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Representing a cross-section of industries and backgrounds, leadership donors form a dynamic network that provides leading support to advance ArtsWave's Blueprint for Collective Action. More than 1,000 individuals make an annual leadership gift to ArtsWave.

Leadership Giving Levels

$25,000+ Visionaries
$15,000 Ovation Circle
$10,000 Innovators Circle
$5,000 Chair's Circle
$2,500 Directors' Circle
$1,500 Leadership Circle

Leadership Giving Benefits

Experience ArtsWave Hour, a luncheon event series with arts and community leaders held at unique venues throughout the region

Invitation to an exclusive ArtsWave Award event honoring an individual who has made a significant impact in Cincinnati through the arts

Additional arts experiences and opportunities to network with fellow members

Recognition in ArtsWave's Annual Report

Past ArtsWave Hour speakers and panelists:

Scott Altman, Cincinnati Ballet
Kristin Baker
, LISC  Esther Bell, Cincinnati Art Museum  Alissa Belmman Paasch, Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts Aaron Betsky, Cincinnati Art Museum
Dion Brown, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Sarah Coburn, Cincinnati Opera Artist
Trey Devey, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Ruxandra Donose, Cincinnati Opera Artist
Jeremy Dubin, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Dianne Dunkelman, Clever Crazes for Kids
Tim Elsbrock, Fifth Third Bank; 2017 ArtsWave Community Campaign Chair
John Estacio, Composer
Robert Eubanks
, Cincinnati Ballet
Annie Fitzpatrick, Actor
Michael Haney, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Melanie Healey,
 Procter & Gamble; 2014 ArtsWave Community Campaign Chair
Cameron Kitchin, Cincinnati Art Museum
Marcus Küchle, Cincinnati Opera
Louis Langrée, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Ian MacKenzie-Thurley, Fitton Center for Creative Arts
Jonathan Martin, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Steven Matijcio, Contemporary Arts Center
Jill P. Meyer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; 2016 ArtsWave Community Campaign Co-Chair
D. Lynn Meyers, Ensemble Theatre
Evans Mirageas
, Cincinnati Opera
Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet
Ellen Muse Lindeman, Kennedy Heights Arts Center
Rick Pender
, Arts Critic
Raphaela Platow, Contemporary Arts Center
Awadagin Pratt, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; 2016 ArtsWave Community Campaign Co-Chair
Twyla Robinson
, Cincinnati Opera Artist
Blake Robison, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Christy Samad, 3CDC
Missie Santomo, Cincinnati Ballet
Deborah Emont Scott, Taft Museum of Art
Mary Stagaman
, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Julie Sunderland, Cincinnati Ballet
Steven Sunderman, May Festival
Teresa Tanner, Fifth Third Bank
Mary Welsh Schuelter, PIE
Torie Wiggins
, Actor
Tom Williams, North American Properties; 2015 ArtsWave Community Campaign Chair
Jay Woffington, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company  
Matthew Zory, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musician and fine art photographer

Past Sachs Fund Prize Winners:

The Rosa F. and Samuel B. Sachs Fund Prize was first awarded in 1929. It was provided for in the will of the late Samuel B. Sachs to honor outstanding accomplishments in the arts — inclusive of visual arts, music, theatre, dance, literature, sculpture and architecture — and to honor local, regional, national and international artists who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the Greater Cincinnati region. Leadership donors receive an invitation to attend this exclusive ArtsWave Award event.

Jay Chatterjee, Design, Awarded 2018
Jim Borgman, Artist, Awarded 2017
Ms. Kathy Y. Wilson, Writer, Awarded 2016
James Conlon, Music Conductor, Awarded 2016
Leah Stewart, Author, Awarded 2014
Erich Kunzel, Music Conductor, (posthumously) Awarded 2013
Shepard Fairey, Artist, Awarded 2012
Frederic Franklin C.B.E, Dancer and Director, Awarded 2010
Phyllis Weston, Art Collector and Curator, Awarded 2009
Stephen Sondheim, Composer Awarded, 2007
Zaha Hadid, Architect, Awarded 2006
Lee A. Carter, Fine Arts Fund Volunteer, Awarded 2002 
Click here for a list of all past Sachs Fund Prize Winners. 

Combined Gifts

Individuals may combine their gift with that of their spouse for recognition at the Leadership Level.

Step Up to Leadership

The Step Up to leadership program is a great way to ease into the leadership level of $1,500 over several years. Step Up donors enjoy all the benefits of leadership giving right away while starting at the $500 giving level. Individuals may also combine their gift with that of their spouse for recognition at the Leadership Level.

Step Up Example:

  • Year One: $500
  • Year Two: $1,000
  • Year Three: $1,500

For more information, contact Amanda McDonald at 513.632.0131 or email