The Cincinnati Arts Association is committed to actively living our mission through the lens of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). During 2024, we will be amplifying diverse voices by sharing stories from a variety of people in Cincinnati’s vast arts community around the theme of “Art as Activism.” This teaser video serves as a sampling of the work already being done on our stages and in our venues to move our organization closer to an anti-racist equity culture. The overwhelming power of art to create lasting change is something that we see time and time again in history. Entire movements have begun with just one person’s artistic expression. We look forward to sharing our stories with you throughout the year.

Heritage and Awareness Celebrations

Amplifying Black Voices – Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we are highlighting local voices within the Black community about their artistic journey and expression, and how they view art as activism. Hear from four individuals across a variety of disciplines who are in some way connected to the Cincinnati Arts Association: a singer/songwriter who teaches her love of music to children across the city (CAA teaching artist); a visual artist using her platform to share personal and moving experiences (exhibiting artist, Weston Art Gallery); the founder of Revolution Dance Theatre, Cincinnati's only all-Black ballet company (Aronoff Center resident company); and a life-long arts advocate working to restore the Regal Theater in Cincy's West End as a space for Black creatives (CAA Trustee).

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Conversations About Accessibility

In April, we began a dialogue with community members surrounding accessibility. We partnered with our friends at Cincinnati Ballet to create a full run down of what to expect at a Sensory Friendly Ballet performance. We also celebrate National d/Deaf History Month in conversation with a Professor of ASL and Deaf Studies at UC as well as an interpreter to talk about the impact of interpretive performances.

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AAPI Activism - Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

We’re celebrating AAPI all May long, speaking with members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Hear from three individuals across a variety of disciplines: a recent University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music graduate learning that representation matters; a teacher and visual artist using her platform to share personal and moving experiences (exhibiting artist, Weston Art Gallery); and a traveling dancer and Artistic Director of Cultural Center of India who uses her talents in traditional Indian dance to inspire and bring harmony to audiences.

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