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Cincinnati’s Live Events Industry, comprising the performing arts, sporting events, festivals and museums, have galvanized a local movement on Tuesday, September 1st to implore the U.S. Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S.3814) as quickly as possible, offering economic relief to the Live Events Industry, which has been shuttered since March, 2020, putting millions of people out of work.

Using the social media hashtags: #WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and #ExtendPUA, the campaign features red lighting on buildings, structures, and residences from 9:00 PM-12:00 AM as the event rolls across North America. Cincinnati Arts Association will participate by lighting the Aronoff Center and Music Hall.

Additional buildings and venues in Cincinnati that will be lit include: The Carnegie, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, Duke Energy Convention Center, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Great American Ball Park, Heritage Bank Center, Know Theatre, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center, Riverbend Music Center, Taft Theater, Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, Washington Park Stage, and Woodward Theater.

The Arts & Culture sector employs 5.1 million people and provides $877 billion value added to the U.S. economy. It adds more value to the economy than transportation, agriculture, or tourism. The Arts & Culture sector is a cornerstone of the larger U.S. economy, making up 4.5% of GDP. Despite their out-sized cultural and economic contribution, the Arts & Culture sector of the U.S. economy is in grave danger.

As theatres, concert tours, festivals, opera houses, trade shows, and other live events as well as film and television production remain closed, or open on a very limited basis, the entire industry is impacted, from designers, technicians, programmers, and stagehands to rental shops, manufacturers, and distributors of entertainment technology. The first industry to close last March, Live Events could be the last sector to re-open due to the COVID-19 crisis.


  • CLICK HERE and complete a simple form to contact your members of Congress and urge them to pass the RESTART Act and extend PUA and FPUC.
  • Encourage your family and friends to also contact their members of Congress.


With Governor DeWine’s recent announcement of capacity limits of the lesser of 15% or 300 people for the performing arts, the financial viability of the arts remains a big challenge. $40+ million has been lost locally in the nonprofit arts sector, and unemployment at the state level for arts and entertainment is at 47%.
Government relief is necessary, and we need your quick help to get the word out as we call on city, county, state, and federal officials to provide financial relief to the crucial work being done by our performing arts organizations. ArtsWave is amassing signatures from the sector and community in support of this relief effort. The more signatures we gather, the greater our potential is to gain community and government support.

On Sunday, the Cincinnati Enquirer featured an informative editorial in its Opinion section written by ArtsWave President, Alecia Kitner, and supported by numerous local arts groups, that outlined the devastating effects of the pandemic on our regional not-for-profit arts and cultural institutions.


  • Go to artswave.org/relief to add your signature to the list of supporters of government arts relief, and encourage your family and friends to sign as well.
  • Post on all of your social media channels about the initiative. Sample posts are in a social media kit you can find at this link. Feel free to customize your posts as you see fit.