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Home to world-class symphony, opera and ballet companies and art museums that blend the historic (Taft, Cincinnati Museum) with contemporary exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center and our independent galleries in OTR and Brighton, the Queen City knows its art. For stage buffs, two-time Tony Award winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in Mt. Adams, Ensemble and Know Theatres in Over-the-Rhine and Cincinnati Shakespeare downtown debut classic and original pieces of work, while cutting-edge theater (Fringe Festival) and music festivals (MidPoint and Bunbury) round out the arts calendar.

Arts + Culture Features

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In photos: A look back at IDEALAB Movement Makers

Over 100 community leaders, development enthusiasts and students gathered for the second annual IDEALAB on Dec. 4. Check out our photo essay of the day.

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Hannaford's legacy lives on in passionate Cincinnati architectural community

Much of Samuel Hannaford’s architecture was defined by progressive thought and attention to detail. Hannaford died in 1911, but the icon's sustainable designs remain as an inspiration to local professionals like the architects and designers at Drawing Dept.

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Music Hall's "organic" history: Hook & Hastings and the Mighty Wurlitzer

With the reopening of Music Hall, new tours are planned by SPMH volunteers, including one with an “organic” focus: Showing off the majestic organs that have occupied the space, from the original Hook & Hastings model to the famed Mighty Wurlitzer.

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Clarinets to cabinets: Old is new again in thriving reuse economy

Whether you're looking for affordable kitchen reno options or creative ways to keep your kids preoccupied over holiday break, Cincinnati’s reuse economy is answering the call. Take a look at these local groups proving that everything old is new again.

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'No movement too small' is the primary focus for IDEALAB 2017

Leaders from three Midwest organizations will showcase their “movements” at the second annual IDEALAB on Dec. 4. This year’s event will focus on movements — big or small — that serve as springboards for significant, widespread, positive change. 
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Arts + Culture Videos

Soapbox original film captures the challenges and victories of Covington, a city on the rise

Soapbox closes out its 12-week embedded On the Ground series with a look at the victories, remaining challenges and hopes of some of Covington's most passionate advocates.

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Victory of Light Psychic Festival

The Victory of Light Psychic Festival was held April 9-10 at the Sharonville Convention Center, billed as "Cincinnati's premier body, mind & spirit event."

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Pop up umbrella dancing as creative placemaking

Placemaking efforts bring artists together with residents and developers to build community, including nearly 200 people who created a surprise dance video with umbrellas at a LISC/ArtsWave luncheon.

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Cincinnati Design Awards 19 at the Woodward Theater

Soapbox photographer Scott Beseler documents the 19th annual Cincinnati Design Awards Nov. 13 at the Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine, celebrating the year's best architecture, interior design, graphic design and landscape architecture projects.

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Cincy Summer Streets 2015 wrapup

Cincy Summer Streets brought people together to envision urban neighborhoods in a new way at these 2015 events in Northside, Over-the-Rhine and Walnut Hills.
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Leigh Ann Lentz, Lentz & Company

Leigh Ann Lentz, Lentz & Company

City: Clifton / CUF
John Hauer, 3DLT

John Hauer, 3DLT

City: Covington
John Sebastian Illustration

John Sebastian Illustration

City: Over-the-Rhine
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