Play in the Street

  • Play in the Street

    • July 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 6:30-8PM
    • Various locations

    Let’s face it: we could all use some joy right now. 

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s Joy Mobile will be visiting four lucky areas in Kennedy Heights and Pleasant Ridge this summer, sharing FREE popsicles or food, music, and artist-led activities designed to help neighbors connect while remaining safely distanced.

    “During this time of social isolation, the need for neighbors to connect and have fun has never been greater,” said executive director Ellen Muse-Lindeman. “Since we were forced to cancel Play in the Park due to COVID-19, we are bringing the play to you. We’re calling it ‘Play in the Street.’”

    Local artists Karen Saunders and the Afrakan Artist Alliance have designed special pop-up experiences to delight residents of all ages.

    Karen Saunders’s experience will feature whimsical costumed dancers with decorated umbrellas, a bubble machine and a playlist of upbeat tunes (including “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”). Volunteers will distribute tie-dyed masks, window signs, bubbles and sidewalk chalk for sharing messages with your neighbors. Everyone will be treated to free popsicles from Streetpops.

    The Afrakan Artist Alliance’s experience will feature the Ijo Ugo drum and dance group, Mokko Jombie stilt walkers, and free West Afrakan cuisine. Residents will receive kits with screen-printed masks, will be invited to dabble in the ancient art of beadwork and share meaningful messages using the magical art of Andinkra symbols on yard signs. 

    Just like an old-fashioned ice cream truck (but with art + goodies!), the Joy Mobile will drive down your street. When you hear the music, come out to your front yard to participate in the fun! Greet your neighbors – but please wear a mask and keep 6 feet distance from others for safety. 

    Here’s the schedule. All events are held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 pm. (Rain date Thursday):


    Funding for Play in the Street is provided by Arts Giving Circle of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, with operating support ArtsWave.

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