Lois and Richard Rosenthal will have, as they have for years, a considerable impact on our lives in 2003. These arts pioneers aren't merely check-writers; they are everyday participants in Cincinnati's performing and visual arts.
In 2002, the Rosenthals created an endowment that would make admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum - starting with the opening of the Cincinnati Wing in May - free forever.
The new building going up at Sixth and Walnut streets, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, is the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art. More than 300,000 people are expected to visit the center this year, and that's not including the 800 expected journalists.
The Rosenthals continue to work daily at their Uptown Arts facility in Over-the-Rhine, bringing arts education to 300 neighborhood kids and providing opportunities for college students to earn credits for teaching there.
Between the two of them they are active on six boards, and Mr. Rosenthal is part of a Fine Arts Fund committee working to increase the representation of African-Americans and other minorities on the city's cultural boards.
In addition, in 2003 the Rosenthals will sponsor a ballet choreographed to the music of Etta James, award the Rosenthal New Play Prize through their national competition to find talented playwrights and sponsor a play at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati.
CULTURE IN 2003
25 forces that will shape culture in 2003
1. The big economic squeeze
2. Clear Channel's dominance
3. Suburbanites: Will they roam?
4. The plea for racial healing
5. The media's message
6. A whole new ball game
7. Edgy art center opening
8. Tall Stacks rolls back
9. Will tourists go home happy?
10. How Fine Arts Fund carries clout
11. You can't fight City Hall
12. Laura Long: Downtown force
13. The CSO's growing empire
14. Rosenthals' big impact
15. Northern Kentucky development
16. Museum Center's main man
17. Lobbyist Weiland
18. UC at crossroads
19. The Nederlanders make a comeback
20. MidPoint: Rebuild the city on rock 'n' roll
21. The Schuster Center alternative
22. Another public art project goes to bat
23. The brain drain
24. Local film community gains focus
25. Dancing around visa problems
The wild card of 2003: War
2003 dates to keep in mind
DEMALINE: The arts
KENDRICK: Alive & Well
Get to it!