The 2019 ArtsWave Community Campaign to fund the region's arts ends this Tuesday. By that time, we need to have more than $12 million pledged to fuel the impact of the arts in our community. We're not there yet.

The arts grow our economy by attracting talent and tourism to the region. Students involved in the arts do better academically, creating Cincinnati's leaders of tomorrow. Community arts experiences connect residents and build vibrant neighborhoods. However, these benefits and more will not be fully realized in 2020 unless we meet our goal.

Without ArtsWave, kids in 500 schools would miss out on over 235,000 arts experiences; there would be 1,000 fewer free, outdoor arts activities; and the impact of more than 100 arts organizations and projects would be jeopardized.

If you're a business leader, please consider giving to the campaign through a corporate gift or by running a workplace campaign — it's not too late and can be as easy as a lunch-time presentation! Contact ArtsWave at 513.871.2787 or info@ArtsWave.org to get started.

We need everyone to make a difference! Visit ArtsWave.org/Give to join nearly 40,000 of your colleagues and neighbors in keeping the region's arts strong. Every dollar helps to ensure our arts remain a national draw and a regional advantage.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to Greater Cincinnati's arts and to our shared community.

Leigh Fox is President & CEO of Cincinnati Bell, Inc. and Chair of the 2019 ArtsWave Community Campaign.