The Know Theatre is one of the best places to see amazing shows and get involved in the performing arts community in Cincinnati for people of all ages. They’re also recognized for the featured murals on and near their building. So next time you’re going to an event at the theater or just in the area, take a walk around to discover several incredible wall pieces that are perfect to take pictures of or with!
“Our goal is to create an artistic playground where artists and audiences can come together to produce and experience work that could not be done anywhere else.” – The Know Theatre
The theater is located in OTR at 1120 Jackson Street, down a block from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. On the AAC building and in nearby parking lots there are more murals that are just steps away!
“We want to create a community that includes artists and audience, volunteers, and staff, as well as random passersby who just stop in to say “hello.” – The Know Theatre
Photos by: Christen Collins
Right across from the Academy are two murals in the parking lot of the theater that are delightful to experience and promote positivity. The first is known as “Lookin Good” by XYLENE and is painted on the wall of the Know Theatre. This giant painting looks like a glowing neon sign and has an awesome message for everyone to enjoy and feel good about!
Photos by: Christen Collins
The second mural is brought to life for the public by ArtWorks and their team of creatives titled, “Ice Cream Daydream” which is a colorful look into the wonderful world of imagination. It’s cute, it’s quirk, and will surely make you smile!
“This fantastical mural brings youthful energy and vibrancy to the district of Over-the-Rhine.”
Photo by: Christen Collins
On the other side of the building is another parking lot between Jackson and Walnut Street with more huge murals. These works of art are two separate murals that you can’t miss! One of the murals is a huge happy cat called, “Crazy Cat, Crazy Quilt”, that was also made by ArtWorks. This piece is inspired by the great Edie Harper who attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati when it was in Eden Park at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
“Sometimes an idea is triggered by a title and its fun-potential.”
- Edie Harper
- Charley Harper Art Studio
On the south side wall of the theater is a stellar mural that has a surrealist vibe that sends Cincinnati into a dimension that is wacky and wild! XYLENE creates an alternative universe where aliens have taken over the city! Spend some time scanning over the painting searching for some of the local wonders and landmarks that appear throughout the piece.
The Know Theatre is currently playing the sci-fi – dark- comedy, “Sleeping Giant” and is one of the venues for the Cincy Fringe Festival every year. For more information on their latest showings and events check out their website and follow them on social media to stay up to date on all the exciting new things that are happening in the creative community!