Do you want to have a role in helping your community but aren't sure how to do it?
You may want to participate in community events or contribute to good organizations, but it’s difficult to know where your help is most needed and what type of impact it will have in the future.
Consider ArtsWave, the nation’s largest and oldest community fund for the arts. The local nonprofit organization is the leading planner, promoter and funder of arts programming, performances, and activities around Cincinnati, increasing social awareness and enjoyment of the arts
Here are six ways your donation to ArtsWave strengthens Cincinnati:
1. Educational programs
The arts can play a major role in education, and it’s important to continue such a vital aspect of Cincinnati culture. Fuel your children’s creativity and learning through affordable and often free community events and classes. Whether it’s a painting class or a percussion lesson, you and your family can develop problem-solving skills and creativity together through several art programs that receive support from ArtsWave.
2. Economy-building activities
Not only do the arts have economic impact on Cincinnati’s economy, but ArtsWave also partners with local organization outside of the arts – such as restaurants, bars and breweries – for the annual Toast to the Arts campaign. No one functions in a vacuum; the interconnected of businesses and industries functions like species in an ecosystem. The campaign includes partnerships with many of Cincinnati’s local restaurants, bars and breweries for the annual Toast to the Arts cocktail competition. This is a great opportunity for people to have a good night out on the town and give back to the arts at the same time with a portion of proceeds from selected drinks going back to the annual community campaign. The competition runs through April 17th, and you cast your vote for your favorite cocktail here.
3. Neighborhood pride
Public art centers and their corresponding shows and performances help people feel proud of their neighborhood. These places become neighborhood hubs for people to connect and experience the arts together. Each neighborhood has its unique experiences, whether it’s the theatrical performances in that area or the murals you see on the buildings.
4. Tourist attractions
Whether you are a local or a tourist, you probably enjoy going to see a play, musical performance or art show. These events bring people together from all walks of life and put Cincinnati’s name on the map. The more that locals enjoy and promote these activities, the more tourism will increase, along with spending, which benefits the area. Travelers seek entertainment that expands their cultural horizons and, thanks to organizations like ArtsWave, tourists can get that in Cincinnati.
5. Increased cultural understanding
People fear the unfamiliar, and the arts are an incredible way to teach and learn about different cultures. As one becomes more familiar with new and exciting cultures through the arts, there tends to be less misunderstanding, offense and discord. You can help bridge cultural divides and celebrate diversity by giving to local arts programs which, in turn, help to start a healthy and open conversation about differences.
6. Lasting engagement
While donating to many organizations might temporarily make a difference, ArtsWave focuses on making donations count for years to come. For example, the arts deepen roots in the Cincinnati region, ensuring that young talent remains in the area while it continues to grow. The arts also keep people coming back for new experiences or exploration. Even big name companies that hire executives to come to the Cincinnati area find it easy to convince their employees to move because of the healthy nightlife and artistic draws to the area.
When you donate to ArtsWave, you’ll help all members of the community and aid educational programs. You'll also directly benefit yourself, as a $75 donation gives you access to the ArtsPass, which offers year-round half-priced tickets and other great deals to over 100 arts experiences, shops, and restaurants.