Getting ready for Yellowstone – Cincinnati Zoo visit

The Yellowstone-bound students were zoo-bound, one of six “pre-trips” designed to prepare them for the challenges and adventures of their upcoming learning expedition to one of the most beautiful places in the world. Their visit began with a greeting by Cincinnati Zoo Director Thayne Maynard, who led them to his conference room where he, zoo […]

Opportunity Summer keeps CATS students on track for success

While other students are on summer break, CATS students and recent graduates can take advantage of adventures and career opportunities designed to keep the young adults on track toward successful, self-sufficient lives. Yellowstone-bound! In July, twelve CATS students will wing their way to Yellowstone National Park to hike, study geology and wildlife management, team-building and […]

CATS kids are going to Yellowstone again!

Ten CATS students, five boys and five girls, will take a week- long journey across the country to Yellowstone National Park this July. The expedition will provide lessons in personal growth, resiliency and collaboration, all through outdoor excursions in this majestic national treasure. Students apply for the trip in a rigorous process that includes a […]

New Semester Begins: Picture Freedom

Freedom can be the addition or subtraction of power.  Teenagers like our CATS students can understand that concept in a very practical way. Earning a driver’s license is a form of freedom that comes from newly gained power called, independence. (Remember those days?)   But this theme of freedom in a season of #metoo, #blacklivesmatter […]

College and Career Week–planning their futures

Build your own brand. Start saving as soon as you can. Show up, show up, show up! College and Career Week, which happens early every semester, is a dynamic event where CATS students move from room to room, hearing from area employers and college representatives about opportunities that could await them after graduation. Advice flows […]

“Fab 15” launches 15 years helping young people succeed

A crowd of supporters gathered for Fab15, a silent auction and fundraiser at CATS studios. The event launched the beginning of 15 years in which CATS has served the community by helping young people succeed. Guests bid on art by local and national artists as well as generous gifts from board members, and purchased student […]

Our 10th annual Deck the Hall student show

They came, they saw, they talked with the students about their art and their study of “Aesthetics,” this year’s Deck the Hall theme. They participated in studio demos, including trying their hand at the wheel in our ceramics studio. They shopped for holiday gifts, munched on cookies, and all in all made our 10th annual […]

Works in progress, Deck the Hall is Saturday, 3-6 p.m.

Our 10th annual Deck the Hall student art show and sale is Saturday, December 9, 3-6 p.m. at our studios in Longworth Hall. Join our students and staff for this always-festive event, see the show and shop for unique holiday gifts. The show’s theme is “Aesthetics,” reflecting the students’ semester-long studies. Their introduction to Aesthetics […]

CATS honors founders, celebrates successes

CATS friends, supporters, students and staff honored CATS founders and celebrated CATS successes at a Founders Event that packed the light-filled lobby at our Longworth Hall studios. Successes celebrated included nearly 15 years serving Cincinnati with a sustained graduation rate exceeding 90% and 50% college enrollment rate. There were student-led tours and presentations by CATS […]

Study “Aesthetics,” then make good art

“Make good art,” as a source of joy and as antidote to the difficulties of life. That message was part of the presentation that introduced the students to their semester study theme, “Aesthetics.” They were introduced to the concept of beauty, its many forms in art, science and nature, objective and subjective analyses, and the […]