2019 marks the second year for ArtsWave Pride grants. These grants are funded through the ArtsWave Community Campaign and the gifts of ArtsWave Pride members. A portion of new and increased contributions by ArtsWave Pride members is directed to a grantmaking pool to make LGBTQIA+ events possible. Nine different projects will receive these grants. Though they share a common thread, each is unique.
Basketshop Gallery will host an exhibition by artist Elliot Doughtie, whose sculptures and installations explores relationships between objects and vulnerable bodies.
The Campbell County Public Library will present "Fab Five and Their Fabulous Books," a series built around books written by the cast of the popular Netflix show "Queer Eye."
Cincinnati Men’s Chorus is hosting "The Big Gay Sing," a participatory concert where the chorus performs while the audience sings along, creating a sense of community and belonging.
Cincinnati Opera is working with Cincinnati native Bryce Dessner of The National and vocal group Roomful of Teeth on "Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)," a new vocal work exploring the life and work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and premiering during the Opera's Pride Night Celebration.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be showcasing vogue and ballroom culture with "CSO Proof: Singulis et Simul."
At the Contemporary Arts Center, the second annual This Time Tomorrow Performance Arts Festival will feature "Let 'im Move You: This Is A Formation," where audiences will confront the meanings and implications, both real and imaginary, of black queered bodies in public assembly.
Know Theatre of Cincinnati's production of “Alabaster” will tell the story of a photographer who tries to piece her life back together after an unspeakable tragedy by digging back into her passion: portraits of women and their scars.
True Theatre will host "trueVOICE: Behind the Rainbow Curtain," a main stage performance showcasing stories told by key members of the LGBTQIA+ Community.
And finally, Revolution Dance Theatre is presenting "shOUT!," a contemporary dance performance for people of color who have struggled with religion, bringing voices from all levels of the community into a thoughtful conversation about an often contentious issue.
To join ArtsWave Pride, check the ArtsWave Pride box when you make your pledge to ArtsWave. Learn more about ArtsWave's fastest-growing group at artswave.org/pride.