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ArtsWave Days Open House Tours
April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Photo provided by Andre DuBois
FREE ArtsWave Days Open House Tours take you around Music Hall and Taft Museum of Art.
Join ArtsWave for a community-wide Open House of two transformative and historic Cincinnati icons that are homes to the arts: Music Hall and the Taft Museum of Art. Both will be open and completely free in celebration of the Community Campaign.
Special thanks to the Cincinnati Arts Association for opening Music Hall to the community. Your visit to Music Hall includes behind-the-scenes happenings, starting with guided tours with the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall. Again, these tours are FREE, but you must reserve your space online. Bring your phone and headphones so you can fully enjoy your tour.
Music Hall: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Taft Museum of Art: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
You’ll enjoy rehearsals and performances from all five resident arts organizations — the Cincinnati Symphony & Pops Orchestras, Cincinnati Opera, the May Festival and Cincinnati Ballet — plus an array of others. You’ll be able to try out an instrument with coaching from a professional musician.
After Music Hall, head to the Taft Museum, also open free of charge this day to celebrate the Campaign. Your admission also covers two free exhibitions: “Travels with Turner” and “Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe: American Paintings form the Phillips Collection.”
There will be food trucks in the parking lot for you to grab a bite, and you’ll be able to enjoy performances under the branches of Twisted and in the backyard garden. Groups include Pones, Melodic Connections, Cincinnati Youth Choir, Bacchanal Steel Band, Lauren Eylise and TRIIIBE. Drinks will be available in the backyard garden.
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.