Center for Great Neighborhoods award 7 artists

The winners of Creative Community Grants.

The winners of Creative Community Grants.

The Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington recently awarded a fourth round of Creative Community Grants. The grants, totaling $30,000, went to seven projects designed to engage the community through art, with a focus on health.

“We’re excited to see residents engaging in their community in a new way and encouraging the health of Covington’s residents through projects that look at physical health, nutrition, and mental well-being in nontraditional ways,” said Shannon Ratterman, program manager for  community development at The Center.

Grant recipients are:

Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre for B-FIT with Bi-Okoto: B-FIT with Bi-Okoto classes introduce youth and teens to culturally inspired dance fitness.

David Rice for Colliding Light: Rice, an artist, sculptor and metalworker, will build a bicycle-powered stereoscopic kaleidoscope. It will encourage physical activity as participants actualize the synergy of light, color, shape and motion as they exercise.

Laura Murphy for Kids Cook Too!: This after-school cooking class makes eating healthy creative and fun.

Emily Wolff with Make Goebel Great for Pool Party: This project aims to make creative and healthy amenity improvements at Goebel Pool in Mainstrasse Village.

Caroline Creaghead for None of Your Business: This podcast will address the frustrating and funny parts of living as a working artist. This grant will fund six episodes.

James Payne and Luis Laya for Cultural Culinary Experience: These artists will create an event centered around building community through entertainment and educational cooking techniques.

Annie Brown and The Center for Healthy Mind & Body Day Camp: The center partnered with the Kenton County Extension Office, local artists and Annie Brown to run a free day camp for elementary-aged kids. The kids learned about nutrition, exercise, gardening, composting and other creative projects.

The funds are part of a multi-year grant from The Kresge Foundation

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