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Hands-on ArtsWave Days
March 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Photo provided by Andre DuBois
FREE ArtsWave Days Hands-on Art will be at 10 different locations! Make it a family-fun day.
Your neighborhood, your arts. Wherever you are, at ten different locations from Downtown to Oxford, Northern Kentucky to Hamilton, the arts are calling you to get involved. Drawing, painting, sculpting: take your pick!
– Fitton Center for the Performing Arts: Mosaic flag making, pottery molding, sports weaving, etching press, dancing, plus a 1 p.m. performance by Wild Carrot.
– UC Clermont: Beadwork, face painting, creation station crafts, plus ROKCincy presents “Little Red Riding Hood” at 10 a.m.
– Kennedy Heights Arts Center: Balinese dance workshop, wearable outfit creation, world percussion, group art installation and fiber art.
– The Barn (Mariemont): Elliott Jordan 70/70 Retrospective exhibition, art scavenger hunt, manga drawing and shadow puppet class.
– Wyoming Fine Arts Center: Group musicmaking and instrument petting zoo, hip hop dance class, arts creation project and a Cincinnati Civic Orchestra rehearsal with you in the middle.
– Behringer-Crawford Museum: Free admission throughout the day; scavenger hunt, theater, dance and music crafts, with a noon performance of “Bach’s Kids,” where you learn how Bach’s 20 kids helped him write over 1,000 pieces of music. Enjoy song, dance, counting and music along the way.
– Clifton Cultural Arts Center: Multiple music, dance, visual arts and wellness classes.
– Fairfield Community Arts Center: Face painting, ReFit, decorating and 1 p.m. musical performance by Zak Morgan, transporting you to “Zakland!”
– Oxford Community Arts Center: Partnering with the Oxford Audubon Society to put on “Bird Festival,” which includes an arts exhibition made by kids from across Talawanda and Preble County schools, Middletown and Hamilton. Includes musical performance by a naturalist as well as crafts.
– Contemporary Arts Center: Free admission and hands-on crafts with an 11 a.m. performance from the Cultural Centre of India.
ArtsWave, a nonprofit serving the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Region, is the lead planner, promoter and fundraiser of the arts. Its roots stem back to the late 1920s when the Cincinnati Taft family provided initial investment matched by community support. In the late 1940s, it evolved to become the first united arts fund in the nation and in the mid-1970s, the first organization to initiate workplace giving for the arts. ArtsWave continues to innovate while leading, as illustrated by its No. 1 rank nationally in community arts fundraising; coordination of a sector-wide Blueprint for Collective Action; piloting of new technologies to maximize arts engagement; and development of resources for the arts.
Strong funding for the arts has allowed Cincinnati’s arts and culture scene to become a national draw and regional asset, creating a ripple effect of economic and community benefits. Each year, ArtsWave supports the work of over 100 arts organizations, school outreach programs, festivals, community centers, neighborhoods and various collaborations through impact-based grants. In 2018, ArtsWave raised more than $12 million for the region’s arts, marking its fifth year in a row of this funding magnitude. ArtsWave remains the largest community campaign for the arts throughout the country, both in total contributions and number of donors. In addition, the organization partners with the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network to fund an additional $1 million for arts marketing, grants and services.