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The American Printing House For the Blind, headquartered in Louisville, will soon house the world’s largest collection of Helen Keller artifacts.

Officials announced the acquisition Thursday. More than 80,000 individual pieces from the life of Keller, an iconic advocate for the deaf and blind, will now be housed at the printing house. Eventually many will be on exhibit; some of Keller’s artifacts, including an Oscar, a letter she wrote to Nazi students and a Zulu shield are already on display. APH CEO Craig Meador said the exhibit will underscore Louisville’s mission to highlight advocacy.

Kentucky arts teachers are asking lawmakers to require that all public schools provide visual and performing arts classes.

State law currently only requires high schools to provide art classes — one credit — though many local school districts have arts requirements for elementary and middle schools.

A group of arts educators called the Kentucky Coalition for Arts Education is pushing for the bill, called the Arts Education Equity Act, ahead of next year’s legislative session. A similar version of the bill was proposed but never received a hearing this year.

 


defense of cincinnati
Courtesy of Cam Miller

Fort Wright and Fort Mitchell are now commonly known Northern Kentucky cities, but back when they were actual forts, their purpose could not have been of more importance for Cincinnati.

come from away
Courtesy of Broadway In Cincinnati

On September 11, 2001, as terrorist attacks besieged New York City and Washington, D.C., airlines saw their flights diverted. One such flight was Delta Flight 37 from London Gatwick to CVG Airport. Glenn Prasser was one of the passengers aboard that flight as it was diverted to Newfoundland and where they would spend the next four days, slowly learning about what was happening in the U.S.

Renée Elise Goldsberry
Courtesy of the Cincinnati Pops

In 2016, Renée Elise Goldsberry found herself lauded with accolades, including the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, for her originating role as Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway hit Hamilton. But her journey neither starts, nor ends there.

cincinnati indian film festival
Courtesy of the Indian Film Festival

Twenty films will make up this year’s Indian Film Festival, running Sept. 5-14 at various locations around Cincinnati. The only Indian film festival in Ohio, it is organized and hosted by the India Sister Cities in collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum.

tabari mccoy
Courtesy of Tabari McCoy

In his early 40s, Tabari McCoy is getting over his fears, among them his fear of flying and water. But one thing he's not afraid of is comedy. As McCoy says, it's hard to cry when you're laughing. When McCoy is not touring as a stand-up comic, he's also writing movie reviews on his blog, McCoy on Movies.

men of change freedom center
Courtesy of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

A new exhibit, Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth., opens at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this Saturday, Aug. 17.

cso lookaround
Courtesy of Cinc / Courtesy of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is launching its 125th anniversary season with a flash mob of performances. CSO Look Around is an immersive experience of music with more than 600 artists from 20 local ensembles performing in Cincinnati's Washington Park and Ziegler Park.

blind injustice opera
Courtesy Cincinnati Opera

The opera Blind Injustice premieres at Cincinnati Music Hall this month. The opera tells the true stories of six individuals who were tried, convicted, imprisoned and freed through the work of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

cincinnati men's chours
Bryan Patrick Studio / Cincinnati Men's Chorus

June is Pride Month, and during this first weekend the Cincinnati Men's Chorus is kicking things off with two free concerts at Walnut Hills High School.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Some Cincinnati non-profit agencies are not happy with a city proposal to eliminate the admissions tax exemption on their organizations to help fund streetcar operations.

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of Cincinnati's Appalachian Festival, happening this year May 10-12 (Mother's Day weekend) at Coney Island

ed stern
Courtesy Playhouse In the Park

Former Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park artistic director Ed Stern has died.  

rockwell reimagined
Courtesy of Piqua Arts Council

Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings depict daily life in America in the early to mid 20th century. His work was hugely popular, traveled the country, raised funds during wartime and is still easily recognizable today.

hamilton cast
Courtesy of Jacob Stone

The city of Hamilton knew it didn't want to throw away its shot when Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton came to Cincinnati. Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller on Wednesday presented two actors from the touring production, now at the Aronoff, with a proclamation honoring the hit show.

pharaoh
Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

The sound of drills punctuates an otherwise silent corridor of the Cincinnati Museum Center, where museum curators, photographers and reporters have gathered to see the Pharaoh Hatshepsut, Egypt's longest-ruling woman, revealed for the first time ever in America. The large bust is part of the museum's upcoming exhibit, "Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs."

Provided by Donna Hoffman

Later this month, a dozen or so amateur artists will gather to learn something new and technical, trade tips and generally support each other in their love of colored pencils. It's an art form that's still relatively new.

ballet
Sam English / Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet studios are bustling this week as the company prepares for their 2018 production of The Nutcracker, which premieres next Saturday.

What's FotoFocus All About, Anyway?

Oct 15, 2018
fotofocus
Courtesy of Tony Walsh

FotoFocus Biennial 2018 kicked-off its series of events, discussions and exhibits at the beginning of this month. This year's FotoFocus features more than 250 artists, curators and educators with installations in more than 80 museums, galleries and universities in Greater Cincinnati, as well as Dayton and Columbus, Ohio.

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