Fall Cultural Tourism Projects Announced by ArtsWave and Regional Tourism Network

One year into a groundbreaking three-year partnership between ArtsWave and the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network (RTN), the organizations are excited to announce the recipients of special, one-time grants, provided by the Cultural Tourism Product Development Grant Program.

An infusion of $200,000 to the arts sector is projected through these one-time grants, in addition to the annual investment of more than $10MM each year, made by ArtsWave through its annual Community Campaign. “While still early into our annual community campaign funded by more than 40,000 Cincinnatians, we’re excited to fund 14 unique arts organizations’ experiences this fall – events and newly renovated facilities that will draw residents from as far as Nashville and Detroit, in addition to all of us locally” said Alecia Kintner, President and CEO of ArtsWave.

Projects submitted for consideration from qualifying 501(c) 3 organizations must occur September through December of 2017, and need to advance one or more of the following three objectives:

1.     Celebrate the 2017 openings of new or restored cultural facilities
2.     Link to or enhance other Fall 2017 community events or existing assets in new or reimagined ways
3.     Add to the inventory of cultural products that appeal to multi-cultural or culturally specific audiences

Recipients include: Behringer-Crawford Museum, King Studios, Cincinnati Black Theatre Company, ArtWorks, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Cincinnati May Festival, American Sign Museum, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Young Professionals’ Choral Collective (YPCC), Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Bi-Okoto, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, and the Taft Museum of Art.

Projects include:

*Support for BLINK Cincinnati, a new light-based festival set to occur along the streetcar route and slated for mid-October. One of the two key orchestrators of BLINK, ArtsWorks, will receiving funding for a 20-block light parade as part of the festival’s opening ceremony. Another organization, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park will host Intrude, a highly-acclaimed public art installation of giant, illuminated rabbits during BLINK.

*Tours this fall will be hosted by American Sign Museum, designed to brand Camp Washington as ‘where art meets industry.’

*Cincinnati’s first Jewish and Israeli arts and cultural festival, ‘ish’ will be hosted by the Cincinnati Jewish Federation.

“Funding the development of these 14 unique arts experiences puts Cincinnati USA’s arts and cultural entertainment on the map,” said Linda Antus, president and CEO of the Regional Tourism Network.  “Engaging residents and visitors with our rich arts and cultural scene positions the region as a vibrant place to live, work and play.”