We’re building our permanent home right in the heart of Clifton – where we’ll host performances, classes, exhibitions, and gatherings for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. We are asking our neighbors in Clifton—and beyond—to contribute to this new community space through the Clifton Community Challenge.

Help us raise $1.5 million in matching funds!


Matching Gift Goal: Raise $1.5 Million

Our Vision for a New Community Arts Center

CCAC’s welcoming, three-story, 18,000 sq. ft. building is estimated to cost $8.5 million and will be located near the intersection of Ludlow and Clifton avenues, drawing people into our vibrant community to enjoy all it has to offer. It will feature a high-caliber, modern design that prioritizes sustainability, social interaction, and seamless integration with the existing historic features of the Clifton Business District.

Once inside, you will experience galleries, gathering and performance spaces, and classrooms that can all be flexibly reconfigured to accommodate the diverse array of artists, audiences, cultures, and disciplines CCAC has always welcomed. The new community arts center will be capped by a green rooftop offering ecological benefits and outdoor space for folks to gather, celebrate, and learn.

As a leading contributor in the Uptown community and Greater Cincinnati’s art scene, our new home will be a space for children, families, adults, and seniors; a place to learn painting, guitar, tap dancing, or yoga; a venue for emerging performers and artists where people can engage with the arts, with other cultures, and with each other.

Now more than ever, we need your support. CCAC has assembled $1.5 million in challenge funds toward the construction of the community arts center – and we’re asking the entire community to help us match that by raising an additional $1.5 million. While gifts of any size will help, please consider giving all you can to make this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity a reality for the neighborhood we love and call home. Your support is essential to bring this vision to life.
Donate today to the Clifton Community Challenge, for the arts and the community.


Art Galleries – Hosting 10-12 local exhibitions annually in multi-level glass enclosed galleries

Classrooms – Creative spaces to learn dance, music, musical theatre, writing, and visual arts

Community Room – Free space for neighbors to gather and exchange ideas

Green Rooftop – Outdoor space with ecological benefits and collaborative educational opportunities

Makeshop – Family-friendly space to explore and connect through building, crafting, and art-making

Open Office Space – Efficient and welcoming environment for visitors and employees

Performance Space – Multi-disciplinary venue for creative expression and dialogue

Shared Parking – Connects community while reducing carbon footprint

A very special thank you to our campaign donors for their generous support:

Peter Alpaugh

Bob Bergstein*

Peter Block*

Otto Budig, Jr.

Shannon & Lee Carter

City of Cincinnati

Clifton Community Fund*

Patty Cottingham*

Rebecca & Brendon Cull*

Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts / Fifth Third*

Nora & Steve Fink*

Bob & Stephanie Gilbreath*

Emma Hartkemeier*

Cindy & Phillip Herrick*


Joe Huber*

Craig & Valerie Johnson*

Dave Lockard & Janet Keller*

Dottie & Gene Lewis*

Louise Taft Semple Foundation

Mark McKillip & Amira Beer*

Millstone Fund / Fifth Third

Mike & Abby Moran*

Amy & Betsy Neyer*

Pat & Sally O’Callaghan*

P&G Fund

John & Francie Pepper

PNC Bank Foundation*

Jeff & Joyce Rich*

Herbert C. Robinson & Barbara Sferra*

Jen Rosenkrantz*

Rosemary & Mark Schlachter

Mu Sinclaire

John M. & Jennifer Stein

Roy & Jackie Sweeney Family Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Thomas J. Emery Memorial

Katie Timmins & Pat Woodside*

George & Rose Vredeveld *

John Whedon*

*Contributor to the Clifton Community Challenge
Updated as of May 31, 2021

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