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How the Arts Make An Impact

Check here for new blog posts, podcasts and more that point to how the arts make an impact on our community. 

  • DEIA Thinking For Cincy’s Future Audiences

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Jul 11, 2023
    As traditional audiences change their habits, Cincinnati's arts leaders see an opportunity to listen, respond and change, building a new base that better reflects the region while deepening their connections with the community.

  • Find 'Truth & Healing' with 18 local artists

    posted by Zach Moning On Jul 11, 2023
    This weekend, 18 prominent local artists of color reveal new works at the at the "Truth & Healing Artist Showcase," hosted by ArtsWave at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Take an up-close look at two of the projects that will be featured at the Showcase.

  • New Cincy Arts Leaders: It's All in the Story

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Jun 05, 2023
    Storytelling is an art form that new leaders of the Taft Museum of Art and the Cincinnati Ballet are leveraging in engaging the community through their organizations. Research suggests that there are chemical changes that happen when we learn through stories, allowing us to better feel and understand the arts experience more fully.

  • Communities Unite for the 'Joy of Singing'

    posted by Alecia Kintner On May 09, 2023
    The May Festival Chorus, one of the first arts organizations in Cincinnati and the oldest choral festival in the Western Hemisphere, has been uniting different communities for 150 years.

  • Arts Make Happier Employees

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Apr 03, 2023
    Companies in the Cincinnati region turn to the arts to build essential connections between employees, the workplace and the community. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Nerissa Morris and GE Aerospace's Joe Plante share how the arts can boost employee engagement and foster innovation.

  • Pulling Back the Curtain on Cincy Theater

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Mar 06, 2023
    As audiences return to live performances, the Cincinnati region's theater leaders see both silver linings and new challenges on the horizon.

  • New program to add 50,000 arts field trips

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Feb 13, 2023
    While an overwhelming majority of Cincinnatians see the value of the arts in education, more than half of the region's teachers report a reduction of arts education opportunities in their schools.

  • Cincinnati's Arts are Created to Grow

    posted by Kathy DeBrosse On Feb 13, 2023
    Arts and community leaders recently kicked off the 2023 ArtsWave Campaign, setting a fundraising goal of $11.7 million. The money raised by the Campaign will support 150+ organizations and projects that create thousands of cultural performances, exhibitions and other arts experiences over the next year.

  • Using Cincy’s arts to grow neighborhoods

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Jan 09, 2023
    Walnut Hills is building a roadmap through the arts to flourish for years to come.

  • Using the Arts to Inspire Kids

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Dec 13, 2022
    Artist Brent Billingsley, 2023 ArtsWave Campaign Co-Chair Carl Satterwhite and ArtsWave VP of community investments Ray Gargano discuss how the arts can inspire our youth while bridging cultural divides.

  • Legacy and future collide in the arts

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Nov 07, 2022
    What do the 140-year-old Cincinnati Art Museum and 30-something Black choreographer, David Choate, have in common? Both spend time thinking about historic legacies. And both are determined to push the region into the future.

  • Cincy: A Top Mural City

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Oct 03, 2022
    ArtsWrap is an all-new podcast from ArtsWave, featuring interviews and discussions with the Cincinnati region's most exciting artists, creators, thinkers and more. Catch new episodes monthly by subscribing on your favorite podcast app.

  • BLINK builds connections locally and internationally through the arts

    posted by Zach Moning On Jul 28, 2022
    When it returns October 13-16, BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, will demonstrate how the arts can foster connectivity and put Cincinnati on the map. You can see it already in recently announced collaborations between local arts organizations and international artists.

  • Artists ready to reveal their truths and inspire at upcoming showcase

    posted by Zach Moning On Jul 08, 2022
    From July 15-17, the 22 artists of ArtsWave's 2022 Black and Brown Artist Program reveal their work at the Truth & Inspiration Artist Showcase. These multidisciplinary projects reflect the program's theme of "truth and reconciliation" by taking an honest look at racial injustice and imagining a more equitable future for the Cincinnati region. We asked the artists about their work and what to expect at the Showcase.

  • Cincinnati Opera explores racial justice in new world premiere

    posted by Zach Moning On Jun 30, 2022
    After a two year wait due to COVID-19, Cincinnati Opera raises the curtain on the world premiere of "Castor and Patience" in July 2022. ArtsWave supports the production as part of Flow, an African American Arts Experience, as it brings world-class Black artistic talent to the region, elevates appreciation for Black artists and helps cultivate a diverse audience.

  • How a Battle of the Bands is good for Cincy business

    posted by Lisa Wolter On May 12, 2022
    ArtsWave's CincyJams is the Cincinnati region's first workplace Battle of the Bands competition. Attendance is free and you, the audience, choose the winning bands. The event comes as recent trends show how important workplace engagement can be.

  • Arts festivals and special events keep Cincy vibrant year-round

    posted by Zach Moning On Apr 22, 2022
    BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, is the most anticipated event of the year. It's built on an ecosystem of arts festivals and special events that enliven the Cincinnati region and draw national and worldwide acclaim.

  • The “personal” is universal for artists Brent Billingsley and Asha Ama Daniels

    posted by Kori Hill On Mar 29, 2022
    Asha Ama Daniels and Brent Billingsley's projects explore the themes of "truth and reconciliation" with the community playing an active role.

  • Blazing Inspiration: The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn

    posted by Kori Hill On Feb 10, 2022
    Jazzmeia Horn is a vocal force to be reckoned with. Even as her third album is under consideration for a Grammy, she's hard at work on a fourth. She'll share songs from both, plus jazz standards, when she comes to the Aronoff Center April 1-2.

  • BLINK illuminates the Cincinnati region this October

    posted by Zach Moning On Feb 10, 2022
    The Cincinnati region's biggest ever event returns this fall. Take a look at what BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, does for the region, see how it can deliver even more, and learn about special BLINK benefits you could get thanks to your gift to ArtsWave.