Oh boy, this is so not ordinary. Get ready to join us. Hundreds of people are getting together to make our community even more amazing.
Last fall, people from all over came together on Fountain Square to celebrate our city through the power of collective creativity. Cincinnati's first-ever Splash Dance became an Internet hit, getting over 50,000 views.
This year, our second annual "Ta Da" celebration is just as amazing and fun and for everyone.
We are going to paint the street on September 26! (Rain dates October 2 and 3.)
Yup - our canvas will be the actual pavement of 12th Street between Main and Central Parkway. Read more about the event and sign up here.
We're also hosting a community meeting to gather suggestions and design ideas for the street painting. That meeting is on August 10, 5:30 at the Art Academy and we'd love to see you there. Watch our Facebook page and twitter feed for more details on this meeting.
Please share this information widely - we need hundreds of painters on September 26. And if you'd like to organize a team to paint together, contact Tom McLaughlin at TMcLaughlin@FineArtsFund.org.
Guest blogger Traci Mans, Program Manager – Strategic Initiatives, went to Paddlefest 2010
Imagine eating lunch under the belly of a giant transparent spider; thoughtfully chewing while being serenaded with the random melodies of a vibraphone, your space illuminated with a plastic bottle chandelier. This is the exciting scene people from all over shared when they went to Coney Island for Paddlefest on June 24th.
The plastic bottle spider!
Under the pavilion near the Ohio River, young artists showcased their works of art with the Found Art Contest.
One of the artists with a birdhouse made of cans
Making sculptures almost entirely of recycled or “found” materials, young people experienced the arts in a thrilling new way, and helped to highlight Paddlefest’s goal: celebrate, promote, and protect the beauty of our Ohio River. Their sculptures – clustered together in a showcase of colors, textures, and sizes – created a vibrant display for everyone at Coney.
Guest Judge Leslie Maloney and friends!
Guest judges LeBraun Colvin of Studio Endure, Leslie Maloney of the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, and Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ronan, observed, studied, considered, and determined prizes, including “Most Exciting” and “Best Use of Color.
Actual paddles for our Golden Paddle Recipients, made by local wood-working artist, Paul Woodrich
This scene of young artists’ adventures in creativity and discussing their ideas is just one of many wonderful examples of how art brings people together to share experiences and talk about community issues.
Quebec Heights: Recipients of the “Most Innovative” Award
We encouraged the singers who came from all over the region to stay in the neighborhood after the surprise and explore all the great holiday events in the central business district. Many of the carolers did so and here’s the report back from one of the participants.
We like to organize people for singing and dancing together – and love that they enjoy the sights and sounds of our wonderful neighborhoods at the same time!
"Last Saturday, as I was walking downtown, it felt …all was right with the world! The sun was shining, the air was brisk and there was hustle and bustle everywhere I looked. There were skaters on Fountain Square, carolers singing at many, many spots, the carriages and trolleys were all decked out for Christmas, parents were bringing their children by the droves to see the trains and all the sights and sounds of the season. THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all who have worked over the years to reinvigorate our downtown and make it a wondrous place for families to come and make Christmas memories. Those impressions of downtown at Christmas will be with me forever."
Carol O'Toole, Anderson
We're moving -- after 35 years in this location! We're excited about our new space in the vibrant Over the Rhine neighborhood with theaters, art schools, new housing, restaurants, galleries, etc. But things are looking pretty messy in these last days before our move. Take a walk in the old office with us!