Facilitated by Urban Appalachian Community Coalition (UACC) and the Originary Arts Initiative (OIA), Place Keepers is a series of programs and opportunities for young adults to express their creativity and curiosity in a cultivating and supportive environment. Place Keepers includes both in-person and virtual open mics, environmental projects, showcases, writing contests and much more!

Place Keepers Writing & Art Contest

Contest submissions accepted March 15th through May 15th, 2023. Original poems, lyrics, short prose (fiction or creative non-fiction), 2D visual art or photography.  Open to residents from ages 13-29 who are from any of the twenty Cincinnati Metropolitan Statistical Area counties in OH, KY, IN.  Prize winners receive cash awards and inclusion in a public arts showcase.

Place Keepers Wide Open Mic

Free program offered in a monthly, virtual format. This relaxed and creative gathering highlights the talent of writers and artists in their teens and twenties.  Share in a variety of genres, including poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, music, and visual art. Anyone can join as an audience member, and we also include some established local/regional artists in this event.  Reach out to me directly at [email protected] to receive the link and to learn more about workshops, retreats, and community-based eco-arts opportunities.