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How the Arts Make An Impact

Check here for new blog posts, podcasts and more that point to how the arts make an impact on our community. 

  • Promoting Harmony with Cincy's oldest LGBTQ+ Organization

    posted by Holly McGowan On Jun 19, 2024
    The Cincinnati Men's Chorus (CMC) has been promoting harmony and inclusivity through music since 1991, making it the oldest LGBTQ+ arts organization in the city.

  • Five Pride Month Arts Events You Don't Want to Miss

    posted by Ryan Strand On Jun 12, 2024
    Happy Pride Month! It's that fabulous time of year when we come together to celebrate love, diversity and acceptance. What better way to do that than through the arts!

  • A 'booming' education program. Shakespeare Style.

    posted by Ryan Strand On Jun 05, 2024
    Cincinnati Shakespeare Company not only entertains but also inspires the younger generation. They receive yearly operational support from ArtsWave, which is what allows them to offer educational matinees at low or no cost to schools.

  • Local arts supporters pave the way for national spotlight

    posted by Alecia Kintner On May 23, 2024
    More than 160 top executives signaled strong support for the 2024 ArtsWave Community Campaign by contributing a total of $2 million. That Campaign wrapped this week, having raised more than ever for the region's arts.

  • Better Know Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers

    posted by Zach Moning On May 07, 2024
    Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers aims to bring more dance to more Cincinnatians. In its Dance Academy that means everything from a flexible costume policy to free tuition. "What matters to us is that you're coming to dance class. That's what's important," says studio director and programs manager Claire Dieringer.

  • Five reasons you don't want to miss CincyJams this year

    posted by Ryan Strand On May 03, 2024
    CincyJams is back and bigger than ever. You won't want to miss this year's workplace Battle of the Bands

  • Your pathway to board leadership in Cincy's Arts

    posted by Zach Moning On Apr 23, 2024
    Have you ever wondered how you could make a difference for your favorite local arts organizations? The first step could be closer than you think. To be part of ArtsWave's Boardway Bound training program, all you need is a desire to make an impact on the arts.

  • Better Know Visionaries + Voices

    posted by Ryan Strand On Mar 28, 2024
    The Teaching Artist Program at Visionaries + Voices demonstrates the capabilities and creativity of people with developmental disabilities, creating educational opportunities that impact both students and teachers alike.

  • Supported by ArtsWave Pride: Sons of Song

    posted by Zach Moning On Mar 26, 2024
    On March 16, Cincinnati Men's Chorus performed with Cincinnati Boy Choir and the St. Xavier High School Men's Choir in "Sons of Song."

  • Better Know the Know

    posted by Zach Moning On Mar 07, 2024
    It can be hard to describe the kind of projects Know Theatre of Cincinnati produces, but producing artistic director Andrew Hungerford takes a crack at it: "We do work that's super exciting and f*****g awesome," he says.

  • Lighting a path for Cincy's arts

    posted by Zach Moning On Feb 27, 2024
    "People don't always face uncomfortable topics head-on. Sometimes they tiptoe around them," says Alyssa Batsakis, CEO and producing artistic director of the Ghostlight Stage Company. That sort of tiptoeing can keep uncomfortable truths in the dark. Therein lies the origin story for "Shining A Light," a series of workshops made possible in part by your gift as an ArtsWave YP member. The series aims to bring questions of accessibility and gatekeeping to the forefront of conversations in and around Cincy's arts.

  • Cincy's arts and businesses partner to build community

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Feb 16, 2024
    William Cooper Procter, the last member of P&G's founding families to run the company, served as the very first chairman of the board for the organization known today as ArtsWave. Nearly 100 years later, P&G is consistently a top corporate partner for ArtsWave. That relationship underscores the vital partnership between the arts and business in building  a strong, vibrant community. In the latest episode of ArtsWrap, Alecia speaks with P&G's chairman, president & CEO, Jon Moeller, and Lisa Sauer, retired P&G executive, about that relationship.

  • The Cincinnati Region’s Arts Investments Pay Dividends

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Jan 18, 2024
    Imagine learning that one of your investments is returning nearly $43 on every dollar. According to a study released this week, that's the return the Cincinnati region sees for its investment in the arts.

  • Cincy presses the refresh button on holiday arts traditions

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Dec 07, 2023
    This time of year, Cincy's arts organizations serve up annual traditions. However, just because they're classics doesn't mean they always have to be the same. Two local performing arts groups prove that with their holiday shows this year. For one, that means using a classic to grow into a new space. For the other, it means bringing back a popular reimagining of a nearly 141-year-old work.

  • Behind the Curtain in Over-the-Rhine

    posted by On Dec 07, 2023
    Where can you find the nation's first professional children’s theater, second oldest opera company, and the longest-running choral festival in the Western Hemisphere? They're all right here, and they all have rich histories. Their stories and more are coming to life through a new guided tour from American Legacy Tours and ArtsWave.

  • Quilt artist and cellist honored for contributions to Cincy culture

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Nov 07, 2023
    Cincy's arts landscape is sculpted by artists, administrators, patrons and more. Since 1929, the Rosa F. and Samuel B. Sachs Fund Prize has been awarded to those proverbial sculptors. The Prize honors individuals who have made a lasting impact on the Cincinnati region through its arts. Past recipients include Zaha Hadid, Kathy Y. Wilson and Stephen Sondheim. The 2023 recipients share a common thread — both use their artistic success to create social change in our community.

  • Cincy makes big gains on a national ranking of arts-vibrant communities

    posted by Zach Moning On Nov 07, 2023
    As someone who pays attention to the region's arts, you probably know there's something special about Cincy. Did you know that intuition is backed by hard data? SMU DataArts, the National Center for Arts Research, recently released its 8th annual list of the most arts-vibrant communities in the United States. Out of over 900 regions across the country, the Index has listed the Cincinnati region as one of its top 20 large communities since 2020.

  • Widening the Circle

    posted by Zach Moning On Oct 25, 2023
    Ideas are living things. Sometimes they grow beyond your expectations. Community leaders Mel Gravely, Delores Hargrove-Young and Edgar L. Smith launched the Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts in 2015, envisioning exclusive experiences with local arts organizations that could connect those who prioritize the arts for their potential to bridge cultural divides. That vision evolved in 2020

  • The Black and Brown Artist Program opens new avenues for success

    posted by Zach Moning On Oct 19, 2023
    The Black and Brown Artist Program represents much more than a source of funding for artists. The grants come with a supportive cohort and a powerful endorsement that can open doors to new opportunities. We checked in with artists Michael Coppage and Julia O. Bianco to learn what impact their participation in the program had on their career trajectory. Spoiler alert: It was big.

  • New subscription series aims to elevate Black voices in Cincy's arts

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Oct 19, 2023
    "Do we accurately represent the community we serve?" Every arts organization must ask itself that question. What happens when the answer is no? More importantly, how do you address shortcomings in diversity, equity, inclusion and access while keeping the changes sustainable?