By Kathy DeBross 


Lights decorate the Hamilton County Courthouse during BLINK 2017. Photo by ArtsWave

ArtsWave, the nonprofit engine for Greater Cincinnati’s arts and illuminator of BLINK, one of the largest light-based arts events in the nation, is offering guided walking tours, October 10-13. 

Six tours will span the 30+ block festival, happening in five zones. The tour will be offered to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Five of these tours will focus on the projection mappings and art installations happening in the each of BLINK zones, and a sixth tour will focus on the 15 new murals that will be unveiled during the four-day event. The tours provide a unique, curated experience for those who want to understand the artistry – including the images, artistic approach, artist and placement decisions – behind BLINK. 

Projection mapping and art installation tours will be night-time-based, coinciding with the event times (7 to 11 p.m.), and mural tours are planned beforehand from 3 to 7:30 p.m., offering the potential to extend the BLINK experience throughout the day. 

Tours will range from $30 to $35, depending on the selection, with discounts for students and seniors.  

All proceeds from the tours will fund Greater Cincinnati’s arts through ArtsWave. 

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information and to sign up for the tours, go to 

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