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Media Contact: Kathy Wade                                                                                 Phone: 513.518.7228
Facebook: Learning Through Art, Inc.

Learning Through Art, Inc. Summer Program
Offers Fun, Education for All Ages
Celebrating 19 Years of Building Community Through Art!

Cincinnatians have come to expect big things from Kathy Wade and her Over-the-Rhine-based non-profit, Learning Through Art, Inc. because they know she delivers.  And this year is no exception:  LTA presents its 16th year of celebrating the mosaic beauty of our region through summer programming.  “This year, our neighborhood goes into space.” says Wade, who recently received the 2010 William P. Dabney Diversity Award from the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau which referenced LTA’s work to build community through art.

Books Alive! For Kids® Tour at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

On June 11, the first-ever Books Alive! For Kids® Tour kicks off at the Pleasant Ridge branch library.  The tour, which features the four-time Emmy®-nominated, nationally-recognized Books Alive! For Kids®, boasts ten locations throughout the summer as follows:

Books Alive! For Kids® – Summer 2011
Date Location Time
June 11 Pleasant Ridge Branch 10:30am
June 11 Walnut Hills Branch 1pm
June 25 Corryville Branch 10:30am
June 25 Westwood Branch 1pm
July 9 College Hill Branch 1pm
July 23 Blue Ash Branch 10:30am
July 23 Price Hill Branch 1pm
July 30 Symmes Township Branch 10:30am
July 30 Children’s Learning Center, Main Library 1pm
August 13 Avondale Branch 1pm


Books Alive! For Kids® combines sight, sound & touch by reading, creating a craft and live performance based on a book.  The Books Alive! For Kids® Tour features We Had A Picnic This Summer Past by Jacqueline Woodson whose appealing picture book reveals the love, food, fun and humor within a contemporary family.

Kroger Cincinnati Snaps Virtual Photo Exhibition: June 15 – August 31

LTA celebrates its annual summer events series with the second installment of the Kroger Cincinnati Snaps Virtual Photo Exhibition.  The Kroger Cincinnati Snaps Virtual Exhibition celebrates its sixth year, marking its second on the Fountain Square Jumbotron.  The Exhibition will run throughout the summer from Wednesday, June 15 to Wednesday, August 31.  The juried art and cultural community engagement project encourages neighbors to share their personal views of their neighborhood through fresh eyes.

“We’re excited about being able to share views of the region through the eyes of the people who live here,” says Wade.  “And it seems only fitting that it should be shared at the heart of the city – we’re thrilled to be at Fountain Square again this year!”  The Kroger Cincinnati Snaps Virtual Exhibit will feature winning photos from the 2010 submissions to the Kroger Cincinnati Snaps Photo Competition.  The Competition will enjoy a brief hiatus this summer as LTA expands it summer programming, but is expected to return next summer with a fresh new online Gallery and Submissions process.

Kids, Cultures, Critters & Crafts Festival

Learning Through Art, Inc. presents the Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters & Crafts Festival on Wednesday, July 20 at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.  In partnership with the Zoo, general admission on July 20 is just $1 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  New to this year’s lineup is an “out of this world” experience as LTA welcomes NASA to the Festival, along with the Brotherhood Singers, Planet Dance Cincinnati, Jake Speed & the Freddies, Keshvar Project, Ronald McDonald, DJ Pillo, Medasi African Dance Theatre, Ballet Caraibes, ¡Zumba!, The Amazing Portable Circus, Robert O’Neal Face Painting, henna painting by Anisha Sanghani and Cajun music with Lagniappe.

Metro’s Route 1 “The One For Fun” will offer $1 round-trip bus fare from anywhere on the route.  Riders on the bus will enjoy live, in-transport entertainment by French guitarist Sylvain Acher during select hours of the day.

LTA Thanks Its Community of Sponsors

LTA is proud to partner with the following sponsors to present the Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival, and offers its sincere gratitude to Title Sponsor, Macy’s; Presenting Sponsors, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./US Bank Foundation, and Local 12, WKRC-TV; Major Sponsors, Metro, Otto M. Budig, Jr. Family Foundation and Pendleton Art Center; Diamond Sponsors, McDonald’s, The Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, and Zipscene; and Entertainment Kiosk Sponsors, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Scott Knox, Attorney At Law, Speedy Signs and Apparel and University of Cincinnati Alumni Association.

Learning Through Art, Inc., a 501 c (3) non-profit performing arts education organization, is dedicated to providing quality performing arts programs that support arts education and community development. LTA’s ongoing efforts, including its annual Summer Program which is now in its 15th year, encourage multi-cultural awareness and understanding. Learning Through Art’s programs and services reach over 950,000 participants regionally.