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Art Programs for Youth 

Expand your creativity in one of our innovative art programs for youth ages 5 – 18!

Click here for more information about the KHAC’s Covid-19 policies. 

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. Submit completed applications in person at the Art Center, or email to bethany@kennedyarts.org

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.

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Register now for Summer Art Camps!

 

10 Weeks, 23 Camps
June 6 – August 12
9:00am to 3:00pm daily

Unleash your creativity and imagination this summer at Kennedy Heights Arts Center! We offer a variety of one-week camps for youth ages 5-13 exploring visual arts, music, creative writing, acting, animation, and design.
 

Summer Camp Early Bird Special: Register & Pay by 11:59pm, April 1 for 10% off tuition with coupon code: SUMMER22 *Early Bird Discount cannot be used in combination with sliding scale rates.

Sliding Scale Tuition Rates: Kennedy Heights Arts Center strives to make the arts accessible to everyone. Sliding scale tuition rates are available for those in financial need, and range from 10%-65% of the full tuition based on household income. Click here to download an application. Email completed sliding scale applications to bethany@kennedyarts.org to receive a discount code to enter at checkout.

COVID-19 Health & Safety:
Based on the current CDC guidelines and the recent decline in COVID-19 cases across our region, Kennedy Heights Arts Center announces these changes to our health and safety protocols.

Effective March 19, 2022, guests will no longer be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test certification to attend events, and the wearing of masks in our facilities will be optional. Masks will continue to be required in all classes currently in progress through the end of the Winter Term.
 
This announcement comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) publication of its latest guidance on COVID-19, which is based on hospitalization data and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Hamilton County is currently categorized by the CDC in the “Low” COVID-19 community level.
 
Thank you for your continued flexibility as we adapt our responses to meet our community’s needs and keep creativity alive during these challenging times.
 
Read more details about our updated health and safety protocols at https://kennedyarts.org/news/covid-safety-policy/
 

Call for Summer Art 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 4, 2022 More Details

 

  • Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover – SOLD OUT

    • Monday - Friday, June 6, 2022 9:00 am - June 10, 2022 3:00 pm

    Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover Ages: 8-10.  Instructor: Linda Schneider-Houghton Week 1: June 6 – June 10 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale From cover to cover, Linda Schneider-Houghton will guide campers through the creative process..

  • Music Along the River – SOLD OUT

    • Monday - Friday, June 6, 2022 9:00 am - June 10, 2022 3:00 pm

    Music Along the River Ages: 5-7. Instructor: Jennifer Melms Week 1: June 6, 2022 – June 10, 2022 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Explore diverse histories and traditions of life in the Ohio River Valley through all..

  • Artful Interiors

    • Monday - Friday, June 6, 2022 9:00 am - June 10, 2022 3:00 pm

    Artful Interiors Ages: 10-13. Instructor: Sharareh Khosravani Week 1: June 6 – June 10 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Create artful interiors by designing and crafting decorative textiles, including rugs, tapestries and more! Explore contemporary art through..

  • SHE Can Do It! Great Women Artists – SOLD OUT

    • Monday - Friday, June 13, 2022 9:00 am - June 17, 2022 3:00 pm

    SHE Can Do It! Great Women Artists Ages: 9-12.  Instructor: April Cooper Week 2: June 13 – June 17 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Learn about amazing contemporary and historical female artists working in different mediums and..

  • Superhero Alteregos & Costume Creation – SOLD OUT

    • Monday - Friday, June 13, 2022 9:00 am - June 17, 2022 3:00 pm

    Superhero Alteregos & Costume Creation  Ages: 5–8.  Instructor: Justin McCombs Week 2: June 13 – June 17 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Using the fundamentals of acting and teamwork, each camper gets to save the day in..

  • Monster Movement & Creature Construction – SOLD OUT

    • Tuesday - Friday, June 21, 2022 9:00 am - June 24, 2022 3:00 pm

    Monster Movement & Creature Construction Ages: 5–7.  Instructor: Justin McCombs Week 3: June 21 – June 24 (4 day camp) No camp on Monday, June 20 to observe Juneteenth Holiday Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $152 or sliding scale Ever wonder why..

  • Vibrant Arts – SOLD OUT

    • Tuesday-Friday, June 21, 2022 9:00 am - June 24, 2022 3:00 pm

    Vibrant Arts Ages: 8-10.  Instructor: Cedric Cox Week 3: June 21 – June 24  (4 day camp) No camp on Monday, June 20 to observe Juneteenth Holiday Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $152 or sliding scale Study the artwork of incredible..

  • Tour of Cincinnati – SOLD OUT

    • Monday - Friday, June 27, 2022 9:00 am - July 1, 2022 3:00 pm

    Tour of Cincinnati Ages: 5-7.  Instructor: Karen Ater-Linser Week 4: June 27 – July 1 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale There are small wonders to be found all around us in Cincinnati–in neighborhood streets and local parks, in..

  • Artistic Activists

    • Monday - Friday, June 27, 2022 9:00 am - July 1, 2022 3:00 pm

    Artistic Activists Ages: 9-13.  Instructor: MoPoetry Phillips Week 4: June 27 – July 1 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Learn to use creative writing and visual art to make an impact and build community! Explore how lyricists..

  • Play with Puppets!

    • Monday – Friday, June 27, 2022 9:00 am - July 1, 2022 3:00 pm

    Play with Puppets! Ages: 8-10.  Instructor: Robin Hartmann Week 4: June 27 – July 1 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Design, build, and perform with your very own puppets! Learn different puppetry styles, create and learn how..

  • Mosaic Magic – SOLD OUT

    • Tuesday – Friday, July 5, 2022 9:00 am - July 8, 2022 3:00 pm

    Mosaic Magic Ages: 8-12.  Instructor: Robin Hartmann Week 5: July 5 – July 8 (4 day week) No camp on Monday, July 4 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $152 or sliding scale Study the ancient art of mosaics and learn how “broken”..

  • Bubble Makers – SOLD OUT

    • Tuesday – Friday, July 5, 2022 9:00 am - July 8, 2022 3:00 pm

    Bubble Makers Ages: 5-7.  Instructor: Carisa Bunten Week 5: July 5 – July 8 (4 day week) No camp on Monday, July 4 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $152 or sliding scale Learn the useful and enjoyable art of crafting your own..

  • Design Your World! – SOLD OUT

    • Tuesday – Friday, July 5, 2022 9:00 am - July 8, 2022 3:00 pm

    Design Your World! Ages: 11-13.  Instructor: Clara Cornelius Week 5: July 5 – July 8 (4 day week) No camp on Monday, July 4 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $152 or sliding scale Dive into the exciting world of Graphic Design! Students..

  • Nature’s Sounds

    • Monday – Friday, July 11, 2022 9:00 am - July 15, 2022 3:00 pm

    Nature’s Sounds: Music in Clay & Natural Materials Ages: 5-9.  Instructor: Lynne Gibb Week 6:  July 11 – July 15  Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Nature creates a symphony of sound and music for me everyday. Using..

  • My Side of the Story: Villains, monsters & tricksters

    • July 11, 2022 9:00 am - July 15, 2022 3:00 pm

    My Side of the Story: Villains, monsters & tricksters tell it their way! Ages 5-8. Instructor: Justin McCombs. Week 6: July 11 – July 15 Tuition: $190 or sliding scale We all know the classic hero story: a dashing prince or daring princess..

  • Dream Big – SOLD OUT

    • July 18, 2022 9:00 am - July 22, 2022 3:00 pm

    Dream Big Ages: 5-9.  Instructor: Frances Newberry Week 7:  July 18 – July 22  Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Calling all dreamers, make-believers, storytellers and wonderland builders… Let your imaginations run wild and together we’ll create a..

  • Musical Stories Around the World

    • July 18, 2022 9:00 am - July 22, 2022 3:00 pm

    Musical Stories Around the World Ages 5-8. Instructor: Jennifer Melms. Week 7: July 18 – July 22 Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Using fairytales and folktales from America and around the world, children will retell the story, using song and chant, movement, acting,..

  • Creature Culture – SOLD OUT

    • Monday – Friday, July 25, 2022 9:00 am - July 29, 2022 3:00 pm

    Creature Culture Ages: 5-8.  Instructor: Terry Oestreicher Week 8:  July 25 – July 29  Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Make a menagerie of creatures using a variety of materials, including model magic, sticks, and soap! Then write..

  • Living Rhythms: True Body Project

    • Monday – Friday, July 25, 2022 9:00 am - July 29, 2022 3:00 pm

    Living Rhythms: True Body Project Ages: 8-12.  Instructor: Suzie Nagy Week 8:  July 25 – July 29  Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale The True Body Project returns to KHAC with a week of mindfulness, movement and art..

  • DIY Back to School – SOLD OUT

    • Monday – Friday, August 1, 2022 9:00 am - August 5, 2022 3:00 pm

    DIY Back to School Ages: 8-10.  Instructor: June Pfaff-Daley Week 9:  August 1 – August 5 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Your back-to-school supplies will be the envy of all your friends! This week-long camp will explore..

  • Where the Wild Things Are – SOLD OUT

    • Monday – Friday, August 1, 2022 9:00 am - August 5, 2022 3:00 pm

    Where the Wild Things Are Ages: 5–7.  Instructor: Jennifer Melms Week 9:  August 1 – August 5 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Join us in retelling Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are through music, art, storytelling, acting, and more!..

  • Jewelry Design – SOLD OUT

    • Monday – Friday, August 1, 2022 9:00 am - August 5, 2022 3:00 pm

    Jewelry Design Ages: 10–13.  Instructor: Billie Cunningham Week 9:  August 1 – August 5 Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm daily Tuition: $190 or sliding scale Bring on the Bling! Learn how to make your own bracelets, necklaces, key chains and more. Create and..

  • Peace by Piece – SOLD OUT

    • Monday - Friday, August 8, 2022 9:00 am - August 12, 2022 3:00 pm

    Peace by Piece Ages: 5-7. Instructor: Brent Billingsley Week 10: August 8 – August 12 Times: 9:00am-3:00pm daily Tuition $190 or sliding scale Contribute your part! In this camp, students will have the chance to collaborate with their peers on a large..

  • Project Runway – SOLD OUT

    • Monday - Friday, August 8, 2022 9:00 am - August 12, 2022 3:00 pm

    Project Runway Ages: 8-12. Instructor: Robin Hartmann. Week 10: August 8 – August 12 Times: 9:00am–3:00pm daily Tuition $190 or sliding scale Get ready for Project Runway, season VII! Explore the world of fashion by creating your own stylish designs. Using recycled..

  • Animation Antics – SOLD OUT

    • Monday - Friday, August 8, 2022 9:00 am - August 12, 2022 3:00 pm

    Animation Antics Ages: 10-13. Instructor: Frances Newberry Week 10: August 8 – August 12 Tuition $190 or sliding scale Explore the magic of stop-motion animation this summer and make everyday objects come to life! Using their own smartphone or tablet, paper cutouts..

  • Adult and Teen Classes

    ADULT/TEEN CLASSES

    Nurture your creativity, reconnect with community, and learn from local, professional artists! 

    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. Submit completed applications in person at the Art Center, or email to bethany@kennedyarts.org

    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.

    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. (free to join!)

     

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    2022 Creative Community
    Artist-in-Residence
    Jennifer Cox

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center is pleased to welcome our second 2022 artist-in-residence, Jennifer Cox.

    Jennifer Cox owns and operates Make.Do., a community-focused creative retail space offering yarn, fabric and textiles for purchase, and providing classes onsite and at the Cincinnati Public Library, Civic Garden Center and Kennedy Heights Arts Center. She has 15+ years’ experience as knitter, crocheter, textile artist and quilter, and uses that to deliver an engaging and inspiring experience for clients and drive connections among makers of color in and around the Cincinnati greater metropolitan area.

    Her creative passion coupled with her background in marketing and communications (she holds an MBA & JD from the University of Virginia), and deep experience helping brands to engage the hardest to reach/marginalized communities have been crucial to her work with Make.Do. to build the means for conversation and connection among local BIPOC fiber artists. She regularly hosts BIPOC fiber artists in her space for trunk shows, educational/training programs and networking. Her own work as a fiber artist has been featured in Sweet Paul Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, and in a collaborative quilt piece at The Victoria & Albert Museum. She is a member of The Knitting Guild of America, The Needle Arts Association of America, and is currently working towards certification from the Crafts Council as a Certified Master Knitter & Crocheter.

    From May 2-28, Jennifer will be co-creating and installing a series of outdoor installations that provide space for convening, creating and connecting. We envision that space as being community-designed, using local Black artists to fashion the palettes, the materials, and the flow of the space.

    “There is a real difference between being welcoming and being humble enough to offer an invitation,” remarked Jennifer. “That humility is a signal to the community that you are invited and that you will be valued and appreciated in a space that exists to celebrate and support your creative pursuits.”

    This space will be presented to the community at a special Community Day celebration on Saturday, May 28 from 11am – 3pm. (Rain date is Sunday, May 29).

    You are invited to be a part of the project!

    Jennifer will be offering a series of free workshops for adults and youth ages 8+ to create seating and décor for our welcoming community spaces. Participants will learn various art techniques and materials including block printing, stenciling and stamping on fabric and linoleum, and making flags, wind chimes and herb gardens. No experience necessary.

    It is free to participate, but registration is required and space is limited. See workshop descriptions and registration links below.

    Funding for this program is provided by 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 Education.

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