Welcome to Cincinnati

Welcome to Cincinnati, a City with a long tradition of pioneering arts organizations. The City’s broad cultural landscape began in the 19TH Century with the May Festival choral program established in 1873, The Cincinnati Art Museum opened in 1886, and The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra founded in 1895. The 20TH Century saw the birth of The Cincinnati Opera in 1920, The Contemporary Arts Center began as The Modern Art Society in 1939, The Playhouse in The Park was one of the country’s first regional, professional theaters established in 1960, and The Cincinnati Ballet debuted in 1963. As the 21ST Century began, FotoFocus was founded in 2011 to embrace the technological art forms of photography and lens-based art, even as those forms themselves evolve. Through its Biennial events, FotoFocus has partnered with, supported and promoted over 80 cultural, educational and commercial organizations throughout the region. Please come celebrate lens-based art with FotoFocus and the City of Cincinnati. Join in the conversation about the world through the art of photography, during FotoFocus Biennial 2018.

21c Museum Hotel Accommodations

The 21c Museum Hotel—where you sleep inside a contemporary art museum, is the FotoFocus Biennial 2018 partner hotel. The 156 room boutique hotel presents rotating curated exhibitions and commissioned, site-specific art installations within its 8,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event spaces. During the FotoFocus Biennial, Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Sunday, October 7, 2018, FotoFocus visitors may request a discounted rate of $209.00 a night, if your reservation is made prior to Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

The Location
21c is located in downtown Cincinnati at 609 Walnut Street, in the renovated 100-year-old Metropole Hotel building, next to the Contemporary Arts Center, and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The renovation was designed by architect Deborah Berke, following federal standards for historic rehabilitation. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic places and many of its original features were preserved, including a sweeping staircase leading to the second floor ballroom and the original mosaic tile floors in the restaurant and elevator lobby. While respecting and preserving the character of this once grand hotel, 21c has created a new space to showcase the work of contemporary artists.

Eat and Drink
The property also features the Metropole restaurant, which offers a contemporary take on old world fireplace cooking techniques. Led by executive chef Michael Jared Bennett, the menu focuses on dishes cooked in a custom-built, wood-burning hearth. A showcase for the region’s sustainable farmers and producers, Metropole’s well-edited and ever changing menu features hearth roasted meats, fish and vegetables; grains; and house made charcuterie. The beverage menu highlights American and international craft brewers, innovative cocktails, Bourbon and a smart selection of old and new world wines.

Make a Reservation
To make a reservation at 21c Museum Hotel please click here or phone Reservations at (855) 391-8726 or the Hotel directly at (513) 578-6600. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night deposit, guaranteed with a major credit card, and will include applicable state and local taxes in effect at the time of check-in (currently 17.5%). A reservation may be cancelled up to 4pm on the day prior to arrival to avoid a no-show charge, which is one night’s room and tax charge per cancelled room.
Please note a check-in time of 4pm and check-out time of 11am. Valet Parking is offered at a cost of $38.00 per day/night, per car, with unlimited in and out privileges. 21c is a smoke-free hotel.

Enjoy your stay at 21c Museum Hotel!

Street Car Information

Ride the Cincinnati streetcar to FotoFocus Participating Venues and FotoFocus Curated Exhibitions and Events. There are 18 stations located along the 3.6 mile route that connects downtown with The Banks on the south end and Over-the-Rhine on the north. The fare is $1.00 for two hours or $2.00 all day. Purchase tickets at ticket vending machines located at each station with cash or credit cards. It’s easy to ride—buy your ticket at the station, board the streetcar, and show your ticket when asked by a fare inspector. The streetcar has service seven days a week with cars arriving every 12 to 15 minutes.

Some FotoFocus Biennial sites located along or near the streetcar route are:

  • 1305 Gallery
  • 21c Museum Hotel
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery
  • ArtWorks with Academy of World Languages and Cincinnati Public Schools in Washington Park
  • Clay Street Press
  • Contemporary Arts Center
  • Dick Waller’s ArtPlace
  • Downtown Cincinnati Inc presents photographs by J. Miles Wolf at various downtown locations
  • FotoFocus Art Hub presents Intermedio in Washington Park
  • Iris Book Café and Gallery
  • Lloyd Library and Museum
  • Marta Hewett Gallery
  • Memorial Hall
  • Mercantile Library
  • Michael Lowe Gallery
  • Mini Microcinema
  • Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Branch
  • Reverb Art + Design
  • Wash Park Art
  • Weston Art Gallery at the Aronoff Center for the Arts
  • Woodward Theater
  • YWCA Women’s Art Gallery

General safety tips for everyone:

  • Look and listen. Don’t cross in front of a moving streetcar, as a streetcar can’t stop quickly
  • Cross the street at crosswalks only
  • Step over the tracks. Be careful when crossing with a bike, strollers, wheelchairs, grocery carts, and other things on wheels that could get caught in the track gap
  • Don’t walk, run, or play along the streetcar tracks
  • Stay clear of the poles, overhead high-voltage electric wires and power stations
  • Park within white painted lines along track and look before opening your door

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