ArtsWave Re(New)ed Celebration for Music Hall + More set for Saturday, October 7
The Re(new)ed Community Celebration, a free community event which includes a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the art, newly-renovated iconic home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati May Festival, will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event, presented by ArtsWave, the convener, planner, promoter and fundraiser of the regional arts community, will feature more than 50 live performances by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati May Festival and additional arts groups.
The all-new Otto M. Budig Theatre of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and the newly renovated and expanded Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati will also be open on October 7, offering free tours and live performances. The Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, and Contemporary Arts Center will join the festivities with free admission for this one-of-a-kind celebration. Additionally, the two stages at Washington Park will offer live performances throughout the day.
The official ceremony, with speeches and a trumpet fanfare, will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the steps of Music Hall with the leadership of the resident companies of Music Hall as well as community leaders who led the funding of the project.
A full schedule will be released closer to the event date. The event is free and open to the general public. No tickets or reservations are required.
“The grand re-opening of Music Hall is a once-in-lifetime opportunity for our community to celebrate our thriving arts organizations – their legacy and their future – along with this iconic building and its long-awaited restoration,” said Alecia Kintner, President & CEO of ArtsWave.
Key event sponsors and partners include: the Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, Taft Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center, Fifth Third Bank Foundation, BB&T and Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.
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. ArtsWave supports the work of over 100 arts organizations, school outreach programs, festivals, community centers, neighborhoods and various collaborations through impact-based grants. In 2017 ArtsWave broke its own fundraising record by mobilizing tens of thousands of contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals and raising $12,500,000 to support the arts plus $250,000 for arts marketing in partnership with the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.