Woodford Family Night Showcases Young Artists at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center

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Students at Woodford Paideia Academy showed off their original artwork at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center on Thursday, April 12, during Woodford Family Night. The family night comes at the tail end of “Woodford Week” at the arts center, where the students’ artwork has been on display for the community to see.

Woodford Family Night at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, 2018.

Woodford students have benefited from the local partnership with the Kennedy Heights Arts Center for the past two years. This year, students took field trips to the arts center to meet artists and curators of different exhibits. After learning about the artwork, they gained hands-on experience with the professionals as they created their own artwork inspired by the exhibits. In total, about 265 student masterpieces were created.

“Partnerships like the one we have with Kennedy Heights Arts Center are vital to support our students in a tangible

Students create their own original artwork inspired by the exhibits.

way,” shared Felicia Anderson, corporate and non-profit partnership coordinator at CPS. “The best part is the students are able to walk from the school to the arts center to gain exposure to many artists and experience the arts culture.”

As part of the partnership, resident artists from the Kennedy Heights Arts Center are at the school and engaging with students every Friday during art class.

The family night also featured performances by students in the 4 Way Strings Project, an after-school program with the 4-Way Cincinnati String Quartet that began in 2017. In this program, students get one-on-one lessons and learn how to perform in a group. Events like family night are perfect for them to perform in front of a live audience.

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Keep up with Woodford Paideia Academy at woodford.cps-k12.org.

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