The Beauty is in the street. Is a city’s soul its art or its commerce? 

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Cincinnati

2 October 2019

The Mercantile Library

Co-hosted by Theodore Erasmus.

A queen city in U.S. Midwest, Cincinnati used to be a glittering center of philanthropy, culture, and the arts. Over time the city’s culture was shaped by business behemoths that transformed the city’s identity, job by job – into a company town.  

Today there’s the stirrings of an art renaissance. New voices has emerged that reimagine the city as a place for the  interplay between the aesthetics, historical culture, and creativity. 

Can an art renaissance reimagine the city’s contemporary identity? 

Together with local voices from old and new business, arts and culture, as well as performances by the Mamluft Dance Company and Concert Nova, we will open a space to discuss, how art can be incorporated at the center of Cincy’s future as a city to live and work in. 

Pete Blackshaw

CEO at startup accelerator Cintrifuse

Cal Cullen

Co-Founder and executive director at Wave Pool Contemporary Art Center

Anissa Lewis

Artist and art professor

Morgan Rigaud

Art appraiser, historian, university instructor and managing director of Cincinnati
based Bryson Estates

Mary Clare Rietz

Socially engaged artist

Raphaela Platow

The Alice & Harris Weston director and chief curator at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center

Eric Avner

CEO, People's Liberty and VP/SR. program officer at The Haile Foundation

David Cave

PhD, Chief of Advancement at Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center

Ben Doepke

Principal at IX, Insight & Strategy

Ben Greenberg

Co-founder at BS LLC, a Creative Consultancy