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CCM AfterSchool Accepting Applications for Student Leaders

CCM students can now apply to participate in the CCM AfterSchool arts education program for the 2016-17 academic year.

The program partners with City Gospel Mission’s Whiz Kids initiative to unite college students with elementary students in furthering an appreciation and understanding of the arts. For six months during the school year, children are guided through a variety of creative lessons and activities by trained CCM student leaders after school each week.

“This program allows our college student to make a direct impact on the community by connecting them with children in local schools,” said CCM Director of Community Engagement Anne Cushing-Reid. “CCM AfterSchool fosters an appreciation for music, acting, and dance at a young age while also strengthening the professional development and leadership skills of the CCM students.”

The program focuses on providing access to the arts in hands-on lessons that support 21st century learning skills including creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Professional development sessions are provided each semester to familiarize CCM students with curriculum materials and activities as well as techniques for working successfully with elementary school aged children.

Interested CCM students must be at least a second year undergraduate or graduate student in any discipline. Email Anne Cushing-Reid at anne.cushing-reid@uc.edu for more information on the application process.

CCM student leaders are placed into teams and matched with a participating Cincinnati Public School where they lead weekly after-school sessions on topics including: the basics of rythm and beat, singing, instrument making and creative movement.

Potential student leaders will complete a survey that matches their availability to school needs and will also undergo an interview with program coordinators before they are officially hired. Once selected, student leaders receive a small payment for their time. Cincinnatus Scholars may use the program to fulfill service hour requirements in lieu of payment.

The Second Annual Back to School Charity Concert, a student-led fundraiser to support CCM AfterSchool, will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Urban Artifact craft brewery. Organized by CCM jazz student James Tillman, the fundraising concert features performances from four bands made up of current CCM students and alumni.

The concert is open to the general public and admission is free but organizers will accept donations to the CCM AfterSchool program in cash or checks, made to the University of Cincinnati Foundation/CCM Whiz Kids. Proceeds go toward curriculum and professional development, materials, on-going assessment and coaching.

For more information visit the concert’s event page.

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Old Instruments Help Young Talents

LINKSMany young students in our area have the talent and desire to participate in music. But something is missing – an instrument! Your donation could be the missing link for a needy young student.

Through CCM’s Lonely Instruments for Needy KidS (LINKS) program, you can donate your used instruments to promising young musicians who cannot afford to rent or purchase their own. You can also support the overall program with a gift.

LINKS gathers instruments from the community and places them with needy children in local elementary, middle and high school bands and orchestras, as well as with students in CCM’s Preparatory Department. LINKS also equipped the Cincinnati Public School students who were matched with CCM students in the MelodyMates music mentoring program.

2013 LINKS Collection Days: 

  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10

Drop off location is Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion.

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CCM Announces New Community Engagement Initiatives Fueled by 2012-13 ArtsWave Grant

Participants from the Music for Youth in Cincinnati's (MYCincinnati's) free youth orchestra program in Price Hill.

Participants from the Music for Youth in Cincinnati’s (MYCincinnati’s) free youth orchestra program with John Morris Russell (center) in Price Hill.

CCM is proud to announce several new collaborations supported by a grant from ArtsWave. Awarded in June 2012, CCM’s $50,000 ArtsWave Community Partnership grant was designed to develop mutually beneficial projects that will advance both organizations’ goals for the community and the arts sector.

ArtsWave’s generous support will help CCM enhance its current collaborative relationship with the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) and will also allow CCM to formalize new partnerships with several community outreach programs, almost all of which were initiated by CCM faculty, students or alumni.

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CCM Preparatory Department Pilots New String Program

The CCM Preparatory Department is teaching families at Mt. Washington Elementary School how to play the violin. This initiative is a partnership between CCM Prep, Mt. Washington Elementary School and CECH PASS (University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services/Partner for Achieving School Success).

The Mt. Washington/University of Cincinnati 21st Century Community Learning Center after school program called “Castle Connections” provides opportunities for Cincinnati Public School students to experience a wealth of enrichment activities as well as academic extensions in an after school setting. UC PASS was selected to be the lead agency for Mt. Washington because of the varied resources within the university. Rayma Waters, UC PASS Co-Director states, “We are very fortunate to have CCM Prep partner with Castle Connections, the quality of instruction is unsurpassed and providing the instruments enables family participation. With less and less art and music being offered through the schools, this program is providing a valuable resource!”

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