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CPS International Jazz Festival Returns to Aronoff Center for the Arts

Cincinnati Public Schools’ (CPS) 4th Annual International Jazz Festival, hosted by Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC), returns to the Aronoff Center. The festival will feature 145 student musicians from the Cincinnati Public Schools Jazz Academy, directed by CPS Fine Arts Curriculum Manager Dr. Isidore Rudnick. Special guest artist and international jazz violinist and composer Tomoko … Continue reading CPS International Jazz Festival Returns to Aronoff Center for the Arts

CPS Jazz Academy Performs With Acclaimed Vocalist

On Friday, January 26th, the Kennedy Heights Arts Center witnessed a captivating performance as acclaimed jazz vocalist Melissa Stylianou joined forces with the CPS Jazz Academy’s High School Orchestra. The audience was enthralled by the students’ remarkable skills on their instruments, particularly shining during their solos. Hailing from Toronto but now based in New York … Continue reading CPS Jazz Academy Performs With Acclaimed Vocalist

National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grant to ABC

Activities Beyond the Classroom is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Challenge America award of $10,000. This grant will support the 2024 Cincinnati Public Schools International Jazz Festival, enabling over 120 CPS students to engage in a full day of jazz-related activities which culminates … Continue reading National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grant to ABC

ABC Welcomes Jamie Horn to Board of Directors

Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC) is pleased to welcome the newest addition to its Board of Directors, expanding the breadth of expertise to the leadership of the organization. The new board member, Jamie Horn, is the Director of Marketing and Shareholder of Johnson Investment Counsel. For a span of 12 years, Jamie has played a … Continue reading ABC Welcomes Jamie Horn to Board of Directors

ABC Hosts 340+ Students at Soccer Celebration

On November 9, ABC hosted the 2nd annual End of Year Soccer Celebration for many of the students in its elementary soccer program. 348 students from 27 CPS elementary schools were able to engage in a full day of fun, soccer-related activities. Upon reaching Stargel Stadium, students engaged in morning sessions dedicated to skills and … Continue reading ABC Hosts 340+ Students at Soccer Celebration

Photo Recap: CPS Athletic Hall of Fame 2023

On Thursday, October 5th, ABC and Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) hosted the CPS Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony at TQL Stadium. Fourteen outstanding CPS alumni and coaches were inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2023 at the remarkable banquet. Inductees to the Hall of Fame Class of 2023 include: The Class of … Continue reading Photo Recap: CPS Athletic Hall of Fame 2023

ABC Welcomes Lindsay Spaulding-Simmons to the Team

ABC is delighted to introduce Lindsay Spaulding-Simmons as the newest addition to our team. In her role as the Manager of Donor & Member Services, Lindsay will be responsible for the supervision and management of all our Member Services accounts. This entails close collaboration with the stakeholders of these accounts to guarantee that ABC provides … Continue reading ABC Welcomes Lindsay Spaulding-Simmons to the Team

Changing of the Guard: A Love Letter from ABC’s Outgoing Director of Advancement

Dear friends, supporters, and Cincinnatians, At ABC, we put our communities first. The students, the parents, the families from all across Cincinnati, are always the starting point of our conversations. What do they need from us? How can we reach them? How can we make their lives a little easier, a little better, a little … Continue reading Changing of the Guard: A Love Letter from ABC’s Outgoing Director of Advancement

ABC Adds Staff for 2023 School Year

As we embark on the 2023-24 school year, Activities Beyond the Classroom is thrilled to introduce our newest team members. We have brought on board several talented individuals to enhance our commitment to serving students across Cincinnati. Join us in extending a warm welcome to these fresh faces on the ABC team! Program and Office … Continue reading ABC Adds Staff for 2023 School Year

ABC Hosts FREE Nike FC Soccer Experience

ABC is thrilled to partner with Nike, US Soccer Federation, and US Soccer Camps to host FREE soccer clinics for students in Cincinnati. These fun and interactive sessions will teach students basic soccer skills, while sharing life lessons and encouraging children that they can achieve their goals.  Children will not need to bring any special … Continue reading ABC Hosts FREE Nike FC Soccer Experience