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Your pathway to arts board leadership. 


About the Program

ArtsWave’s Boardway Bound is an acclaimed board leadership program for area professionals who are passionate about making a difference. This one-of-a-kind leadership development and placement program prepares participants for arts board service.

Since 2004, ArtsWave has trained and placed more than 400 individuals on the boards of Cincinnati arts organizations, changing the face of leadership and adding capacity to our cultural institutions and creating boards that represent the diverse communities each organization serves.

The 2022 Boardway Bound program will run October 20 - December 1, 2022.

See the 2022 Brochure

Apply Here By June 30


2022 Boardway Bound Info Session


Who should apply?

All backgrounds and career stages are welcome. All you need is a desire to make an impact on the arts!

Participants may have limited board experience but seek professional development in governance and best practices. Some participants have served on boards in other fields and desire more in-depth knowledge of the issues unique to nonprofit arts. Others are new to the region and are looking to make lasting connections. 

ArtsWave encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. Together, we can ensure that the programs and practices of the region’s arts and cultural organizations are reflective of our entire community.


If you have questions or would like more information, please email

2021 Class Graduation and Alumni Reunion

The 2021 Boardway Bound class celebrated their graduation with alumni and ArtsWave staff on May 4 at The Columns at Findlay Market. Mel Gravely, TriVersity Construction CEO and author of "Dear White Friend," joined as guest speaker. These social and networking experiences are one of the reasons Boardway Bound has found success. In addition to the training and matching with an organization, the class provides a lasting network of local leaders who are making an impact on our community through the arts. Join us for our next class!

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