"Ever since my first day at WordPlay I haven’t missed a day that I could go. What keeps bringing me back are the opportunities that it can unlock for me. Each day there is something new offered."


—  Keshawn, age 17

Since 2012, WordPlay has been a place where youth can grow, learn and develop as people.  Our mission is to create spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring and sharing their voices. Over the years, we have been consistently amazed by the potential of our youth and the depth of their talent and determination that spring forth when given a platform to be heard and celebrated.


Today, we are launching our 2019 "I AM LEGENDARY" year-end campaign. Our goal is to raise $50,000 by December 31, 2019 so that we can introduce young readers and writers into a world of self-expression, imagination and storytelling through our inspiring creative literacy programs.


Join us in making a gift of $25, $50 or more, creating the space for every young person who comes through our doors to fulfill their potential.


WordPlay envisions a world where every child grows up knowing the value of his or her voice.

You can help make that vision a reality.

Here's a quick look at WordPlay's impact during the 2018-2019 program year:

1,200 young people (ages 5-18) reached per month across all programs

12 teaching artists leading integrated arts programs

23 creative learning programs offered in schools, neighborhoods & partner organizations

40 dedicated volunteers logging 260 hours

6 partners through Cincinnati Public Schools

Over 5,000 books donated to build kids' home libraries

YOU can make a difference.


can provide composition notebooks for kids to write their stories.


can provide 10 new books to keep kids excited about reading.


can provide after-school snacks for one month of programming.


can provide experiential learning opportunities for kids.


can provide a skilled teaching artist to lead a WordPlay's program for young people.

Donations can also be made via check, payable to WordPlay Cincy and mailed to:

WordPlay Cincy

Attn: Karen Harshaw

4234 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223

Thank you for your investment in Cincinnati's young people.