The Kennedy Heights Arts Center is housed in the former home of Lewis Kennedy, the founder of Kennedy Heights, built in 1875. The gothic-style, wood-frame building sits on 2.5 acres in the heart of Kennedy Heights, adjacent to Pleasant Ridge and Silverton.
In 2003, developers had threatened to bulldoze the 21-room historic landmark at 6546 Montgomery Road for a storage facility. Area residents quickly organized to save the building. They formed a nonprofit corporation and the city of Cincinnati contributed $50,000 toward the acquisition of the property. 40 neighbors personally pledged collateral to make the acquisition possible.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center was established by the community to create a public resource for the creation of art. One person’s dream has become the inspiration of many – literally hundreds of people have helped transform this formerly distressed property into a thriving community arts center. Initially all volunteer-run, the Arts Center hired its first executive director in 2008.
Building on that success, the neighborhood turned its attention to this property – a long-vacant, former Kroger store. Kennedy Heights Arts Center partnered with the Kennedy Heights Development Corporation and Kennedy Heights Montessori Center to purchase and redevelop the property. After 6+ years of work, in 2015 we completed a $2.4 million renovation transforming an eyesore into a multi-use cultural campus including KHAC’s Carl, Robert, Richard and Dorothy Lindner Annex.
The mission of Kennedy Heights Arts Center is to enhance the life of the surrounding community through arts and cultural experiences that embrace diversity, foster creativity and build community.
Through a wide range of arts and cultural programs, the Arts Center strives to:
We’re proud that 100% of our programs are accessible to everyone regardless of ability to pay.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center is grateful for the generous support of our donors.
Operating support provided by:
2015 Foundation and Trust Donors:
J. Thomas Emery Memorial
Scripps Howard Foundation
Thomas R. Schiff Foundation
Seith Family Foundation
2015 Corporate Sponsors:
The Asset Advisory Group
Drawing Department, LLC
Kennedy Heights Community Council
Pleasant Ridge Community Council
Ellen became Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s first Executive Director in January, 2008. To Ellen the position at Kennedy Heights Arts Center was her dream job, bringing together her love of the arts and her passion for building community. With more than 20 years experience in nonprofit leadership, Ellen previously served as the Director of Development and Program Director for the Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington, Kentucky. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Theatre from the College of Wooster and a Masters of Social Work Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Arts Education Coordinator
Mallory Feltz joined the staff at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center in January 2015. Her love of all art forms and the desire to make art available to all people is what drew her to this position. As a resident of the area, she is passionate about building a strong community and providing opportunities to its residents. Prior to her position at KHAC, Mallory worked in custom framing and the commercial art world coordinating projects for a variety of clientele, including international companies. Her own 2-D and 3-D artwork consists of a wide range of materials, mainly textiles, and explores applications of new techniques. Mallory earned her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Art, Architecture and Art in 2006, and her MFA in Sculpture from Louisiana State University in 2009.
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