The Carnegie Announces Capital Campaign

TC_logo_newCampaign to Preserve Historic Integrity of Building & Establish Endowment 

COVINGTON, KY The Carnegie, Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue, providing award-winning theatre performances, educational programs and art exhibitions to the region, is pleased to announce its Preserving Northern Kentucky’s Cultural and Architectural Gem capital campaign.

Built in 1904, The Carnegie in Covington is the historic home of one of five remaining Carnegie auditoriums in the United States and has been sharing the arts with the community since it was founded in 1977. To preserve this one-of-a-kind building, The Carnegie launched its capital campaign, led by co-chairs Otto M. Budig, Jr. and Sara Vance Waddell in September 2019. With the successful support of several foundations and donors, more than $2 million of the $3.5 million campaign goal was secured during the initial phase. To garner the most out of the community’s support, The Carnegie has received a generous $50,000 matching gift pledge to extend the reach of dollars raised for the campaign.

“The Carnegie’s role in the community and the region at large cannot be understated,” said Otto M. Budig, Jr., The Carnegie’s past board president and co-chair of the capital campaign. “A pillar for the arts, The Carnegie inspires creativity for which many organizations strive. A successful capital campaign guarantees this building will continue to spearhead diverse, culturally rich programming and arts education for citizens of all ages and backgrounds.”

Reaching a broad cross-section of the Greater Cincinnati community, The Carnegie annually serves 80,000 community members of all ages and makes the arts accessible for the widest audience possible by providing educational programming for children ages 6 to 13, 88% of whom live at or below the poverty level.

“I’m proud of the way this organization has continued to innovate and lead the way in connecting with arts patrons, students and community members,” said campaign co-chair and past board president, Sara Vance Waddell. “The Carnegie’s commitment to its surrounding community, and the region as a whole, makes the arts accessible and introduces new ideas, concepts and experiences to educators, students, families and more.”

“As things return to normal, we’re excited to welcome patrons back to enjoy the arts.” said Kim Best, Executive Director at The Carnegie. “This campaign ensures that The Carnegie will continue to shine and serve many generations to come.”

To support The Carnegie’s Preserving Northern Kentucky’s Cultural and Architectural Gem capital campaign, visit

Preserving Northern Kentucky’s Cultural and Architectural Gem Campaign Committee

Sue Butler
Bill Butler

Otto M. Budig, Jr.
Sara Vance Waddell

Ron Bates
Mary Ellen Cody
John Mocker
Molly Prues
Jens G. Rosenkrantz Jr.
Bob Sathe
Dwinelva Zackary 


The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030. 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati International Wine Festival, City of Covington, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the City of Covington. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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