Not all young people have the ability to travel to learning and enrichment opportunities in their out-of-school time. By collaborating with communities, schools and other neighborhood-based organizations, WordPlay provides children, teens and families with invaluable experiences they would not be able to access otherwise.
The impact of these programs is profound. Read on for some examples of exciting recent partnerships between WordPlay and other local organizations and nonprofits.
DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION
In a 6-week personal storytelling workshop, clients at the Down Syndrome Association wrote and shared autobiographical pieces about themselves, their histories and their aspirations. The workshop culminated with an opportunity for participants to perform their pieces at a community open mic night, as featured artists alongside writers from other WordPlay programs.
ACADEMY OF WORLD LANGUAGES
Since 2016, WordPlay has provided workshops at the Academy of World Languages each summer. These workshops blend creative writing and activities with important literacy and English language skill-building, offering instrumental opportunities for students to overcome the very real threat of summer learning loss..
CINCINNATI OPERA & MUSIC RESOURCE CENTER
As a part of their CO Next: Diverse Voices project, the Cincinnati Opera is collaborating with WordPlay and Music Resource Center to develop an original performance piece based on the life experiences of young women in our programs. The goal of the Girls project, as it is tentatively titled, is to develop a Cincinnati Opera piece for release in the year 2020.
WRITING OUR ROOTS
WordPlay is proud to partner with the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition, the University of Cincinnati, Thomas More University and the African American Cultural & Resource Center for this writing competition Local writers ages 13-23 have until October 4th to submit pieces on their "roots," however they define them.
CLOVERNOOK CENTER FOR THE BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED
WordPlay workshops at Clovernook explore how storytelling extends beyond words on a page. From poetry to personal narrative, participants create their pieces using a variety of materials, including Braille typing machines and tactile art projects.
Special thanks to our 2019-2020 partner organizations:
Academy of World Languages
Aiken High School
Chase Elementary School
Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati Arts Association
Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Public Schools
Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
Ethel Taylor Elementary School
Imago Earth Center
International Alliance of Youth Writing Centers
Law & Leadership Institute of University of Cincinnati
Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition
Mindful Music Moments
Music Resource Center
National Youth Poet Laureate Program
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Parker Woods Montessori
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Roll Hill Elementary School
Roberts Paidea Academy
Sayler Park Elementary School
School for Creative and Performing Arts
South Avondale Elementary School
University of Cincinnati
Urban Appalachian Community Coalition
Urban Word NYC
Wyoming Fine Arts Center
(Please note that WordPlay's planning process for new partnerships and related programs takes an average of 4-6 months.)