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Fueling Community

ArtsWave's Blueprint for Collective Action for the Arts Sector

Introduced in 2015, the Blueprint for Collective Action provides a 10-year framework for ArtsWave's community investments and strategic initiatives. The Blueprint leverages the power of the arts to build a more vibrant economy and more connected community in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Metro Region. Its five objectives reflect the distinctive resources and assets of the local arts sector in alignment with broader community needs. 

The Blueprint's objectives are to use the power of the arts to: 

Bridge cultural dividesto make our region more inclusive, diverse, equitable and respectful of all
Fuel creativity and learningto prepare kids to be productive citizens and future employees, and live creative lives.

Put Cincinnati on the map, to attract employees, new businesses and tourists.
Deepen roots in our regionto retain employees and residents, including new college grads.
Enliven neighborhoods, to improve everyone's qualify of life 

Through $10 million in annual grantmaking, ArtsWave intentionally encourages arts programming that supports these goals.


The Cincinnati region rises with the impact of the arts.


With funding, services, and advocacy, ArtsWave fuels a more vibrant regional economy and connected community through the arts.

ArtsWave's Community Impact Journey

At ArtsWave, we believe that the arts are more than just nice -- they are necessary!  The arts contribute to healthy, thriving communities. Our landmark research study, The Arts Ripple Effect, showed that people perceive these positive benefits of the arts regardless of how actively they personally participate: the ripple effects from a lively arts environment make our region more vibrant and more connected.

ArtsWave provides funding and coordination for organizations and initiatives that make the ripple effect of the arts grow even stronger across our region.