When 24-year old Samantha Robinson moved to Cincinnati after graduating from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., she wanted to get into the city's art scene, but wasn't sure how.

The daughter of a fourth-generation piano teacher, Robinson has always been connected to the arts and is passionate about getting more people her age involved in the arts community.

After working as the Community Arts Centers Liaison at ArtsWave for nearly a year, Robinson became Manager of Enjoy the Arts, a membership organization with the goal of connecting people, especially young professionals, to Cincinnati arts organizations.

"I was just out of college and didn't necessarily have the means to experience arts organizations offered in our city," she says. "It [Enjoy the Arts] seemed like a really good fit because I am part of the target audience we are really trying to reach."

Enjoy the Arts

Enjoy the Arts is divided into two separate memberships, ORANGE (for young professionals age 35 or younger) and NOIR (all ages), but according to Robinson, the focus is on young professionals.

"It's up to our generation to make sure we fill the shoes of those before us in terms of arts and culture," Robinson says. "It's essential to get college-age students and older who are passionate with a lot of energy to support arts
organizations so when they are older and more established, they can give back."

Designed to get YPs interested, the ORANGE membership acts as an introduction to a variety of arts organizations, including theater, dance and music. For a yearlong membership of $50 ($35 for full-time students), members can enjoy a lengthy list of benefits including one-time use vouchers and discounts.

For example, members can get one-time use vouchers (usually two free tickets, day of show) to premiere arts organizations including Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & Pops and Playhouse in the Park. Then, throughout the remainder of the year, members receive two half-price tickets, week of show at the same organizations.

"Our primary purpose and primary push are the theater, ballet, the opera and Pops," says Robinson. "Getting two free tickets the day of the show is not something members can get in advance, but it is an opportunity to fill seats that otherwise could be empty, and gives members a chance to go to the opera for free when those tickets normally could be $100 each."

Other benefits currently include "Member for a Day" at the Cincinnati Art Museum, discounts on tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and two all-museum passes to the Cincinnati Museum Center.

More Than Deals

Still, Robinson says, organizations such as Enjoy the Arts mean a lot more than simply free tickets and vouchers.

"It's not just giving them [members] the deals and discounts, but connecting them to the arts organizations we work with.

"They get a chance to sample the organizations and then hopefully, will become a member or supporter in some way, as they get older.

"It's not just getting them through the door in the first place, but helping them make a lasting connection to support the arts organizations in Cincinnati," Robinson says.

While Enjoy the Arts has just fewer than 1,000 members, it's still growing and evolving. According to Robinson, the group offers an event from 6-8 p.m. July 20 at FUNKe Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Called "When in Pompeii," it includes a make-it-take-it pottery painting activity, complimentary wine and light bites, and surprises from Enjoy the Arts arts and culture partners. Tickets are $20 for Enjoy the Arts members and $25 for non-members.

Hands-on experiences are "essential to our mission because it's about having people go deeper in their arts experience," she says. "We want people to go beyond just the passive."

"I think Cincinnati is a really unique area. Even for people who are originally from here, it's really hard to wrap your head around the depth of arts in this city," Robinson continues. "Even though we are a smaller, Midwestern town, the arts opportunities here are kind of mind-blowing for the size of the city." - 

For details, call (513) 455-7140
or visit www.enjoythearts.org.

More YP Art Opportunities

Choral Collective Cincinnati

In less than six months, the Choral Collective has attracted more than 100 singers between ages 21-40 to make music. Expect unique and innovative concerts, and after rehearsals and performances, the group adjourns to nearby bars and restaurants to have fun.

Details: Rehearsals and concerts occur on Tuesday nights, with concerts every 6-8 weeks.

Contact: www.choralcollective.com.

Cincy Shakers

Cincy Shakers is a group of fun and intelligent theater-enthusiasts. They enjoy performances as well as the chance to meet Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's professional actors and staff. Events take place on the Saturday of opening weekend immediately following the current production.

Details: Free to join. Tickets on the first Saturday of every production are $15 for members. Tickets for other performances are only $20 for Cincy Shakers members.

Contact: Megan Breier at
meganb@cincyshakes.com or visit


CSOEncore! is a diverse group of enthusiastic adults ages 21-39, who are interested in supporting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra by attending symphony concerts, parties, receptions, and a variety of other cultural and social events.

Details: Free. Meetings every two months for event planning.

Contact: Greg Reedy at
csoencore@cincinnatisymphony.org or visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org/encore.

Taft with a Twist

Taft with a Twist aims to generate enthusiasm for the arts as well as encourage participation at the Taft. Aimed at adults ages 21-45, it offers cultural and social events held at the museum and throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.

Details: Committee members are asked to become museum members (memberships start at $45). Events free for members, $10 for non-members. Parties held quarterly.

Contact: Tricia Suit at
tsuit@taftmuseum.org or visit