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Take the Last Step

The Cincinnati Art Museum has surpassed $65 million in dedicated fundraising to our visionary A New View campaign. Moving forward, the campaign will remain open as we continue to fundraise to support important projects and programs.

You can be a part of this historic success today by adding your name, or that of someone you'd like to honor, to a paver atop the Art Climb. Please consider joining us in “taking the last step.”

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transforming our museum—inside and out

In 2016, the museum created a bold strategic plan to expand its reach and impact in the community. Our New View is being realized in three priority investment areas:  

  • Enhance visitor experience and scholarship: Renovate galleries and return key collections to view. Protect, preserve, expand, and steward our priceless collection for future generations. Transform the historic grounds in Eden Park to become a community hub for inspiration, excitement and gathering through art.
  • Expand community impact and outreach: Expand museum awareness, drive visitation, increase membership, and extend museum programming out into the community.
  • Grow organizational capacity: Develop a sustainable resource growth plan to support the museum’s mission and expand our endowment. Improve both public and non-public museum spaces.

To support this vision, the museum conceived and began to execute the A New View campaign – a comprehensive, $65 million fundraising effort to support the key capital and programmatic priorities of the museum’s strategic plan.

This is the most ambitious undertaking of its kind in Cincinnati Art Museum history.

Download A New View Campaign Brochure (PDF)   Read the Press Release (PDF)

 


 

campaign impact on priority investment areas

Although we continue to fundraise, our generous donors already have made an invaluable impact on our three key investment areas. Here are just a few examples:

 

enhance visitor experience & scholarship

Art Climb

Located at the corner of Gilbert Avenue and Eden Park Drive, this art experience, made possible by our campaign leadership gift from Procter & Gamble, connects the museum’s grounds to the Walnut Hills neighborhood through multiple flights of steps and landings, dynamic lighting features, and sculptures. It spans around 450 feet from the street to our parking lot.

Wyler Family Entrance

Thanks to a generous gift from the Wyler Family Foundation, visitors have a new, convenient way to access the art museum from Eden Park Drive. Our new front drive is open during museum hours.

Interior renovations

With the opening of the Anu & Shekhar Mitra Gallery and enhancements to our Hanna Wing, we’re providing additional, enriching experiences with our collection of works from around the world.

Improved accessibility

Built in 2019, our front-entrance ramp, made possible through the generosity of the Joseph family of Cincinnati with additional support from an anonymous donor, allows visitors in wheelchairs or with strollers to gain easy access to the museum’s front doors.

 

expand community impact & outreach

Jaume Plensa statue, "Isabella"

Made possible by Craig and Anne Maier, this 6-ton sculpture has welcomed visitors who arrive via our main entrance since January 2022.

Jaume Plensa (Spanish, b. 1955), Isabella, 2014, cast iron, Gift of Craig and Anne Maier, 2021.82

Increased community presence

We’re demonstrating the power of art to new and diverse audiences by growing our community engagement programming and staffing.

 

grow organizational capacity

Operating endowment growth

We’re better positioned to support our staff, departments, programs and collection, ensuring we can connect communities through the power of art for years to come.


 

what’s next?

Among other critical projects under our three priority investment areas, we will build a long-desired space for school groups and public programs to be named in honor of a major gift from the Sherie Marek Family; launch a universal Cincinnati fourth-grade program for arts education; and construct a research center for photography, prints and drawings named for the Carl M. Jacobs Foundation. Importantly, we’ll remain committed to institutional diversity and inclusion to inspire and connect Cincinnati of today and tomorrow.

 

campaign leadership

honorary chairs

  • Marty & Nick Ragland
  • Kitty & Dick Rosenthal

co-chairs

  • Andrew DeWitt
  • Amy Hanson
  • Murray Sinclaire

campaign cabinet members

  • Susie Castellini
  • Manuel Chavez
  • Rance Duke
  • Polk Laffoon IV*
  • Sherie Marek
  • Jon Moeller
  • Andrew Quinn
  • George Vincent
  • Phil Vollmer
  • Barbara Weyand

 

 

show your support – how to give

The museum is looking for community leaders who would like to lend their support to A New View campaign. Your investment will help ensure accessibility for all visitors, greater diversity, amplified regional impact and sustained relevance of our museum and our collection for generations to come.  Please contact Kirby Neumann for more information about how you can support the museum, or call (513) 639-2006.