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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. 

  • Cincy: A Top Mural City

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Oct 03, 2022
    ArtsWrap is an all-new podcast from ArtsWave, featuring interviews and discussions with the Cincinnati region's most exciting artists, creators, thinkers and more. Catch new episodes monthly by subscribing on your favorite podcast app.

  • BLINK builds connections locally and internationally through the arts

    posted by Zach Moning On Jul 28, 2022
    When it returns October 13-16, BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, will demonstrate how the arts can foster connectivity and put Cincinnati on the map. You can see it already in recently announced collaborations between local arts organizations and international artists.

  • Artists ready to reveal their truths and inspire at upcoming showcase

    posted by Zach Moning On Jul 08, 2022
    From July 15-17, the 22 artists of ArtsWave's 2022 Black and Brown Artist Program reveal their work at the Truth & Inspiration Artist Showcase. These multidisciplinary projects reflect the program's theme of "truth and reconciliation" by taking an honest look at racial injustice and imagining a more equitable future for the Cincinnati region. We asked the artists about their work and what to expect at the Showcase.

  • Cincinnati Opera explores racial justice in new world premiere

    posted by Zach Moning On Jun 30, 2022
    After a two year wait due to COVID-19, Cincinnati Opera raises the curtain on the world premiere of "Castor and Patience" in July 2022. ArtsWave supports the production as part of Flow, an African American Arts Experience, as it brings world-class Black artistic talent to the region, elevates appreciation for Black artists and helps cultivate a diverse audience.

  • How a Battle of the Bands is good for Cincy business

    posted by Lisa Wolter On May 12, 2022
    ArtsWave's CincyJams is the Cincinnati region's first workplace Battle of the Bands competition. Attendance is free and you, the audience, choose the winning bands. The event comes as recent trends show how important workplace engagement can be.

  • Arts festivals and special events keep Cincy vibrant year-round

    posted by Zach Moning On Apr 22, 2022
    BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, is the most anticipated event of the year. It's built on an ecosystem of arts festivals and special events that enliven the Cincinnati region and draw national and worldwide acclaim.

  • The “personal” is universal for artists Brent Billingsley and Asha Ama Daniels

    posted by Kori Hill On Mar 29, 2022
    Asha Ama Daniels and Brent Billingsley's projects explore the themes of "truth and reconciliation" with the community playing an active role.

  • Blazing Inspiration: The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn

    posted by Kori Hill On Feb 10, 2022
    Jazzmeia Horn is a vocal force to be reckoned with. Even as her third album is under consideration for a Grammy, she's hard at work on a fourth. She'll share songs from both, plus jazz standards, when she comes to the Aronoff Center April 1-2.

  • BLINK illuminates the Cincinnati region this October

    posted by Zach Moning On Feb 10, 2022
    The Cincinnati region's biggest ever event returns this fall. Take a look at what BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, does for the region, see how it can deliver even more, and learn about special BLINK benefits you could get thanks to your gift to ArtsWave.

  • The Cincinnati region’s arts are our common ground

    posted by Zach Moning On Jan 28, 2022
    The arts can help to bridge cultural divides. They can provide a starting point that leads to more understanding at a historically divisive moment in history.

  • Holiday arts traditions hit different this year

    posted by Zach Moning On Dec 03, 2021
    After a year of postponements, cancelations and pivots, we could all use a bit of joy and cheer. Find out how the arts bring back holiday favorites this season with fresh ideas on timeless themes.

  • Norm Lewis spreads messages of holiday cheer and equity

    posted by Kori Hill On Nov 09, 2021
    Broadway's Norm Lewis comes to the Aronoff December 3-4 for ArtsWave's Flow, an African American Arts Experience. Before you take in his holiday cabaret, learn about his work with Black Theatre United to advance equity.

  • Cincinnati Ballet's next act

    posted by Zach Moning On Nov 04, 2021
    With the new Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati Ballet advances its mission to enrich, expand and excel in the art of dance while centering its engagement with the community.

  • Cincinnati Region's Arts Invite You to BRING YOU

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Oct 08, 2021
    As live arts return to the Cincinnati Region, their success depends on an enthusiastic audience. Find out how ArtsWave is letting the community know about hundreds of events happening this fall.

  • Cincinnati's Arts: The Region Scripts a Comeback Story

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Jul 29, 2021
    With the help of the community, live arts are rebounding, with local arts organizations offering performances and exhibitions. Find out how Cincinnati is coming together to lay the groundwork for a vibrant economic recovery.

  • Truth and Reconciliation Artist Showcase Highlights Greater Cincinnati Artists

    posted by Kori Hill On Jul 29, 2021
    After months of preparation, local Black and Brown artists premiered their work at the Truth and Reconciliation Artist Showcase. Check out our recap of the Opening Weekend. Catch the Truth and Reconciliation Visual Art Exhibition at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center now through the end of October.

  • Truth and Reconciliation Artists Reveal Their Work

    posted by Alecia Kintner On May 28, 2021
    After a year marked by the pandemic and stark displays in systemic racism, ArtsWave awarded grants to projects that speak to the complexities of "truth" and "reconciliation." Learn how these projects are coming to life.

  • Seeds of Change Sown Through the Arts

    posted by Ray Gargano On May 28, 2021
    Project grants like ArtsWave's Catalyzing Impact program give arts organizations the resources they need to make new impacts take root. See what that funding has helped take root.

  • Board Program Returns This Fall to Prepare Next Generation of Cincinnati’s Arts Leaders

    posted by Mary Stagaman On May 28, 2021
    Boardway Bound has trained more than 400 individuals for board leadership. This September, a new class begins the program. See how they can help the arts.

  • ArtsWave Welcomes New VP to Focus on Community Impact

    posted by Kathy DeBrosse On May 28, 2021
    Ray Gargano recently started at ArtsWave. His contributions will advance ArtsWave's Blueprint for Collective Action. Learn about his initial observations and find out what he plans to do.