CPS District Arts Festival, “Community Collage,” Draws Rave Reviews


IMG_8583On Friday May 20th, Cincinnati Public Schools produced a day-long arts festival at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP). The event, titled “Community Collage,” was generously sponsored by DAAP and was attended by over 800 CPS students in grades K-12.

Community Collage was organized and coordinated by CPS Fine Arts Curriculum Manager Dr. Isidore Rudnick in cooperation with CPS art teachers and the dean of DAAP, Robert Probst.

CPS students displayed their artwork in a large exhibition that was shown throughout the college. Students also gave musical performances in concert bands, choirs, orchestras and Orff ensembles in four different venues at DAAP. Dance performances and drama performances also were presented by students in grades 3-12.

080The event featured the unveiling of a 20ft x 8ft art collage on foam panels created by students at 46 schools from around the district. The Collage concept was designed and coordinated by Suzanne Nall, art instructor at Parker Woods Montessori.  The Collage will be on public display at DAAP until June 10th.

In celebration of this unique event, the Mayor of Cincinnati, John Cranley, proclaimed May 20th as Children’s Day – El Día De Los Niños in Cincinnati. Assistant CPS Superintendent Bill Myles read the proclamation during the closing ceremony. Dean Robert Probst also spoke of the historic partnership between DAAP and CPS that has begun as a result of this successful event.

Here’s what some of the attendees had to say about the event: IMG_8582

“It was an honor to experience this amazing, creative energy here today. It demonstrated that there is an abundance of creative talent in Cincinnati Public Schools and I look forward to welcoming many of the students to DAAP in the future. This collaboration represents the beginning of a historic partnership between DAAP and Cincinnati Public Schools.” – Robert Probst, dean of DAAP

“The event was a testament to the opportunity we have as educators to support the artistic talent of Cincinnati’s students and to establish a dynamic partnership with the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, which will have a positive influence on the future of many of our CPS students.” – Dr. Isidore Rudnick, CPS Fine Arts Curriculum Manager 184

“The College Hill Fundamental Academy students had a musical, meaningful, and memorable day. What a huge success!” – Timothy Fuchtman, CPS Music Instructor at College Hill Fundamental Academy

“Community Collage was an amazing event. Thank you to all the individuals who worked so hard to make it happen. What a great experience for the students!” – Teri Hiudt, CPS Art Instructor Dater Montessori

“Fantastic job by all involved. The Community Collage Event was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all my students. Looking forward to all future Fine Arts Events!” – John Castetter, CPS Music Instructor at Hartwell School and Bond Hill Academy


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