Through gifts from tens of thousands of individuals and companies each year, ArtsWave funds and supports 100+ arts projects and organizations through impact-based grants. Those projects and organizations create a wave of arts that connect our region and make it vibrant.
The arts play an essential role in the success of our region. They attract national acclaim and help newcomers find their place here. They make our region a more attractive place to live and work. They bring vitality to our neighborhoods. They foster creativity and learning in our future leaders. They even help bring us together as a community across cultural divides.
ArtsWave believes an inclusive arts community reflects the diversity of the region it serves. As the region’s arts council and engine for the arts, our goal is to build and nurture an environment where diversity, equity, inclusion, and access are embedded in everything we touch and do. We are committed to honoring and sharing our community’s collective history and experiences through leadership, funding, programming, and community engagement.
ArtsWave is working with the region’s arts sector on creating and charting progress in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Over the last several years, ArtsWave has also increased its support of African American arts as a key component of its overall strategy. Since 2019, ArtsWave has raised and distributed more than $1,000,000 for African American arts and artists, including $271,638 in investments in Black and Brown individual artists for projects this spring.
This investment in African American arts includes a new annual grants program that supported 18 organizations in 2020; the new arts series, Flow, An African American Arts Experience which debuted last February; funding for the Black Lives Matter mural outside City Hall; the CMF Outdoor Museum; hundreds of street performances throughout the summer through Cincinnati Music Accelerator; Cincy Nice’s 513 Anthem project; the new Black Excellence in Zone 15 mural in Lincoln Heights; and a dynamic set of nearly 30 local visual arts, performing arts, documentary and literary projects proposed by regional artists on the theme of “truth and reconciliation” to advance understanding of the Black experience and confront racial injustice and inequity.
The arts also bring people together! ArtsWave has a variety of donor groups – Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts, Women’s Leadership Roundtable, Young Professionals, ArtsWave Pride, and Leadership Donors – that offer shared arts experiences, networking opportunities, and amazing events.