We instill art, purpose and passion into the worlds of children through after-school engagement and enrichment programs that bring enlightenment to families and enliven neighborhoods. Expanding our school commitment neighborhood by neighborhood each year provides a renewal of hope for everyone's success thanks to all involved. Community Arts Initiatives (CAI) offers an inspiring palette of classes that includes dance, gardening, cooking and visual arts.
Instructor: Alyson Dashner
Instructor: Lauren Bowler
We began in 2008 as part of the Madisonville Arts Center, transformed from a forgotten building into a fully renovated, multi-use arts and education venue. Our goal was to promote and support community arts through performances, classes and exhibitions on every level.
It soon became clear that the demand for the arts was best served directly in the schools and communities. With transportation issues negated and logistics simplified, we had a growing and receptive after-school audience–and convenience for parents, students and educators.
We quickly saw a dramatic increase in demand: what began as a single school being served in 2009 has steadily increased each year. CAI is now recognized as the go-to source for free-of-charge-after-school arts programming. Contact us today to see how you can get involved:
Founder & Executive Director
A great cause has great effect
We couldn't do what we do for the kids without assistance from our educators,
volunteers and those who provide the much needed financial backing:
Alva Jean Crawford Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Anonymous Foundation (2)
Anonymous Foundation/Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Christ Church Cathedral Foundation
Community Learning Center Institute
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
The Cincinnati Woman's Club
Robert & Adele Schiff Family Foundation
Toyota Motor North American Community Grant
The CAI Mission is to promote and provide arts programming throughout our communities and in our schools.
Through community partnerships and collaborations, we engage, entertain and enlighten young and old with a variety of arts experiences, as we strive to enrich every child’s education through participation in the arts.
Vision & Mission