Teen Artists for Change

Teen Artists for Change (TAC) is a student-led program for diverse young artists in grades 7-12, who want to make an impact in their community. TAC provides positive outlets for young people to plan and implement creative projects that matter to them. Mentored by professional artists, teens develop skills and express their voices through creating community-engaged art, culminating in public presentations such as art exhibits, public installations and online.

TAC meets weekly on Saturdays from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, with 10-week terms in the Fall and Winter semesters. Teens explore and utilize various forms of art-making including photography, film-making, creative writing, drawing and painting. 

Examples of past projects include:

  • Tellus Zine is a digital publication, led by an all-youth editorial board, showcasing visual art and creative writing by young adults from across Greater Cincinnati. Tellus’s mission is to provide a platform for young people to express themselves bravely and creatively as a part of our diverse community. The zine was developed as an off-shoot of Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s Teen Artists for Change program. Tellus is a Latin word meaning “Earth” and also can be broken down into the invitation: “Tell us!” The students selected the name for their publication because of this double meaning.

  • In collaboration with the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, TAC members created a photo journalism project about homelessness displayed in the GCHC meeting space.

  • Members partnered with teen refugees through Refugee Connect on a video storytelling project to raising awareness about immigrants and refugees to the Greater Cincinnati region.
  • Students participated in a summer Zine workshop where they explored writing, drawing and videography, creating their own zines.
  • Members partnered with The Caring Place, a local food/clothing pantry, to create a collaborative video project about poverty and the needs of families in our community. The students used their videos in a social media campaign to raise support for The Caring Place. 



With generous support from the Charles H. Dater Foundation, this program is offered at no cost to teens. In exchange, members are asked to make a commitment to participating fully in the program. Check back soon for the announcement of our Fall 2020 project!

Teen Artists for Change is supported by a grant from The Charles H. Dater Foundation.

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