Student Activities

Even the most dedicated artist needs to get out of the studio once in a while.

Our Philosophy

Student activities at the AAC are student-driven. Rather than planning events from the top down, we look to students to tell us what kind of activities would be beneficial and interesting. The Student Activities Committee is made up of two students from each class level and meets twice per month to plan and coordinate events in consultation with the Director of Student Services.

New York Trip

Every year, AAC students and faculty members take a trip to New York city to explore the city’s museums and urban culture, and to take a closer look at contemporary art. Approximately 40 students participate in the NY Trip every year, which is usually held in March.

smART series

This lunch-hour lecture series features entertaining one-hour talks by professionals from throughout Cincinnati’s art community—artists, designers, teachers, critics, and more. Free food and free knowledge!

AAC Sports

OStudent Services forms groups of AAC students to participate as a team in any number of local sports clubs, including softball, soccer, dodgeball, and more. The Stinks are AAC’s athletic mascot - ask anyone who has been at the AAC for a few years about the history behind the name!

Poetry Readings/Open Mic Night

Approximately twice per semester, the AAC hosts prominent poets for open readings of their work. After the readings, AAC students have the opportunity to show off their own musical, lyrical, and poetic talents at Open Mic Night. Hosted in The Commons, the Open Mic Night offers the perfect venue for self-expression.

Pool, Ping-Pong, and Foosball Tournaments

In The Commons, students have access to pool, ping-pong, and foosball tables to use at their leisure. Once per semester, there will be a tournament for students, faculty, and staff to compete against one another for bragging rights!

Final Fridays

The AAC galleries are part of the monthly Final Friday Art Walk in Over-the-Rhine. Galleries throughout the neighborhood stay open until 10 p.m. on the last Friday of each month. Final Friday receptions in the AAC galleries are open to the public and hosted by faculty and students.

Student Organizations

The AAC is home to multiple student organizations and clubs, including AAC QueerSpace, Compact Camera Club, DIY & Donuts, and more.

Other Activities

The AAC regularly hosts additional student activities. Any student at any time is welcome to suggest an event/activity to Mack Maynard, Director of Student Services.

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