The Vision

A Rare and Remarkable Opportunity

streetscapes-01 The guiding vision of CCAC is one of a dynamic and collaborative civic hub – a bustling hive of artistic activity and personal expression where people of all ages and backgrounds, from all over Greater Cincinnati, will come and go from morning until evening.

But unlike any typical community arts center, CCAC is uniquely inspired and endowed by the opportunity to create an unparalleled, multi-venue campus while preserving two significant historic buildings adjacent to the established Clifton Recreation Center.

With programs designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of ages, backgrounds and ability levels, CCAC and our partners will attract a diverse array of accomplished and aspiring artists, hobbyists, aficionados, dabblers, and those who just come to observe, enjoy the unique environment and enrich their daily lives.


About Community Learning Centers

wotg-02 Schools that serve as centers of community greatly expand the benefits of their existence by moving beyond the typical daytime-only environment in which community members without school-age children rarely, if ever, enter the school site. The Communities & Schools web page of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, a Cincinnati-based educational philanthropy organization, states:

“Schools that are open only from 7 A.M. to 3 P.M., and are not open for community use after hours, lose an opportunity to secure community loyalty by responding to community interests and needs. Schools as centers of community that offer on-site continuing education courses, or entertainment facilities in the evenings, may be seen as invaluable even to community members who do not have school-age children.”

An April 2006 report by the Coalition for Community Schools cites Cincinnati Public Schools’ Community Learning Center model and the community engagement process that resulted in the Clifton Cultural Arts Center concept as an example of leadership in building ‘community schools.’ The Coalition defines a ‘community school’ as ‘both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources – open to everyone – all day, including evenings and weekends.’ In addition, The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities considers the community learning center a best practice in contemporary education.

CCAC’s partnership with the new Fairview-Clifton German Language School and the existing Clifton Recreation Center will complete the evolution of this central site into a hub of community education that reaches far beyond the walls of the new school and the population of the school’s students. This campus containing a public school, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, and a public recreation center is a groundbreaking initiative with the potential to serve as a regional and national model.

CCAC is proud to be part of a robust network of community arts centers all around our region. Learn more about exciting art opportunities near and far at