ArtsWave campaign aims for record $12.45 million

ArtsWave Community Campaign chairs Jill P. Meyer and Awadagin Pratt

ArtsWave Community Campaign chairs Jill P. Meyer and Awadagin Pratt

Greater Cincinnati’s annual campaign for the arts will attempt to surpass last year’s record total by raising $12,450,000.

ArtsWave Community Campaign chairs Jill P. Meyer and Awadagin Pratt announced the goal at a special concert to kick off the 2016 Community Campaign.

“Arts are an absolute necessity,” said Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “Cincinnati’s vibrant arts define our region in a unique way and will continue to help us build Cincinnati’s presence as an amazing place to live and work.”

The evening of music at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music featured Pratt, a world-renowned concert pianist, along with University of Cincinnati president Santa Ono, a talented cellist, and the MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra.

The 2016 Community Campaign will continue through April 28.

In 2015, ArtsWave broke its own record by raising $12,250,000 with the support of 42,000 donors, to remain the nation’s oldest and largest public arts fund.

ArtsWave supports the work of more than 100 arts organizations and programs through impact-based grants and services.

“For a city of this size, we have a remarkable number of first-rate arts organizations,” said Pratt, artist-in-residence at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. “The arts inspire, they connect, they teach our children skills like self-discipline and collaboration. There can never be a place of enough arts.”

ArtsWave announced a 10-year strategic plan in 2015. The Blueprint for Collective Action complements other economic and community development efforts in Greater Cincinnati, setting five goals for the arts sector: to raise Cincinnati’s national reputation; to deepen roots in the region; to bridge cultural divides; to enliven neighborhoods; and to fuel creativity and learning. ArtsWave’s impact-based grant program ensures that arts organizations – from major institutions to community-based arts centers – work toward these goals and measure the impact the arts have in the region.

The 2016 Community Campaign will include several special events and initiatives.

Membership in the ArtsPass program, ArtsWave’s signature donor benefit, offers exclusive discounts to more than 70 arts organizations, restaurants and shops.

In partnership with the Cincinnati Reds, ArtsWave again will offer the Step Up To The Plate challenge, which gives donors tickets to select Reds games.

Special events during the campaign include:

  • The Macy’s Arts Sampler, set for Feb. 27 and 28, which offers a weekend of free arts experiences
  • A Young Professionals gathering Feb. 17 at the Transept to celebrate the
  • “Tidal,” a problem-solving challenge March 11-13
  • The Amazing Arts Race on April 2
  • CincySings choral competition, presented by Accenture and featuring employees from a dozen companies, on April 13
  • Toast to the Arts, a cocktail competition by bars and restaurants that runs throughout the fund drive
  • Buying Roots, a collaboration beer from Listermann and Blank Slate brewing companies, or Rhinegeist’s special arts showcase on April 21.

“The ArtsWave Community Campaign is truly a community effort,” said Alecia Kintner, ArtsWave president and CEO. “To sustain the arts that truly differentiate our community, each of us has a responsibility to do what we can to show our support. Whether you’re giving through your company, sharing your love for the arts on social media or drinking a Toast to the Arts, you all are ArtsWave in Action and your gifts add up to amazing impact.”

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