Cincinnati and the Tristate · Arts & Entertainment

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Artist Resource Guide
When it’s time to prepare a portfolio, think about taxes, or host a studio event, take a look at some of these helpful resources to give you a good start.
The Music Business : Basic Sources of Information

Arts Education

Art Academy of Cincinnati
Provides information about the art school, including programs, faculty, and student artwork.
Art Links
Serves as an umbrella organization with 35+ area arts organizations. Offers four arts programs: Adopt-A-School, Art Bus, ArtAbility, and Yo! Art!.
Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center
Located in Covington, KY, Baker Hunt offers a variety of art and craft classes, workshops and lectures for all ages and levels including drawing, painting, ceramics, quilting, photography, and mosaics.
The Center for the Arts
A fine arts school that offers education in the arts, music, and dance for children and adults of all ages and abilities serving Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southwest Indiana. Programs include Musik Kids, Touchstone Violin Project, Midwest Modern Music School, Wyoming Dance Center, and a variety of camps.
Cincinnati Art Club
Provides information about events, workshops, and membership.
College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
Home page of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, also known as DAAP.
Educational Theatre Association
A professional association for theatre educators. Includes the International Thespian Society for high school theatre and Junior Thespians for middle school theatre. Offers thespian festivals, professional development, and events.
Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society
Works to encourage painters at all skill levels and to promote interest, appreciation, and enjoyment of watermedia. Offers workshops, guest speakers/artists, critique of art work, art exhibits, and annual art show.
Learning Through Art
Provides performing arts programs in support of arts education and community development. Programs include Books Alive! For Kids, INSTEP arts education programs, and the Kroger Snap Your Neighborhood Photo Exhibition.
The School for Creative & Performing Arts
Access information about the school and current productions, a calendar of events, and an online box office.
The Touchstone Project
Music instruction and performance for at-risk children. Provides no-cost instruction in stringed instruments to children in elementary schools, who are selected based on economic need.
The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati
Provides art classes and workshops for children and adults and conducts a regional juried exhibit each spring, showcasing fine art created by women artists 18 years and older.

Arts Organizations

ArtsWave
Provides information about the organization’s function, events, along with links. Formerly the Fine Arts Fund.
ArtWorks
ArtWorks produces public art projects, summer programs, job training, and community art projects throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.
Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
A multidisciplinary arts venue that provides events, educational programs, and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati communities. Housed in a 1905 Carnegie library, its facilities include five art galleries, a newly renovated turn-of-the-century theatre, and an education center.
Cincinnati Book Arts Society
Provides educational opportunities through classes, workshops, programs, and lectures in the book arts.
Cincinnati Performing Arts
A directory of performing arts groups in the Greater Cincinnati area including orchestras, bands, choruses, and ballet. Lists professional and amateur community groups.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
A multi-venue facility, composed of the historical Clifton School and the adjacent McDonald Estate Carriage House, that presents a wide range of arts activities for all ages. Site offers information on programming, news and events, and opportunities for support and involvement.
Covington Arts District
Showcases regional artists, galleries, art associations, creative businesses, and technology enterprises in Covington, Kentucky. Includes a community calendar listing all of Covington's art and cultural events.
Enjoy the Arts
Learn about the organization’s discounts for students and youth available through its membership.
Essex Studios Artist Group
Consists of 100+ visual and performing artists, and arts organizations. Sponsors the Essex Studios Art Walks, in which all of the art studios are open for the general public to walk through on select weekends throughout the year, as well as several community and educational outreach programs throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area.
Fitton Center for Creative Arts
The Fitton Center in Hamilton, Ohio, hosts art exhibitions, educational programs, and a wide range of entertainment productions.
Happen Inc.
Provides classes and projects that build art awareness, sharpen basic art skills, and ignite creative energy in children and adults. Offers traveling programs to schools, community centers, children's groups, and farmer's markets. Also offers outreach programs that include the Happen's Toy Lab.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center
Provides affordable arts programming for children and adults, art exhibitions, and community-building events.
League of Cincinnati Theatres
Provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources, and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community and help increase community awareness, attendance and involvement to promote quality and frequencey of theatre in Cincinnati.
Loveland Arts Council
Works to promote and organize creative and performing arts events for participation, enrichment, and enjoyment of the residents in the Greater Loveland Area.
Ohio Valley Scottish Society
Organization dedicated to educating, entertaining, and conserving the Scottish Culture through the Scottish Arts. Sponsors the annual Cincinnati Highland Dance Competition, performs for local civic organizations and churches, and offers educational scholarships.
Sharonville Fine Arts Center
Works to implement a comprehensive arts and cultural initiative for the City of Sharonville and the surrounding region and to offer diverse fine art activities to the community.
Visionaries & Voices
Arts organization created to provide artistic and cultural opportunities for artists with disabilities.

Dance

ballet tech cincinnati
This nonprofit performing arts association presents a variety of dance performances each year under its mission of providing diverse and innovative productions with professional and pre-professional dancers.
Ballet Theatre Midwest
A non-profit corporation that provides pre-professional classical ballet training and performance program, engaging children’s curriculum, creative dance for 3 and 4 year olds, jazz and musical theater repertoire, and adult ballet classes.
Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre
Established in 1994 as a professional African dance company, the Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre is now a nonprofit multicultural performing arts organization. The company’s mission is to preserve traditional African drum and dance heritage and promote cultural understanding by educating audiences of all ages about African countries.
Cincinnati Ballet
Find schedules, performer biographies, and other information.
CincySwing
Website providing information on local swing dancing venues, musicians, merchandise, and other resources.
Contemporary Dance Theater
Learn about classes and performances of this dance troupe.
Flying Cloud Academy of Vintage Dance
Dedicated to the preservation of historic ballroom dance. Offers weekly dance classes, elegant balls, workshops, and summer dance weeks.
McGing Irish Dancers
The McGing School of Irish Dance offers classes to boys and girls, men and women ages 5 and above. The dancers perform at local hospitals, charities and schools and compete in local, regional, national and world Irish dance competitions.
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music - Dance Division
The CCM Dance Division is a professional ballet school that stages many performances each season, including three annual concerts, the Ballet Ensemble’s presentations of works by faculty and guest choreographers, and the student Choreographers’ Showcase.

Event Listings

CincinnatiArts.org
Use their online calendar of events to find out what’s going on in Cincinnati.
CityBeat
This local alternative newspaper covers news, public issues, movies, music, and the arts. Includes a music calendar.
Riverbend Music Center
Information about concerts and events at the outdoor arena located on the Ohio River at Coney Island.
Shadowbox Cabaret
Venue in Newport, KY for sketch comedy, rock 'n roll, and musicals. Includes schedule and ticket information.
US Bank Arena
Schedule of upcoming events, ticket information, seating charts, and parking/driving directions.

Movies

Cincinnati World Cinema
Screens live-action and animated shorts, American Independent and documentary films that typically don't make it to mainstream theaters. Provides upcoming events, ticket information, and venues. Collaborates with other local organizations to provide motion pictures that explore the human condition and celebrate diversity.
Cincinnati.com Movies
Find out what movies are showing in Cincinnati.
Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission
Find out about films shot partly or entirely in this area – such as Rainman, Seabiscuit, and Elizabethtown – as well as the opportunities the commission provides to filmmakers, news, and events.

Museums & Community Galleries

Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery
The Weston Gallery, located within the Aronoff Center for the Arts, promotes local and regional artists through exhibitions, gallery talks, and creative education workshops. The site showcases works from current and past exhibitions through an image archive searchable by artist, title, or date.
Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center Galleries
The five Carnegie Galleries, housed in a 1905 Carnegie library in Covington, Kentucky, exhibit local and regional artists working in styles ranging from cutting-edge contemporary to primitive folk art.
Cincinnati Art Museum
Take a tour of the Museum’s outstanding collection and learn about events and exhibitions.
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Use this site to get information about the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cinergy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family Omnimax Theatre, and the Cincinnati History Society, all of which are housed under one roof at historic Union Terminal.
Contemporary Arts Center
Information about exhibits, membership, and the museum store.
Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati
Plan a visit to this unusual downtown museum where visitors can see fire engines and other equipment used since the 1800s by brave firefighters in Cincinnati.
Fitton Center for Creative Arts Galleries
The Fitton Center’s three galleries in Hamilton, Ohio, showcase contemporary exhibits by artists of all ages and abilities in an informal, family-friendly setting.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Through exhibits, programs, interactive media, and live performances, the Freedom Center educates the public about the struggle to abolish slavery and showcases the efforts of modern day heroes from around the world.
Pendleton Art Centers (PAC)
Downtown "art colony" that houses the studios of over 100 local artists. Includes an artist directory and information about Final Friday Gallery Walks.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
A 265-acre outdoor museum focusing on monumental pieces of sculpture in an environment of meadows, forests, and gardens in Hamilton, Ohio. Featured is a 10,000 square foot "Ancient Sculpture Museum" displaying Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Etruscan sculpture thousands of years old. Offers seven lakes, hiking trails, concerts, events for children, and an annual art fair.
Redtree Gallery
Supports emerging and established artists with an emphasis on the local arts community by creating exhibitions and programs that help cultivate artists. Includes workshops, events, and juried exhibitions.
Taft Museum of Art
Take a virtual tour of this outstanding small art museum and learn about its activities.
Vent Haven Museum
The Vent Haven Museum in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky is dedicated to ventriloquism. Find information about the collection and links to related sites.

Performing Arts

Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center Theatre
The Carnegie Center, located in Covington, Ky, hosts a wide variety of performances, including comedy, lectures, and films.
Cincinnati Entertainment Museum and Hall of Fame
This interactive website celebrates the history of Cincinnatians in the field of entertainment. Tour the collections, exhibits, artifacts, and memorabilia that reveal treasures from the fields of music, film & television, sports, and other entertainment arts.
Cincinnati Performing Arts
A directory of performing arts groups in the Greater Cincinnati area including orchestras, bands, choruses, and ballet. Lists professional and amateur community groups.
Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
A professional theatre and performing arts center that offers drama classes, Saturday morning Children's Series, and special events. Provides performance and ticket information.
Fitton Center for Creative Arts Entertainment
The Fitton Center in Hamilton, Ohio, presents music, poetry readings, speakers, and other live entertainment in its intimate Benninghofen Theatre.
Raymond Walters College - ARTrageous Saturdays
A performing arts series for children ages 3-10 that offers plays, puppets, music, dance and more. Provides schedule and ticket information.
The School for the Creative & Performing Arts
Learn about the activities and programs of the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), along with alumni information.
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
The distinguished College-Conservatory of Music showcases the talents of its students through music, drama, and dance productions throughout the academic year.

Public Art

ArtWorks
Lists the communities to view public art by ArtWorks in downtown Cincinnati.
Big Pig Gig
Information about the many decorated pigs made of fiberglass which were displayed in various locations in the year 2000.
Learning Through Art - Cincinnati Snaps Photo Exhibition & Competition
A unique arts and culture community engagement project that encourages Greater Cincinnati residents to see the region through their eyes by submitting photos that capture the essence of their neighbors, neighborhoods and communities. Includes contest rules, fact sheet and past winners.

Theater

Acting Up
Check out the productions of Acting Up, based in Mason, Ohio. The company is a new community theater group for young performers in area communities.
Aronoff Center for the Arts
Ticket information, list of upcoming events, seating charts, and directions to the Center.
Beechmont Players, Inc.
Site of a community theatre group which performs at Clermont College in Batavia. Find information about auditions, plays, and membership.
Broadway Series
Lists of upcoming plays and performances, news, and ticket information.
Cappies of Greater Cincinnati
Stay up to date with area high school theater productions on this site for the local chapter of the Cappies Critics and Awards program.
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Provides schedule and ticket information.
The Cincinnati Black Theatre Company
Schedule of performances, ticket info, and a list of workshops for kids and adults.
Cincinnati Music Theatre
Can’t get enough musical theatre? Check out the productions of this company, which is dedicated to presenting outstanding nonprofessional shows in and with the community.
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Provides schedule and ticket information about this professional theatre group which performs in Mt. Adams.
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI)
CPI is an organization of local playwrights, directors, and actors devoted to bringing new plays by local playwrights to the Cincinnati stage. Catch their stage readings and workshops at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, and other great venues.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Since 1993, this resident ensemble theatre has brought Shakespeare and other classic plays to Cincinnati, and currently produces a full season at its own theater downtown.
Cincinnati Young People's Theatre
Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre is a project for, of and by teenagers located at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. Includes audition, rehearsal, and performance information.
CinStages
News, events, auditions, and links to local community and professional theater companies.
The Drama Workshop
Information about the group, plus links.
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Provides schedule and ticket information about this small professional theater group.
The Frisch Marionette Company
Professional puppet theatre that performs in the traditional styles of 19th century European puppetry. Provides show and schedule information.
Irish American Theater Company
Award winning theater company located in the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati.
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Presents thought-provoking entertainment that engages a diverse audience in a variety of locations throughout the Tri-State area. Provides artistic opportunities for multicultural and contemporary programming.
La Comedia Dinner Theatre
Located in Springboro, Ohio, the theatre features six Broadway-style shows per year.
Loveland Stage Company
Provides performance schedule, ticket information, and special events.
Mad Anthony Theatre Company, Fitton Center for Creative Arts
The resident drama group of the Fitton Center was formed to present diverse theater created by a semi-professional staff of directors, designers, and actors. Each season the company offers four productions ranging from world premiere plays to musical comedies.
Madcap Puppets
Professional puppet theatre concentrating on young audiences with a repertoire of comic-absurd and original fairytale performances. Performances are offered at a variety of venues and are often collaborative with other performing arts groups. Offers educational programs, workshops, and residencies.
Mariemont Players Inc.
One of the area's oldest community theaters, that is dedicated to theater arts, entertaining, inspiring and enriching audiences, and providing an envrionment of artistic growth for members.
Showboat Majestic
A National Historical Landmark and the nation's last, original, and intact showboat, the Showboat Majestic is a professional summer stock theatre. Provides information about the shows, day camp, and history.
The Village Players
Community theater in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.