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NKY Picnic Table Project Lands Grant Funds, Sponsorship

The Public Arts Network of Northern Kentucky’s new community initiative, the NKY Picnic Table Project, got a big boost from four local organizations this week.

The Picnic Table Project aims to bring Northern Kentucky communities together through art and food. ArtsWave, the Greater Cincinnati region’s local arts agency, announced a $10,000 Catalyzing Impact grant to support the Picnic Table Project. 

Also this week, the Anna B. Milburn Charitable Trust agreed to be the presenting sponsor for the Picnic Table Project. The trust focuses on projects that impact children and Northern Kentucky communities.

The menu for the picnic now includes Glier’s Meats, which will donate brats, metts, and goetta sliders for the picnic. In addition, an anonymous donor is contributing $500, which will be used to provide free beer to the attendees. Hot dogs, side dishes, soda, and water will also be on the menu.

The Picnic Table Project has three steps: Any group - such as a business, school, church, neighborhood, city, family, or club - can purchase a custom-built picnic table for $500. The deadline for ordering a table is March 15.

The second step is decorating the tables. Over two weekends in April, the individuals or groups that purchased the tables will come together to decorate their tables any way they want. These Painting Parties will have refreshments, paint, and other art supplies for everyone to use.

NKY Picnic Table Project Introduction Feb 4 from Steve Oldfield on Vimeo.

The culminating event will be a huge picnic on June 16, with all the tables lined up on the Purple People Bridge. After the picnic, the tables will be transported to their final homes throughout the Northern Kentucky region, where they will provide unique art and new opportunities for community picnics throughout the year.

“We are so excited to be involved with this great community-building project,” said Jill Morenz, director of community initiatives and communications for the Catalytic Fund. “We can’t wait to see all the beautiful tables set up on the bridge and share a meal with everyone who participated.”

To get involved you can simply sign up to buy a table. The event has additional sponsorship opportunities and additional information is available at   

One component of the ArtsWave grant is a subsidy for 10 tables that will be given to deserving organizations who would like to be involved, but are unable to because of the cost. More information is available at

​-Staff report