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Community engagement

Community involvement enhances CATC students’ resumes and college applications, builds self esteem, and helps prepare them to be productive citizens. They learn to interact with confidence with community influencers, educators, politicians, business leaders. Sometimes they give back, donating their art for fundraisers, or proudly display and sell their art around town including at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Awakenings in Hyde Park, the Duke Energy Center, and Mayerson Academy.

In 2016, for example, CATC students and staff networked with area businesses at CPS’ Career Expo, discovered the Main Library’s free Makerspace Center  for inventing and learning, showed their work at Mayerson Academy, met with educational leaders at various colleges and was once again selected to participate in DAAP Alliance, a program that attracts worldwide participation  and is designed to increase diversity in design careers.  It is sponsored by the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and  Procter & Gamble.

In other years CATC students created and hosted a multi-media exhibit for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s celebration of U.N. International Day of the Girl Child, sponsored by Dining for Women;  created a display for the Art Academy of Cincinnati that reflected the students’ personal experiences with injustice and hopes for community unity; attended the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s popular concert series “Classical Roots,”  and have served as interns with the Cincinnati Reds. There’s no official Reds internship program, and these are coveted slots awarded to CATC graduating students who are college-bound and show leadership potential.  Read about Raina and Logan.  Read about Souadou and Sonna.