A Letter from the President | February 2016
Arts deepen roots in the region. With the CSO’s One City, One Symphony initiative, our goal is to forge deep community relationships and foster city-wide dialogue. We recently announced that in the fall of 2016, the Orchestra will continue this exciting initiative, this time exploring the theme of “Home” as part of Greater Cincinnati’s collective attention to attracting talent and retaining residents in the region.
Plenty of studies point to a finding that ArtsWave recently called out in its important Blueprint for Collective Action: “Residents who are engaged in the arts—whether as volunteers, artists or audience members—have a stronger and more positive connection to the community.”
Looking at 12 peer regions across the country, Cincinnati ranks only eighth in the percentage of young professionals living and working here, and increasing that percentage is important for our local businesses looking to recruit and retain a workforce. In short, it’s important for Cincinnati’s future and the arts can play an important role in that.
As part of ArtsWave’s Blueprint, which provides a sector-wide focus for “community investments and strategic initiatives for the next ten years,” the CSO has adopted five goals including this one: “To deepen feelings of engagement and connection to the community by widening participation in arts experiences for all, especially those that resonate with adults age 40 and younger.”
Our work in this area has begun and we look forward to sharing more about One City, One Symphony and other programs that support achieving this goal. More importantly, we look forward to your participation in these initiatives.
Thank you in advance for supporting this year’s ArtsWave campaign, which is critically important for the Orchestra, and we look forward to seeing you at Music Hall and around the community!