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ArtsWave Young Professionals connects donors between 21 and 40 years of age. Our members are committed to creating an engaged YP community and making a positive impact in the Queen City. To identify as an ArtsWave Young Professional, simply check the YP box when you make your pledge.

ArtsWave Young Professional Giving Levels

 Make your ArtsWave YP gift today!

$75 - Invitation to ArtsWave YP Events
Under 40? Opt in as a Young Professional when making your pledge by checking the YP box.  Receive all of our general donor benefits as well as invitations to ArtsWave YP's event series!

$500 YP Leader
In addition to the ArtsWave Pass, the $150 and $250 level benefits, YP Leaders receive invitations to select ArtsWave Leadership events and recognition in our community report.

YP Grant Program

In 2016 we created a Young Professional Grant Program, an initiative from our YP Committee, funded by a portion of the contributions made by YPs to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. This specialized grant is awarded to arts organizations who create programming specifically geared towards young professionals.

2020-2021 recipients: Action Tank, Cincinnati Memorial Hall Society, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Contemporary Arts Center, ish Festival, Revolution Dance Theatre, Young Professionals Choral Collective

2019-2020 recipients:
 Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Contemporary Arts Center, Over-the-Rhine Museum, Taft Museum of Art, and Young Professionals Choral Collective.

2018-2019 recipients: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Taft Museum of Art, and Young Professionals Choral Collective.  

2017-2018 recipients: Behringer-Crawford Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Melodic Connections.  

2016-2017 recipients: Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and concert:nova.

YP Events

If you want to spread the message about ArtsWave YP by getting co-workers or friends together for a post-work or weekend outing, look no further!  Check out the options below. 

ArtsWave YP Events
ArtsWave puts on events throughout our campaign season for existing and potential YP donors:

ArtsWave YP Trivia, March 10 at 5:00 p.m.
Care to test your local arts knowledge? ArtsWave YP will be hosting a virtual trivia challenge featuring questions all about Cincinnati's local arts institutions! Local actor Ernaisja Curry will act as your game host, and there will be prizes for our top finishers (including our ArtsWave whiskey, tickets to local arts events and exhibitions, ArtsWave swag, and more). Get ready to bring your arts trivia A-game! Click the link above for more info and to register.

ArtsWave YP Paint & Sip, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Join YPs from our local partner companies and our general community in this one-of-a-kind virtual event! Each attendee will get a kit complete with canvases, brushes, paint, and palette. Log on to the video call from home to be guided through your creation by a professional artist! Participants can interact with the artist guide and each other. Before the event, pick up a bottle of wine or 6-pack of beer from our event partners Fretboard Brewing and Humble Monk Brewing, and enjoy select happy hour pricing while you're there! Finally, share your completed works on Instagram and Facebook - selected attendees can even have their work displayed in the ArtsWave building windows!

ArtsWave YP Grant Recipient Events
There are multiple events and other opportunities to engage among this season's six YP grant recipients. Check them out below and click the links for more info!

Action Tank: Creative Candidate Night
Action Tank is a think tank that partners with artists to research and promote new public policy solutions at the local government level. They will be hosting three creative candidate nights for Cincinnati's 2021 local elections, in which artists will design and lead engagement. 

Cincinnati Memorial Hall Society: LAS Underground
LAS Underground is a virtual concert series featuring a diverse lineup of regional performers and bands. This series curates and commissions musicians to perform intimate live-streamed shows from their homes, studios, or currently shuttered/underutilized public spaces.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Off the Grid
YPs feel more connection to their community when arts events are unique, creative, and participatory, so Off the Grid creates immersive theatre experiences for today. With an innovative artistic approach, interactive performances take place in settings that reimagine the nature of theatrical storytelling. 

Contemporary Arts Center: Co-Lab
Co-LAB is an experiment in what is possible. This program is designed to collaborate with the public, create change, alter perspectives, and think creatively. Whether it’s a round table discussion, short film screening, deep dive into self-care, or walk in the community, Co-Lab co-curates a unique experience for all.

ish Festival: YP Emerging Artist Fellowship
Young Professionals in the arts experience barriers, especially in the times that we live in. Each of the Emerging Artist Fellows will  innovate new young professional artistic experiences in Cincinnati, and serve as peer-to-peer guides in a more collaborative and thriving ecosystem of young professional-led arts engagement.

Revolution Dance Theatre: InRoads to the aRts
InRoads to the aRts will create a pipeline for young professionals to careers in the arts. From a carefully crafted webinar series, on location training, internship opportunities and networking events, InRoads will provide YPs in Cincinnati with tangible opportunities to become arts professionals.

Young Professionals Choral Collective: Concert Cycles
In this innovative program, young professional music-lovers partner with local professional artists to develop concerts during a six-week-long thematic cycle. Four concert cycles each season allow singers to perform with artists from some of the most respected organizations in town.

Young Professionals Committee

The ArtsWave Young Professionals Committee works to raise money for the ArtsWave Community Campaign and connects young professionals to the arts through engaging arts experiences.

Emily Rotella, Fifth Third Bank, ArtsWave YP Board Co-Chair
Ian McManis, Barnes Dennig, ArtsWave YP Board Co-Chair

Katherine Anderson, Merrill Lynch & Co.
Toni DiPietro, FIS Global
Patrick Douglas, Ohio National Financial Services
Adam Fath, PNC Bank
Samantha Godskind, P&G
Madeline Hedges, Dinsmore Compliance Services
Pramila Kamath, Kroger
Melissa Matthews, Keating Muething & Klekamp
Emma McAvoy, Taft Museum of Art
Aaron Motley, ICE Robotics
Amber Ostaszewski, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Trevor Phillips, FC Cincinnati
Erica Yang, 84.51°

Connect with us!

Find ArtsWave on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join the conversation with #ArtsWaveYP.

ArtsWave YPs connect through a variety of ArtsWave-hosted events throughout the year. Discover upcoming fun ways to meet others and find your new favorite thing to do by signing up to receive our monthly e-newsletter and checking out the Young Professionals section of the ArtsWave Guide.

For more information about ArtsWave Young Professionals, e-mail