In this season of uncertainty, local arts organizations are trying to find solid ground. We examine the arts' impact on the local economy, talk to creatives working in isolation, and introduce you to smaller organizations that are already adapting to a new normal.

By Katie Coburn, Kathleen Doane, Lauren Fisher, John Fox, Kaileigh Peyton, Sarah Stankorb, and Amanda Boyd Walters

When Will Our Choral Groups Sing Again?

No one knows. In a city that sings, and the home of the May Festival, that's a big deal. Here's how our local vocal artists are hanging in there.

Playwright Torie Wiggins on Finding Hope Within

Her new piece, “Hope Deconstructed,” was featured in Playhouse in the Park’s digital Monologues of Hope series.

Wave Pool Uses Art to Connect a Community

Even in a time of social distancing and isolation, Wave Pool finds a way to tap the power of creativity to bring people together.

Local Artist Alice Pixley Young Named One of Five Women Artists to Watch in...

The multimedia artist will be featured in Columbus’s Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery exhibition, Paper Routes—Women to Watch 2020, July 30–October 17.

Meet One of the Artists Behind the Powerful GOODS Storefront Mural

Ezra Kalmus and Stacey “Sun” Smith painted the mural on the wooden boards that covered GOODS on Main Street during the Black Lives Matter protests.

Artist Anissa Lewis on Community, Creativity, and ‘Camp Delivery’

Anissa Lewis’s scripture-inspired prints were featured in Wave Pool’s food delivery boxes, distributed to Camp Washington residents and local artists.

Five Arts Events Worth Looking Forward To in 2021

Let’s hope that these five arts events are far enough in the future that COVID-19 can’t cancel them.

Inside the Local Arts Issue: September 2020

We discuss how local arts organizations are adapting to a new normal and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac's thoughts on Black Lives Matter, defunding the police, and more.

Local Arts Leaders Connect With Audiences During COVID-19

Local arts leaders balance finances, safety protocols, and the public’s trust in order to find ways to reconnect with live audiences.

Six Smaller Arts Organizations Worth Watching

The arts community in Greater Cincinnati is rich and varied. Here, we introduce you to six smaller groups doing big things.

Editor’s Letter, September 2020: An Arts Recalibration

At a time when we look to the arts for insight into understanding each other and our struggles, these institutions had to shut their doors, cut staff, and postpone new work.

Composer Michael Abels and the Cincinnati Symphony’s Fanfare Project

Known for his scores for the films Get Out and Us, composer Michael Abels answered the CSO’s call with an original work for viola.

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