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

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. Download the guidelines here.

WRITING OUR ROOTS

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.

CLOVERNOOK CENTER FOR THE BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED

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.

DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION

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..

ACADEMY OF WORLD LANGUAGES

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.

CINCINNATI OPERA & MUSIC RESOURCE CENTER

The T.H.R.I.V.E. Poetry Workshop is a 90-minute therapeutic experience for survivors and those at risk of
the trauma to prison pipeline. Currently offered at 3 of WordPlay's partner organizations, T.H.R.I.V.E. uses writing activities to help participants break the cycle through emotional management, introspection, literacy comprehension and positive decision making.

T.H.R.I.V.E. POETRY WORKSHOP

Special thanks to the following partner organizations:

The Aronoff Center Cincinnati Arts Association Weston Art Gallery

The Cincinnati Museum Center

Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Community Matters

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati

FotoFocus

Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME)

The Mercantile Library

The MLK Coalition of Cincinnati

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Northside Farmer's Market

Pones, Inc.

Price Hill Creative Community Festival & MyCincinnati

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Refugee Connect

Santa Maria Community Services

Starfire Council

Urban Appalachian Community Coalition

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

WordPlay's mission is to create spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring and sharing their voices

Main Office:

2110 Saint Michael Street, Suite 201

Cincinnati, OH 45204

p: 513-541-0930

Northside Writing Center:

4234 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223

p: 513-996-0010

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

Funding for WordPlay provided in part by:

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