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Art Programs for Youth 

Expand your creativity in one of our innovative art classes for youth ages 5 – 12!

The health and safety of our students, instructors, and families is of utmost importance. After careful deliberation and review of the COVID data in Hamilton County, we have determined that a remote format is the safest option for most programming this winter. Programs will be hosted remotely via Zoom*, with some outdoor/distanced in-person opportunities**. In addition, we will be offering an upcoming series of curated Family Night art experience boxes for the whole family to create together.

Logging into Young at Art from home is easy and connects students and their guardians with other young local artists and to high quality arts education designed and led by local professional artists. If you cannot attend one or more of the meetings, they will be recorded*, so you can access instructor demos at a later time.

*Programs hosted via Zoom will be recorded, so participants are asked to complete an Emergency Contact and Photo Release. 

8 week Winter 2021 Term: January 27 – March 20

SLIDING SCALE: Kennedy Heights Arts Center strives to make arts accessible to everyone. Sliding scale fees available for those in financial need. Click here to download an application.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Tuition is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another course if the student withdraws at least five days prior to the beginning of the program.

Teen Artists for Change

Teen Artists for Change (TAC) is a program for youth artists and writers, in grades 7-9, who want to make an impact on the world around them.  Click here for more information

  • Young at Art

    • Wednesdays , April 7, 2021 4:30 pm - April 21, 2021 4:30 pm

    Ages 5 – 12. Instructor: Latausha Cox. Young at Art is a community for youth artists, ages 5-12, looking for ways to continually nurture their creativity and ingenuity, while building relationships with others. Different from a class, this club strives to promote..

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    2021 Summer Camps

    REGISTRATION FOR 2021 Summer Art Camps OPENS March 1st!

    10 one-week sessions:
    June 1  – August 6 
    Camps run from 9:00am to 3:00pm daily. 

    Unleash your creativity and imagination at Kennedy Heights Arts Center!
     
    We are excited to offer in-person camps this summer. We are committed to the health and well being of our campers. Our COVID safety plan includes small group sizes, socially distant spacing and masks, outdoor settings, and frequent sanitizing. 
     
    Choose from a variety of one-week camps for youth ages 5-13 exploring visual arts, music, creative writing, animation, design, and more! Each camp runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm daily.
     
    Online registration opens on March 1, 2020. Register by April 1st to get our Early Bird Discount for 10% off camp tuition with the code: SUMMER21.
     
    SLIDING SCALE: Kennedy Heights Arts Center strives to make arts accessible to everyone. Sliding scale fees are available for those in financial need.  Click here to download an application.
     

    CANCELLATION POLICY: Tuition is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another course if the student withdraws at least five days prior to the beginning of the course.

    CAMP VOLUNTEERS: High school students can earn community service hours, gain leadership experience, and have fun as volunteers in our Summer Art Camps. Application deadline is Friday, April 2, 2021. Learn more.

    All participants are asked to complete and submit a Media Release.

  • Musical Stories Around the World

    • Tuesday - Friday, June 1, 2021 9:00 am - June 4, 2021 3:00 pm

    Musical Stories Around the World Ages 5-8. Instructor: Jennifer Melms. Week 1: June 1st – June 4th Tuition: $152 or sliding scale Using fairytales and folktales from America and around the world, children will retell the story, using song and chant, movement,..

  • Art Mysteries

    • Tuesday - Friday, June 1, 2021 9:00 am - June 4, 2021 3:00 pm

    Art Mysteries Ages 9-12. Instructor: April Cooper Week 1: June 1st – June 4th Tuition $152 or sliding scale How was the Chinese Terracotta Army built? Who stole the Mona Lisa? And just who exactly is Banksy? Examine these art mysteries and..

  • Turning Trash to Treasure

    • Monday - Friday, June 7, 2021 9:00 am - June 11, 2021 3:00 pm

    Turning Trash to Treasure Ages 5-8. Instructor: Linda Schneider-Houghton. Week 2: June 7th – June 11th Tuition: $190 or sliding scale We will learn about recycling while creating expressionistic art.  We will learn about our world’s need to recycle, reuse and reinvent..

  • The Magic Within Us

    • Monday - Friday, June 7, 2021 9:00 am - June 11, 2021 3:00 pm

    The Magic Within Us Ages: 9-12. Instructor: Suzie Nagy Week 2: June 7th – June 11th Tuition $190 or sliding scale The True Body Project returns to KHAC with a week of mindfulness, movement and art for girls. This camp is for..

  • Robin’s Random Acts of Art

    • Monday - Friday, June 14, 2021 9:00 am - June 18, 2021 3:00 pm

    Robin’s Random Acts of Art Ages 5-9. Instructor: Robin Hartmann. Week 3: June 14th – June 18th Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Random Acts of Art is a project that proves sharing is caring. In these hard times, a little act of..

  • How Freedom Echoes

    • Monday - Friday, June 14, 2021 9:00 am - June 18, 2021 3:00 pm

    How Freedom Echoes Ages: 10-13. Instructor: Moneeca (MoPoetry) Phillips. Week 3: June 14th – June 18th Tuition: $190 or sliding scale As Coretta Scott King stated, “Freedom is never really won, you earn and win it in every generation”. This youth summer..

  • Peace by Piece

    • Monday - Friday, June 21, 2021 9:00 am - June 25, 2021 3:00 pm

    Peace by Piece Ages: 5-9. Instructor: Brent Billingsley Week 4: June 21st – June 25th Tuition $190 or sliding scale Find peace by contributing your part! Peace by Piece gives campers the chance to collaborate with their peers on a large scale..

  • Animation Antics

    • Monday - Friday, June 21, 2021 9:00 am - June 25, 2021 3:00 pm

    Animation Antics Ages: 10-13. Instructor: Frances Newberry Week 4: June 21st – June 25th Tuition $190 or sliding scale Learn the basics of stop action animation, (also known as Claymation), and create your own animated short to take home! Explore character and..

  • To Market, To Market

    • Monday - Friday, June 28, 2021 9:00 am - July 2, 2021 3:00 pm

    To Market, to market Ages: 5-8. Instructor: Robin Hartmann. Week 5: June 28th – July 2nd Tuition $190 or sliding scale Inspired by the fiber artist Lucy Sparrow, kids will create items one would find in a supermarket out of fabric, felt..

  • Artist Trading Cards

    • Monday - Friday, June 28, 2021 9:00 am - July 2, 2021 3:00 pm

    Artist Trading Cards Ages: 9-12. Instructor: June Pfaff Daley. Week 5: June 28th – July 2nd Tuition $190 or sliding scale Artist Trading Cards are 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” mini works of art. We will use watercolor paper, cardboard, playing cards and other..

  • Summer STEAM

    • Tuesday - Friday, July 6, 2021 9:00 am - July 9, 2021 3:00 pm

    Summer STEAM Ages: 5-9. Instructor: Terry Oestreicher. Week 6: July 6th – July 9th Tuition $152 or sliding scale STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Mathematics. This camp is ideal for curious campers who want to experiment with how things..

  • Saponification Station

    • Tuesday - Friday, July 6, 2021 9:00 am - July 9, 2021 3:00 pm

    Saponification Station  Ages: 10-13.  Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten. Week 6: July 6th – July 9th Tuition $152 or sliding scale Learn the useful and enjoyable art of crafting your own bath and body apothecary, using soap making techniques along with lots of fun..

  • A Bug’s World

    • Monday - Friday, July 12, 2021 9:00 am - July 16, 2021 3:00 pm

      A Bug’s World Ages: 5-8. Instructor: Lynne Gibb. Week 7: July 12th – July 16th Tuition $190 or sliding scale This will be a week jam packed with activities focused on clay hand building, finding textures in nature, and the cute..

  • Fun with Fibers

    • Monday - Friday, July 12, 2021 9:00 am - July 16, 2021 3:00 pm

    Fun with Fibers Ages: 9-12.  Instructor: Adoria Maxberry. Week 7: July 12th – July 16th Tuition $190 or sliding scale Ready to explore mixed media, fiber art and more?! Your artists will use their imagination to create a series of unique projects..

  • Clay Pots & Plants

    • Monday - Friday, July 19, 2021 9:00 am - July 23, 2021 3:00 pm

    Clay Pots & Plants Ages: 5-8. Instructor: Lynne Gibb. Week 8: July 19th – July 23rd Tuition $190 or sliding scale Have you ever wondered how a spider plant would look in a pot that looks like a spider or a goldfish..

  • Musical Science

    • Monday - Friday, July 19, 2021 9:00 am - July 23, 2021 3:00 pm

    Musical Science Ages: 6-9. Instructor: Jennifer Melms Week 8: July 19 – 23 Tuition $190 OR Sliding Scale Learn about the science of sound and eco-conscious instrument making. In this camp, you’ll make your own instruments through creative reuse of materials that..

  • Project Runway

    • Monday - Friday, July 26, 2021 9:00 am - July 30, 2021 3:00 pm

    Project Runway Ages: 10-13. Instructor: Robin Hartmann. Week 9: July 26th – July 30th Tuition $190 or sliding scale Get ready for Project Runway, season VI! Explore the world of fashion by creating your own stylish designs. Using recycled clothing, campers will..

  • Camp Picasso

    • Monday - Friday, July 26, 2021 9:00 am - July 30, 2021 3:00 pm

    Camp Picasso Ages: 5-9. Instructor: Cedric Cox Week 9:July 26th – July 30th Tuition $190 or sliding scale Influenced by the geometric masks of African tribes, Cubism was one of the most influential styles of the 20th century. This week, we will..

  • Make•Write•Read

    • Monday - Friday, August 2, 2021 9:00 am - August 6, 2021 3:00 pm

    Make•Write•Read Ages: 5-8. Instructor: Terry Oestreicher. Week 10: August 2 – August 6 Tuition $190 or sliding scale Using basic studio supplies, campers make their way through a series of book forms learning bookmaking terms and techniques along the way. And they’ll..

  • Harlem and Beyond

    • Monday - Friday, August 2, 2021 9:00 am - August 6, 2021 3:00 pm

    Harlem and Beyond Ages: 8-12.  Instructor: Cedric Cox Week 10: August 2 – August 6 Tuition $190 or sliding scale Join acclaimed artist, Cedric Michael Cox, on a journey exploring and creating masterpieces inspired by artists from the Harlem Renaissance and beyond. ..

  • Adult and Teen Classes

    ADULT/TEEN CLASSES

    Explore new ways to create community within a virtual environment––watch your favorite instructors perform live demonstrations, share your progress, and give and receive live feedback. Logging into class from home is easy and connects you to local creatives and high quality arts education designed and led by local professional artists. If you cannot attend one or more of the classes, lessons will be recorded*, so you can access instructor demos at a later time. 

    *Classes hosted via Zoom will be recorded, so students will need to complete an Emergency Contact and Photo Release.

    8 week Winter Term: begins January 25  and runs through March 20


    SLIDING SCALE: Kennedy Heights Arts Center strives to make arts accessible to everyo
    ne. Sliding scale fees available for those in financial need. Click here to download an application.

    CANCELLATION POLICY: Tuition is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another course if the student withdraws at least five days prior to the beginning of the course.


    Tellus Zine

    Tellus Zine is a youth-led digital publication, showcasing art and creative writing by young adults from across Greater Cincinnati. Editorial board members are outside-of-the-box artists and writers, in grades 9-12,  who feel passionate about sharing their voice and the voice of other teens and who want to build a community of creative young leaders in Cincinnati. Tellus Zine’s mission is to provide a platform for young people to express themselves bravely and creatively as a part of our diverse community.  Click here for more information.

    Teen Artists for Change

    Teen Artists for Change (TAC) is a program for youth artists and writers, in grades 7-9, who want to make an impact on the world around them.  Click here for more information.

     

  • Video Game Design

    • April 8, 2021 6:00 pm - May 27, 2021 6:30 pm

    Ages 13 – Adult.  Instructor: Ryan Tinney Learn the basics of video game development and create your very own video games with an editing software called Unity. Lessons and activities will introduce topics such as terrain, character movement, animation, sound design, C#..

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    2021 Creative Community Artist Residency with Helen Atkins & Will Geusz

    HIVE, a ceramic mosaic sculpture

    We are excited to announce that ceramic artists Helen Atkins and Will Geusz (Albuquerque, New Mexico) have been selected as our 2021 Artists-in-Residence!

    Helen Atkins and Will Geusz are a creative couple who support each other’s individual pursuits, and partner on gallery installations and public works. They met in a mosaic apprenticeship program in 2012, and began collaborating together as a couple in 2019. Independently, they have built respective careers, Geusz as an installation artist and sculptor, and Atkins as an artist, curator and arts administrator. They live in an artist compound in the South Valley of Albuquerque, where they are currently working on a public mosaic for the Fort Logan Mental Health Institute in Colorado. Geusz is represented in galleries in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and Atkins has exhibited her works nationally and internationally in Berlin, Germany.

    From April 28 – May 22, these two artists will lead a community art project called HIVE. This community made artwork will be a sculptural mosaic that explores notions of community and identity in response to colony collapse disorder. Participants will create handmade ceramic tiles and mini-mosaics that will be added to a larger hexagonal sculpture installed at on the grounds of Kennedy Heights Arts Center. The series of workshops will cover ceramic mosaic design, carving, glazing, and arranging. Workshop attendees can represent their identities and communities in their mosaics, creating micro-systems that symbolize mutualism in nature and society. Up close HIVE will show the unique personality of each tile and community member that contributed to the project.

    Join a WORKSHOP group if you are interested in making your own tile from start to finish, while receiving more dedicated instruction from our artists. These are 2 hours long, and meet 3 times (once a week for 3 weeks). By joining a WORKSHOP group, you are committing to attend all 3 sessions.

    Don’t have that much time to commit to the project, but still would like to participate? GREAT! Pop in to one or a few OPEN STUDIO times. You’ll work on some collaborative tile pieces and work with our artists, but the instruction will not be as structured.

    Participation is FREE, but registration is REQUIRED. Space is limited, as workshops and open studio times will be in-person. If you register for a table, please commit to attending, as your reserved spot could keep someone else from participating if you decide not to.

    There are 10 tables available for each workshop and Open Studio times, with up to 2 spots (MUST be members of the same household) available per table. Great if a couple or a parent and child would like to work together (on their own individual pieces) at the same table.

    Workshops will be held outside, under a large tent on the KHAC grounds. Masks are required to be worn the whole time. Each table will have their own dedicated set of tools that will be cleaned between use.

    Register below.

    Funding for this residency is provided by the Ohio Arts Council, and the Eleanora C. U. Alms Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

     

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  • HIVE – Youth Workshop Wednesdays (ages 5-12)

    • April 28, 2021 4:30 pm - May 12, 2021 5:30 pm

    HIVE Residency Project – Youth Workshops for kids ages 5-12. Work with our Artists in Residence, Helen Atkins and Will Geusz, for 3 consecutive Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm to create handmade ceramic tiles and mini-mosaics. These will be will be added to a..

  • HIVE – All Ages Workshop Thursdays

    • April 29, 2021 10:00 am - May 13, 2021 12:00 pm

    HIVE Residency Project – All Ages Workshops on Thursdays. Work with our Artists in Residence, Helen Atkins and Will Geusz, for 3 consecutive Thursdays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm to create handmade ceramic tiles and mini-mosaics. These will be will be added to..

  • HIVE – Open Studio Fridays (All Ages)

    • April 30, 2021 4:30 pm - May 14, 2021 7:30 pm

    HIVE Residency Project – Open Studio Time for All Ages. Only have an hour or two, but want to be a part of this fun project? Not a problem – join an Open Studio Time to work with our Artists in Residence,..

  • HIVE – Youth Workshop Saturdays (Ages 5-12)

    • May 1, 2021 10:00 am - May 15, 2021 12:00 pm

    HIVE Residency Project – Youth Workshops for kids ages 5-12. Work with our Artists in Residence, Helen Atkins and Will Geusz, for 3 consecutive Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 am to create handmade ceramic tiles and mini-mosaics. These will be will be added to..

  • HIVE – All Ages Workshop Saturdays

    • May 1, 2021 2:30 pm - May 15, 2021 4:30 pm

    HIVE Residency Project – All Ages Workshops on Saturdays. Work with our Artists in Residence, Helen Atkins and Will Geusz, for 3 consecutive Saturdays from 2:30 -4:30 pm to create handmade ceramic tiles and mini-mosaics. These will be will be added to..

  • HIVE – All Ages Workshop Sundays

    • May 2, 2021 1:00 pm - May 16, 2021 3:00 pm

    HIVE Residency Project – All Ages Workshops on Sundays. Work with our Artists in Residence, Helen Atkins and Will Geusz, for 3 consecutive Sundays from 1:00 -3:00 pm to create handmade ceramic tiles and mini-mosaics. These will be will be added to..

  • HIVE – Open Studio Sundays (All Ages)

    • May 2, 2021 4:00 pm - May 16, 2021 6:00 pm

    HIVE Residency Project – Open Studio Time for All Ages. Only have an hour or two, but want to be a part of this fun project? Not a problem – join an Open Studio Time to work with our Artists in Residence,..

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    Outreach Programs

    We believe that the arts are for everyone. Kennedy Heights Arts Center provides a range of outreach programs that bring the arts out into the community. The goal of these programs is to provide access to high-quality arts education for everyone regardless of economic circumstance.

    Our experienced team of arts educators offer ongoing classes as well as one-time programs in schools, libraries, community centers, group homes and other community settings. Some locations have included:

    • Pleasant Ridge Montessori
    • Silverton Paideia Academy
    • Woodford Paideia School
    • Academy of World Languages
    • Talbert House
    • Cincinnati Public Libraries

    For more information about participating in one of these outreach programs or about how you can bring Kennedy Heights Arts Center to your organization, please contact our Director of Arts Engagement and Learning.

    No events are currently available for registration, please check back later.

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center, in partnership with PAR-Projects, offers a range of classes for adults and youth in digital media creation, including: video, photography, animation, graphic design and web design. 

     

    No events are currently available for registration, please check back later.

    • Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 5:00
    • Saturday: 11:00 - 4:00
    • Closed Sunday - Monday