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CPS Students' Public Art Installations Depict Meaning of Leadership

October 19, 2016

For Immediate Release —  October 19, 2016
Contact: Janet Walsh, Director, CPS Public Affairs: (513) 363-0023, 207-8181, walshja@cps-k12.org

CPS Students' Public Art Installations Depict Meaning of Leadership

Peer Leadership MuralIt’s said that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but putting concepts like student leadership into visual formats might seem like a challenging task.

Yet that has been exactly what’s been occurring over the past two weeks in Cincinnati Public Schools.

Discussions of more than 100 students during the district’s Peer Leadership Summit at the University of Cincinnati in June, facilitated by Happen, Inc. Executive Director Tommy Rueff, were captured on large panels by local graphic artist Mike Fleisch. They then were transferred to canvas strips that have been woven into “community canvases” of leadership qualities installed by more than 100 students on fences at their schools.

The final installation will occur:

  • Thursday, October 20 — 9:30-10:15 a.m.
  • Woodward Career Technical High School
  • 7005 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45337

The goal of the CPS peer-leadership program is to initiate community advocacy around issues important to youth, what matters to them as it relates to school and their education, said Deputy Superintendent Laura Mitchell.

Students have organized into collaboratives of 10 members each across five categories: women’s leadership, men’s leadership, philanthropy, college readiness and career readiness. Each collaborative is leading leadership campaigns at their schools.

CPS partners contributing to the initiative include the University of Cincinnati, the Mayerson Foundation, Strive Partnership and KnowledgeWorks.

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