MISSION Peaslee Neighborhood Center is a peaceful place in Over-the-Rhine where residents create and engage in participatory education to foster creative expression, self-determination and social change.
Current Community Offerings
- Piano Program: offers private lessons at greatly reduced cost to low-income families, music enrichment and performance opportunities; ages 6 and up, follows CPS semester schedule, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. Contact Nathanael Minor for more information.
- Writing Collaborative: In partnership with NKU’s English department, this program celebrates the power of community voice in showcases of creative writing and expression emerging from the Over-the-Rhine community. This program gives students and adults an opportunity to share their voice, be affirmed and grow in their writing. Look for writing workshops beginning in the fall. Ages 10 and up. Contact Jenn Arens for more information.
- Girls’ Writing Circles: Our circles offer young girls the opportunity to express themselves, find and develop their voices, read poetry, and write creatively; they then share their work, and verbally affirm each other’s writing. For more information or if you are interested in bringing this activity with Peaslee’s Community Education program to a school near you, please contact Jenn Arens.
- Justice Seekers Writing Circle: This women’s writing group meets on Tuesdays in one-hour sessions. They meet for five weeks, four times a year–in spring, summer, fall and winter. Contact Bonnie Nuemeier for more information.
- Urban Teaching Cohort: We partner with Miami University’s Urban Teaching Cohort to connect pre-service teachers with community mentors who provide insight and guidance on the transition into teaching in urban schools. Contact Jenn Arens for more information.
- Urban Plunge: This unique experience combines education, community service and reflection into a full day of learning for participants. Ideal for a field trip, we place high school students at service placements throughout the neighborhood and facilitate learning and reflection components tailored to the needs of each group ages 14-18 (7th-12th grade). Contact Jenn Arens for more information.
- Caregiver Circles Project: Engages groups of residents to share their experiences of offering care—both paid and unpaid—to children, the elderly, and those with special needs. Meetings culminate in a large summit event aimed at finding solutions to shared challenges; ages 11 to adult. Contact Pat Youngblood for more information.
- Agents of Change: This summer program is designed to introduce youth to varied types of creative expression and encourage their involvement in a positive action for their community. Ages 11 – 15, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10-2 p.m. during the summer and on Fridays during the school year. Contact Jenn Arens for more information.
- African Drumming: classes teach basics of rhythm and provide education about the African diaspora; ages 10 – 15 beginning in the fall. Contact Jennifer Summers for more information.
- Preschool Music Lessons: Our prechoolers at the Early Learning Center receive general music instruction through a partnership with COR Music Project and Children, Inc.
- OTR Youth Orchestra Camp: Through a partnership with COR Music Program, students ages 8 – 15 meet twice a week for seven weeks.
- OTR Youth Choir Camp: Through a partnership with COR Music Program, students ages 8 – 15 meet twice a week for seven weeks.