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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. 

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

  • Papermaking: Inspire, Create, Grow – Workshop with artist Adoria Maxberry

    • August 6, 2021 6:30 pm

    All ages (Youth under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult). Instructor: Adoria Maxberry. Participants will learn how to make handmade paper that includes wildflower seeds into their creations. They’ll make a piece to leave behind to be installed in the..

  • Artwork to DYE for! – Workshop with artist Adoria Maxberry

    • August 21, 2021 10:00 am

    All ages (Youth under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult). Instructor: Adoria Maxberry. Participants will learn tie-dying and shibori tie-dying techniques, and create geometric fabric shapes that will be left behind and installed in the gallery, in the current exhibition Unconventional. They..

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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.
     
    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.

  • 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: 8-13.  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.

    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 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.

     

  • Papermaking: Inspire, Create, Grow – Workshop with artist Adoria Maxberry

    • August 6, 2021 6:30 pm

    All ages (Youth under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult). Instructor: Adoria Maxberry. Participants will learn how to make handmade paper that includes wildflower seeds into their creations. They’ll make a piece to leave behind to be installed in the..

  • Artwork to DYE for! – Workshop with artist Adoria Maxberry

    • August 21, 2021 10:00 am

    All ages (Youth under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult). Instructor: Adoria Maxberry. Participants will learn tie-dying and shibori tie-dying techniques, and create geometric fabric shapes that will be left behind and installed in the gallery, in the current exhibition Unconventional. They..

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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.

    helenatkins.com @willinandchillinarts

    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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    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. 

     

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