On behalf of the board of directors and the many volunteers working to make the Clifton Cultural Arts Center a reality for our region, I extend my sincere appreciation for Margo Pierce's excellent article about CCAC ("Artists in the Neighborhood," issue of Dec. 27) and would like to add a few noteworthy items of which readers might not be aware.
The article's subtitle made perhaps the most important statement: that Clifton Cultural Arts Center will be a "major community resource." Because of its location; accessibility via foot, car or bus; and unique partnership with the new elementary school and the existing Cincinnati Recreation Center, Clifton Cultural Arts Center will serve individuals and families of all ages throughout the city and beyond. CCAC will serve thousands of people annually once fully operational and will have a significant economic impact on the many central communities and business districts by bringing patrons into this core.
The center's model of collaborative programming will offer local arts organizations, many of whom do not own their own space, a large and easily accessible facility that draws audiences from a broad geographic area. This will allow organizations and artists to expand their offerings to include classes and programs that might be prohibitive in their own spaces, promoting development, innovation and incubation in arts and cultural programming in Cincinnati.
— Tim Ruffner Board of Directors, Clifton Cultural Arts Center
What Did Brown Do for You? Plenty
This might seem trivial in light of the serious problems facing this city, but with the passing of James Brown — who recorded his most famous music here in the Queen City at King Records, not to mention giving local icon Bootsy Collins his start — I think it's long overdue to erect a monument honoring Brown and the legacy of King Records, preferably at former site of King Records in Evanston.
Cincinnati always seems reluctant to toot its horn over its positive accomplishments. As far as Brown's run-ins with the law, we already have a street named after a convicted felon — Pete Rose, bless him — so there's precedent!
Rock & Roll might have been born in Memphis, but it was conceived in Cincinnati. It's about time we acknowleged it.
— Bob Cushing, Delhi