Outside her window, it was a perfect Cincinnati summer afternoon. The Reds were winning; Fountain Square was filled with office workers and families taking advantage of a humidity-free day; and down the street, the valet line was full outside two hotels as visitors arrived for the weekend.
It would be easy to look at Jill Meyer and Awadagin Pratt and see two Cincinnatis. Meyer is small and blond and business. Pratt is big and dreadlocked and music. But the two see the interdependence of those two worlds. Pratt and Meyer know you cannot have strong arts without significant support from business and that you cannot attract and retain talented people to work in the region without vibrant arts.