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                           Cincy Reads! ™

September 22-24, 2017

Online Media Kit


August 2017
Contact: Carla Walker
617.388/4509 (mobile)





It’s the ice bucket challenge but with books and three days of family focused interactive events that wrap the region in reading. Learning Through Art, Inc. (LTA) announces Cincy Reads!™ and in partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools, kick off the Cincy Reads!™ Challenge.


Cincy Reads!™  takes place September 22nd through 24th. LTA created the signature fundraising event and community wide, interactive series of literacy activities to celebrate their 25th anniversary of building community through art. The organization wants to make Cincinnati the city that reads by engaging the community in a collective action that focuses on families while raising money to provide literacy programming throughout the year in the Cincinnati Metropolitan region.


“Learning Through Art has a history of creating literacy and learning initiatives that build community through art,” said Kathryne Gardette, Board Chair, Learning Through Art, Inc.


On Friday, September 22, LTA will lead a public Read-A-Loud of the children’s book Giraffes Can’t Dance on Fountain Square during lunch from noon-1pm.  Local school students, media celebrities, corporate and community leaders, and performance by The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati will be part of the activities during the hour.  LTA invites the public to join in by taking the Cincy Reads!™ Challenge and do a Read-A-Loud from home, school, office, park, or any other place. Challenge participants post the reading of their own children’s story. LTA will present a video highlight of reading across the region after Cincy Reads! Weekend. To register for the Cincy Reads!™ Challenge, visit


Kathy Wade, CEO and Co-founder of LTA said, “For our 25th anniversary, we wanted to do something different, something bold, something that involves the whole community and that is Cincy Reads!™ Weekend. We will wrap the region in reading for three solid days!”


“Cincinnati Public Schools has been a proud partner of the Learning Through Art’s Books Alive for Kids program for 19 years,” said Laura Mitchell, Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools. This program has been a tremendous asset to our efforts to ensure that our students not only enhance their reading skills, but also develop a lifelong love of books. That is why we are a Cincy Reads!™ partner and we challenge other districts to join us in this effort.”


Cincy Reads!™ weekend activities include:


“As an education advocate for our community,” said Greg Landsman, Former Executive Director of StrivePartnership and member of the Cincy Reads!™ Honorary Committee, “I know how important programming like this is to the fabric of building an educational foundation for our region. I’m excited about being a part of it.”


Cincy Reads!™ is supported by Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Fifth Third Foundation, Louise Taft Semple Foundation, Local 12, PNC Grow Up Great, Cincinnati Children’s, Metro, Cincinnati Herald, 3CDC, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cheryl Rumpke, Western Southern Financial and The Waddell Family Trust. Partners include Cincinnati Public Schools, PowerNet, CSC, and School of Creative and Performing Arts.