Best Of 2022

Best Price Hill Performing Arts Venue

The former Price Hill Masonic Lodge that sat vacant on Price Avenue for 30 years gained a new identity and purpose in July. Local neighborhood development nonprofit Price Hill Will acquired the building in 2014 and by 2019 secured $10 million to renovate the structure. The redone space is now called ARCO. ARCO — a portmanteau of “arts” and “community” — acts as a social enterprise, offering the community a place to convene, share art and ideas, and also put those ideas to work. The building also now houses PHW’s offices and operations. There are two large ballrooms — the Shawnee Theater and Myaamia Hall — which get their names from indigenous tribes. PHW partnered with the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition to name the spaces and draft a statement recognizing that the land originally belonged to indigenous peoples. ARCO also is home to MYCincinnati orchestra, which provides children free access to music education. Past events held at ARCO have included free Shakespeare performances, pop-up movie nights, community conversations, blood drives and more.