• Art is our Super Power

    • 30 December 2019
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Groundbreaking research in neuroscience reveals that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental than our need for food and shelter. Social connection is a super power that makes individuals smarter, happier and more productive.*

    At Kennedy Heights Arts Center, we have seen how arts and culture connect us—to start conversations we might not otherwise have, to celebrate our commonalities, to overcome differences.

    Teens collaborate with professional artists and each other to create projects about issues they care about from homelessness to bullying–and make a difference in their community.

    Diverse artists of all practices and skill levels come together weekly in a supportive, nurturing space in Open Studio. They create much more than artwork—they create community.

    Elementary students in Cincinnati Public Schools collaborate with artists and musicians in the classroom and after school. They create art installations, play in jazz and string orchestras, perform plays, and sing in a chorus—soaring beyond their expectations.

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center provides free and low-cost arts experiences for more than 5,000 people every year–including art education classes for youth and adults, summer camps, artist residencies in the community, programs in public schools, Teen Artists for Change, diverse exhibitions, public art projects, and cultural events from Winterfest to Jazz in the Heights.

    Because of contributions from people like you, 100% of these creative experiences are accessible to everyone regardless of income.

    Your support is critical. Your gift to Kennedy Heights Arts Center creates social connections and builds vibrant communities for all of us.

    Be a Super Hero. Give to our Annual Fund Campaign today.

    *Matthew Lieberman, Social, 2013.

  • Going Beyond our Dreams

    • 19 December 2019
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    At last week’s showcase, students in grades 2-6 sang, danced, performed puppet shows, and displayed ceramics and paintings. And, they literally jumped with joy.

    This marks the third year of Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s partnership with Woodford Paideia Academy to lead a school-wide arts and culture initiative. In this public elementary school where 99 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, all students play a musical instrument; work with professional artists-in-residence in art, music, dance and theatre; participate in fine art field studies; and experience arts integrated curriculum in the classroom.

    We employ the power of the arts to enhance creativity, confidence, and academic achievement.

    And the results are showing.

    On the Ohio Department of Education’s recent school report card, Woodford raised its overall grade from an F to a C, and earned an A in the important “Gap Closing” score.

    While there are many factors that affect test scores, there is no doubt that the arts are having a profound impact on these young students’ success.

    77% of Woodford students feel the art activities increased their self-confidence; 75% reported working better with others; and 65% thought the arts helped them do better in school.

    In addition to gaining artistic skills, they reported learning: “about self-control,” “how to work with other people and use your imagination,” and “how to give your all in all you do.”

    As one child remarked, “I learned we can go beyond our dreams.”

    Give to the Annual Fund

    Your support is critical. Your gift to Kennedy Heights Arts Center transforms the lives of hundreds of young people through arts and culture. And, you ensure that 100% of our programs remain accessible to everyone regardless of income.


    Image by Will Jones Photo

  • I Come for the Community

    • 27 November 2019
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Mindy and her longtime friend Annie joined Open Studio a year ago as an opportunity for them “to hang out together and make art.”

    Turns out, it met more than an artistic need. “It gives us a community,” said Mindy.

    Every Thursday, artists of all practices and skill levels are invited to create in community in the studio at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, free of charge. With support from studio coordinator Lynne Gibb, adults paint, draw, work with clay, felt, knit – and share coffee and their lives.

    When Lauren was diagnosed with cancer, she and her three sisters wanted to spend as much time together as they could. They decided to do something they all enjoy: making art. After all, Lauren was an artist who at one time had a studio in the Pendleton Art Center.

    “The Sisters”, as we often called them, became regulars at Open Studio. As they joyfully painted together each week, they also bonded with everyone in the group.

    After Lauren passed away this summer, Lynn, Lila and Lisa thought it would be difficult to come back to Open Studio without their sister. But the support they found here helped them heal. Now they have recruited their cousin Amy, and they are carrying on the artistic projects Lauren began.

    Open Studio is a nurturing, creative space to explore, experiment and get inspired by other artists. But for its members, it is more than that.

    As one remarked, “I come for the community.”

    Give to the Annual Fund

    Your support is critical. Your gift to Kennedy Heights Arts Center brings people together through diverse arts and cultural experiences like Open Studio. And, you ensure that 100% of our programs remain accessible to everyone regardless of income.



  • Teens make art to make a difference

    • 15 November 2019
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Homelessness, food insecurity, bullying, depression and anxiety in young people. These are all issues that teens in our community care about – and they are using creative tools to address them.

    Bridging artistic expression and activism in Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s Teen Artists for Change program, diverse students in grades 7-12 collaborate with professional artists and each other to create projects impacting social justice.

    • Producing PSA videos for public access TV about teen mental health
    • Creating a photo storytelling project raising awareness about homelessness
    • Making a video for social media for The Caring Place food pantry

    In the coming year, our Teen Editorial Board will be developing a new online ‘zine of creative expressions by teens, for teens, about issues that matter to them.

    Teen Artists for Change “not only gave us the ability to voice our own opinions and ideas, it also gave us the chance to spread a powerful message,” said Riley (age 17). “(Kennedy Heights Arts Center) is a place that has allowed me to stretch my legs. I dream big and express my creativity, instead of hiding it.”


    Give to the Annual Fund

    Your support is critical. Your gift to Kennedy Heights Arts Center provides a wide range of arts and cultural experiences for people of all ages, like Teen Artists for Change. And, you ensure that 100% of our programs remain accessible to everyone regardless of income.


  • Lifting up Teen Voices

    • 29 July 2019
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Are you passionate about sharing your voice, and the voices of other teens? Want to become part of an exciting group of teen leaders in Cincinnati? Apply to become a founding member of our Teen Editorial Board.

    The Teen Editorial Board is a year-long commitment for diverse young artists and writers in grades 9-12 who want to make an impact in their community, sponsored by Kennedy Heights Arts Center and Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts (SOTA) with support from The Charles H. Dater Foundation.

    The Editorial Board plans, creates, and publishes creative expressions by teens about issues that matter to them in a new online ‘zine.

    Editorial Board members will:

    • Be mentored by professional artists, writers, and editors to develop skills in expressing their voices through community-engaged art and writing
    • Shape the direction of the online magazine’s content
    • Engage in dialogue with teens from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives
    • Gain professional experience for their resumes and/or portfolios
    • Plan Kennedy Heights Arts Center sponsored events for teens
    • Members of the 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 their opinions and expressing them through art and/or writing.

    Accepted applicants will meet regularly the second Wednesday of each month from October 2019 – June 2020 at Kennedy Heights Arts Center.


    Applications must be submitted by August 30, 2019. Student interviews will be held on September 7 and 14.

    Please contact Brittany Vernon for more information.


  • Send a Kid to Camp!

    • 8 May 2019
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    This summer, more than 320 young people will explore art, dance, music and theatre at Kennedy Heights Arts Center. In 28 different camps, they will draw and paint, perform original plays, design video games, create mini-worlds, make and fly kites, and become the next big fashion designers.

    Thanks to the support of generous donors like you, these amazing experiences are made available to all students regardless of ability to pay. 


    At Kennedy Heights Arts Center, no one is turned away. We are proud that 100 percent of our programs are accessible to everyone regardless of financial means. Last year, 97 low-income students received financial assistance to attend summer arts camps – amounting to over $10,000 in aid in the summer alone!

    Campers express their creativity, gain confidence, make friends, and build important life skills. And most of all, they have fun.

    To ensure that EVERY child has a chance to go to art camp, each year during the month of May we ask for your support through our Scholarship Fund Campaign. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by June 1.

    Your gift of:
    • $35 – Sends a kids to camp for one day
    • $70 – Sends a kid to camp for two days
    • $150 – Sends a kid to camp for one week
    • $300 – Sends a kid to camp for two weeks
    • $600 – Sends a kid to camp for one month
    • $1,500 – Sends a kid to camp for the whole summer!


  • Jazz in the Heights 2019

    • 15 May 2019
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center pleased to present the third annual Jazz in the Heights, a summer concert series featuring world-class jazz performers.

    Jazz in the Heights 2019 will include three concerts: WonderJazz: Stevie Wonder Reimagined on June 9; The Dixie Karas Group on July 14; and Dan Faehnle with Jim Connerley on August 4. All performances are on Sundays at 2:00 pm and proceeds benefit Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s programs for diverse youth and adults.

    Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Free tickets are available for Kennedy Heights residents by calling 513-631-4278.

    Series sponsors are Jazz Alive, Seta Music, Cincinnati Event Rental and LAG Productions, LLC.

    Wonderjazz: Stevie Wonder Reimagined – Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 pm
    Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame pianist Phil DeGreg and his highly regarded trio of Aaron Jacobs and John Taylor join with guitarist Brad Myers and vocalist Kathy Wade to reimagine the songs of Stevie Wonder. The melodies are all still there, but with surprising improvisational twists. More

    The Dixie Karas Group – Sunday, July 14 at 2:00 pm
    One of the Queen City’s most powerful singers, Dixie Karas and her band deliver soulful jazz standards. Well known for her uniquely passionate and dynamic voice, Dixie brings energy to any live or studio setting. She will be accompanied by Aaron Jacobs (on bass), Jim Connerley (on piano), John Taylor (on drums), and Ted Karas (on guitar). More

    Dan Faehnle with Jim Connerley – Sunday, August 4 at 2:00 pm
    One of the best jazz guitarists working today, Dan Faehnle performs with pianist Jim Connerley. With the technical prowess of a jazz giant, Ohio native Faehnle has made an indelible mark upon the music world, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. From an up-tempo bebop anthem to a languid, emotional reading of a ballad, Faehnle’s nimble fingers caress his guitar. Whether captivating his jazz club audiences or adding the perfect support to groups like Pink Martini, this young jazz artist is destined to put his name alongside the other guitar greats. More

    All concerts will take place at Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s Lindner Annex, 6620 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213. Events include complimentary lite bites and cash bar. Free on-site parking.

  • Announcing our 2019 Artists-in-Residence

    • 8 February 2019
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    We are excited to announce that poet Wendy McVicker (Athens, OH) and artist Nancy Gamon (Cincinnati, OH) have been selected as our 2019 Artists-in-Residence. 

    Wendy has been an Ohio Arts Council Teaching Artist since 2000, and loves bringing people together to discover themselves through the sharing of stories. She has found that the sharing of stories can form bonds between people that leads to more creativity. Wendy’s works have been published in many small journals and anthologies, and in the chapbooks The Dancer’s Notes (2015) and Sliced Dark: a collaboration of poems and pictures, with artist John McVicker (2019). She previously led a creative writing residency with Kennedy Heights Arts Center in 2013. Indeed, this is where she met our fellow artist in residence!

    Nancy Gamon is an experimental mixed-media artist who spends time creating and teaching in her studio at the KHAC Linder Annex. At her studio, she has inspired fellow artists to delve into their own lives to create art that signifies more than what’s on the surface. In addition to her studio teaching, Nancy produces her own weekly arts and crafts video series on YouTube. Last year, she also curated the exhibit “Second Glances” at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, which explored the theme of gender identity through apparel. Nancy hopes to continue her exploration into the theme of apparel in this residency.

    For four weeks in April and May, these two artists will lead a community art project called Common Threads that connects text with textiles. With much political division in our everyday lives, Wendy and Nancy are hoping to focus on commonalities between people that unite us. Participants of all ages will be invited to consider ways to visually express the unity of their experiences as human beings while celebrating our individual stories. Participants will express their own personal truths through creative writing, and use their stories as inspiration to create a wearable piece of clothing using stitching, painting and other art techniques.

    There will be opportunities for adults and youth to take part in the project. Participation is free, thanks to support from The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust.

    Go HERE to learn more about the residency and how to participate— or contact Mallory Feltz or call 513-631-4278 to sign up.

  • Creating a Home

    • 26 November 2018
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    It’s probably no coincidence that the Kennedy Mansion began its life in 1875 as a home—the home of neighborhood founder Lewis Kennedy.

    Today, Kennedy Heights Arts Center is still creating a home. Although it no longer houses a single family, the center is a home for community activity; home for creative experiences and meaningful conversations; a home for everyone.

    “Kennedy Heights Arts Center is Home,” remarked collaborator Ena Nearon Menefield. “Home for meaningful conversations. Home for expressive, diverse exhibitions. Home for new experiences. Home for good friends. Home for everyone.”

    In thought-provoking art exhibitions, community engagement and cultural events of all kinds, Kennedy Heights Arts Centers sparks community dialogue and promotes interaction across generations, racial and economic groups. It demonstrates how art can be a vehicle for social change.

    “There is such a range of diverse projects going on at KHAC that brings in so many different people. That this even exists in Cincinnati is rare,” said Ena. “The Arts Center goes beyond being a passive viewer of art—it draws you in. You are welcome as you are. You can share your thoughts and ideas, and be inspired.”

    Be part of this incredible story with your gift to Kennedy Heights Arts Center. 


    After all, there is no place like home.

  • We are the Other

    • 26 September 2018
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    I first learned about photographer Wing Young Huie from my sister Amy Muse who lives in St. Paul, MN, when she told me about his University Avenue Project. For three years, Wing photographed the dizzying diversity in the St. Paul neighborhoods connected by this major thoroughfare—blue-collar neighborhoods and burgeoning condominium communities in the midst of one of the highest concentration of international immigrants in the country—collectively reflecting the colliding and evolving American experience.

    In 2010, in collaboration with Public Art Saint Paul, 500 of Wing’s photographs transformed University Avenue into a six-mile gallery, exhibited in store windows and on buildings and at a spectacular installation site where outdoor photographic slide shows were projected nightly on billboard-sized screens in a former car dealership lot.

    Here is an artist who has spent his life photographing strangers, thousands of strangers, who he encounters in many ways, often on Twin Cities streets, and across the US and in China. As the Minnesota Post wrote, “His photographs are of black people, white people, brown people and yellow people living their lives, going about their days, and sometimes, with the help of a chalkboard, revealing their innermost thoughts. His art is a mirror that reflects (our society) as it is today, asking us to notice what many of us look at but never see.”

    Ever since, I have followed Wing’s career and was thrilled to hear that he was recognized as the McKnight Foundation’s 2018 Distinguished Artist, a major award for an individual artist and huge honor.

    I am even more thrilled to be bringing Wing to Cincinnati! Kennedy Heights Arts Center is presenting We are the Other: Wing Young Huie, a retrospective exhibition for the 2018 FotoFocus Biennial – his first exhibition in Ohio. The show opens Sept 29 and continues through Nov 10.

    Wing will be in Cincinnati for the opening this weekend, and you don’t want to miss two rare opportunities to hear from him! Join us at the opening reception on Saturday, September 29 from 6-9 pm; Wing will give a brief gallery talk at 7:00.

    The next day, on Sunday, September 30 at 2:00 pm, Wing will present an interactive slideshow lecture What Do You See? in KHAC’s Lindner Annex. We would love to have a broad audience in attendance as diverse viewpoints will enrich the dialogue.

    Wing believes there is no right or wrong way to interpret a photograph. We all have varying perspectives. But how much of what we see is shaped by images from mass culture, rather than by our daily interactions? After the participants view a photograph and engage in conversation about it, Wing then reveals a backstory that will complicate and challenge initial perceptions, opening up perspectives not considered.

    We are, of course, much more than our photographs. Yet how we look at photographs shows us how we look at each other.

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