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The Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts welcomes all African Americans who believe in the power of the arts to bridge cultural divides. A portion of your gift will directly fund Black arts initiatives.

The Circle was launched in 2015 under the leadership of ArtsWave trustees Mel Gravely, Delores Hargrove-Young and Edgar Smith. Members enjoy a variety of arts experiences and engagement opportunities, including exclusive offers to Flow, an African American Arts Experience, that allow them to connect with each other and to see the impact of their gifts to ArtsWave.

To join, commit to an annual leadership gift of $1,500, or a 3-year Step Up plan to $1,500. Give through your workplace campaign or online through the button below.

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Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts Benefits

Experience ArtsWave Hour, a luncheon event series featuring arts and community leaders.

Celebrate outstanding accomplishments in the arts through our annual Sachs Fund Prize reception. 

Exclusive members-only arts experiences throughout the year.

Special recognition in the ArtsWave Leadership Roster.

Leadership Giving Levels

$50,000+ Luminaries
$25,000 to $49,999 Visionaries
$15,000 to $24,999 Ovation Circle 
$10,000 to $14,999 Innovators Circle
$5,000 to $9,999 Chair’s Circle
$2,500 to $4,999 Directors’ Circle
$1,500 to $2,499 Leadership Circle

For more information: Call Janice Liebenberg at 513.632.0132 or email

Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts Steering Committee

Sam Moore, P&G
Darius Scott, Fifth Third Bank

Committee Members:
Dr. Lisa Crosby, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
J. Phenise Poole, Fifth Third Bank
Reginald Staples, Dinsmore
Deana Taylor, Visit Cincy

If you make a joint gift with your spouse/partner:

you will continue to be recognized as a couple based on your total gift to ArtsWave.