Save Clifton Cultural Arts Center
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We are a group of artists, institutions, and friends of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) who believe the CCAC is a vital part of the Cincinnati arts community and is a valuable partner in offering community quality education to children and families across Cincinnati. As artists, we recognize the importance of the arts and arts education to the health of our city and communities and that of the city’s children and adults.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center is a partner in learning. They are a wonderfully unique partner in the arts education of Fairview School’s children and children across Cincinnati. Since the general operating budget of Fairview School provides only 35 cents per student per year for art supplies and activities, CCAC plays a vital role in supplementing the children’s arts experiences. Field trips to the CCAC have allowed for broadened opportunities for learning, putting students in direct contact with community oriented art pieces and projects. The current Young Artists exhibit at CCAC attended by 160 at the opening reception helps children become comfortable and confident in exhibiting their work and expressions of themselves to their peers and parents.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center has engaged the families of surrounding communities and has worked extensively with Rockdale School, Fairview School, and the Clifton and Madisonville communities, raising money specifically to provide art experiences and transportation free of charge when it was not available elsewhere. Their intersection of arts and learning at the CCAC, make fine art accessible to a broad group of people and fosters a community culture, which values art, expression, experimentation and critical thought.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center provides an invaluable service to the fine arts and performance arts of our community. CCAC is unique in offering opportunities to artists of all kinds. This institution gives a platform for both established artists and emerging talent. They provide a volume of spaces unlike many other institutions, allowing for the fostering of large scale, contemporary and experimental work. As a city benefitting from its growing contemporary arts culture, we will suffer greatly as a whole from the loss of this venue and meeting space.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center is built around the historical building it calls home. Programming, events, exhibitions and performances, which create the richness of this institution, are intrinsically linked with the structure and space provided by this building. The Clifton and local arts communities have poured their resources, both fiscally and emotionally, into making this building not only a usable space but accessible and a point of pride for the neighborhood and community at large.
We the artists, institutions, and friends of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center implore you to consider closely the detrimental consequences to the broader community of terminating the lease with CCAC. We ask you to consider the volume of programming this institution provides and how many different people it impacts. We ask you to work with us to find a solution, which allows CCAC to continue to utilize this building to its greatest extent and grow and thrive in the space it has been built around. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can together provide the best programming and education for our city’s communities. Please work with us to maintain this vital institution, which means so much to so many.
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