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  • Member Spotlight: ArtWorks

    Apr 21, 2015

    Almost 20 years have passed since ArtWorks first set out to make a positive impact in Cincinnati through the creation of public art. It began with a desire to create brighter futures for Cincinnati’s youth through arts-based job opportunities. Over two decades, ArtWorks has grown to become the largest employer of visual artists in the region today.  Since 1996, ArtWorks has provided paying jobs for more than 2,700 youth (ages 14 to 21) and hundreds of professional artists - the economic impact of which represents more than $12MM in wages alone. ArtWorks creates art and community impact through three strategic programming areas: Public Art, including an extensive mural program; ArtRx, an initiative devoted to sharing the healing power of art; and Creative Enterprise, a division created to train and support creative entrepreneurs. 
    Martha the Last Passenger Pigeon 13_300ArtWorks is rewowned for creating large-scale murals that transform blank city walls into vibrant works of art. ArtWorks has 90 murals in 43 different neighborhoods, but downtown Cincinnati boasts the largest concentration, featuring 26 murals in the 45202 zip code. This outdoor gallery is not just the brainchild of a single artist - every mural is created through extensive community engagement and painted by a legion of our City's talented youth, ages 14 to 21.

    ArtWorks is proud to be a member of DCI. Our relationship with DCI connects ArtWorks to a broad network of businesses who are supportive and ready to collaborate.  Many of ArtWorks’ most prominent downtown murals were created as a result of these connections. Many DCI member organizations lend ArtWorks walls to paint on, share their facilities with painting teams, or contribute donations support mural projects.  DCI is integral to ArtWorks’ vision to make Cincinnati a unique, vibrant and prosperous place to live!

    Each year, ArtWorks hires 200 youth Apprentices who come from all over the region to work together under the guidance of professional artists. But beyond the paint, studies show that paid work experience during the high school years leads to higher levels of career success later in life. ArtWorks provides crucial job opportunities that give our City's teens an edge on the future. 

    Fresh Harvest 12_240Starting in April visitors to downtown can experience great art on a grand scale just by hopping on one of ArtWorks’ new walking tours. Led by youth Apprentice tour guides paired with specially trained adult volunteers, these fun and lively mural tours blend art, history and Cincy’s unique culture with a good walk through downtown or Over-the-Rhine. Tourists will get inside the scoop on how each mural came to be as they experience first-hand what makes the Queen City so special.

    But ArtWorks’ impact in downtown extends way beyond walls. Through the ArtWorks Creative Enterprise division, creative entrepreneurs have access to the knowledge and network they need launch and run a successful small business. CO.STARTERS, a nine-week business development program now has more than 240 graduates who have gone on to launch 34 businesses. Many are street-level businesses that fill vacant storefronts with unique businesses to add character, vibrancy and unique products and services to the urban center. Have you ever been to Off-the-Vine juice bar or Libby clothing boutique in Over-the-Rhine?  Those are just two of the many CO.STARTER graduates with businesses downtown! 

    ArtWorks is truly an arts tour-de-force, but its continued success depends on the support of individuals and local businesses. To share their mission and vision for Cincinnati with potential supporters, ArtWorks is hosting their Annual Breakfast at the Duke Energy Convention Center on April 30 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  This inspiring storytelling event is free to attend. If you’d like to learn more about ArtWorks and how to support this transformative organization, please RSVP at

    To attend one of the ArtWorks walking tours, register online at  DCI members receive a 25% discount on ticket prices. 

  • Member Spotlight: Fountain Square Cosmetic Dental Group

    Feb 25, 2015

    Fountain Square Cosmetic Dental Group (FSCDG) has been part of the downtown business community for more than 60 years. During that time they have professionally and enthusiastically met the general and cosmetic dental needs of their downtown patients.

    The team at FSCDG has always participated in events downtown, from Tall Stacks to many programs on Fountain Square. They have also treated many performers visiting and working at Music Hall and the Aronoff Center. Other out-of-towners staying at area hotels have had their dental emergencies met at the FSCDG office, with its convenient location at the Fourth and Walnut Centre.  The team is also thrilled about all of the residents who have found a home in our revitalized, energetic downtown. They are looking forward to the completion of the streetcar next year, and increased activity.

    As a way to show their support for the city, FSCDG  has become by far, the largest supporter of the Downtown Gift Card program.  They currently reward their own supporters by giving them $25 gift cards when they make a referral.

    FSCDG recently signed a new, long term lease at their office.  "We’re in it for the long haul," say Dr. Glen Meyer and Dr. Andrew Harris.“Downtown Cincinnati Inc. has created just the right environment in which small businesses like FSCDG can thrive."

  • Member Spotlight: UC Health Primary Care

    Jan 26, 2015

    Primary care is critically important to every family and every individual. It’s where diagnosis and treatment begin. UC Health is proud to have dozens of primary care physicians conveniently located throughout Greater Cincinnati, including the community-based downtown Cincinnati location that opened in January 2013.  

    Dr. Bernard Lenchitz is passionate about health care, and is a very personable doctor who believes in developing an understanding of his patients and their goals to provide the best, personalized care. He is also now a Cincinnati native after moving here in 1985, proudly working 23 years in community health and raising a family in his beloved city. That’s why when UC Health Primary Care opened its downtown office in January 2013 in the US Bank Tower, Dr. Lenchitz took the reins to serve the residents and employees of downtown and the neighboring communities. Dr. Lenchitz and his medical staff practice general internal medicine.

    He has won numerous awards and honors for his contributions to education from the Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as directly from the College of Medicine. Dr. Lenchitz is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and Board Certified in Internal Medicine for the past 23 years. His expertise resides with management of diabetes, hypertension, asthma and obesity. However, he has experience in all fields of general internal medicine.

    In addition, Dr. Lenchitz is an Associate Professor of Medicine with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He strives to teach cost-effective, safe, evidence-based and patient-centric health care and to impart this to every resident, student, colleague and patient with which he associates.

    You can learn more about his background and see his bio video at Dr. Lenchitz is accepting new patients. Call the office today at 513-475-7676.

    UC Health Primary Care (Downtown)

    425 Walnut Street, Suite 200
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
    Phone: 513-475-7676

  • Member Spotlight: Cincinnati Union Bethel

    Nov 05, 2014

    Cincinnati Union Bethel, founded in 1830, is the longest running social service agency in Cincinnati and is proud to have been based in downtown Cincinnati for 184 years - 184 years! The city has grown up around us, and all that time we have been providing services for its people and shaping the community by helping women and children realize their greatest potential. We have three programs: early childhood education with four preschools, housing for women at the Anna Louise Inn, and support services for prostituted women through Off the Streets®. In 2013, our three programs provided services to over 900 individuals.

    Style & Steps for OTS
    Help us continue to serve and have fun! Style & Steps is a fashion show and exclusive shopping opportunity on November 12, at 6:30 p.m., to benefit Off the Streets®, which helps women involved in prostitution move toward safety, recovery, empowerment and community reintegration. Guests will enjoy a private shopping experience at Macy’s Fountain Place with a 20% discount on everything in the store, except cosmetics and fragrances.  

    Tickets are $42 with a $32 early bird price through November 7.  For more information,please visit our website.

    - Stephen T. MacConnell, President & CEO