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Boost local economy by shifting your buying habits


Green Umbrella’s Local Food Action Team, the Central Ohio River Valley Local Food Guide and Northside Farmers Market have teamed up to inspire individuals to eat local, an idea the community will both promote and celebrate at “Eat, Shift, Party LOCAL” April 20.
 
Green Umbrella will launch a campaign at the free event encouraging individuals to pledge a 10 percent shift in their food budgets.
 
“If 10 percent of our Greater Cincinnati population pledges to shift just 10 percent of their food budget to locally produced food, it will infuse over $52 million into our local economy,” Green Umbrella Executive Director Kristin Weiss says.
 
In addition to building the local economy, eating local promotes good health, tastes better, allows local families to feel and be supported and preserves open green space, according to Green Umbrella’s Top 5 Reasons to Eat Local. It’s also affordable and more doable than you might think.
 
“For the average family, taking the shift means spending only $12 a week on local food,” says Marian Dickinson, local food advocate with Green Umbrella.
 
The Central Ohio River Valley Local Food Guide will release its 2016 publication of local food directories at the event, educating eaters and growers on how to promote a more vibrant local food economy, and festivities will take place within the setting of the Northside Famers Market at North Presbyterian Church, so individuals know of at least one place to return to for local products after pledging their 10 percent shifts.
 
In 2016, specifically, the Farmers Market — a year-round effort — is promoting its Get Local Food Challenge, which features a different local item each month. Cooking classes for both children and adults are also offered throughout the year to encourage patrons to buy local but to also feel empowered when preparing food.
 
All parties involved are working collectively to direct people’s attention toward locally sourced products, and Green Umbrella is making it easy to follow-through after pledging by distributing a monthly newsletter with tips, recipes and updates on the local scene.
 
“It’s a decision you can feel good about,” Dickinson says. 

Do Good: 

• Plan to attend Eat, Shift, Party, LOCAL at 5-7 p.m. April 20 at North Presbyterian Church

• Make the pledge.

• Check out other available resources for eating local
 

DePaul Cristo Rey seniors achieve 100 percent college acceptance for second straight year


For the second consecutive year, DePaul Cristo Rey (DPCR) High School seniors have achieved a college acceptance rate of 100 percent. The senior class of 39 individuals met the school-wide goal months in advance of graduation and has earned nearly $1.7 million and counting in merit-based college scholarships. 

“To do something this significant one time is an accomplishment,” DPCR Principal Andrew Farfsing says. “To do it twice creates a tradition.”

Last year’s graduating class was the school’s first since DPCR opened in 2011 as Greater Cincinnati’s first new Catholic high school in 50 years, and all 48 seniors were accepted to college. Farfsing acknowledges the first two classes have set the bar high, but he’s confident future classes can continue the legacy.

“With our school's focus on college-preparation and the commitment and zeal of our teachers and students, I have no doubts future classes can reach that bar,” he says. 

Students have committed to universities like Purdue and Xavier so far, but not everyone has finalized his or her decisions. 

Paige Yaden, for example, has been accepted to five colleges and is weighing her options. 

“For me, being accepted to five schools is awesome,” she says. “A few years ago, I didn’t think I would be accepted anywhere. My freshman year grades were bad; sophomore year was worse. But I got it together junior year and have been on the honor roll every quarter this year.”

Students like Maggie McDonald, who will attend XU’s School of Nursing, credit their teachers’ compassion and dedication for pushing her classmates to strive for greatness.

“The teachers make everything happen here,” McDonald says. “They love us. They made sure we knew we had this goal, and they wanted us all to get accepted. I was proud of everybody for reaching this point. There were some students in the beginning who slacked off, but as they started to believe we could do it like the seniors last year they really started working.”

According to the Cristo Rey Network, which comprises 30 schools nationwide, 96 percent of its student population comes from families with an average annual income of $34,000.

Do Good: 

• Support DePaul Cristo Rey's mission and learn about ways to give.

• Learn about volunteer opportunities at DPCR.

• Connect with DPCR on Facebook.
 

Brazee Street Studios looking for artists to join Mini Bead Marathon and Art Supply Swap April 23


Brazee Street Studios will host its first-ever Mini Bead Marathon April 23 to back Beads of Courage, a national arts-in-medicine program that supports children coping with serious medical issues.
 
Artists gather at Brazee every September for National Bead Challenge Day, when they create glasswork that enables children to record and share their own stories of hope through jewelry creation. The Oakley-based studio is extending its support for Beads of Courage, however, by asking skilled volunteers to stop by for a two-hour shift April 23 to utilize their talents for good.
 
Volunteers will work specifically on birthday beads, beads for the upcoming holidays, transportation beads and dream beads.
 
“These beads are tangible signs of hope and progress for the kids who receive them,” says Chelsea Borgman, Brazee’s gallery coordinator. “They show the kids, their families and the world just how much they’ve overcome.”
 
The event runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Food and non-glass bead making activities will be provided by Brazee, which is also supplying glass artists with free torch time and, of course, glass.
 
In addition to creating beads, the new Beads of Courage Volunteers Superstars program will be introduced. The goal is to foster skill building and community not only among bead makers in the studio but also between bead makers and bead recipients.
 
“We’re proud to work with Beads of Courage each year to brighten the days of brave children undergoing difficult medical treatments,” Borgman says.
 
In conjunction with the Mini Bead Marathon, Brazee will also host its fifth annual Art Supply Swap, in which creatives can drop off unwanted supplies in exchange for useable materials. Drop-off begins at 9:30 a.m., and leftover supplies will be donated to Indigo Hippo, which makes art more accessible to children and other local artists in need of added support when it comes to obtaining supplies.

Do Good: 

• If you're a skilled glassworker, contact Brazee Street Studios to volunteer at the Mini Bead Marathon April 23.

• Even if you're not a glassworker yourself, the event is family-friendly. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to join in festivities and watch the artists in action. 

• Bring any unneeded art supplies to swap out for materials that may be of use to you. Drop-offs begin at 9:30 a.m.
 

CYC alum a testament to impact of mentorship


Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) is a testament to the impact mentoring plays in a student’s life. For the past five years, an average 95 percent of its students have graduated high school — a statistic Gov. John Kasich acknowledged last week when discussing statewide education initiatives.
 
Why did he mention CYC, in particular? Because its students succeed while the districts CYC serves are, on average, graduating 63 percent of their high schoolers.
 
Upon graduating high school, many CYC students continue their path to success by enrolling in college, enlisting in the armed forces or securing gainful employment. Take Shandreanna Martin, for example.
 
“My graduation from college began in the sixth grade, when I sat down across the table from my mentor for the first time,” Martin says.
 
She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 and remains close to this day to her mentor, Lori Meyer, who has since relocated to Wisconsin.
 
“Prior to first meeting Lori, I felt she wouldn't have much to do with me,” Martin says. “I felt for a short time it was a pity party — as if she only did this to help and that (our relationship) would be over after that school year.”
 
So when the two continued to meet year after year, the relationship blossomed into more than Martin could have ever expected.
 
“She really touched a part of my life,” Martin says. “My self-confidence and self-value has skyrocketed because of her. I feel I can accomplish anything I set my mind to and am currently looking forward to returning to school for a Computer Technology Communications degree, be it a Master’s or even another Bachelor’s.” 

Do Good: 

Change lives by becoming a mentor.

• Support the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative by participating in the United FORE Youth Golf Classic May 10. 

• Connect with CYC on Facebook.
 

Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam gives voice to local teens


Students from all across the tristate area will participate in the final round of the world's largest youth poetry slam, Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB), on Saturday, April 9 at the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

DePaul Cristo Rey, Walnut Hills, Hughes and Elementz Hip Hop Youth Center students, as well as 15 individual students from various schools, will use spoken word and poetry to describe their experiences growing up in the Queen City. LTAB, born in Chicago in 2001 as a way to give ostracized and disenfranchised youth a platform to share their unheard stories through poetry, allows youth to engage with one another, tell their own stories and listen to the stories of their peers. 

Desirae "The Silent Poet" Hosley is a spoken word artist, poet, author and community organizer who has worked as a LTAB coach since 2014. 

"I love working with these amazing teens because I get a chance to be that ear for them," Hosley says. "They just want to be heard. Being a teaching artist that focuses on performance, I was able to connect on a level that made their poem come to life and, not only did it come to life, it helped everyone see the fight in their eyes and sincerity of their poetry."

Coaches work with students, mentoring and guiding them as they find creative ways to tell their stories on stage. Hosley herself has seen teens speak about hard-to-discuss issues like poverty, race and sexual orientation in front of a bunch of strangers.

Being able to have a platform to be heard gives students a boost of self-confidence. 

"One thing that separates each teen poet from the masses is that they had the courage to step on stage and become vulnerable in room of people who don't know their story," Hosley says. "And in that moment, they will grow an inch taller and stronger in who they are."

Do Good:

Register for free tickets to Louder Than a Bomb at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at SCPA's Corbett Theater, 108 W. Central Pkwy., Downtown/Over-the-Rhine.

• Read about previous Louder Than a Bomb competitions winners

• Find out how you can get involved with Louder Than a Bomb by visiting its website
 

CSO engages community in Orchestras Feeding America fight to address food insecurity


It’s an exciting weekend at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, as the ensemble will perform an all-Spanish program while also collecting non-perishable food and hygiene-related items Friday and Saturday in an effort to support the Freestore Foodbank.

One in six Tristate individuals are at risk of facing food insecurity, a prime reason why the CSO participates in the national Orchestras Feeding America (OFA) initiative to fight hunger across the U.S. The CSO is one of more than 450 orchestras working hard to engage the community to show they’re more than just a musical group. 

Since OFA’s inception, 475,000 pounds of food have been collected and distributed to those in need. Here at home, the CSO also provides further incentive for its patrons to donate. 

“Offering discounted tickets ($10) with a canned food donation at Friday’s concert is a way to make a world-class, live performance as accessible as possible while at the same time supporting the work of the Freestore and helping neighbors in need,” CSO Vice President of Communications Chris Pinelo says. 

And the world-class live performance is not one to be missed, as Latin Passion features not only the CSO but also partial staging, a full chorus, a multitude of vocal soloists, a Spanish guitarist and flamenco dancing and singing. 

“The CSO really brings the world to Cincinnati each season, engaging a diverse array of artists from around the globe and exploring different repertoire,” Pinelo says. “The music for this ‘Latin Passion’ program is lush, exciting and beautiful, sure to thrill any audience.”

Do Good: 

• Support the Cincinnati Symphony and Orchestras Feeding America by donating a non-perishable food item or hygiene product at a performance this weekend (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Music Hall). With a donation, $10 tickets are available for Friday's performance. 

• If you can't donate this weekend, support the Freestore Foodbank any day of the week.

Support the CSO and plan to attend an upcoming performance. 
 

Crossroads' Beans and Rice week raises nearly $259,000 for 8 organizations


Crossroads members recently committed to collectively give nearly $89 million throughout the next three years as a part of the “I’m In” campaign, so when its annual Beans and Rice week approached last month the church was hesitant to ask for added contributions.

“We wondered whether Beans and Rice was too big of an ‘ask’ this year coming out of the campaign,” says Jennifer Sperry, Crossroads’ manager of client services and media relations. 

The goal of Beans and Rice is to eat cheaply for one week, save the money one would have spent at the grocery store or restaurants and instead put it toward a cause — in this case, toward a few different causes — to benefit organizations outside of the church.

In spite of initial hesitation, Crossroads decided to proceed with Beans and Rice for the fourth year. The result was nearly $259,000 raised for eight organizations both locally and across the world. 

The Cincinnati Recreation Foundation and Talawanda Recreation Incorporated will receive $50,000 to provide free swim lessons to 2,500 kids this summer at 25 local pools. According to Crossroads, it’s important — particularly among minority communities — as 30 percent of Caucasians don’t know how to swim while 60 percent of Hispanics and more than 70 percent of African Americans are also without the skills needed to stay afloat.

Other local organizations to benefit from the funds include those working to address the heroin epidemic: Teen Challenge Cincinnati, Teen Challenge KY, Prospect House and Heroin HopeLine

“We tend to choose organizations and funds each year based on what we're passionate about and what we know will make the biggest impact,” Sperry says. 

Nationally, the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, which supports both short- and long-term needs of children exposed to lead, is the recipient of $30,000, while internationally the church’s partner Amigos for Christ will receive more than $58,000 to bring clean water to children in Nicaragua. 

“The money going to fund a water system in Nicaragua is already at work, as we broke ground on the project last Monday. Talk about return on investment,” Sperry says. “We are so encouraged not only by the campaign and the fulfillment we've seen thus far, but that people stepped up to do Beans and Rice in the midst of so much sacrifice already happening. There is power when thousands of us come together to commit and focus on one goal.”

Do Good: 

• Even though Beans and Rice week has culminated, it's never too late to practice sacrificial giving on your own. Even if you don't normally have time to prepare food on your own, a meal of beans and rice at Chipotle costs $1.80. 

• Support organizations working to make our city, nation and world a better place. 

Learn more about Crossroads.
 

Sherbro Foundation to host free program about community building in Sierra Leone


When Arlene Golembiewski met Chief Charles Caulker in Sierra Leone four decades ago, she was a Peace Corps volunteer. She revisited the country in 2011 for a second time and reconnected with Caulker, who had established a secondary school for young girls whose parents couldn't afford to pay the $20 a year for them to attend.

Seeing a need in the community, Golembiewski created a scholarship fund for families to send their daughters to school. 

She returned to Sierra Leone many times after and then, in an attempt to give the Bumpeh Chiefdom a volunteer presence in the U.S., founded Sherbro Foundation in 2013. 

Golembiewski, a Columbia-Tusculum resident and Procter & Gamble retiree, and Caulker will be at the Hyde Park Methodist Church on April 6 at 7 p.m. to discuss Sherbro Foundation and its partnership with Chief Caulker. Their programs include advancing girls' education, adult literacy and computer literacy to help the Bumpeh Chiefdom people overcome poverty.

"The program is meant to be a unique opportunity for people not to just hear from someone in Sierra Leone but from a traditional leader in Sierra Leone," Golembiewski says. "This is one of the things that makes our work different — if not unique — in that we're working with the local community and their leader down to the village level."

Chief Caulker has lead Bumpeh Chiefdom for three decades, including an 11-year long civil war and 2014 Ebola outbreak. The chiefdom is one of Sierra Leone's most rural and poor chiefdoms; most residents live on $1 a day. 

But disaster didn't stop Caulker from feeling defeated. 

In collaboration with Sherbro Foundation, Caulker created the first Community Computer Center. And most recently, the chiefdom is trying to introduce village fruit orchards that will empower residents to generate a sustainable income to fund their children's education and community development. 

Golembiewski encourages anyone who is interested in learning about Sierra Leone and helping the country rebuild to attend the free program. 

"Everyone here can make a difference," she says. "People think it's difficult to tackle something like poverty in one of the poorest countries on the other side of the world, but it's not impossible."

Do Good:

• Attend the program at 7 p.m. April 6 at Hyde Park Methodist Church, 1342 Grace Ave., Hyde Park.

Donate to help support Sherbro Foundation's programs and mission.

Contact Arlene Golembiewski for more information on how you can help.
 

Envision Children "Lighting the Way" for youth educational success


If you want to experience an afternoon on the town while supporting a local nonprofit that invests in children and their education, then add “Lighting the Way” at Prime 47 downtown to your calendar for April 10.
 
“This is our 11th annual Lighting the Way Scholarship Fundraiser & Gala,” says Sheryl McClung McConney, founder and president of Envision Children. “And we’re especially excited this year about the wonderful food our guests will enjoy at this year’s venue … a buffet supper with scrumptious selections like steak, oysters, asparagus, macaroni and cheese and much more.”
 
The event will also feature a cash bar, live music, auction opportunities and an awards ceremony to honor the nonprofit’s volunteers and supporters.
 
“We’ve added some exciting new things too this year: sideline games like ‘Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader’ and four ‘Program Stations’ with a student who will answer questions about each of Envision Children’s four main programs – Summer Academic Enrichment, ACT Boot Camps, Tutoring and Power Saturdays,” McClung McConney says.
 
It’s tutoring programs like these that comprise the foundation for Envision Children’s work within the community, and with your support at events like “Lighting the Way” you’ll help fund scholarships for underserved students living in poverty.
 
“What sets Envision Children apart from other organizations is our focus on making a long-term impact on the lives of the students we serve,” McClung McConney says. “We also help students make their education their top priority and to lay a foundation for them to go on to excel in life.” 
 
Do Good: 

Attend "Lighting the Way" 2-5 p.m. April 10 at Prime 47, 580 Walnut St., downtown. 

• If you can't attend, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the organization. Make checks payable to Envision Children and mail to P.O. Box 37040, Cincinnati, OH 45222.

Contact Envision Children if you know of a child in need of services or if you are interested in volunteering as a tutor. 
 

Kendra Scott shop hosting fundraiser to benefit Patty Brisben Foundation


The Liberty Center location of Kendra Scott jewelry boutique is hosting a shop-for-a-cause fundraiser April 28 to help support the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health. Approximately 20 percent of all sales from 6 to 8 p.m. will benefit the foundation’s research and projects. 

Patty Brisben launched the foundation in 2006 as the nonprofit arm of Pure Romance to help organizations serving women seeking relief and counsel for issues impacting their sexual well-being. The foundation has raised more than $3 million for research, education and community involvement since then and donated nearly $2 million in grants to local and national organizations.
 
“I am so excited that more and more businesses continue to open their doors to support women’s sexual health through the foundation,” Brisben says. “I absolutely love Kendra Scott’s pieces, and I can’t say enough about the excitement of a fun night out to support a wonderful cause.”
 
Funds will go directly to the foundation’s work in its four primary focus areas: vulvovaginal pain disorders, intimacy-related sexual dysfunction after cancer treatments, the impact of perimenopause and menopause on sexual health and libido & desire. 
 
Do Good:

• Shop Kendra Scott while giving to a great cause 6-8 p.m. April 28, 7560 Gibson St., Liberty Township.

• Can’t attend but still want to support the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health? You can place an order over the phone at 937-889-6291.

• For more information on how you can help the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health, visit its website.
 

Cincinnati Gorilla Run to raise funds for Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund


The Cincinnati Gorilla Run returns April 3 for its fifth year to help raise funds for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund (MGCF), the Denver-based organization protecting mountain gorillas and habitats in Africa where they’re highly endangered.
 
“We’re helping protect the estimated 880 remaining mountain gorillas, which is all that’s alive in the world,” MGCF Development Director Debbie Wright says. “Run like a gorilla to save a gorilla.”
 
The 5k run will start and finish at Montgomery Inn Boathouse, taking gorilla- and banana-dressed runners through downtown, across the bridge to Newport and then back into Cincinnati.
 
Everyone is encouraged to run, and groups are suggested. There will be awards for first, second and third place in both the male and female categories as well as the most creative costume.

Funds raised from the marathon will go toward the Ruth Keesling Wildlife Health and Research Center, a veterinary facility in Uganda where local students are trained to become veterinarians and take care of gorillas in the field, Wright says.
 
Do Good:

Register to participate in the Cincinnati Gorilla Run 2016, starting at 11 a.m. April 3 at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse downtown.

• Can’t run/walk in the 5k? Donate to help support the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund’s mission.

• For more information on how you can help, visit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund’s website.
 

Girls on the Run celebrates 20 years of empowerment


Girls on the Run (GOTR) International is celebrating 20 years of empowering young females, and the organization is calling on the public to help celebrate. By using the hashtag #GOTRBorntoRun and sharing what one believes she was born to do, joining the festivities is made simple. 

Girls in grades 3-8 make strides toward self-discovery throughout the program, as they train with coaches who incorporate physical activity, along with confidence and character building to prompt self-love. 

The nonprofit began in Charlotte, N.C. with 13 eager participants, but throughout the past 20 years it’s expanded to include 225 councils serving more than 1 million girls.

GOTR Cincinnati, which launched in 2005, served 3,000 girls last year alone, 50 percent of whom received financial support to make their journeys possible. 

“Thanks to dedicated coaches, volunteers, sponsors, partners and SoleMates, we are able to continue to reach more girls every year and provide scholarships to reach every girl with interest,” says Mary Gaertner, GOTR Cincinnati’s executive director.

And the organization hopes to continue to do so in the years to come. 

Girls enrolled in this year’s spring session are currently training for their program culmination: a 5k that takes place at Paul Brown Stadium. 

Share what you were born to do and help girls celebrate locally by cheering them on or even joining in their 5k as they realize their potential while experiencing a sense of accomplishment May 7.

Do Good: 

• What were you born to do? Share your passion on social media, and use the hashtag #GOTRBorntoRun.

Register for the GOTR Cincinnati 5k on May 7 (beginning at Paul Brown Stadium downtown) and help the girls celebrate in-person. 

• Become a SoleMate and help fundraise for GOTR Cincinnati so the nonprofit can reach even more girls in years to come. 
 

Great American Cleanup seeking volunteers for April event


Hundreds of volunteers help beautify various spots throughout Covington every Spring during Great American Cleanup, and more are needed for this year’s event April 30.

The Great American Cleanup — hosted by Center for Great Neighborhoods, Keep Covington Beautiful and the City of Covington — is Covington’s largest annual volunteer event, garnering more than 800 helpers each year.

“I think it’s a really great opportunity for people to come out and join with their neighbors to give back to their community,” says Shannon Ratterman, the Center’s community manager of community development. “This is a big collective effort to make our community a more beautiful place.”

Attendees who sign up will be assigned to specific sites around Covington to pick up litter, place trees, spread mulch and plant flowers. Rumpke is this year’s event title sponsor.

Anyone interested in learning more information about Great American Cleanup can attend an informational session Saturday, April 2, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Braxton Brewing Company in Covington.

An after-party will take place at Goebel Park to celebrate, Ratterman says.

Do Good:

Register as a volunteer for Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 

• Attend the informational session Saturday, April 2, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Braxton Brewing Company, 27 W. Seventh St., Covington.

• For more information on how you can get involved, contact Shannon Ratterman
 

Opening Day Diamond seat raffle to benefit UpSpring's Summer 360 program


UpSpring is raffling off Opening Day Diamond seats to raise money to support Summer 360°, its education and enrichment summer program that serves Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky children experiencing homelessness. 

The organization, formerly named Faces Without Places, has been established for almost two decades. The summer program gives children the chance to hone their math and reading skills with the help of licensed teachers while also participating in fitness and other activities. Transportation and meals are provided free of charge each day.
 
UpSpring found that more than 85 percent of kids increase or retain their skills through the program, and all of them show an increase in hope, stability, comfort and well-being.
 
“This is simultaneously one of the most heartwarming jobs and horrifically depressing at the same time,” UpSpring Executive Director Mike Moroski says. “When kids come to the program, you see them make friends and do well, and it’s beautiful. But it’s depressing when at the end of the day the kids are going back to the couch, shelter or wherever they are staying.”
 
The Opening Day Diamond seat tickets were donated by John Burns, CEO of Encore Technologies and friend of UpSpring. Burns donated tickets for UpSpring’s raffle last year as well.  
 
Funds from the raffle will continue to support children living in poverty and experiencing homeless by giving them access to education and enrichment-based programs like Summer 360°.
 
“Cincinnati has the second-highest child poverty rate in the country,” Moroski says. “We’re striving harder to reverse the nasty trend of poverty in our town.”
 
Do Good:

* Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win Opening Day Diamond seats. Raffle ends March 31. 

• Learn more about UpSpring’s Summer 360° program

• For more information on how you can help, contact UpSpring
 

Art Museum's Rosenthal Education Center celebrates successful first year


More than 26,000 people have walked through the doors of the Rosenthal Education Center (REC) at the Cincinnati Art Museum since it opened last March.
 
The 2,300-square-foot space is designed to give children and their parents a hands-on experience inside the museum with interactive exhibitions that rotate based on permanent and special collections. Interactive installations are usually hard to find in most art museums.
 
“When people come to an art museum, they’re are usually told not to touch anything,” says Jill Dunne, Cincinnati Art Museum Director of Marketing and Communications. “In REC, kids can come in and not only see art but create art of their own. It takes (museum visits) to a whole new level.”
 
Rosenthal Education Center is also home to family programs like Summer Camp, Wee Wednesday, Art in the Making, Connect, Creative Encounters and Evenings for Educators. When it comes to the future, the REC — and the Art Museum itself — has plans to become more accessible and more open to the community.
 
“We’ve always been a museum of the people for the people,” Dunne says. “We want to add more interactive and hands-on experiences within our galleries for an overall positive experience for adults and their children.”
 
Do Good:

• Stop by the Cincinnati Art Museum and visit the Rosenthal Education Center, 953 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mondays; admission is free.

Make a donation to help support the museum’s programs, including the REC.

• For more information, visit the Cincinnati Art Museum website.
 
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