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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.

So far in 2017, for example, CATC students participated in DAAP Alliance, a program designed to increase diversity in design careers and sponsored by the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and  Procter & Gamble. Three students won scholarships to DAAPcamps, an on-campus opportunity to network with design leaders and students from all over the world. They contributed a collaborative piece to the acclaimed SOS Art Cincinnati show, learned to code at the Apple Store, and worked with a local artist at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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.