Arts Venues In The Greater Cincinnati Area

Visual Arts

21C Museum Hotel As North America’s first museum devoted solely to art of the 21st century, 21c Museum is committed to featuring a rotating program of thought-provoking solo and group exhibitions that reflect the global nature of art today, as well as site-specific, commissioned installations.

The Carnegie
Whether on stage, in the classroom or in a gallery, The Carnegie inspires creativity for all.  We are the largest and only multidisciplinary arts venue in Northern Kentucky, with The Carnegie Galleries, the Eva G. Farris Education Center and the Otto M. Budig Theatre housed together under our landmark dome.

Cincinnati Art Museum
Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features an unparalleled art collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the Art Museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year.

Contemporary Arts Center
The Contemporary Arts Center provides the opportunity for all people to discover the dynamic relationship between art and life by exhibiting, but not collecting, the work of progressive artists. It will continually increase its regional, national and international influence by providing changing visual and interactive experiences that challenge, entertain and educate.

Pendleton Arts Center The center strives to encourage and nurture artistic creativity, by providing a supportive and inspiring environment for artists and by offering art exhibitions, events and educational
programs that raise public awareness and appreciation for the arts. 

Taft Museum of Art
The Taft Museum of Art is one of the finest small art museums in America. A National Historic Landmark built in 1820, the Taft is home to an extensive art collection that includes European and American master paintings, Chinese porcelains, and European decorative arts. See major works by Rembrandt, Hals, Goya, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner, Ingres, Whistler, and Sargent, as well as the greatest Gothic ivory sculpture in America.

The Alice F. and Harris K. WESTON ART GALLERY, located in the Aronoff Center for the Arts, is Cincinnati's premier art space for the latest artist projects, collaborations, site-specific installations, and new commissions. Located on two levels of the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the Weston Art Gallery is the staging ground for the most intriguing visual artists of the region. Exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, prints, photography, textiles, independent film, performance, and electronic media. A variety of  diverse exhibitions are programmed annually in the gallery's 3,500 square foot museum-quality space.

Performing Arts

The Carnegie
Whether on stage, in the classroom or in a gallery, The Carnegie inspires creativity for all.  We are the largest and only multidisciplinary arts venue in Northern Kentucky, with The Carnegie Galleries, the Eva G. Farris Education Center and the Otto M. Budig Theatre housed together under our landmark dome.

Children's Theatre of Cincinnati
the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati brings art to life for children and the young-at-heart through three key programs: MainStage at the Taft, ArtReach (including WorkShops), and Learning the Craft.

Cincinnati Ballet
During our 2013-2014 Season, Cincinnati Ballet proudly turns 50! While the 45th Anniversary honored our past, the golden anniversary celebrates Cincinnati Ballet’s future, and so, we bring you a season full of the bold and imaginative work, both recent and new, that has inspired our community and our dancers.

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
The CCO provides a vibrant and fresh musical experience in an intimate and informal setting for the seasoned patron and new audience. The CCO is committed to spreading the joy of music by providing high-quality classical music in an accessible manner through performance, community outreach and education. The orchestra's core values are artistic excellence, innovative programming, collaboration, flexibility and adaptability, accessibility and affordability, and fiscal responsibility.

Cincinnati Opera
Fou­n­ded in 1920 and the second oldest opera company in the U.S., Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling roster of world-class artists and conductors, important company debuts, stunning sets and costumes, and the spectacular Cincin­nati Symphony Orchestra. Today the c­ompany is hailed as Cincinnati’s “prime summer arts festival” attracting a passionate regional audience as well as opera tourists from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Nestled on a hill and commanding a superb view of downtown Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has been offering audiences the finest in professional theatre for more than 50 years. Nationally known for its excellence and commitment to new works and as an artistic home for America's best actors, directors and designers, the Playhouse always keeps its primary role at center stage — to serve the Tristate by producing the finest in classic and contemporary works: musicals, dramas, comedies and recent hits. Simply put, the Playhouse strives to celebrate the live theatrical experience in superlative fashion, in a setting that is second to none.

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
The CSO founded the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in 1977 with Erich Kunzel, Founder and Conductor Emeritus.  Today the Cincinnati Pops, under the direction of Conductor John Morris Russell, composed of musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is one of the world's most active classical pops ensembles, performing 20 or more subscription concerts during the Music Hall season and 10 subscription concerts at Riverbend Music Center, the orchestra's outdoor summer home, where the inaugural concert was given by Maestro Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops on July 4, 1984.  The Cincinnati Pops has gained new fans the world over through tour performances (Japan and Taiwan in 1990 and again in 1997, plus domestic performances that include frequent concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall), recordings on the Telarc label, and television specials for PBS.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for audiences of all ages.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a dynamic ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. The fifth oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S. and the oldest orchestra in Ohio, the CSO has played a leading role in the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati and the Midwest since its founding in 1895.

Louis Langrée  begins his tenure as CSO’s thirteenth Music Director in the 2013-14 season, succeeding Paavo Järvi, whose tenure concluded in 2011 after ten seasons. Over the Orchestra’s 117-year history, it has also been led by Leopold Stokowski, Eugène Ysaÿe, Fritz Reiner, Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers and Jesús López-Cobos, among others. During this most recent music director search, the Orchestra enlisted Creative Directors for the CSO’s three respective subscription series. For the 2011-12 season, the Creative Directors were conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, pianist Lang Lang and composer Philip Glass. For the 2012-13 season, they are Maestro Frühbeck de Burgos, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and composer Jennifer Higdon.

College Conservatory of Music
The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the leading conservatories of the performing arts and electronic media. CCM offers the benefit of a professional training conservatory within the setting of a comprehensive public university. Our educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at our core since that time.

Ensemble Theater Cincinnati
Over the past few decades, Ensemble Theatre has become the artistic cornerstone of Over-the-Rhine’s Vine Street corridor renaissance. Growing from only a handful of subscribers during its first few years, Ensemble Theatre now proudly holds a loyal subscriber base of over 1,800 and serves over 30,000 annually through its productions and outreach programs. As the centerpiece of the neighborhood’s burgeoning urban cultural district, Ensemble Theatre has earned a reputation as Cincinnati’s premiere theatre destination and makes a significant economic impact on a vital downtown life.

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati
Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati is committed to bringing the very best of Broadway to the Tri-State. We have presented touring Broadway plays and musicals in Cincinnati since 1987, originally at the historic Taft Theatre. We began presenting shows at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall in 1995, and the Aronoff, managed by Cincinnati Arts Association, remains our home.

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1992 (as the Northern Kentucky Symphony) with a mission to make classical music attractive, accessible and affordable to people in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area. Since its inception, the KSO has demonstrated a unique ability to make the concert experience relevant and entertaining to its audiences while maintaining high performance standards and integrity.

Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Know Theatre began in 1997 as a wandering group of performers putting on performances in book stores and cafés. The company soon settled into the church basement at Gabriel’s Corner where we were resident for six years before moving into our permanent space at 1120 Jackson Street in Over-the-Rhine. Know Theatre produces primarily contemporary American theatre in a 4-6 show mainstage season. We also produce a nationally touring education program called Calculus: The Musical!, which is exactly what it sounds like. Additionally, Know Theatre is the producer of the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival which presents over 150 performances in 12 days in over a dozen venues each year. Finally, Know Theatre recently launched a program called the Jackson Street Market which was created to provide resources, foster collaborations, and to strengthen the local community of individual artists and very small non-profit organizations with the goal of retaining artists in the city and creating opportunities for them to make a living from their artistic endeavors.

Riverbend Music Center
Riverbend Music Center is an outdoor music venue hosting a wide variety of concerts, as well as being the summer home of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Showboat Majestic
Since 1923, Showboat Majestic has produced plays in the unique setting of a riverboat on the Ohio River.  The riverboat is a genuine National Historic Landmark.

Taft Theatre
Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, the Taft Theatre is your premiere destination for live entertainment. The Theatre opened in 1928 and is a marvelous display of the neo-classical/art deco architecture that prevailed during the time period. The 2011 renovation integrated 21st century comfort while returning the historic ambience and character of this 83-year-old structure and gem of Cincinnati. The changes and improvements have successfully created the "Ultimate, Intimate Entertainment Experience" in the Tri-State.  Over the years the Taft Theatre has hosted some of the biggest names in music, comedy, television and broadway. From Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish composer and pianist (along with being the second Prime Minister of The Republic of Poland) who was the first performer to grace the stage of the Taft Theatre to Robin Williams, George Jones, Bob Dylan, George Carlin and Wilco.

Art Schools

Art Academy of Cincinnati
The Art Academy of Cincinnati is committed to providing an educational experience that prepares our artists and designers to enter a diverse and global community. Even the AAC mantra, "Make Art, Make a Difference," connects art/design making to the broad world which the students inhabit. Students at the Art Academy learn to live and work in a community that draws from many varied elements.  It is a driving factor in producing great art. The Academy wants students to explore all the layers of society that are available beyond our front door while enjoying a safe and productive college experience. 

School For Creative and Performing Arts
The School for Creative and Performing Arts is a K-12 Cincinnati Public School offering world class pre-professional arts training and advanced college preparatory academics. Approximately 1370 students attend SCPA, which is housed in the new Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education in downtown Cincinnati. Artistic Departments include Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Technical Theater, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music. Academic departments include English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. All students are admitted through highly selective auditions in the art majors. Students in certain grade levels are permitted to participate in more than one art major. 

The School of Art at the University of Cincinnati is housed within the renowned College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning and is currently ranked among top programs nationwide. Students enjoy access to the wealth of resources and diverse academic and cultural programing offered by a world-class research university. Students are encouraged to take courses from across the university, which, in 2010 was ranked in the top 100 universities in North America and as one of the top 200 in the world.

Arts Associations

Enjoy the Arts
Enjoy the Arts gives anyone aged 35 or younger free tickets, exclusive invitations, and insider information for an entire year - no strings attached.