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Aronoff Center Name-A-Seat Opportunity – Take a Seat in History

CAA_Name a Seat logoBe a permanent part of the Aronoff Center!

(Cincinnati, OH) – As part of the Aronoff Center’s 25th Anniversary, the Cincinnati Arts Association invites friends and fans to support the popular arts destination with a Name-A-Seat donation, which allows them to add a name to a beautiful brass plaque on the arm of a select Procter & Gamble Hall seat. Or they may choose to celebrate a family member, honor an arts lover, or give a unique gift to the person who has everything with a seat donation that leaves a legacy. This is a rare opportunity to take a seat in history!

A seat can be named for:

  • An individual, couple, or family
  • Children, grandchildren, or parents
  • The memory of a loved one
  • A friend or colleague
  • A beloved pet
  • A business or organization
  • And more


  • $1,000 – Front Orchestra
  • $750 – Rear Orchestra
  • $500 – Loge

The Name-A-Seat opportunity will run through the Aronoff Center’s 25th Anniversary season. The deadline for making a donation and choosing seats is August 31, 2021. The campaign is a naming opportunity only and does not imply ownership of the seat or reserve the use of the seat for any performances. However, donors may inquire about the availability of their named seat location when purchasing a ticket to any event at the Procter & Gamble Hall.

Name-A-Seat donations will not only support the Cincinnati Arts Association’s ongoing stewardship of the Aronoff Center, but also will help us raise the curtain on another 25 years (and more) of world-class events. It addition, gifts will help us sustain our transformative arts education programs, impactful Arts-in-Healing Initiative, and compelling exhibitions by local and regional artists at the Aronoff’s Weston Art Gallery.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant financial impact on Cincinnati Arts Association as a not-for-profit arts organization, with more than 300 events cancelled or rescheduled at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall,” said Steve Loftin, President, Cincinnati Arts Association. “The Name-A-Seat opportunity is a wonderful way to give a gift to the Aronoff during its 25th Anniversary. The generosity of our audiences, donors, and sponsors has never been more important than now, and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing interest and support.”

For more information and to make a Name-A-Seat donation, CLICK HERE.


AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERSLOCAL12 WKRC-TVTHE P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, TRIHEALTH

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.7 million students. For more information, visit www.CincinnatiArts.org.

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CAA_Virtual Dada Rafiki

Presented by Annie Ruth, in collaboration with
the Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Opera, and the Power of Her

Friday, November 20 | 7:00 PM
Streaming FREE TO THE PUBLIC on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram 

CINCINNATI, OH – The virtual Dada Rafiki: Conversations on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM will be live streamed FREE TO THE PUBLIC on the Dada Rafiki Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram platforms. The long-running, local annual event is a multi-sensory artistic experience of dance, music, poetry, and song, which shares the empowering stories of inspirational women who positively impact the community.

The event will be hosted by WLWT-TV5 news anchor Courtis Fuller and internationally acclaimed artist/poet Annie Ruth. Special guest performers include the Legendary Clark Sisters, singer/songwriter Sistah LaLa, mother and son William Menefield and Yah’El Abiyah Yisra’el, Cincinnati Opera artist Victoria Okafor, and CA2 Dance Crew.

Dada Rafiki, pronounced (DAH-dah RAH-fee-kee), means sister friend in the Kiswahili language of Eastern Africa. Through this unique multicultural celebration, Annie Ruth honors women from all walks of life and promotes a message of universal sisterhood. This year’s theme is “Conversations,” which promotes a universal message of hope, health, and healing for the world. The event will include programming that encourages interracial, multi-generational, and cross-cultural dialogue.

Dada Rafiki Honorees

  1. Pastor Dr. Robert L. Harris, Baba of Honor
  2. Elissa Lee Yancey
  3. Sheila Holmes Howard
  4. Anne Cushing-Reid
  5. Tracey A. DuEst
  6. Cammie Combs-Montgomery
  7. Andrea Smythe Taylor
  8. Rev. Regina Johnson Phillips
  9. Bernadette Watson
  10. Delores Hargrove-Young
  11. Quiera Levy-Smith
  12. Geneva Watkins Miller

Spotlight Sister Organizations

  1. New Prospect Baptist Church Culinary Kitchen Ministry
  2. National Council of Negro Women – Cincinnati Chapter
  3. Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs
  4. Queens Village – Cradle Cincinnati
  5. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  6. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  7. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  8. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  9. Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.

Annie Ruth is an internationally respected artist and arts educator whose work has positively influenced audiences in Europe, Africa, and throughout the United States for more than forty years. She integrates the arts into other areas and uses innovative strategies to make the arts experience both rewarding and relevant. Annie Ruth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from National University in San Diego, California and studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). She is a trailblazer who has received critical acclaim for her work in the community. She fuses her artistic talents with arts education and collaborates with major cultural institutions and museums to bring art directly to communities throughout the United States and abroad.

For more information about Annie Ruth, the history of Dada Rafiki, and how to access the virtual event, visit www.dadarafiki.net  and www.annieruth.com.

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John Lewis: Good Trouble | Nationwide Watch Event and Virtual Panel Discussion

CAA_John Lewis Good Trouble logoAudiences Across the Country
Urged to Get into Good Trouble

Nationwide watch of documentary about John Lewis during September, plus virtual conversation with national civic leaders on September 21 at 7:00 PM

(Cincinnati, OH)  Representative John Lewis of Georgia — Freedom Rider and Congressman, Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, and conscience of the nation —  served the cause of social justice for decades, both as an elected representative and as a groundbreaking activist whose fervent belief in getting into “good trouble, necessary trouble” for the cause of racial equality changed our country.

The Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) invites audiences to join in a nationwide watch, in collaboration with more than sixty of the nation’s arts and cultural institutions, of the riveting new documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble, which looks at the impact of Lewis’ life and work. CAA audiences will be able to rent the film directly from Magnolia Pictures, then take part in a live virtual conversation about John Lewis’ remarkable legacy. 

The film celebrates Lewis’ sixty-plus years of activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration through rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with the late Congressman.

This special rental of the documentary includes two extra features: an interview Congressman Lewis gave to Oprah Winfrey shortly before his death earlier this year, as well as a one-hour panel, recorded in July, with the documentary’s director, Dawn Porter, and two of Lewis’ fellow original Freedom Riders, Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton.

The film’s $12.00 rental fee includes a $5.00 donation to the Cincinnati Arts Association. 

After screening the film, audiences are invited to join a live, interactive online panel discussion about Lewis’ history and impact on the social justice struggles of today. Panelists include Dawn Porter, the film’s director; Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, NJ; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project; and Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, who worked extensively with Lewis to establish the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The free virtual conversation takes place at 7:00 PM EST on Monday, September 21 on Zoom.

To rent the movie and register for the panel discussion, visit the Cincinnati Arts Association website at www.CincinnatiArts.org/John-Lewis 

The online conversation and coordinated effort amongst the country’s performing arts centers is produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) of Newark, NJ.

This event is part of NJPAC’s ongoing initiatives designed to offer both a greater understanding of current racial disparities and a forum for learning about the actions all citizens can take to advance the cause of equality.

“Everyone at NJPAC stands in solidarity with those fighting against structural racism, societal inequity, and police brutality, and for civil rights, multiculturalism and authentic inclusion. Changing the world requires the efforts of everyone. Now, more than ever, each of us has an indispensable part to play,” says John Schreiber, NJPAC’s President and CEO. For more information, please visit NJPAC’s website at NJPAC.org.

“We are very pleased to join NJPAC and performing arts centers across the country in offering this important documentary and panel discussion to our audiences,” said Steve Loftin, President, Cincinnati Arts Association. “Throughout history, the arts and culture have reflected and supported social change and civil rights, and it is our hope that this opportunity will add to the ongoing national and local conversation about equity, inclusion, and racial justice.”


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I DO! I DO! Canceled at Cincinnati Music Theatre

CMT_Studio Series logoWe are deeply saddened and disappointed to announce that due to the evolving impact of the coronavirus and the directives from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine regarding the ban on public gatherings until further notice, the Cincinnati Music Theatre (CMT) production of I Do! I Do!, scheduled for June 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2020 at the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater, has been cancelled.

This was a very difficult decision to make, but your CMT Board of Trustees feels it is in the best interest of our many volunteers and audience members to keep everyone safe and healthy. We look forward to the time when we can once again gather to enjoy the friendship and collaborative efforts involved in our favorite hobby, live theater.

For those of you holding tickets for I Do! I Do!, we would like to offer you three options for the tickets you purchased, which will be processed by the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Ticketing Services staff:

CREDIT your account for the value of your ticket(s) toward a CMT 2020-2021 Season subscription. Details about purchasing a subscription will be available later this summer.

DONATE the value of your ticket(s) to Cincinnati Music Theatre (a not-for-profit community theater) to help us continue our mission of providing high-quality musicals at an affordable price to the audiences of Greater Cincinnati.

REFUND the value of your ticket(s).

Contact CAA Ticketing Services at ticketing@cincinnatiarts.org no later than May 1, 2020 with your preferred ticketing option from the list above: CREDIT, DONATE, or REFUND.

Please refer to www.cincinnatimusictheatre.org for more information about our 2020-2021 season.

For the most up-to-date information about the impact of the coronavirus on events at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall, including rescheduled and cancelled shows, visit CincinnatiArts.org/health-update.

The CMT Board of Trustees

Cincinnati Arts Association Ticketing Services
Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Rescheduled | CELTIC WOMAN: CELEBRATION | Aronoff Center | New Date: Thu., April 1, 2021

CAA_Celtic Woman Celebration logoCELTIC WOMAN: CELEBRATION

** NEW DATE: Thursday, April 1, 2021 (note the year change) **
Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall

CINCINNATI, OH – Due to the evolving impact of the coronavirus and the directives from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine regarding the ban on public gatherings until further notice, Celtic Woman: Celebration, scheduled for Thursday, April 9 at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall, has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 PM (please note the year change).

Ticket holders will be sent new tickets with the rescheduled date and time. These tickets will be sent prior to the new performance date, and we will notify ticket holders by email before they are sent.

Ticket holders who are unable to attend the rescheduled performance may contact the Aronoff Center Ticket Office for refund or exchange information at (513) 621-2787 (Monday through Friday between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) or ticketing@cincinnatiarts.org.

Please note that the Aronoff Center Ticket Office will be closed for walk-up business until further notice for the health and safety of our guests, staff, artists, and volunteers.

For the most up-to-date information about the status of events at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall, visit www.cincinnatiarts.org/health-update.

Tickets are on sale now at www.CincinnatiArts.org and (513) 621-ARTS [2787] for the rescheduled performance on April 1, 2021.

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