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Save the Clifton Cultural Arts Center!

When we started Crafty Supermarket seven years ago here in Cincinnati, we were filling a need that had previously been unmet for a place for modern crafters and avant garde artists to meet and sell their work. Our first event at the Northside Tavern in 2009 drew 1,000 shoppers over the course of six hours, way more than we had expected. During the rush of that first show, Ruth Dickey, then director of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, approached us about having our next show at the CCAC, a venue we had dreamed of using but had assumed was too expensive. We were wrong! That next spring, we filled the CCAC with 1,600 people and 45 crafters, and we grew with each subsequent event there.

Six years later, our spring Crafty Supermarket shows draw more than 2,000 shoppers each year to the CCAC, a venue that we love not only for the incredible staff and volunteers but for the building’s historic charm. Since we only do two shows a year, the CCAC itself has become part of our culture, and we love taking over the entire first floor with makers from all over the Midwest.

Now the Clifton Cultural Arts Center needs our help. 

The Fairview Clifton German Language School across the street is facing overcrowding issues because of increased kindergarten sizes. Cincinnati Public Schools last fall approached the CCAC about renting a number of classrooms to use for overflow space. (The CCAC has a 30-year lease on the building from CPS, and the CCAC is financially responsible for the building’s maintenance and capital improvements. According to the lease, the CCAC may rent space back to the school district at market rates if the space is available.) Negotiations stalled, and the CCAC assumed that CPS had come up with an alternative idea. Then in January the CCAC was notified by the district lawyer that it was likely the district would exercise the clause in their lease that would allow them to cancel the lease with one year’s notice. That would mean that as of spring 2017 the Clifton Cultural Arts Center would no longer have a home.

We have a personal stake in the outcome: Our relationship with the CCAC has brought us to many other events there over the years including Wednesdays on the Green, numerous art openings, Sunset Salon sessions and more. These events, along with Crafty Supermarket, are vital to the local Clifton community as well as Cincinnati at large. The CCAC fills another unique need in Cincinnati: Very few venues in the city have more than 5,000 square feet of space for events, and even fewer have the charm of the CCAC. It would be a disservice to the community if the Clifton Cultural Arts Center lost its building, and our spring show would no longer have the room to take place in the Gaslight District, our home for so many years.

The CCAC has a number of proposals for how they can happily co-exist with CPS, and the Clifton community passed a resolution its Town Meeting this past Monday that it wants to work towards a solution in which the CCAC continues to grow in its current location while CPS ensures that children in the neighborhood have good educational opportunities. And the Cincinnati City Council this week passed a resolution in favor of preserving the CCAC. But that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods just yet.

If you love the Clifton Cultural Arts Center as much as we do and want to see it exist for many years into the future, please wear a red shirt to the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday! The BOE meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Auditorium at the Education Center at 2651 Burnet Ave. in Corryville.

And you can use this image (featuring a linocut by Steam Whistle Letterpress of the historic Clifton School building) as your Facebook profile image — share away!


help out at our show!

We're looking for a few great volunteers to help us out on the day of the show!

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photos from our spring craft show

It was a gorgeous day for a craft show: The spring Crafty Supermarket drew nearly 1,700 shoppers to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on April 27. Below is a gallery of photos, mostly from during setup so you can see what goes on behind the scenes. We weren’t the only photographers — CityBeat took some great pictures, and I collected the best instagrams from the day here. Enjoy!

Save the date! The next Crafty Supermarket will be Saturday, Nov. 23, at the historic Music Hall Ballroom downtown! Crafter applications will be open in the summer.

FAQ for shoppers

We're super excited for the big Crafty Supermarket spring show! Here’s all the info you need to have a successful shopping trip, including a parking map and detailed directions.

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Applications are open!

Want to sell your handmade wares at the holiday Crafty Supermarket on Nov. 19, 2011? Show us what you’ve got: Applications are open from July 15 to Sept. 1!

crafter sneak peek: ceramics

These folks coming to the Crafty Supermarket Spring Show create amazing ceramics, along with other things:

Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics
Columbus, OH

Freak Works by Kateri
Cincinnati, OH

Koukla by Constantina
Cincinnati, OH

Laura George Art + Illustration
Chicago, IL

redraven studios
Pittsburgh, PA

rough and perfect
Columbus, OH

thank you!

Our holiday show yesterday was a huge success—thanks to all our amazing crafters and the 2,100 shoppers who came out to see us! Our trusty volunteers were integral to making the show work—we hope you liked the swag bags! The Clifton Cultural Arts Center was bustling with activity all day, and the fun just would not quit, thanks to PROJECTMILL DJ Ben Davis.

We also have to give a shoutout to our awesome food vendors: Cafe de Wheels, Dojo Gelato, La Terza Artisan Coffee Roasterie, Sweet Peace Bakery and Picnic and Pantry. Thank you for keeping us well fed and caffeinated!

And a big thanks to our sponsors: ArtsWave, Yelp Cincinnati, BurdaStyle, North Light Craft Books, Park + Vine, fabricate, NVISION, Thunder-Sky, Inc., and the Comet.

We love all y’all!

—Alisha, Chris and Grace

crafter sneak peek: jewelry

our jewelry makers year come from all over the midwest. read on to see their lovely wares!

Charlotte Conway, Cincinnati, OH

Courtney Fischer Jewelry, Royal Oak, MI

Dulcet Design, Cincinnati, OH

grey goose gifts, Austin, TX

hark, Cincinnati, OH

lily in flux, Cincinnati, OH

The Lovely Teaspoon, Ft Wright KY

Nimmy Designs, Cincinnati, OH

Once Lost Jewelry, Columbus, OH

Scarlett Garnet Jewelry, St. Louis and Kansas City MO