Located at the corner of 12th and Jackson Street, SITE1212 is an endlessly versatile as a stand-alone space designed for community events, exhibitions, private events, and more. Our 6,000 square feet open floor plan invites a 334-person capacity, features stunning windows, two operational glass garage doors, five movable walls, a private entrance, catering space, two gender-neutral restrooms, and is fully ADA accessible.
In May 2000, the Art Academy of Cincinnati announced that it was leaving Eden Park and moving to a new campus in Over-the-Rhine located on the corner of 12th and Jackson Streets. After extensive renovations, AAC moved into their new building in the fall of 2005, occupying the six floors above the iconic Barrelhouse — a former music venue and microbrewery which first opened in 1995. After the Barrelhouse moved away from the Jackson Street space, this corner of the building was utilized as storage for over 16 years. In 2021, after renovations made possible by generous grants from FotoFocus, OFCC, and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, SITE1212 opened its doors with the launch of House Party — an event generously underwritten by ArtsWave.
House Party focused on honoring the history and community of the Barrelhouse and announcing the new vision for the location as the living room to the college. The event was highlighted by original Barrel House brew masters Rick Debar and Brian Sprance who created a specialty ale (a vanilla stout) for the occasion. AAC hOTRod 1212! The label for the beer was designed by AAC alum Jim Effler and unveiled at the event. Ever since, SITE1212 has operated as a communal space hosting a variety of events and continues to serve as a space for community impact for the AAC and Over-the-Rhine communities. It will continue to serve as a laboratory for engaging the arts to generate new knowledge and create impact to benefit society, culture, community, and, most importantly, our students.
SITE1212 connects the college with community partners to share in assets, resources, and skills to provide opportunity for students to engage with a broader society to make transformative change in neighborhoods where problems are identified, and solutions will be tested in the field. It also invites our neighbors to use the space for their gathering needs such as conferences, lectures, fundraising functions, weddings, lunches, presentations, and more.
Interested in holding your next event in SITE1212? Complete our booking form below or contact our event coordinator with any questions or to learn more about the space.