Once a year the English-Speaking Union awards a student from the Art Academy of Cincinnati to create a poster promoting their Shakespeare Competition.  “AAC Associate Dean Mark Thomas initiated the program in the early 1990’s. We value collaborating with communities beyond the AAC, and giving our students real professional experiences in the context of coursework. To prepare our Illustration and Design students to be professional artists, we create experiences where they do real work for real clients.” says AAC Professor Ken Henson. Henson supervises the competition that involves interacting with the client, understanding the client’s desires and goals and creating a poster that communicates those goals.  This year AAC student Kane Sargent was the winner, and the runner up was Gina Marrone.

“It’s always a pleasure to see the many different posters that the students design, and a difficult choice to select just one winner.  AAC and The English-Speaking Union have worked together on this project for many years.  We have really enjoyed the association”, says Janice Flanagan of the Cincinnati branch of the English-Speaking Union. The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a non-profit, non-political, education organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community.