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  • Tellus Zine youth-led editorial board seeks new members

    • 31 August 2020
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Cincinnati, OH. August 27, 2020 – 

    Tellus is a youth-led digital publication, showcasing art and creative writing by young adults from across Greater Cincinnati. Its mission is to provide a platform for young people to express themselves bravely and creatively as a part of our diverse community.

    The Tellus Zine Editorial Board consists of 14 diverse, young artists and writers located across Greater Cincinnati, who want to make an impact in their community.  The Editorial Board plans, creates and publishes creative works about issues that matter to teens in the new digital publication Tellus Zine. Editorial board membership is a year-long commitment, with meetings twice monthly to develop the zine, review submissions, and plan events. Members also work on their own creative projects and learn about editorial skills and different art forms through guest artists, professional mentors, and hands-on experience. 

    In the coming year, the editorial board will: publish a digital ‘zine, featuring creative expression by teens including drawing, painting, photography, video, animation, music, creative writing, and nonfiction writing; host an online open-mic/open-screen event to amplify the work of teen performing artists; collaboratively produce a podcast on racial justice with Elementz & WVXU; receive mentorship from artists and media professionals; and offer several free media-skills workshops for teens in our community.

    Members of the Tellus Editorial Board will reflect the diversity of teens in the Greater Cincinnati region and should be outside-of-the-box thinkers who feel passionate about their opinions and expressing them through art and/or writing. 

    Accepted applicants will meet regularly the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from October 2020 – July 2021. These gatherings may be held virtually on Zoom or in person at Kennedy Heights Arts Center (6546 Montgomery Rd.) with masks and social distancing as COVID-19 health and safety precautions allow.

    Applications can be filled out here:

    Applications must be submitted by September 11, 2020. 

    Student interviews will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020 and Saturday, September 26, 2020.

    Questions? Email or Call 513-800-4567


    The Tellus Zine aims to inspire and connect teen artists for positive social change.

    “To have the opportunity to spend time with a group of creative teens while putting together a zine, which means so much to all of us, has allowed me to be much more open,” remarked Naina Purushothaman, age 15, a Tellus Editorial Board Member. “Instead of being afraid to share my opinion, I now feel free to share what I think because I know that in this creative environment I will not be judged.”  

    Tellus Zine is a project of Kennedy Heights Arts Center and is made possible by ArtsWave and a grant from the Charles H. Dater Foundation.

    For more information, visit and follow us on Instagram @tellus_zine.

    About Kennedy Heights Arts Center:

    The mission of Kennedy Heights Arts Center is to enhance the life of the surrounding community through arts and cultural experiences that embrace diversity, foster creativity and build community. Founded in 2004, the community arts center provides arts education programs, exhibitions, and cultural events for more than 5,000 youth and adults annually. Kennedy Heights Arts Center receives annual operating support from Artswave and the Ohio Arts Council.


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