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He's 'ga-ga' for our Region

He’s produced a performance with Lady Gaga and Yoko Ono, lived in Italy and England, and traveled to 66 countries. Knowing this, it may come as a surprise that David Herriman’s favorite topic of conversation is Greater Cincinnati and its arts community.

David HerrimanHe’s produced a performance with Lady Gaga and Yoko Ono, lived in Italy and England, and traveled to 66 countries. Knowing this, it may come as a surprise that David Herriman’s favorite topic of conversation is Greater Cincinnati and its arts community.

A native of Indianapolis, he fell in love with the Queen City at first sight.

“I came here… and look at it!” he said. “The river and the green hills! It’s a cultured city, very European in many ways.”

While David maintains a residence in New York City, where he is able to take advantage of the performing arts, he’s most effusive about the arts scene back home in Cincinnati.

“We have such a high level of arts here,” he said. “We have the Ballet and it’s getting better and better. People come from all over the country to see our Opera, it’s so innovative, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is one of the best in the country. Our Art Museum is one of the best and who else has a two-time Tony Award-winning theatre (Playhouse in the Park)? We have the Ensemble and the Know theatres. And Jackie Demaline (of The Cincinnati Enquirer) says there are 26 other theatres in the city. It’s unheard of.”

Not only is David on the board of trustees of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Ballet and the Contemporary Arts Center, he is determined to bring attention to Cincinnati’s arts on a national level. In conjunction with ArtsWave, David and Dick Rosenthal hired a New York City company specializing in promoting the arts and are currently working on attaining national press.

He explains the motivation behind his efforts – he believes national press will remind locals to be proud of the arts community and in turn, will increase support.

“We need more people coming to the party that can write big checks. And we need the people of Cincinnati to understand how special the arts make our city.”

David said GCF makes it easy for him to support his interests and he feels secure about his future legacy.

“My donor advised fund is so easy to deal with – that’s what I love,” he said. “I decide to support an arts organization, I send my grant request to GCF and lo and behold, there it is.”

“It’s made estate planning so easy too. I can set up a fund at GCF, asking that they follow certain guidelines for that fund, and feel secure that they will pay attention and it will be done.”

At the time of this interview, David and his dog, Butch, were preparing to go to New York City for a couple of weeks. He was certain his favorite subjects would come up while there.

“I just bore people to death, talking about Cincinnati and the arts,” he laughed.

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Printed in the 2011 Annual Report



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