Cincinnati to budget $10 million in federal stimulus aid for the arts

Posted on: March 25, 2021

“More than $10 million in federal aid will go to arts organizations in Cincinnati, said Mayor John Cranley” at a press conference, writes Scott Wartman in Wednesday’s (3/24) Cincinnati Enquirer (OH). “It will pay to create murals, help theaters reopen in the fall and keep museums operating. Cincinnati expects to get $290 million from the $1.9 trillion national stimulus passed by Congress for COVID-related expenses.… After a solo from Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Christopher Pell, Cranley announced … where the $10.7 million will go: $1 million to stage [the light show] Blink in 2022; $1 million for outdoor public art spaces to stage outdoor performances; $6 million for performing arts organizations to help them stay open and have productions in the summer and fall; $1 million in aid to museums … $1 million for murals and other public art; $500,000 for the Clifton Arts Center; $250,000 to restore the Black Lives Matter mural in front of City Hall.… Blink … the massive light show projected on downtown buildings and streets [that] draws thousands downtown each year … grew out of Lumenocity, an event organized by the [Cincinnati Symphony] from 2013-2015 where the orchestra performed to light displays projected on Music Hall.”