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ArtsWave YP Resource Center

Thank you for your interest in helping grow the number of young professionals supporting ArtsWave! Our goal is to spread the word about ArtsWave, share the message of why the arts are important for YPs in our region, help engage YPs with local arts, and of course encourage them to consider a contribution to ArtsWave as a YP donor! And remember the number one rule: to opt in as an ArtsWave YP donor, simply CHECK THE YP BOX when making your gift!

We have several resources below if you are looking to drive YP engagement with ArtsWave, whether it's within your exisitng ArtsWave workplace campaign or just within your professional/personal circles.

Use the links below to jump to the relevant resource!

ArtsWave YP: Spreading the Message
The most important thing you can do is to spread the message about how easy it is to be an ArtsWave YP donor. All you have to do is check the YP box when making your gift! 

-- Whether your workplace runs a campaign or whether you are encouraging people to give directly through our website (which they can do here), the most important thing is to remind people to CHECK THE YP BOX when making their gift! This will ensure they are counted as a YP and will also designate a portion of their gift to support our YP Grant. You can make use of the graphics below when sending/posting communcations to help! Simply right click, and save/copy.

-- If your workplace runs an ArtsWave campaign, consider sending out a message tailored to your YP employees. Feel free to use these email templates and adjust however you like!

-- Share out all the great events put on by ArtsWave YP itself and by our YP grant recipients! See the events section below for info and links.

-- Including information about ArtsWave's amazing donor benefits in your messaging is a great way to get people to give!

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ArtsWave YP: Driving Engagement
To supplement any communications you might share, you can also organize on or off-site events. Here are some resources and ideas to get you started:

- Request an arts speaker to come address your YP group through our Speaker Request Form. Speakers are from arts organizations all throughout our region and are extremely impactful.

- Book an in-person or virtual performance/experience through ArtsWave Artist @ Your Meeting! Performances are customizable and all art forms are available to fit you and your team.

- Get competitive and have some fun with ArtsWave Trivia or the ArtsWave Puzzle Crawl! Both can be done in-person or virtually.

- Or, get creative and come up with your own event! Some common ideas we've seen people use are happy hours, cook-offs, arts and crafts contests, karaoke competitions, movie trivia, etc. Reach out to ArtsWave if you want to brainstorm ideas!

- Finally, you can make use of existing ArtsWave YP events by getting a group together to attend them. See the YP Events section directly below for more information.

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. Stay tuned for our 2023 campaign events, but in the meantime read about and see some photos from past events below!

Cincy Shakes: Behind the Curtain
ArtsWave YP took a behind-the-scenes look at one of Cincinnati’s most innovative theatres! Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, an ArtsWave YP grant recipient, hosted ArtsWave Young Professionals for an exclusive experience. Attendees got to participate in an interactive Q&A talk with Cincy Shakes staff and actors about what goes into putting on a show, went on a unique backstage tour of the facility, and more! See photos from the event here.

ArtsWave YP Streetcar Pub Crawl

ArtsWave YP launched the region's first streetcar-based pub crawl back in May! Using the ArtsWave branded streetcars as transport, we made our way to bars throughout downtown and OTR and enjoyed local performers along the way, including Revolution Dance, CSO, Pones, and Preston Bell Charles III. The event was such a success that we plan to bring it back for 2023! See photos here.

ArtsWave YP Grant Recipient Events
The ArtsWave YP Grant awards funds to arts organizations to provide support for programming specifically geared towards young professionals. When you make a gift to ArtsWave and opt-in as a YP donor, a portion of that money goes to this grant. Click here to learn more.

There were multiple events and other opportunities to engage among last season's YP grant recipients. Check them out below and click the links for more info! Information on our 2022-23 grant recipients will be posted soon.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: YP Preview Nights
The Cincy Shakes YP Preview Night provides area Young Professionals with a mid-week outing and a chance to relax and enjoy art – a necessary moment of self-care in today’s hustle culture. YP Preview Night will occur on the night of the Final Dress Rehearsal of each Mainstage Show. After the show, participants will get the chance to chat with members of the CSC Artistic Team! 

Community Happens Here: Animations & Cocktails
An interactive evening learning the art of animation and cocktail creation! Each session includes a short animated film, a discussion, learning an animation technique related to the film, and learning how to mix a fabulous cocktail that is themed to the movie!

Contemporary Arts Center: Co-Lab
The CAC presents Co-LAB, 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. 

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati: Show Up!
With Show Up! Young Professionals in the community can gather, read and discuss theatrical works whose topics align with the theatre's mission of producing socially conscious work and uplifting voices that should be heard. The goal is to provide a welcoming yet safe group to discuss themes and issues found in art and society.

ArtsWave Videos
ArtsWave has several campaign impact videos, including the one below that highlights how Cincinnati arts organizations are engaging YPs. Sharing these videos within your networks is another great way to get out the word about ArtsWave. Access our full impact video library here.

Social Media Suggestions

Find Out What's Happening

Follow @ArtsWave on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see the impact of our amazing arts: enlivening our neighborhoods, fueling creativity and learning, connecting our community and helping to put Cincinnati on the map. Build your arts calendar at!

Share The Love
Like and share posts that show why you support ArtsWave — because together, #WeAreTheArts. Share photos and videos of your campaign, or of arts in our community. Share updates from @ArtsWave or our partner organizations so your networks see how the arts connect us all.

Join the Conversation

Comment on posts to connect with other people who know how the arts can create ripple effects of benefits throughout our community. In your own posts, be sure to tag @ArtsWave and use hashtags to spread the word about arts in action and the reasons why and fun ways you’re supporting ArtsWave.

Useful Hashtags

Overall: #WeAreTheArts, #CincyArts
To engage YPs: #ArtsWaveYP
When using ArtsWave discounts: #ArtsWavePass
At ArtsWave events: #ArtsWaveDays, #CincySings, #CincyJams
When enjoying the arts that make Cincinnati amazing: #CincyArts