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New ArtsWave 'Flow' series to showcase African American artist, promote diversity

Posted at 10:30 AM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 11:30:32-05

CINCINNATI – ArtsWave plans to harness the power of creativity to bridge cultural divides in the Queen City with a new initiative.

On Tuesday morning, ArtsWave announced Flow, an African American Arts Experience, a new series that will showcase nationally and internationally acclaimed African American performing artists in Cincinnati.

“Flow is about building greater demand for expressions of black culture in this region,” said Mel Gravely, TriVersity Construction Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chair of Flow’s Board of Advisors in a press release. “It’s an invitation to experience, more frequently, the inspiration and provocation of black artists working at the highest professional levels, which will add to our community conversation.”

The inaugural 2020 Flow series will kick off Feb. 21-22 with a residency and performance by internationally-acclaimed Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. (DCDC) at the at Aronoff Center for the Arts' Jarson-Kaplan Theater. The two evenings will feature hallmark works by the company. DCDC will also engage students at Fredrick Douglass Elementary as part of its residency.

ArtsWave will announce additional artists participating in the Flow series on Wednesday.

ArtsWave President and CEO Alecia Kintner described Flow as a strategic undertaking for the nonprofit she leads.

“Our ten-year Blueprint for Collective Action in the arts sector has the goals of deepening the roots of Cincinnati residents, particularly African Americans, and bridging cultural divides,” she said. “Flow is one way that the arts are leading Cincinnati in becoming a more inclusive, future-oriented city.”

She added the overall goal of Flow is to attract a diverse audience and grow the region’s appreciation for artists of varying backgrounds, while also complimenting and expanding the region’s number of multicultural experiences offered by local arts organization.

For more information about Flow visit artswave.org.