Lifesaving as an art

Hoxworth Blood Center and local arts organizations celebrate national award

Music Hall Poster Award

Cincinnati Arts Association and the Music Hall resident companies celebrated their recent recognition from America’s Blood Centers for Outstanding Blood Drive of the Year at Hoxworth Blood Center Monday morning.

The Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Friends of Music Hall received the award for their partnership, collaboration and advocacy for updated, non-discriminatory blood donation policies. The Lifesaving as an Art blood drive at Music Hall features an entire day of live musical and dance performances and also allows individuals to sign petition cards that ask the FDA to reevaluate their discriminatory policies toward gay and bisexual men; these cards are then sent to the FDA.

“We are so excited that Lifesaving as an Art and our amazing arts partners are being recognized on a national level,” said Alecia Lipton, director of public relations for Hoxworth Blood Center. “The blood drive at Music Hall has proven to be one of our strongest collaborations and we are so proud of being able to come together with all of these organizations to not only save lives close to home, but also advocate for updated, non-discriminatory blood donation policies,” Lipton said.

Music Hall just concluded the fourth blood drive at their venue on March 1, which resulted in collecting 60 units of blood and sending 37 cards to the FDA. The next blood drive will be held in August 2022. 

About Hoxworth:

Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati, was founded in 1938 and serves more than 30 hospitals in 18 counties in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana. Annually, Hoxworth collects more than 100,000 units of blood from local donors to help save the lives of patients in area hospitals. Hoxworth Blood Center: Saving Lives Close to Home.