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    Three Observations from 30,000 Feet

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Jun 23, 2015
    Sometimes you need a change in perspective. Each year, the Americans for the Arts convention offers me an opportunity to get the 30,000 foot view of the role of arts in our nation. Three things stood out for me this year at the annual gathering of more than a thousand local, state and national arts administrators, organizers, policy-makers, educators and advocates.

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    Culture Splash: July - September 2015

    posted by Rebecca Bromels On Jun 22, 2015
    Our quarterly Culture Splash newsletter is designed to be your tour guide to the world of arts across the Greater Cincinnati region. Why not plan a staycation this year and visit the world with your families, friends and neighbors without ever having to leave the area?

  • ArtsWave Invests $10.4 Million in Greater Cincinnati Community

    posted by Rebecca Bromels On Jun 22, 2015
    ArtsWave announces $10.4 million in grants and initiatives to create a vibrant regional economy and bring people together through the arts. These investments are made possible by the thousands of people and organizations who contributed to ArtsWave’s recent community campaign chaired by Tom Williams. ArtsWave continues to be the largest united arts fund in the country, both in contributions and in number of donors.

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    Rosenthal Education Center: Hands on the Art

    posted by Katherine Masterson On Jun 09, 2015
    “Art is for looking, not touching.” Most of us have been restricted by this phrase at some point in our lives, probably as curious children exploring an art museum. The Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) is offering a place for that curiosity to run wild with the new Rosenthal Education Center (REC).

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    Connecting Schools to the Arts: ArtsWave and the Lazurus Fund

    posted by Rebecca Bromels On Jun 09, 2015
    The arts fuel creativity and learning, encouraging the development of important 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, and self-discipline. Yet, in the current climate of arts and education funding, many children in underserved communities lack equitable access to arts programming that could enhance their learning experience. In the spring of 2015, ArtsWave embarked on a project to bridge the gap between the arts and underserved schools with special support from the Gladys and Ralph Lazarus Fund and Ladislas and Vilma Segoe Family Foundation.

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    Opera Fusion: New Works Leads to World Premiere

    posted by Cecilia Long & Rebecca Bromels On Jun 09, 2015
    The development and production of new work is just one of the ways our largest arts organizations build the national and international reputation of our region. This summer, Cincinnati Opera produces the world premiere of Morning Star, a new opera by celebrated composter Ricky Ian Gordon. The piece received two workshops through Opera Fusion: New Works, a unique collaboration between Cincinnati Opera and University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music created in 2011 to foster the development of new American operas.

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    Cincy is an Arts City

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Jun 09, 2015
    We, too, have a set of assets that distinguish our region from others, even if our history has been less about musical exports and more about building institutions. We can take a page from Nashville’s playbook by better leveraging our nationally significant arts and cultural organizations to drive economic growth and civic identity. We also have burgeoning festival, neighborhood, pop-up art, and maker cultures that have yet to be fully leveraged as thriving, complementary counterparts to our enviable legacy institutions. With all this going for us, what if we simply put a stake in the ground and declared, “Cincy is an Arts City”!?

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    Investing for Impact

    posted by Alecia Kintner On May 26, 2015
    I often am asked how ArtsWave makes grants with the dollars it raises through the annual community arts campaign. It’s a story we love to tell, with origins that date back decades ago.

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    Cincinnati King features Queen City history

    posted by Rebecca Calkin & Cecelia Long On May 26, 2015
    The arts can play a powerful role in uncovering and celebrating our shared history. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is bringing a new, uniquely Cincinnati story to our region with Cincinnati King, a new play about the legendary King Records.

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    Women Making Waves

    posted by Rebecca Bromels On May 26, 2015
    Five women who are redesigning the world of arts and design in Cincinnati shared their stories with ArtsWave's Women's Leadership Roundtable members.

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    7 Ways to Kick-Start Your Summer with the Arts

    posted by Rebecca Bromels On May 26, 2015
    From outdoor concerts to experimental theater festivals, summer in Cincinnati brings a host of opportunities to enjoy our region’s amazing arts scene with family and friends. Here are just a few upcoming highlights at the start of the summer season.

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    Uniquely Cincinnati

    posted by Alecia Kintner On May 12, 2015
    The arts have been in the news a lot over the past two weeks. In response to these stories, I’ve heard more than a few times that these results are impressive for “a city our size.” As much as I understand the sentiment and our region's population size, I think we are selling ourselves short with this qualifier. Within the space of twelve days, Cincinnati has done something that other cities, large or small or in between, can only envy. We’ve shown our unique capacity for collaborative action around things that we value—namely, a thriving, innovative, and inclusive arts scene.

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    By the Numbers: 2015 ArtsWave Community Campaign

    posted by Rebecca Calkin On May 12, 2015
    What does it mean to be the largest community arts campaign in the country? $12,250,000 in community contributions is a big number, but it doesn’t capture the full scope of our region’s amazing commitment to the arts. Take a look at a few more impressive numbers from the 2015 campaign.

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    Cincinnati Fringe Festival Brings Together Artists, Community

    posted by Mike Boberg, Rebecca Bromels, Rebecca Calkin On May 12, 2015
    The Cincinnati Fringe Festival brings 150 artists, 45 productions, and over 170 performances to the Queen City each year. Performers from across the region and the globe look forward to this innovative and cutting-edge theatre festival to put new works in front of new audiences.

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    Cincinnati Bell Steps Up to the Plate

    posted by Rebecca Bromels On May 12, 2015
    This ArtsWave partner company has seen amazing growth its ArtsWave campaign over the past two years. What's the secret to their success?

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    ArtsWave Community Campaign Exceeds $12.2 Million Goal

    posted by Rebecca Bromels On Apr 30, 2015
    ArtsWave announced the successful completion of the 2015 Annual Community Campaign, with gifts totaling in excess of $12,212,657 in support of arts organizations across the region.

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    What’s the Story in Cincinnati?

    posted by Alecia Kintner On Apr 28, 2015
    Last week I hosted 16 representatives from the Town and Chamber of Commerce of Opelika, Alabama. These distant neighbors had come to Cincinnati to learn more about how our city works, including how we support and involve the arts in civic life. I invited four arts colleagues to come help me tell our story and, as always when I listen to what our arts organizations are doing, I found myself inspired. It’s as if they are intentionally doubling their impact through amazing arts with impact on the community. Keep reading to find out how you can double your impact, too.

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    Five Stories that Moved Us This Year

    posted by Rebecca Bromels On Apr 28, 2015
    At ArtsWave, we hear many stories from our arts partners about the impact they are having on the community. Here are five small stories that had a big impression on different members of our staff this year.

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    Behringer-Crawford Museum Helps Veterans Tell Their Stories

    posted by Rebecca Bromels On Apr 28, 2015
    Nearly two dozen Northern Kentucky Vietnam veterans shared their memories, emotions, and stories for the exhibit Vietnam: Our Story.

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    Arts + Health = ArtsWave in Action

    posted by Rebecca Calkin On Apr 28, 2015
    Earlier this month, ArtsWave announced three new Arts for Health grants to expand arts programs that improve health outcomes for Greater Cincinnati residents. This initiative is funded through restricted grants as part of the ArtsWave Community Campaign.