Mayor Cranley proposes $1M for return of BLINK in 2022

re:FRACTION is one of the light installations at BLINK 2019. It will illuminate Fountain Square.
re:FRACTION is one of the light installations at BLINK 2019. It will illuminate Fountain Square.(Source: BLINK)
Updated: Mar. 24, 2021 at 11:04 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - On Wednesday, Mayor John Cranley proposed $1 million for BLINK to return in 2022 and for outdoor performances to resume.

“The BLINK team is so grateful that the Mayor, City Manager, and all of the City of Cincinnati believes in the power of Blink. We’re beaming with excitement and look forward to sharing more details about 2022 in the coming weeks and months,” BLINK Cincinnati said in a statement on Twitter.

Cranley says $6 million will go towards emergency stabilization relief for local artists. A few million will also go towards helping art museums, the construction of the Clifton Art Center, and ArtWorks.

President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan delivered more than $290 million to Cincinnati to help fund and alleviate COVID-19 related expenses.

The region’s arts sector has an economic impact of more than $300 million annually, which includes more than 225 organizations that employ 10,000 individuals as artists, performers, and staff.

Throughout the year, ArtsWave provided over $750,000 in support to cultural organizations ArtsWave accumulated over $13 million for the arts last year, through a combination of its 2020 Campaign and an additional Arts Vibrancy Recovery Fund, focused on getting the arts through this challenging time.

This announcement adds to those recovery relief efforts.

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