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The Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts recognizes African American Leaders in the community who support ArtsWave with an annual leadership gift of $1,500 or more. 

The Circle was launched in 2015 under the leadership of ArtsWave trustees Mel Gravely, Delores Hargrove-Young and Edgar Smith. 
Members enjoy a variety of arts experiences and engagement opportunities that allow them to connect with each other and to see their gift to ArtsWave in action.

To join: Commit to an annual leadership gift of $1,500, or a 3-year step up plan to $1,500. Give through your workplace campaign or

"Open Circle" Livestream Event

"Open Circle" from ArtsWave's Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts was a livestream event, full of virtual arts and shared reflection as we envision the re-stART of our community after COVID. Guests include Annie Ruth, Founder of Dada Rafiki, David Choate, Founder of Revolution Dance Theater and Rico Grant, Co-Founder of Paloozanoire. Entertainment from violinist Preston Bell Charles III.


Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts Steering Committee

LaCrea Burns, P&G
Kala Gibson, Fifth Third Bank
Michelle Hopkins, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Monica Mitchell, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Sam Moore, P&G
Cenona Taveras, P&G
Deana Taylor, 3CDC

Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts Benefits

Experience "ArtsWave Hour," a luncheon event series featuring arts and community leaders.

Celebrate outstanding accomplishments in the arts through our annual Sachs Fund Prize reception. 

Exclusive members-only arts experiences throughout the year.

Special recognition in the ArtsWave Leadership Roster.*

Leadership Giving Levels

$25,000+ Visionaries 
$15,000 - $24,999 Ovation Circle 
$10,000 - $14,999 Innovators Circle
$5,000 - $9,999 Chair’s Circle
$2,500 - $4,999 Directors’ Circle
$1,500 - $2,499 Leadership Circle

For more information: Call Janice Liebenberg at (513) 632-0132 or email

If you make a joint gift with your spouse/partner:

you will continue to be recognized as a couple based on your total gift to ArtsWave.