feature an African-American dancer/choreographer as its 31st annual Duncanson Artist in Residence, who will present additional performances at a location near the BLINK route  
* Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton will host “Intrude,” a globally-acclaimed traveling public art exhibition of giant, illuminated rabbits(!). 

To celebrate the opening of new and renewed cultural facilities this Fall
* Cincinnati May Festival will commission a new choral work in honor of, and featured at, the 2017 Music Hall re-opening 
* Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will accelerate present its debut season at the new Otto M. Budig Theater 
* Young Professionals Choral Collective will host a Visiting Voices Conference, bringing young professional singer together for a weekend of choral singing at Memorial Hall 

To add to the mix of culturally rich and multi-cultural arts experiences
* Cincinnati Jewish Federation will host “ish”, Cincinnati’s first Jewish and Israeli arts and cultural festival 
* Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre will partner with NrityArpana School of Performing Arts for the “What’s Old is Contemporary Cultural Festival,” a celebration of West African and Indian dance  
* Cincinnati Black Theatre Company will host a first-time Cincy Sanaa Festival: a celebration of life, art, music, history, and culture 
* King Studios will celebrate the 4th annual King Records Month in September 
Two final regional grants are being made for: 
* The American Sign Museum to host Second Saturday tours with the theme “Where Art Meets Industry” in Camp Washington 
* Behringer-Crawford Museum to create a virtual reality experience to enhance their holiday toy trains exhibit 

Stay tuned for more information about each of these and all the other 2017 grants made possible by the ArtsWave Community Campaign! We are nearly 40% of the way toward the $12,600,000 goal! You can help us get the rest of the way there by using #ISupportArtsWave in social media and clicking here to donate now!