Cincinnati, OH – December 13, 2013 – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that ArtsWave is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide – and just six in Cincinnati -- to receive an NEA Art Works grant. ArtsWave is recommended for a $40,000 grant to support Arts Atlas Cincinnati, an interactive, web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) designed to provide a comprehensive picture of the arts assets in the region. 

Arts Atlas Cincinnati was initiated to address social impact metrics for the arts sector. The custom-designed GIS is intended to assist local arts constituents and standardize measurement of the social impact of the arts. GIS provides the capability to collect, manage, manipulate, analyze, and distribute information that is geographically based to provide a better visual image of patterns and relationships. The site will launch in late 2014 and will be continually updated with data gathered by ArtsWave and by local arts organizations.

Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts." 

“Arts Atlas Cincinnati will be an exciting next step in ArtsWave’s efforts to measure the social impact of the arts in our community,” said Dr. Tara Townsend, ArtsWave’s Director of Impact Planning and Analysis. “Anyone will be able to see for themselves the integral role that arts and culture plays in our region in a highly-visual and interactive way.”  

“This is important validation of ArtsWave’s efforts to provide evidence of the broader community impact of arts organizations and the arts sector as a whole in Greater Cincinnati,” said Alecia Kintner, ArtsWave’s President & COO. “We are honored to receive this recognition and eager to put new technology tools in place to support this effort.”

The NEA’s Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts.  The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding.   Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $ 23.4 million. 

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at