“So most of us Black creatives love it when we get the chance to celebrate ourselves living our lives, enjoying our communities, connecting with one another, building with one another. Celebrating Black joy and showing the world that we are here, now!” – David Michael Butler

CMF Outdoor Museum 

Washington Park, located in downtown Cincinnati, has transformed into a gallery for a public art exhibition focusing on community, unity, music, and celebration. The CMF Outdoor Museum features work from 15 local artists of color, including AAC students, faculty, and alum.The art will be on display from July 25-September 7, 2020.

The artists were chosen by three project leads, Gee Horton, self-trained hyperrealism visual artist and a key player in artist recruitment for the recently completed Black Lives Matter mural, David Michael Butler, SoRealist artist, and Assistant Professor/Illustration Chair, Art Academy of Cincinnati, and Pam Kravetz, artist, educator, and AAC board member. Individuals were selected with the goal of increasing opportunities for local artists of color to exhibit their art throughout the community.

“Much of CMF is steeped in celebrating diversity and this year, with a special focus on celebration, community, and local impact, we wanted to shine a light on local artists of color,” said Barbara Hauser, P&G Community Relations Manager. “As we celebrate this weekend, our hope is that we continue to stay focused in our fight for racial equality but also highlight the need for joy and positivity during these challenging times.” “P&G and our brands have stepped up our efforts to advance equality for all and especially for Black Americans with our Take on Race Fund, and we look forward to doing more in the weeks, months and years ahead. At P&G, we know that an equal world is a better world, for everyone, and we have the opportunity and the responsibility to use our voice for good.”

ArtsWave President & CEO Alecia Kintner added that “This art exhibition is another way that the arts connect us and an opportunity to help artists, who have been challenged by the ongoing pandemic and social justice issues of today.” Artist lead Horton noted, “I think this is a great example of the role visual artists can play in carrying on the Cincinnati Music Festival’s legacy during the unprecedented hiatus.” Artist lead Butler added, “So most of us Black creatives love it when we get the chance to celebrate ourselves living our lives, enjoying our communities, connecting with one another, building with one another. Celebrating Black joy and showing the world that we are here, now!”

About the Cincinnati Music Festival

The Cincinnati Music Festival began in 1962 and is one of the largest music festivals in the United States attracting over 90,000+ people from around the country with its roster of leading R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop artists creating an economic impact of $107 million for Cincinnati. CMF is held at Paul Brown Stadium in partnership with the Cincinnati Bengals. 2020 marks the sixth consecutive year in which P&G has supported the Cincinnati Music Festival as a presenting sponsor.

About ArtsWave

ArtsWave, a nonprofit serving the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Region, is the engine for the arts. Its roots stem back to the late 1920s when the Cincinnati Taft family provided initial investment matched by community support. In the late 1940s, it evolved to become the first united arts fund in the nation and in the mid-1970s, the first organization to initiate workplace giving for the arts. ArtsWave continues to innovate while leading, as illustrated by its No. 1 rank nationally in community arts fundraising; coordination of a sector-wide Blueprint for Collective Action; piloting of new technologies to maximize arts engagement; and development of resources for the arts.

ArtsWave is focused on helping the Cincinnati Region’s arts sector weather the coronavirus crisis. The region’s arts sector has an economic impact of more than $300 million annually and includes more than 225 organizations throughout Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana that employ 10,000+ individuals as artists, performers and staff. The sector was hit at the onset of the coronavirus crisis, when venue and performance closures were announced in early March. ArtsWave has accelerated $2.4 million in grant payments for 44 organizations which receive operating revenues, expanded its $10,000 Working Capital Bridge Loans for eligible arts organizations, and has provided Emergency Arts & Culture Organization grants to 47 organizations. The public can help fund these and additional, evolving efforts at artswave.org/give.