Founding partner of BLINK Cincinnati ends involvement with event

One day after announcing that BLINK will be returning to Northern Kentucky in 2022, one of the events founding partners announce the end of its involvement with the event. In a Facebook post, Brave Berlin wrote that the agency has decided to sever its relationship with the Cincinnati Regional Chamber and effectively end its involvement with BLINK. “After careful consideration, we decided to sever our relationship with the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, effectively ending our involvement with BLINK, the show we conceived of and founded with our partners in 2015,” the agency wrote. “The Chamber leases the BLINK trademark from the Haile Foundation and ultimately has the final say over every aspect of how the brand and the event is handled. Our partnership with the Chamber yielded two very successful events in 2017 and 2019 and together we worked hard to make Blink such a beloved part of our city’s cultural landscape.”Berlin wrote that as they began working on this year’s BLINK event, it became clear their ideas, influence and the creative direction they had to offer were “falling on deaf ears, or in some cases, met with open hostility.””Our presence at the leadership table was feeling to us more and more like an honorary courtesy than an active and collaborative partnership. By the end of March, we had reached the end of our rope and decided it was time for us to move on,” the agency said.Brave Berlin said this decision was a leap of faith back into the unknown for their company and everyone involved with this project. The agency says they will always remain proud of BLINK. “We will always remain extremely proud of BLINK. Most of all we are proud and inspired by the people of Greater Cincinnati who have made BLINK their own and allow it to transcend our differences as such a beautiful moment of shared humanity. We love this city and know that we are lucky to even get the opportunity to do the kind of work we do. We look forward to developing new opportunities for us all to come together again in celebration,” Brave Berlin said. Executive director of BLINK Justin Brookhart responded to the comment from Brave Berlin regarding their involvement with BLINK this year by saying in a statement, “We thank Brave Berlin for their collaboration with all of the community partners who conceived BLINK Cincinnati in 2017. Brave Berlin decided not to continue as producers of BLINK in March of this year. The legacy of BLINK led by the AGAR, the Haile Foundation, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Artworks, Cincy Nice and ish, will continue with an exciting and world-class art experience. The artists working on BLINK installations this year both locally and all over the world are sure to thrill and delight the region this October 13-16.”This year, BLINK will be held on Oct. 13-16, with displays spanning from Findlay Market, downtown, the Banks and Covington.

One day after announcing that BLINK will be returning to Northern Kentucky in 2022, one of the events founding partners announce the end of its involvement with the event.

In a Facebook post, Brave Berlin wrote that the agency has decided to sever its relationship with the Cincinnati Regional Chamber and effectively end its involvement with BLINK.

“After careful consideration, we decided to sever our relationship with the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, effectively ending our involvement with BLINK, the show we conceived of and founded with our partners in 2015,” the agency wrote. “The Chamber leases the BLINK trademark from the Haile Foundation and ultimately has the final say over every aspect of how the brand and the event is handled. Our partnership with the Chamber yielded two very successful events in 2017 and 2019 and together we worked hard to make Blink such a beloved part of our city’s cultural landscape.”

Berlin wrote that as they began working on this year’s BLINK event, it became clear their ideas, influence and the creative direction they had to offer were “falling on deaf ears, or in some cases, met with open hostility.”

“Our presence at the leadership table was feeling to us more and more like an honorary courtesy than an active and collaborative partnership. By the end of March, we had reached the end of our rope and decided it was time for us to move on,” the agency said.

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Brave Berlin said this decision was a leap of faith back into the unknown for their company and everyone involved with this project. The agency says they will always remain proud of BLINK.

“We will always remain extremely proud of BLINK. Most of all we are proud and inspired by the people of Greater Cincinnati who have made BLINK their own and allow it to transcend our differences as such a beautiful moment of shared humanity. We love this city and know that we are lucky to even get the opportunity to do the kind of work we do. We look forward to developing new opportunities for us all to come together again in celebration,” Brave Berlin said.

Executive director of BLINK Justin Brookhart responded to the comment from Brave Berlin regarding their involvement with BLINK this year by saying in a statement, “We thank Brave Berlin for their collaboration with all of the community partners who conceived BLINK Cincinnati in 2017. Brave Berlin decided not to continue as producers of BLINK in March of this year. The legacy of BLINK led by the AGAR, the Haile Foundation, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Artworks, Cincy Nice and ish, will continue with an exciting and world-class art experience. The artists working on BLINK installations this year both locally and all over the world are sure to thrill and delight the region this October 13-16.”

This year, BLINK will be held on Oct. 13-16, with displays spanning from Findlay Market, downtown, the Banks and Covington.

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