Cincinnati, OH – April 30, 2013 - ArtsWave announced the successful completion of the 2013 Annual Community Campaign, with gifts totaling $11.5 million in support of arts organizations across the region.
“We are tremendously excited to announce these results – a 3% increase over the 2012 campaign,” said George Vincent, Chair of the 2013 campaign and Managing Partner and Chairman, Dinsmore. “This increased investment in the arts benefits our entire community as the arts make our region a thriving place that attracts businesses, visitors, and residents. I especially want to thank my campaign cabinet and the hundreds of volunteers who championed the value of the arts in our community.”
ArtsWave remains the largest united arts fund in the country both in total contributions and number of donors. Most contributions to the annual campaign are individual gifts in amounts less than $150; $75 is the amount most commonly donated. To date, ArtsWave has added more than 7,000 new donors to the campaign in 2013.
Fun workplace campaigns at local businesses helped spur new donors to action. Employee campaigns at companies and organizations at Western & Southern, Cincinnati Bell, Children’s Hospital, TriHealth, University of Cincinnati and FRCH are just a few that exceeded their goals. Twenty-five local businesses ran employee campaigns for the first time, including, CVG, Federal Equipment Company, Globe Business Interiors/RCF, Talbert House, Tire Discounters and Triversity.
Demonstrating that even established campaigns can still grow, Fifth Third Bank employees turned in an astonishing 46% increase. “This year we focused on bringing the mission and impact of ArtsWave to our employees, and their response was overwhelming,” says Kevin T. Kabat, Vice Chairman and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp. “Our employees recognize the social and economic value of having a strong arts community, and they stepped up to show their support and exceed our Company goal.”
ArtsWave recognizes the importance of engaging the broad community in the arts. Three Macy’s Arts Sampler events brought together almost 12,000 people for free events showcasing the area’s arts organizations and the wide variety of experiences they offer. ArtsWave also partnered with the Cincinnati Reds for the first-ever Art in the Park day at Great American Ball Park on Sunday, April 7 which included performances by Cincinnati Ballet, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and singers from the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus.
An increase in leadership giving also contributed to the success of the campaign. With a $150,000 challenge grant from the Farmer Family, ArtsWave secured $475,000 in new leadership gifts of $1,500 or more. As a new benefit for leadership donors, ArtsWave began a quarterly luncheon series featuring arts leaders, including CSO Music Director-Designate Louis Langrée and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Artistic Director Blake Robison. ArtsWave also secured additional gifts from foundation and corporate supporters, including the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati and a gift from the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, to support ArtsWave Presents, a series of arts performances and activities in communities throughout the region.
“We are so grateful to all our donors for their amazing support,” said Mary McCullough-Hudson, President and CEO of ArtsWave. “The success of this campaign is a win for everyone who lives in Greater Cincinnati.” As is the case every year, the total dollar amount announced includes contributions already received and reported, as well as projections for campaigns that are ongoing. “For those companies and individuals who are still finishing their campaigns, please know that your support is essential.”
ArtsWave hosted a party to celebrate the successful 2013 campaign on April 30, 2013 at the Richard and Lois Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art. At the event, George Vincent introduced next year’s community campaign leader, Melanie Healey, Group President –North America, Procter & Gamble.
Celebrate the end of Macy’s Arts Sampler 2013 with the Sampler Sock-Hop in Washington Park. Featuring The Wonderettes from Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, this fun event will have everyone singing and dancing along to the music of the 1950s and 60s. 5 to 7 pm on the Civic Lawn.
Top Picks for Families
Let the little kids’ imaginations run wild at Contemporary Arts Center’s UNMuseum starting at 11 am. And the whole family will enjoy playing in the CAC’s current main exhibition “ON! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds”.
Cincinnati Ballet has a world tour of dance with traditional Indian dance, belly-dancing, kung-fu, and yes, ballet.
Enjoy the Taft Museum of Art’s current exhibition “African American Art since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center” and stay for hip-hop dance and spoken word performances by teens from Elementz, and African drumming and dancing by Bi-Okoto. Doors open at Noon.
Teens and parents who love musical theater will want to head over to the Covedale Center in Westwood for a choreography demonstration and mini-lesson from Cincinnati Landmark Productions' current production of the musical, “Legally Blond”.
Learning Through Art’s “Books Alive for Kids” gets young kids inside the story with crafts, performances, and activities from 10 am to 2 pm.
Top Picks for Adults
Adults will want to play at the Contemporary Arts Center’s ON! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds exhibition, plus check out an eclectic mix of events throughout the day including Mam-Luft modern dance, Constella Festival chamber music, and Wasabi Jazz.
Brazee Street Studios in Oakely holds an open house with glass-blowing demonstrations by Queen City Glass from Noon to 3 pm.
Catch a sneak peek of the musical PARADE at The Carnegie in Covington at 2 pm.
Great Neighborhood Events
Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton will have music, crafts, and more for families starting at 10 am.
Enjoy great choral music from Cincinnati Children’s Choir and MUSE: Cincinnati Women’s Choir at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church in Clifton at 1 pm.
Sharonville Fine Arts Center hosts weaving demonstrations and a performance by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 3 pm.
College Hill Presbyterian hosts music, dance, crafts and a silhouette artist starting at 1 pm.
In Northern Kentucky, public libraries host musical groups in Fort Thomas, Newport, and Erlanger.
Nrityarpana School of Performing Arts in Mason will have an open house featuring traditional Indian dancing, henna painting, and food starting at 11 am.
ArtsWave and the Cincinnati Reds are teaming up for the first-ever Art in the Park day on Sunday, April 7 at Great American Ball Park!
Come cheer on your Cincinnati Reds as they take on the Washington Nationals. ArtsWave will sponsor art performances and activities in the Fan Zone before the game, including performances and character greetings by Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and Pones, Inc.
Artistic Director of Playhouse in the Park, Blake Robison, will throw out the first pitch at 1:10 p.m. and a group from the May Festival Chorus will sing "God Bless America" at the seventh inning stretch.
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Cincinnati, OH—March 18, 2013: ArtsWave announces the Amazing Arts Race, a creative scavenger hunt for young professionals in Downtown Cincinnati, will be held Saturday, April 13. Registration is now open at www.amazingartsrace.com. The Amazing Arts Race supports ArtsWave’s annual community campaign for the arts which runs through April 30.
In an event inspired by the hit reality TV series The Amazing Race, teams will race to complete a series of arts challenges in Downtown Cincinnati including finding works of art and architecture, answering arts trivia, and making art themselves. Teams and organizers will use Twitter to obtain clues and complete some tasks. From origami to charades to dance breaks, these fun challenges will stretch team members’ creativity. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place teams in addition to random prize drawings.
“Last year, GE Aviation organized an arts scavenger hunt for young professionals at their company,” says Jared Queen, Campaign Manager at ArtsWave and Amazing Arts Race coordinator. “Our ArtsWave Young Professionals group loved the idea and decided this year to scale it up to an event for teams from all across the region.” Teams will move around downtown by foot and/or by car to different arts organizations and works of public art. Running gear is not required, as creativity will be as important as speed.
ArtsWave partner companies are encouraged to form teams of 2 to 4 people, but the event is open to all young professionals. “We want as many people as possible to join us for this event and we welcome teams from volunteer associations, book clubs, or other groups,” says Mr. Queen. Individuals interested in being paired with a team can contact Mr. Queen directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is $10 per person and can be completed online at www.amazingartsrace.com. Deadline to register is April 7. Teams will be notified by email and twitter of the race starting point the week of April 8.
Our second Macy's Arts Sampler of 2013 is almost here! March 2 includes an incredible line-up of music, theatre, dance, and more. For an easy-to-print schedule, click here. For more details on events, use the Macy's Arts Sampler app on your computer or mobile device.
You could spend the whole day in and around Washington Park enjoying “Action! Adventure! Art!” with a variety of activities designed to showcase the thrilling side of the arts.
First, join us for a Choral Sampler hosted by Cincinnati Boychoir to hear Southern Gateway Chorus, Cincinnati Men's Chorus, Young Professional's Choral Collective, and the Cincinnati Boychoir at Memorial Hall starting at 10:00 am.
Grab lunch from one of the food trucks at Washington Park or at one of Downtown Cincinnati's great restaurants.
At 1 pm, head over to Music Hall for a joint concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The rare joint concert has a “Heroes & Villains” theme, with an adventurous line-up certain to thrill adults and kids including selections from Romeo & Juliet, Aida, Don Giovanni, Swan Lake and more in a fast 40 minutes.
After the concert, continue your art adventures at the School for Creative and Performing Arts where you can learn to make stage blood from chocolate syrup, see a rapier and dagger stage combat demonstration by students at CCM, make your own superhero cape with Hero Design Company from ArtWorks, learn circus tricks with My Nose Turns Red, and enjoy performances by the CCM Preparatory Dept. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati will offer theatre tours and a fun “Science of Theatre” demonstration. Plus, take a hip hop dance class at Elementz and complete the Arts Action dance challenge by finding the four costumed dance heroes from Pones, Inc. -- the Astronaut, the Cowgirl, the Pirate, and the Superhero -- and learning their super moves!
Looking for events closer to home? Macy's Arts Sampler is pleased to present these great neighborhood events on March 2.
The Grove in Springfield Township has a great line-up for families including The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s touring production of Rumplestiltskin, Schoolhouse Symphony, and world music.
The Barn in Mariemont will have artists demonstrating a variety of media throughout the afternoon.
Ballet Theatre Midwest presents an exciting mix of classic and contemporary dance at their space in Columbia-Tusculum.
Oxford Community Arts Center has celtic music and more.
Visionaries & Voices opens their studios in Northside and invites families to participate in a hands-on craft activity.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center hosts a world percussion workshop.
In Price Hill, families can enjoy the Music for Youth in Cincinnati orchestra at Elberon United Methodist Church.