For the third consecutive year, the Art Academy of Cincinnati's Office of Community Education will offer its popular Camp Art Academy summer art program at the Clifton School on the grounds of CCAC. Camp Art Academy is a terrific experience for kids interested in making visual art and learning about art and artists. This year's Camp, for kids 5 through 12, will run June 9 through July 25.Information on Camp Art Academy fees, dates, discounts, and financial assistance are available at http://www.artacademy.edu/CE_CampAAC.html. Campers may attend morning-only, afternoon-only, or full-day classes and the Camp is segmented into six one-week themes, so children may...

CCAC is proud to announce the hiring of Ruth E. Dickey as its founding Executive Director to spearhead the development and implementation of programming in preparation for our initial program offerings in Fall 2008. Ms. Dickey, an award-winning poet, brings to CCAC 14 years of nonprofit leadership experience with emphasis on arts, education, and community enhancement, all major focus areas for CCAC. Ruth will provide overall leadership with an initial focus on programming development while working to build our relationships with existing program partners, smaller arts organizations, volunteers and community leaders. In addition, she will work in conjunction with the Board of...

We're excited to let you in on some very welcome news: CCAC continues to grab local and national awareness and essential economic support for our ambitious goal. The following grants - awarded in Fall/Winter 2007 - will help CCAC fund our first paid Executive Director as well as renovation, design and development of the Carriage House and Clifton School. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) GCF has funded the major portion of the first year's salary and benefits costs of hiring a full-time Executive Director to undertake the crucial task of preparing for programming, anticipated to begin in Fall, 2008. Fine Arts Fund For the third...

The Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC), a planned 57,000 sq. ft. multi-venue, regional arts center in Clifton, is the top recipient of the nine arts grants recently announced from the City of Cincinnati's Arts, Culture, Tourism and Marketing Committee. This year's grants will be awarded to deserving non-profit organizations working toward economic development and neighborhood revitalization in the city of Cincinnati. The $50,000 grant offered to the CCAC will benefit Phase One of the CCAC's planned renovation projects to renovate the historic 1880s McDonald Estate Carriage House. The CCAC has slated renovations to begin on the Carriage House by fall 2007...

An enthusiastic crowd of young families and music lovers of all ages — 400+ adults and over 200 kids — got a taste of things to come at CCAC's inaugural summer music festival Sunday, June 10 at the McDonald Carriage House. Patrons enjoyed a resplendent summer Sunday listening to the sounds of an extraordinary collection of regional musicians — along with refreshments from local businesses. CCAC's focus on community and improving Cincinnati's urban quality of life were evident in the substantial crowd and the extended length of the event. With many patrons mingling, talking, and enjoying the music, the final band played...

Group turning Clifton landmarks into legacies Cincinnati Business Courier - May 4, 2007 by Melissa Haller Courier Contributor Restoration projects that aim to be mindful of the past often require guesswork about history. But in the case of the planned Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC), there's no speculation: The original trust of the land where the 1906 Clifton School building and 1880s McDonald Estate Carriage House dwell says the site is to be used "to promote the education of youth of both sexes" and to cultivate "a taste for science, literature and the fine arts." That's precisely what the board of the CCAC has...

Clifton Cultural Arts Center is listed in CityBeat's 2007 'Best of Cincinnati' edition (3/28/2007) in the Urban Life section as a Staff Pick for "Best Re-Use of an Old School." The accolade refers to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center's plan to renovate the recently vacated Clifton School at Clifton and McAlpin Avenues. The feature reads:

Over 400 people of all ages converged on the magnificent gateway of the former McDonald Estate at the end of Wood Avenue on Sunday, October 29, 2006, to get a glimpse of what once was and what is yet to come at the McDonald Carriage House. The Open House was the formal introduction to the public for the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC), and the day proved to be one filled with the energy and enthusiasm that CCAC plans to weave into its future offerings of cultural and arts education and enrichment. Sculptors and visual artists plied their trade in the...

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