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Connecting Arts Professionals

As the Greater Cincinnati region's arts service agency, ArtsWave convenes groups of arts professionals throughout the year to network, share best practices, facilitate collaboration, and learn.


Bob Allen Groups
Gatherings for arts professionals in the areas below have been affectionately named Bob Allen lunches in memory of the late Bob Allen. Bob first convened and led lunches for Marketing & PR professionals in the late 1970s. He derived so much pleasure from these gatherings that he directed a legacy gift to continue these luncheons in perpetuity through the Elise Eaton Allen Performing Arts Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Bob Allen gatherings are now held for arts professionals in the following fields:
          -Arts Education
          -Community Arts Centers
          -Community Engagement
          -Marketing & PR

Arts in HUEmanity (AIH)
In the summer of 2020, ArtsWave launched a new roundtable group for people of color who are employed as staff members at local arts organizations. Led by ArtsWave team members Danielle Evans and Janice Liebenberg this is meant to be a networking and mentoring forum that helps create a stronger sense of community among arts professionals of color.

To join one of the networking groups listed above, please complete the sign-up form below.


Launched in 2015, Blueprint “Lunch & Learns” are a series of informal gatherings that invite local and national speakers to discuss a variety of topics around the Blueprint for Collective action and how it relates to regional priorities and initiatives. Past topics have included:

Topic Speaker(s) 
Meeting Our Talent Challenge in a Global Economy: Data and Insights for Action Mary Stagaman, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Creative Placemaking: A Conversation with National Leaders Jamie Bennett, ArtPlace America; Regina R. Smith, The Kresge Foundation; Lynne McCormack, National LISC
Bridging Cultural Divides: A Conversation with Donna Walker-Kuhne
Donna Walker-Kuhne, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Creative Time Summit: Under Siege (Live Stream) Alicia Garza with Sheila Pree Bright, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Raqs Media Collective)
Updates from Source Cincinnati and the Regional Tourism Network Julie Calvert, Source Cincinnati; Linda Antus, Regional Tourism Network
Implicit Bias Mary Stagaman, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Gabriel Gottlieb, Xavier University
Building our Reputation + Cultural Tourism Marketing Susan Lomax, Source Cincinnati; Linda Antus, Regional Tourism Network
Developing Intrinsic Inclusion across the arts sector Vincent Brown, Randolph Brown Consulting
Development of 21st century skills + Sensory-friendly Arts Programming Isidore Rudnick, Cincinnati Public Schools; Julie Sunderland, Cincinnati Ballet (formerly); Jennifer Smith, Cincinnati Children's

Special thanks to the Elise Eaton Allen Performing Arts Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation for underwriting the cost of these gatherings for arts professionals.