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Street Stage Project Powered by ArtsWave Brings 800+ Performances to OTR & Downtown Between Now and BLINK®

AW_Street Stage Project logoCINCINNATI (May 31, 2022) – Starting May 31 and culminating with the return of BLINK, music will once again fill the streets of Downtown Cincinnati. The Street Stage Project powered by ArtsWave and produced by CMA & 3CDC, will return this summer with over 800 performances from over two-dozen local musicians across the city. This is a 20-week program that will run until October 16.

The Street Stage Project was launched in 2019 by the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) and the Cincinnati Music Accelerator (CMA) as a way to bring vibrancy to the streets of downtown and OTR and to support local musicians. Since the program began, it’s been made possible with the support of the tens and thousands of community residents who give generously to ArtsWave, the main funder in this project. This venture enables new musicians to perform throughout key gathering places that are essential to creating and maintaining a vibrant urban core.

“ArtsWave is pleased to enliven the neighborhoods of Downtown and OTR through the Street Stage Project, where you will experience first-hand that live arts are back and ready to greet and connect us all.” said Alecia Kintner, President & CEO of ArtsWave.

Performance locations may change throughout the 20 weeks but will be split between OTR and the Central Business District. Time slots at each location will vary between lunchtime (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and early evening (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) for 20 weeks: May 31 to October 16. To find out where musicians are playing, follow The Street Stage Project on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/thestreetstageproject/.

The Cincinnati Music Accelerator will manage and facilitate talent for the project. The current musicians that will kick off the series are alumni who have graduated from the Accelerator program. CMA will also accept new submissions from local musicians throughout the project. Interested musicians should visit www.streetstageproject.com for more information.

“CMA aims to make Cincinnati to be known and recognized as a music city. We do this by teaching them how to monetize their talent and learn all aspects of the business at a level that’s catered around their craft. Kick Lee, founder of CMA, said. Projects like The Street Stage Project provide exposure and an opportunity for artists to demonstrate their skills to a broader audience that they normally might not be able to reach.”


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ArtsWave’s CincySings Competition Grows in Second Year

Drew Lachey Hosts Employee Choir Competition April 8 at Music Hall

AW_CincySingsCincinnati, OH (February 16, 2015)– Today ArtsWave announces the return of its region-wide choral competition, CincySings, hosted by artist Drew Lachey at Music Hall on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Teams of employee choirs from top regional companies that participate in the ArtsWave Community Campaign will face-off in this high-energy evening of music and fun.

Tickets start at $20 and go on sale online March 1st. Proceeds benefit the ArtsWave Community Campaign. VIP tickets are available for $50, which includes entry into the event and a pre-show reception with celebrity host and judges, sponsored by Accenture. Media partners for CincySings are Q102 and Enquirer Media. The winning team of CincySings will receive a special prize package from ArtsWave and have the chance to sing the national anthem at ArtsWave’s “Art in the Park” Cincinnati Reds game on August 23.

“Last year’s CincySings introduced an entirely new way to engage employees at workplace campaigns,” said Alecia Kintner, President and CEO of ArtsWave. “The event inspired great company and community pride and brought everyone together to celebrate the arts and their impact on our lives. We knew we had to do it again and we found more companies were eager to get in on the action.”

CincySings builds on Cincinnati’s incredible choral tradition, beginning with the May Festival Chorus and extending through the 2012 World Choir Games. For several years, both P&G and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have run “Sing Off” events as part of their ArtsWave workplace giving campaigns, encouraging employees to create small choral groups and take the stage in support of ArtsWave. Last year, Melanie Healey, Group President – P&G North America and Chair of the 2014 ArtsWave Community Campaign, suggested expanding the concept to encourage other top regional companies to run internal competitions and then send their winning choirs to face-off in a friendly showdown. The event was a great success, bringing together employees from ten local companies for an amazing evening of music. CincySings also raised awareness for ArtsWave and participating companies increased their giving by an average of 11%.

“CinsySings brought our employees together in a new and creative way,” says Manny Rios, President and CEO, American Modern Insurance Group. “It helped us raise more funds for ArtsWave than ever before and also generated a lot of goodwill and team spirit among the entire company.”

The competition has grown in its second year with fifteen companies fielding teams: American Financial Group, American Modern Insurance Group, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Insurance Company, Duke Energy, Ernst & Young, Fifth Third Bank, GE Aviation, Horan, Horseshoe Casino, Macy’s MCCS, Northern Kentucky University, P&G, TriHealth, University of Cincinnati, and UC Health.

Four companies that took top honors at last year’s CincySings will go directly to the final round: P&G, GE Aviation, American Modern Insurance Group, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. All other teams must compete in the CincySings Semi-Finals, a new round of the competition added for 2015, for the remaining slots. “When we saw how many teams were interested, we realized that we needed a Semi-Finals round to narrow down the competition and keep the final performance under a reasonable time limit,” says Laura Boggs, Campaign Manager, ArtsWave and Director of CincySings. “We think the extra round of competition should be great fun to watch.”

The CincySings Semi-Finals will be held March 14 at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and open to the public with free tickets available at the door on the day of the show. Teams will have the option to be coached by local professional vocal artists in the weeks leading up to the event.

To expand the competition beyond the corporate community, one additional “Wild Card” team will be chosen by fan vote during the week of March 23rd. Any group can form a Wild Card team including churches, schools, families, etc. Submissions will be accepted from March 16-20. More details about how to enter and vote will be released soon.

Cincinnati native and recording artist Drew Lachey returns as host for CincySings. Drew is best known for being a member of the pop group 98 Degrees and as the crowned champion of season two of Dancing with the Stars. In addition to his vocal and dancing talent, Drew is an experienced stage actor with such Broadway roles as Patsy in Spamalot and Mark Cohen in Rent. Drew is a champion for the arts in Cincinnati. A graduate from Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts, Drew is also the founder of Lachey Arts, an arts education company focused on using real working situations to better train young performers. Drew has extensive hosting experience including appearances on Dancing with the Stars, the Miss USA Pageant, The Price is Right and, closer to home, the 2012 World Choir Games. Drew is also co-owner of Lachey’s, a new sports bar in Over-the-Rhine, and focus of an upcoming reality series on A&E this spring.

“I’m excited to be back hosting CincySings,” said Lachey. “The talent of these choirs is truly amazing – an event you’ll see only in Cincinnati. And it’s an opportunity to support ArtsWave and the many arts organizations that make Cincinnati such a great place to live.”

As the nation’s first and largest community campaign for the arts, ArtsWave supports the work and impact of over 100 arts and cultural organizations with grants and services. More than 400

companies and 40,000 donors contribute to the effort each year, many through workplace giving campaigns.

Tickets for CincySings go on sale March 1st on the Cincinnati Arts Association website: http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events. For more information on CincySings, visit http://www.theartswave.org/discover/events/cincysings and follow @ArtsWave and #CincySings on Twitter.


About ArtsWave:

With the help of tens of thousands of individual donors, ArtsWave provides support to more than 100 arts organizations that make the Greater Cincinnati region an amazing place to live. The first and largest united arts fund in the country, ArtsWave contributors invested over $12 million in the region in 2014. The arts create benefits like attractive, lively neighborhoods and a population that comes together to share ideas and experiences.

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Presented by Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati
March 5-8
East End

The wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde within two plays, the HAPPY PRINCE and THE REMARKABLE ROCKET, ensure a stunning evening of live theater. Performed by professional actor Michael James Ford coming direct from Dublin Ireland presented by Culture Ireland and the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati. Rave reviews follow Michael’s performances i.e.; “Michael James Ford’s enchanting style of story telling leaves the audience hanging on his every word” –Sunday Tribune Ireland

  • Thu, March 5 at 7:30pm
    Pre-show reception at 6:30pm
  • Fri, March 6 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, March 7 at 11:30am
    Macy’s Artswave Sampler performance of THE REMARKABLE ROCKET appropriate for families & students followed by an arts and crafts project. This performance is free and open to the public. To ensure seating call 513.533.0100 with name and number of attendees.
  • Sun, March 8 at 2pm
    Closing party follows performance.

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Stage Notes for Jan. 29

NET_Brewing tanksA potpourri of arts news items from local and national sources.

  • Dayton Most Metro review: FAMILY SHOTS, Human Race Theatre Company
  • Soapbox Cincinnati article: Northside church renovations to yield brewery, theater, event space [New Edgecliff Theatre]
  • Playbill article: The Expert Guide to Vocal Health; Broadway Professionals Share Their Secrets
  • Cincinnati Business Courier articleArtsWave launches fundraising campaign to break its own national record
  • Cincinnati.Com review: THE OTHER PLACE, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
  • League of Cincinnati Theatre reviews: WAITING FOR GODOT, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; GREATER TUNA, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts and THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Know Theatre of Cincinnati
  • River City News article: Actress Embarks on Theatrical Roller Coaster Ride in “The Other Place” at Ensemble
  • Cincinnati.Com article: ‘Magical Thinking‘ kicks off festival of one-acts [Cincy One Acts Festival]

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Stage Notes for Jan. 23

Broadway star Leslie Uggams provided coaching and advice to Wright State students and sang several songs as a visiting artist of the Musical Theatre Initiative.

Broadway star Leslie Uggams provided coaching and advice to Wright State students and sang several songs as a visiting artist of the Musical Theatre Initiative.

A potpourri of arts news items from local and national sources.

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