5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Contemporary Arts Center

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Located on the corner of 6th and Walnut, the Contemporary Art Center is located in a sleek modern building that you can’t miss. As a non-collecting institution, their exhibitions are ever-changing which allows room to please all audiences! Did you know any of these other facts about CAC?

  1. The Contemporary Arts Center was founded by 3 women in 1939 – Peggy Frank Crawford, Rita Rentschler Cushman and Betty Pollak Rauh.
  2. The CAC was first known as the Modern Art Society.  The name “Contemporary Arts Center” was formally adopted in 1956.
  3. The CAC was originally located in the Cincinnati Art Museum.  It didn’t move out until 1962.
  4. In 1975 the CAC was chosen to represent the United States at the XIII Bienal in São Paulo, Brazil.
  5. The CAC’s current home at the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts features over 16,000 sq. feet of exhibitions space.

With family, school, public, and other special events, there is always something going on at the Contemporary Arts Center. For a look at upcoming events, you can take a look at their website here. Remember, Enjoy the Arts members get two half-price admissions!

-JB

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Memorial Hall

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Memorial Hall is located in the heart of Over the Rhine next to Cincinnati Music Hall and across from Washington Park. It houses a small, acoustic theater originally designed for speaking, but also hosts musical events from organizations like the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Check out some other cool facts you may not have known about Memorial Hall:

  1. Memorial Hall was built in 1908 to honor veterans of the Spanish-American and Civil Wars.
  2. Memorial Hall is home to President Lincoln’s Burial Wreath, which hangs in the Gold Room on the first floor.
  3. Memorial Hall was designed by the same architects as Music Hall, Samuel Hanneford and Sons.
  4. Visitors new to Memorial Hall are always surprised that there is a 600-seat, acoustically perfect theatre located on the second floor of the building.
  5. There are nine Virtues of Memorial Hall. Unity, Wisdom, Courage, Martyrdom, Philanthropy, Honor, Maniless and Will. These are listed above the theatre in a hand-painted arch. We surmise that the hand craftsmen, who were sons and grandsons of veterans and sometimes veterans themselves, must have run out of room to include “Womanliness.” Nevertheless there is an entire area the building that is devoted to women. The Gold Room side of the building was considered the women’s side and the Green Room side of the building was considered the men’s side. Thus the building is equally split in half, remaining true the architectural symmetry throughout the building. 

If you would like to learn more please visit Memorial Hall’s history blog visit http://cincinnatimemorialhall.com/history/history-blog/

You can also take a look at Memorial Hall’s website for details on upcoming events for the summer and fall seasons. Enjoy the Arts members receive a $5 discount on tickets!

-JB

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Scope, Confuse, Contort: Mapping the Downtown Mural Scene

How to capture the most powerfully striking image while standing in the middle of a parking lot, street, or sidewalk:

  • Scope out your prime photo-taking positing before claiming your sometimes socially awkward location
  • Willingness to receive confused looks and stares from strangers
  • Ability to contort your body for dramatic shots

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What’s Happening Downtown

1005 Walnut Street

I had mapped out my route so I knew exactly which murals I would be photographing and in what order, but immediately I was derailed from that plan when I first spotted this mural and found myself standing in the middle of a parking lot. I quickly found that these painted people were not going to be the only ones who would be directing stares at me as the day continued…

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Fresh Harvest

1005 Walnut Street

On an adjacent wall(in partnership with the Kroger Co.)plump vegetables and fruits covered their urban canvas. Making an about-turn I sat on the pavement so I could get both the mural and the perpendicularly placed Kroger headquarters towering above.                                       

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Mr. Tarbell Tips His Hat

1109 Vine Street

Just across the street (thanks to Gateway Merchants Group) was another ArtWorks mural.  However, I was not quite close enough to capture the “larger than life” Cincinnati icon.  So I hopped back in my car to make a loop around the Cincinnati traffic and pull up alongside the curb.  Again risking my social image for this perfect shot of Mr. Tarbell and his tipped top hat.

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The Singing Mural

1223 Central Parkway

After stopping for lunch I made my way to the Singing Mural, which pays tribute to the Queen City’s rich arts and cultural legacy. In partnership with Cincinnati Opera and CET these “loud mouths” are quite the treat in person and unfortunately my photos just cannot do them justice.

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Energy and Grace

16 East 12th Street

Swinging back into OTR, this delicately powerful mural transforms one of Kim Krause’s paintings, a beloved professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.  ArtWorks in partnership with the Art Academy celebrates the commitment to reviving this historic community. This one was an easy find and an easy shot, just find yourself a spot in the parking lot below.

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Ice Cream Daydream

33 East 12th Street

Just around the block, the whimsical nature of OTR continues to shine through as well as its development as a Cincinnati district thanks to Eden Floral Boutique. Contortion was extremely necessary to capture the “diamond sun which rains strawberries on a dessert-filled garden,” as I bent myself around cars and bushes.  

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No Place Like Home

27 West 12th Street

This mural (in partnership with Tender Mercies) was located in the upper corner of this brick building. I nearly missed it!  Easily escaping my line of sight and also tricky to capture due to the road construction on 12th Street, it was definitely worth the effort.  This mural calls attention to items that many may take for granted but that are important to the less fortunate that experience homelessness and live in impoverished conditions in the Cincinnati area.

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The Golden Muse

28 West 13th Street

If you need a break from all of the sidewalk hopping and awkward bending, I suggest heading over to Washington Park where you can see this golden beauty.   Here you can also take a trip to the lou, grab a drink of water or splash in it if you prefer, and watch your furry friends play around in the dog park.

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Martha, The Last Passenger Pigeon (above), 15 East 8th Street

Migration of Tradition (below), 1920 Race Street

Feeling “flighty,” I pinpointed my two final destinations making a stop through downtown to see Martha and then looped back through OTR to capture Rookwood Pottery’s signature icon.

-SD

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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Broadway in Cincinnati

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Broadway productions in Cincinnati have always been a hit. Thousands of people attend all kinds of shows all year long! Did you know any of these facts about Broadway in Cincinnati?

  1. 2014-2015 marks our 27th year of presenting a Broadway season in Cincinnati.
  2. The first Broadway show to play as part of a Broadway in Cincinnati season was Singin’ in the Rain, late September of 1987.
  3. The incredible talent gracing the stage here in Cincinnati has included the likes of Joel Gray, Carol Channing, Topol, Patti Lupone, Robert Goulet, Tommy Tune & Cathy Rigby.
  4. Cincinnati has one of the largest numbers of series subscribers for Broadway tours in the country.
  5. The Broadway in Cincinnati season originated at the Taft Theater and moved to the Aronoff upon completion of construction in 1995. The Aronoff was built specifically with Broadway tours in mind, including a ceiling designed to hold the infamous chandelier from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!

If you are interested in learning about any upcoming performances, take a look here. Enjoy the Arts members: priority access tickets are now available!

-JB

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