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Joined in May 2021

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Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC) was founded in 2004 by local residents in a racially and economically diverse neighborhood of Cincinnati who organized to save an historic mansion from demolition to create a community arts center. 10 years later, we partnered with two other nonprofits to transform an adjacent, long-vacant grocery store into a $2.4M cultural campus. 

Our mission is to enhance the life of our surrounding area through arts and cultural experiences that embrace diversity, foster creativity and build community. We strengthen communities through collaborative, socially-engaged art, employing visual and performing arts as a vehicle for human interaction and social change. Focus areas include: art exhibitions, arts education programs, artist residencies, school partnerships, cultural events, and public art projects. 100% of our programs are accessible to everyone regardless of income.

Kennedy Heights Arts Center is a member of the OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network, a cohort of arts, cultural and civic organizations across the globe working to become more inclusive, equitable, and relevant to their communities. 

Originally volunteer run, KHAC hired its first executive director in 2008. The center now has a professional staff of 4.5 FTE, 18 contractors, 150+ volunteers, and engages 6,000+ people annually.


Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC) was founded in 2004 by local residents in a racially and economically diverse neighborhood of Cincinnati who organized to save an historic mansion from demolition to create a community arts center. 10…

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  • Arts & Music
  • Children & Youth
  • Civic Engagement

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