See what we've been up to lately!
See what we've been up to lately!
June 2021


Eco-conscious Art Inspires Local Artists

The Eco-Conscious Art Making Workshop is in full swing! Last week, the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and KCB teamed up to give 9 local artists the chance to get their hands dirty, learn about the local environment, and make eco-conscious art. Artists began working last Saturday by partcipating in a dumpsite cleanup with Environmental Services where they collected interesting objects in the hopes of giving them new life. Afterwards, artists had workshop time with one of KCB's own artists at our art studio, turning those found objects into art. Meanwhile KCB's environmental educator discussed local environmental issues and successes that the artists could choose to highlight in their pieces. The day was concluded with a visit to the Swing House by artist Mark de Jong, followed by a private tour of the CAC and its exhibitions, many of which incorporated found objects. It was a day full of hard work, fun, and inspiration.
The workshop will conclude next month in an exhibition of the artists' work hosted at MadTree Brewing. Stay tuned for details!
We've Been Busy!
Our Arts team has been hard at work brightening up Cincinnati’s boarded buildings, and they are projecting to have 90 sites painted by the end of June! A group of sites the team focused on this year was the Mohawk Business District. This pocket of buildings, including the historic Imperial Theater, now have some vibrant new storefronts for residents and passersby to enjoy. Special thanks to Julie Fay and many other business owners for making this community spotlight project possible!
Is there a vacant lot in your neighborhood that needs a lot of help?

Help-A-Lot gives local organizations the opportunity to raise funds for their organization by recruiting volunteers to abate properties designated by the city.  Keep Cincinnati Beautiful provides the tools and equipment to clean and mow the properties, while the Department of Public Services provides garbage and yard waste collection.
Calling all Cincinnati Neighborhoods Community Leaders!

Looking for extra help in implementing beautification projects in your neighborhood? Please let us know what you’re up to and how we can help! We're receiving an increase in interest from volunteer groups looking to get involved, and we'd love to bring them to your neighborhood!

Don Driehaus
Don has been a member of the Price Hill Safety Community Action Team (CAT) for 5 years and a resident of Price Hill for at least 40!  He has taken on a community outreach role in the group and focuses on engaging neighbors to join their volunteer days. Along with volunteering for the Safety CAT, he lends his time to the Freestore Foodbank weekly and recently became a board member of the West Price Hill Community Council. Don keeps a busy schedule full of volunteer work, and we thank him for being a great neighbor!

Don would like to shout out the rest of the Price Hill Safety CAT team: Linda Ackerman, Patti Hogan, Bob Greenlee, and Sue Bilz. Thank you all for your dedication to Price Hill and Cincinnati!

Apply for a Safe & Clean Grant!

The City of Cincinnati Safe and Clean Neighborhood Fund is designed to support and encourage community-based efforts to improve safety, eliminate blight, and increase livability through neighborhood-level problem-solving approaches and projects.
Twice a year, we award neighborhood groups and communities in Cincinnati with a maximum grant amount of $10,000 per neighborhood project. Have the perfect project in mind? Our next application deadline is Friday, August 6.
Looking for a short commitment?
We’re looking to fill volunteer shifts July 28th through August 8th to assist with a waste diversion event for UC moveout.

We are thrilled to be the recipient of an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Recycling and Litter Prevention, Recycling Ohio Grant for 2021! The Recycling and Litter Prevention, Recycle Ohio Grant Award will help us purchase equipment to help support the Environmental Services Program and its ongoing efforts to reduce illegal dumping in our beautiful City. Thank you for your ongoing support of our organization

PNC Charitable Trust generously awarded the Arts Program funding to expand our Spaces to Places project in Camp Washington! The goal is to create and install artwork made from discarded materials in Spaces to Places lots. We are hoping to enrich the already fruitful work done in the neighborhood and provide more ways for community members to gather, play, and enjoy the outdoors. Thank you PNC for helping us make this programming come to life!
Cincinnati is beautiful. We’re committed to keeping it that way. Our education, revitalization, and environmental initiatives build community and foster pride in the places where we live, work and play. Our grassroots network of neighbors, sponsors, and volunteers put passion to work across all 52 neighborhoods, creating safer, cleaner spaces and a higher quality of life for everyone.
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