Local Arts Patrons Awarded For Their Support

December 11th, 2013 by


Out of the six organizations chosen to receive the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio, two local organizations received recognition. The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation has been selected in the Arts Patron category, and Macy’s Inc., which has its corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, was chosen for Business Support of the Arts. Our BHPH dealer is full of art buffs, and we are so excited that Cincinnati has such a strong support system for the arts.

“It was humbling, considering that we’ve only been doing this for five years,” says Tim Maloney, president and CEO of the Haile Foundation. “We did set out to be collaborative, and the fact that we often get to join so many arts organizations together in a single project, I think, is very powerful stuff.” The Haile Foundation has helped all sorts of local arts groups, big and small. The most visible example was LumenoCity in August in Washington Park, featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in concert and a spectacular light show projected onto Music Hall’s facade (pictured above). It drew 35,000 people over two nights.

Other initiatives cited in a nominating letter from seven arts organizations include the foundation’s support of the Taft Museum’s “Art For All” project; as well as the launch of CETcon nect.org, which was the nation’s first community-based, on-demand video website; Cincinnati Opera’s “CO2” program offering intimate operas at the School for Creative and Performing Arts; the lead gift to Playhouse in the Park’s Edward Stern Endowment for Artistic Excellence; ArtWorks murals created by teens and professionals; and helping to keep classical radio alive on WGUC-FM.

Next up we have Macy’s, one of the largest and longest-standing partners of the arts across the entire state. Macy’s funding for the arts in Ohio totals nearly $1 million annually. The nominating letter from the Cincinnati May Festival notes that recently, in addition to presenting the 2014 May Festival season, Macy’s has more than doubled its commitment that will help send the May Festival Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony to New York to perform in Carnegie Hall this May. It really is amazing to see such a big corporation genuinely invested in the arts. Playing at Carnegie Hall has to be a dream for a bunch of these musicians, and it has become a reality thanks to Macy’s. For decades though, Macy’s has been supporting local arts groups, such as the Cincinnati Children’s Theatre and the Contemporary Arts Center.