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PARTNER PROGRAMS

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.

PARTNER PROGRAMS

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

Camp Cartwheel

Chase Elementary School

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Arts Association

Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Opera

Cincinnati Public Schools

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Community Matters

Cradle Cincinnati

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

Mayerson Academy

Mayerson Foundation

Mindful Music Moments

Music Resource Center

National Youth Poet Laureate Program

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Parker Woods Montessori

Project Connect

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

The Well

University of Cincinnati

Urban Appalachian Community Coalition

Urban Word NYC

Villedge

Wyoming Fine Arts Center

(Please note that WordPlay's planning process for new partnerships and related programs takes an average of 4-6 months.)

Location:

4234 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223

p: 513-996-0010

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WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.