• You Belong Here

    • 19 December 2022
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Since its founding, Kennedy Heights Arts Center has been dedicated to bringing people together and building community through arts engagement.

    Too often, arts institutions have been associated with privilege and exclusion. Creating truly welcoming and inclusive cultural experiences goes beyond removing financial barriers to participation. It requires moving from a mindset of doing for to co-creating with our community.

    Last spring, we set out to make the idea of “welcome” tangible. We partnered with diverse artists to create spaces on the grounds of the arts center that are unequivocally welcoming and deeply inviting. We transformed our façade with large-scale photos, comfy gathering places, colorful street paintings, inspiring messages and vibrant installations. And at Hello & Welcome Community Days on the 4th Saturday every month, the artists and area residents came together in this space to create and connect.

    The power of the arts can be transformative. We filled our campus with color, but more than that, it was filled with a sense of joy and togetherness not often experienced.

    You can help create welcoming spaces where ALL are empowered to share their talents with your donation to Kennedy Heights Arts Center.

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  • Art Exhibitions Spark Dialogue

    • 1 November 2022
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Looking back on our 2022 season, it is clear that art has an amazing ability to spark dialogue. Though we are a small community art center, the exhibitions we present are reflective of world events and social issues that impact many people worldwide. Art has an effect on viewers, and discussions are started by what they see in our galleries.

    Tina Gutierrez’s The Coronavirus Wearable Art Response Project, a selection of over 100 photography portraits taken in 2020 and 2021, displayed how our local community navigated the global Covid pandemic. Participants were asked to respond with clothing, costume, or other wearable art to express how they felt about the coronavirus, quarantine, and social distancing. Some displayed personal empowerment, and in many cases, gathered strength through objects and adornments. For others, garments of beauty helped them feel reconnected to the world.

    For many, Covid-19 led to isolation and loneliness. For me, this work is about embracing rather than resisting sadness, loss and discomfort using the creative process. Wearable art allows these emotions to be expressed in a non-verbal, yet extremely powerful visual language. This time of Covid-19 challenges us all, and the act of creating art as a response can be a healing act,” remarked Tina Gutierrez.

    Tina strongly believes that the camera is a tool for change. She works to create images that show the beauty of humanity and also give hope and promote healing in individuals and communities. Her exhibit was a celebration of human strength, a commentary on community support, and a reflection on how, even three years later, we are still healing together.

    Last summer, curator Saad Ghosn (SOS ART) once again gathered an amazing collection of artworks from another country, opening up our world and sharing another culture through various printmaking techniques. Voices from Czechia (Czech Republic) was the third biennial exhibit organized and curated by SOS ART in partnership with Kennedy Heights Arts Center featuring prints from countries with a rich tradition in printmaking (first being Oaxaca/Mexico and second being Lebanon).

    The purpose of these “Voices from…” exhibits and events is to share with the Cincinnati public art from different cultures where artists use their artwork as a voice to reflect on their life, culture, beliefs, and the problems they face as a society – heightening SOS ART’s goal to promote the arts as vehicles for peace and justice, and for a better world. Through a coinciding festival, the area residents exposed to various cultural aspects of that country through music, dance, poetry, and food. 

    Sharing the art of printmakers from the Czech Republic with the Cincinnati community contributes to cultural exchange and illustrates the power of art as the artist’s voice for a better world,” remarked Ghosn.

    Examining humans’ contribution to climate change, What’s Left Behind, our FotoFocus 2022 exhibition, asked local photographers to explore how what we consume, what we collect, and what we discard affects the environment we live in and our lives in the greater context. What we discard exposes our attitudes towards consumption, class, mobility, sustainability, and the environment. Works by 40 local artists made us question what record we are leaving behind for future generations. Mountains of trash speak to a disposable and materialistic society. However, works also highlighted human’s attachment to objects containing personal memories and significance. This moving exhibit full of subtleties made viewers think about our society’s habits and priorities, the disposability of not only things, but also people and animals, and inequalities around the world. 

    These exhibitions encouraged important conversations about social issues of our time. Through showcasing local, national, and international artists with a variety of voices, it allows us all to take a deeper look at our world. We can only strive to improve our lives and the lives of others by examining our world, asking difficult questions, and discussing it together.

    Luckily, artwork can help us do just that.

  • Local artist aspires to be Black Dr. Suess

    • 27 October 2022
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Local artist Ke’Monte Figgs aspires to become the Black Dr. Suess of Cincinnati.

    His new book, Dreams, Art and Success, is a guide to young people to follow their dreams.

    He will release the book at an event at Kennedy Heights Arts Center on Saturday, October 29 at 11:00 am. Ke’Monte will read and share his inspiration for Dreams, Art and Success. Books will be available for purchase, signed by the author. There will also be free seasonal goodies and fun activities for children of all ages to enjoy.

    A 2022 Kennedy Heights Arts Center Vibrancy Fellow, Ke’Monte Figgs is a self-taught, Cincinnati-based artist. From the hand painted illustrations, to the poetic writing on each page, he created every aspect of the book. With support from Kennedy Heights Arts Center and Black Art Speaks, he self-published the book in September, 2022.

    Our DAAP intern Sarah Walker sat down with Ke’Monte recently to interview him about the project.

    When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
    “That’s actually kind of a tragic situation. This is Everett Howard (motions to painting) one of my best friends from high school who passed away. He was tased by UC police and he had a heart murmur and his heart exploded. There was something about that day and his death that sent my life in to a spiral. I started having all kind of epiphanies and my mind was changing. It was fresh after high school, really early, and it was just kind of like, man, any one of us could die at any moment. I started hearing spirits in my head, that’s what it felt like, a spiritual moment. It was telling me to write a book. I still haven’t written that book I’m supposed to write. That’s my mission. Out of one of these children’s books – I plan on writing 19-20 books – but one of these children’s books is why I am sitting here to even be here on the earth in the first place. It’s my mission- I don’t know which [book] it is, but it’s going to impact the world in a way that God will want the world to be impacted, so that’s my purpose. It is to create something for Him that would affect everybody in a positive way.”

    Tell me about your process for writing your book Art, Dreams and Success.
    “My process for writing is, really it’s like having fun and just being like a child. Being creative, using your imagination, and just thinking of all the ‘what-ifs’ and the possibilities. I put myself into the [mindset] of even though I’ve never done it before, even though I never went to college for it, I know what a good book is because I’ve seen good books so I can recreate a good book based off the idea of what I’ve experienced and learned from in the past. I am like the blood, sweat and tears type of guy, I want to pour everything into it. My heart is an open bottle and I just pour it out. I wanted to put everything into it from drawing to sketching it on the canvas and painting to writing it, being the author. I just wanted to pour me out.

    “I also wanted to make it look simple, like any kid can pick up a pencil and do it. I want to inspire children. I want people to be inspired to chase their dreams. I know everyone wants to be successful, not one person in their right mind wakes up and says, “I want to be a failure today.” Everyone wants to be successful, even if they sometimes make the wrong choice. So I just know we all are inspired by dreams, art, and success and it inspired me to make a simple guide for kids with self-confidence issues and people who don’t believe in themselves. People are still searching for what’s inside of them so they can stand out into the world and create something that would fulfill their purpose. It’s all about fulfillment, so I was like okay, let me just start with the basics. Be the best you, by being yourself. In that way people hear that and build up their self-esteem and I just let you know, this is how you accomplish your dreams. Be creative, using your art. Then, you will be successful.”

    What did you learn while writing this book? What surprised you the most?
    “I learned a lot about myself through the process of writing this book. It was just me showing myself, first of all, that I can accomplish my dreams. It’s possible. I learned that I was capable of accomplishing my dreams in my art and using my art to become successful. It’s been all about showing myself what I can do by believing in myself and taking a first step. I learned a lot about myself from my past too. I realized when I was a kid I didn’t give it my best effort. I slacked a lot. I was told I was a genius by a psychiatrist named Dr. Bender. He had this cross-eyed dog, a little bulldog that would sit in the corner and look at me while he asked me questions. [Dr. Brenner] told my mom, “Your son is a genius, you should take consideration in what you do with his future.” My mom was always busy, a single parent, and I didn’t have anybody to stay on my tail, and I needed someone to stay on me. There wasn’t anybody really and my mom had to do what she had to do. So I was at home just doing whatever I wanted to. I needed that guidance, that mentorship, somebody to show me what I can do with my talent at a young age so that I can be inspired to do what I am doing now. I want to be that person for other young artists, and that’s kind of what I learned from myself. I learned that I like to teach too, but I can only teach if you like to do art.”

    Why did you choose the title you did?
    “We all are inspired by our dreams. Dreams are the spark of the future. Without the dreams and the creativity of the artists, the world, the future wouldn’t even exist. We are here because of creativity and art. It’s very important to follow your dreams. I want to show people that you can do that. There are so many different dreams, different routes you can take, that’s why my character one minute is a boxer, the next minute he’s a skateboarder, the next minute he’s a gardener, next he’s a mountain climber, then he’s an astronaut, then he’s a skydiver, then he’s a pirate. Then a school teacher and a superhero. There are so many different dreams that people can capitalize on and find their repurpose and fulfillment in life.”

    Was your character inspired by anyone?
    “I remember that my brother, he was four years older than me, I think it was his first year of high school and he brought back a drawing a friend had done for me and it was a short version of my brother. My brother was always short so they drew a shorter version of my brother and it was hilarious. When I was a kid I took it and I drew it, copied it, made my own cartoons, comic books and stuff like that. It was so good, I had my family members in it, my cousins, all of us.

    Another thing that inspired me [to create the character Mr. Craven] is because it can kind of bring a positive light on the history of the last name Craven. In my family it has a dark turn for what my grandpa and his reputation in the streets and the influence the way he had over our lives. I’m not saying he was a bad person, I’m not going to talk down or anything because I never really met him. There’s people in my family who have criminal records that are really good people. The last name is like a warranty. I wanted to flip that last name into something positive by starting a legacy behind it.”

    If your character was real, where would be be now?
    “My character would be in city hall of Cincinnati or probably the President of the United States of America. Mr. Craven for President! He would be telling the country it’s the American Dream. We’re going to fix this nonsense going on, we’re going to bring the basketball courts back in the neighborhoods and bring more innovative things back to the cities of America.”

    What is the future for this book? Are you writing another book?
    “The future for this book is I have a book launch at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center on the 29th of October and then I also am planning one with the public library. I want the books in schools. I just want to be able to just hand it out in the community. That’s the possible dream, here everyone take one, this is homework read it, build your self-esteem, believe in yourself, chase your dreams, get through school. I want to take my character, to make mathematical books, education books, reading writing, coloring books, puzzles, anything to challenge your mind and help you develop yourself. I want to help kids in Cincinnati Public Schools in my own special way.”

    “Be on the lookout for more books. I feel heavily inspired by being as good of a children’s book writer and illustrator as Dr. Suess. I want to continue to do this and I want to place a book in everybody’s home. I believe that this book right here, I created this book with the love and passion in my heart, and it manifested in this thing and I want to pass this energy to other people. It’ll bring good vibes and a helpful spirit into their house.”

    Photo by Shawndale Thomas

  • Jazz Students Shine

    • 3 September 2022
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    This year saw tremendous growth in our Cincinnati Public Schools youth jazz academy.

    Launched in 2018, Youth Jazz Cincinnati (YJC) inspires underserved students to develop their creative ability and confidence through the dynamic music of jazz. In partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools, this extraordinary program provides jazz instrumental music training and performance opportunities for racially and economically diverse students in grades 4-12. Students meet five days a week after-school at KHAC’s Lindner Annex. All students receive a free instrument, transportation and meals, and participate in weekly individual music lessons, ensemble rehearsals and sectionals led by professional jazz artists and educators.

    In the 2021-2022 year, participation climbed to 120 students and our young musicians shined in master classes and performances both near and far.

    The school year concluded in May with the Cincinnati Public Schools International Jazz Festival. This extraordinary experience included four days of master classes with renowned jazz artists and a final concert at the Aronoff Center for the Arts featuring all YJC student ensembles with featured guest Joan Chomorro, jazz musician and director of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band in Barcelona, Spain.

    The middle school combo students traveled to Pittsburgh and New York City by invitation in June for a recording session at the world-class Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild studios, a performance at the Harlem Jazz Club, and master classes at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

    The older elementary combo group then traveled to Barcelona, Spain in August to perform at the JAZZING International Festival and to collaborate with the St. Andreu Jazz Academy.

    These kids are really going places.

  • Hello & Welcome!

    • 11 April 2022
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    This year, we set out to make the idea of “welcome” tangible, partnering with diverse artists to create spaces that are unassailably welcoming and deeply inviting for everyone.

    The Hello & Welcome project developed out of our participation in OF/BY/FOR ALL, a network of arts and cultural organizations across the globe working to put equity in action. Kennedy Heights Arts Center is dedicated to making the arts accessible for everyone. Over the past three years, our team has engaged in deep listening and collaborative planning with BIPOC creatives to develop strategies to become more representative OF, co-created BY, and welcoming FOR our diverse community.

    From April to September, KHAC collaborated with local Black artists to design outdoor installations that transformed our campus into a welcoming space for community members to create and connect. Each month concluded with a free Community Day celebration with art-making, music, games, activities, food, and other activities for all ages.

    • You Belong Here with William Jones
      Photographer Will Jones captured images of his diverse neighbors to become part of a larger archive of the People of Kennedy Heights. A selection of these portraits were printed at large scale on vinyl and installed on the windows of Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s three-story facility.
    • Sit and Stay Awhile with Jennifer Cox
      Designer and fiber artist Jennifer Cox collaborated with local residents to transform the Arts Center’s wide, open porch into a homey, inviting space to “sit and stay awhile”. They created new seating arrangements with hand-stamped fabric coverings and pillows, vibrantly painted vinyl rugs, plants with crocheted fruits, wind chimes and an herb garden.
    • A World of Color with Adoria Maxberry, Ke’Monte’ Figgs and Brent Billingsley
      Local artists Adoria Maxberry, Ke’Monte Figgs and Brent Billingsley invited community members to help paint a large, colorful streetscape painting on our driveways–as well make artful sundaes and as hand-painted bandanas to take home.
    • Post No Ills with Lance Johnson
      Lance Johnson, a Columbus-based artist with roots in graffiti and street art, collaborated with residents to layer vibrant colors, textures, and words of inspiration on picnic tables on the front lawn of the arts center, as well as yard signs to take home to share inspiring messages with their neighbors.
    • We Belong Together with the Kennedy Collective
      This last hurrah to summer celebrated the creativity in everyone with art and games designed by members of the Kennedy Artist Collective.

     

    This initiative received great response from local community members, with more than 1,000 people participating in the events. 15 percent of attendees had never been to the Arts Center before, and another 39% had few prior experiences at KHAC. 100 percent of participants surveyed reported that they felt “very welcome” and more connected to their community. 92% said they hope to be involved in more art activities in the future.

    Hello & Welcome was supported by grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

        

  • Voices of Freedom

    • 7 February 2022
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Happy Black History Month!

    This winter, and throughout the year, we are pleased to present a variety of programs and events celebrating Black history, arts, culture and creativity.

    We are excited to once again partner with Juneteenth Cincinnati on a month-long, visual and performing arts series that examines Black history from a contemporary perspective and celebrates Black art and expression. 

    Voices of Freedom explores the promise and reality of “freedom” as experienced by those whose lives and destinies were touched by emancipation. This project is made possible by American Rescue Plan funds from the City of Cincinnati, administered through ArtsWave.

    The centerpiece of the project is an exhibition of new works by ten artists and ten poets, curated by Michael Coppage (visual art) and MoPoetry Phillips (poetry). Diverse, regional and national artists were commissioned to create new works in response to the theme of Voices of Freedom. Local poets were commissioned to write poems inspired by each piece of art, which will be displayed side-by-side with the artworks in the gallery.

    “The exhibition is meant to highlight the voices of Black artists working around the country, both emerging and established, whose individual practices address the human condition in regard to Black narratives and experiences. Each individual work is personal but should be seen as part of a larger collective diasporic voice,” remarked Coppage. “Through their lens we hope to offer compelling stories, unearth truths and define what the current state of liberation is, should be and could be.”

    Artists include: Desmond Beach, Mark Anthony Brown Jr., Kierston Ghaznavi, Jeni Jenkins, Fatima Laster, Dave McClinton, Komikka Patton, Blake Pierre, Vitus Shell, and Michael Thompson. Poets include: MoPoetry Phillips, Jacqueline “Gifted” Johnson-Wilkinson, Kimberly “Duwaup” Bolden, SoL, Dawn “The Psalmist” Crooks, Victoria Cipriani, Queens Jurnee, Manual Iris, ASlate, and Golden Goddess.

    The public is invited to attend a free, opening reception for Voices of Freedom on Saturday, February 26 from 6-8pm in KHAC’s Lindner Annex, 6620 Montgomery Road. The poets will perform their poems at 7pm. Tickets for Opening Reception

    Voices of Freedom will also include a series of three performances in March, all taking place at Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s Lindner Annex. Guests are encouraged to come early to view the Voices of Freedom exhibit in the gallery prior to the show.

    Playing for Freedom
    Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 pm
    Celebrate jazz and its influences with performances by Jazz Renaissance and Deondra Means. The evening will start with a South African Gumboot musical theatre presentation by acclaimed local actor Means, followed by a lively performance by Jazz Renaissance, an 8-piece group performing modern jazz in many styles, including bop, swing and Latin.

    Dancing for Freedom
    Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 pm
    Experience two unique forms of movement performed by local groups: praise dance by the Heavenly Doves and step dance by Cincinnati Metro Dance team. Then, audience members will learn some steps themselves!

    Singing for Freedom
    Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 pm
    Pianist, vocalist and composer Counterfeit Madison (Sharon Udoh of Columbus, OH) will take the stage, presenting a tribute to legendary musician Nina Simone. Udoh’s funky yet classical piano-playing and soul and gospel-tinged voice make her a powerful performer.

    All shows are free admission, but tickets are required and seating is limited. Reserve tickets online at kennedyarts.org or call 513-631-4278.

    Face masks and proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test with matching photo ID required for entry.

  • Arts OF, BY and FOR ALL

    • 22 November 2021
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    If there is one lesson the global pandemic experience reminded us of, it’s that we’re all in this together.

    The past two years forced us into unwanted isolation, yet our shared challenges revealed a sense of community. The distance inspired us to create new ways to stay connected, to reach out and care for our neighbors.

    The pandemic also revealed the harsh realities of inequality and incited a global movement for social justice that is painfully long overdue.

    Since its founding, Kennedy Heights Arts Center has been dedicated to bringing people together and building community through arts engagement — and this mission has never felt more relevant. While we are proud of our work, we are also aware of how we’ve fallen short of this vision.

    To be meaningful FOR our diverse community, we must become more representative OF and co-created BY our community.

    Our team continues to innovate new ways to inspire, connect and uplift us, while developing transformative initiatives to become more inclusive and equitable for our diverse community.

    You can help.

    Your support is key in carrying out this important work. Please help put equity in action and make the arts accessible to everyone with your donation to Kennedy Heights Arts Center.

    DONATE TODAY

    Putting equity in action
    Emerging Black Artist Fellowship, a 12-month residency for local, early career Black creatives, enriching both the artist and the community
    Arts Educator Mentorship providing paid opportunities for artists who have not been formally trained to share their unique art practices and gain teaching experience
    Collaborations with BIPOC artists that elevate diverse voices

     

    Making the arts accessible to everyone
    Free arts and cultural experiences serving more than 6,000 youth and adults annually–on our campus, in parks and public spaces, on neighborhood streets, and in schools, libraries, treatment centers, nursing homes, and more

     

     


    Expanding horizons for students

    Woodford Arts & Culture Academy, integrating the arts to fuel student success in a public K-6 school in which 99% are eligible for free and reduced lunch
    Youth Jazz Cincinnati, a free after-school program offering exceptional music education and performance opportunities for students in grades 4-8 in partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools
    Teen Artists for Change, empowering students to use their creative skills to make a difference in the world around them

     

  • Season’s Greetings

    • 29 October 2021
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    In this age of instant messaging, there is something really special about receiving a card.

    Think about picking up your mail, there’s a bright envelope among the bills, and instantly your day is brighter. It communicates that someone cares enough about you to take the time to select and mail a special message to you. What if that card was especially made for you by someone you haven’t met?

    This winter, Kennedy Heights Arts Center is sponsoring a community card exchange in which local residents in are invited to create handmade cards to be exchanged with another community member. Just like old fashioned pen pals, it connects people across divides. And, at a time when large community events are not advised due to the continued risk of COVID, this project brings us together in a safe and meaningful way.

    MAKE A CARD
    From November 6 to December 18, pick up a free, artist-designed kit with materials and instructions for to create a beautiful, unique and personal card. The project is appropriate for all ages. Making cards can be a fun activity for families or groups of friends to do together!

    Kits are available for pick up on the porch at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, 6546 Montgomery Road, and at select local businesses including: 
    Pleasant Ridge Library, Pleasant Ridge Rec Center, Gas Light Cafe, Everybody’s Records, Queen City Comics, Make.Do., Community Happens Here, C&M BBQ, Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, Italianette, Silverton Cafe, High Grain Brewing, Silverton Donut Shop, and MVP Sports Bar & Grille.

    EXCHANGE AND RECEIVE A CARD
    Once complete, drop off your card(s) in the painted mailbox at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, 6546 Montgomery Rd, to be mailed to someone else in the neighborhood–and get one in exchange! Everyone who makes a card will also receive one in the mail. 

    Last day to drop off is Saturday, December 18.

    In this season of giving, we invite you to join us and your neighbors to spread positivity in our corner of the world. 

    Sometimes it’s these small, everyday acts of kindness that mean so much. Taking the time to create a card and write a message to someone is a priceless gift of your care, attention, and thought. You will brighten someone’s day–including your own!

  • Using art to engage and connect community

    • 13 October 2021
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Next week, our executive director Ellen Muse-Lindeman will be recognized as one of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s 2021 Women of the Year. The following is a reprint from an October 13, 2021 story.

    Ellen Muse-Lindeman uses art to engage, connect community
    Jeanne Houck
    Cincinnati Enquirer
    Published Oct 13, 2021

    Ellen Muse-Lindeman says the Kennedy Heights Arts Center was more active than ever in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic

    “When public health orders forced the cancellation of all our programming, in some ways it was liberating,” said Muse-Lindeman, executive director of the arts center and one of the 2021 Enquirer Women of the Year.

    “It required us to think creatively and focus even more keenly on our community’s needs. Our team innovated new ways to keep residents creative and connected despite distance, to combat social isolation and to take meaningful action against racism.”

    Under Muse-Lindeman’s 13-year leadership, the arts center has been more than a place to learn how to arrange flowers.

    “I believe the arts are unique in their power to engage and connect people. The arts give people a creative voice, a way to express shared values, to bridge and bond and make connections with people who aren’t like you,” she said.

    “Residents share common experiences, hear new perspectives and understand each other better. Kennedy Heights Arts Center creates social change through community-engaged practices that use art as a platform for human interaction and makes the arts accessible to everyone.”

    So, what did the arts center do during the pandemic?

    A lot.

    It distributed more than 3,000 free creativity kits to youth quarantining at home; partnered with artists and residents to make a series of outdoor art installations throughout the neighborhood that shared messages of hope; and created an outdoor art gallery displaying commissioned works by local Black artists exploring issues of racial justice that people could view as a drive-thru experience or explore on foot.

    It also hosted an online zine of art and writing created by teens and for teens; delivered handmade gifts created by local residents to older adults in nursing homes; and presented pop-up arts experiences on neighborhood streets with live music, performances, free food and art activities that neighbors could safely enjoy from their porches.

    “As businesses and schools began to shut down, Ellen vowed to keep Kennedy Heights Arts Center open, keeps artists and teachers working and keep community members connected,” said Mary Ray, a vice president of the Kennedy Heights Community Council and a founder of the arts center.
    “She secured (Paycheck Protection Program) funding, and her staff never missed a paycheck. She challenged her team to be creative and come up with ways to keep normal activity going.”

    Normal activity at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center is offering a wide range of art and cultural programs for youths and adults, including exhibits, musical performances, classes, community events, summer camps and a gift shop featuring handmade items by local artists.

    The arts center, which is based in the historic Kennedy mansion at 6546 Montgomery Road, also has an events venue and artist studios in an annex nearby at Montgomery Road and Kennedy Avenue.

    Muse-Lindeman was named executive director of the arts center in 2008, after a 15-year career in community development at The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington.

    Kate Elliott, co-president of the Kennedy Heights Community Council, calls Muse-Lindeman “a local treasure.”

    “She acts quickly but thoughtfully and serves as a conduit for the inspiration and creativity of our community,” Elliott said.

    Muse-Lindeman has a background in theater and dance.

    “In my spare time, I love to go to the theater, take dance class, listen to live music, and go to museums and galleries,” she said. “The arts community in Cincinnati is so vibrant – I just wish I had more time.”

    Mimi Gingold, a founder of the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, is pleased that Muse-Lindeman has devoted so much of her time to the community.

    “She leads in ways that allow others to shine,” Gingold said.

    “She knows that the good we can do in this world takes all of us together.”

  • Tellus Zine seeks creative teens to join the editorial board!

    • 1 September 2021
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Are you passionate about sharing your voice, and the voice of other teens? Want to become part of an exciting group of teen leaders in Cincinnati? Tellus Zine seeks creative students, in grades 9-12, to join their all-youth editorial board. Applications due 9/12.

    Tellus Zine is a youth-led digital publication, showcasing art and creative writing by young adults from across Greater Cincinnati. Its mission is to provide a platform for young people to express themselves bravely and creatively as a part of our diverse community.

    The Tellus Zine Editorial Board plans, creates and shares creative works by teens about issues that matter to teens in an online zine, podcast and open mic events. Members also work on their own creative projects, and gain artistic and editorial skills through guest artists, professional mentors, and hands-on experience. Editorial board membership is a 10-month commitment, with meetings 3-4 times monthly.

    Members of the Tellus Editorial Board will reflect the diversity of teens in the Greater Cincinnati region and should be outside-of-the-box thinkers who feel passionate about making a difference and expressing their opinions through art and/or writing.

    To apply, submit a complete application by September 12, 2021.

    Student interviews will be held Saturday, September 18 and 25, 2021

    Accepted applicants will meet regularly on Wednesdays, October 2021 – May 2022. These gatherings will happen virtually on Zoom or in-person at Kennedy Heights Arts Center (6546 Montgomery Rd.) with masks and social distancing, following recommended COVID-19 health and safety precautions.Questions? Email bethany@kennedyarts.org or call 513-800-4567.

    For more information, visit telluszine.org and follow us on Instagram @tellus_zine.

    Tellus Zine is made possible by a grant from the Charles H. Dater Foundation.

    For more information, visit telluszine.org and follow us on Instagram @tellus_zine.

     

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