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The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum hosts a range of social, cultural and educational events all year long. See below, or email to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.

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Summer Classes and Shows

Originary Arts

Please click the Summer Programming tab under "Programming and Events" at the top of this page for a list of shows, programs and classes for the summer.

Creative Streams: Poetry Writing Workshop 

Friday, April 5th, 2024

6:30-8:30 pm 

 $40, refreshments included

Celebrate National Poetry Month by exploring unique ways to enrich voice, flow, sensory details, and tension in your poetic craft.  We’ll ponder diverse writing themes inspired by creeks, streams, and rivers, and learn about submission calls and contests running through the Appalachian watershed.   All are welcome in this supportive, productive circle!  Sponsored by Originary Arts Initiative.  

Spirit of Song- Lyric Writing Workshop & Community Song Circle

Friday June 28th, 2024 

6-9 pm

Pricing: $40, refreshments included (Community Song Circle, 8-9pm FREE)

Explore unique ways to enrich voice, flow, sensory details, and tension in your creative writing pieces.  Borrowing from the thematic landscape of creeks, streams, and rivers, we will hone our craft to specific calls from publishers.   All are welcome in this supportive, productive circle! 

Primary sponsor: Originary Arts Initiative (OAI)

The Story of Flow – An Eco-Arts Place Keepers Retreat for Educators


Tuesday, June 25th, 9-3 pm.  This all-day professional development retreat offers K-16 teachers and community program leaders a creative escape, exploring Cincinnati’s unique territory, flowing with artistic inspiration, Urban Appalachian culture and history, and ecological surprises held in the Ohio River Watershed.  We will practice a range of skills (field observation, personal meditation, narrative interpretation, and arts-based invention) to design unique, easy-to-implement classroom and community projects that highlight the value of creative processes and storytelling techniques inspired by place-keeping. A great way to spark learning motivation, build collaborative energy, and inspire life-long curiosity for personal and community places.  Urban history hiking excursion, local forager & cultural tasting table, guided (creative writing/visual arts) exercises and prompts, interdisciplinary connections, demonstrations and conversations with rising young teaching artists and non-profit leaders.  email:

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Blues Dance Cincinnati

Blues Dance  Cincinnati: Blues and Swing Night

open dance

January 16 & 26, February 6, 16, & 27;  March 12, 29; May 7, 21, 7pm


7pm Lesson,  8-10pm Open Dance; $10 at the door

Absolute Beginners and all ages welcome! Pre-registration not necessary.

Blues dancing is an umbrella term for a family of historical and modern dances done to blues music. Rooted in African movement, blues dance places a high value on improvisation, rhythm, polyrhythm, and solo movements. Most partner dance forms have risen from cultural groups during periods of growth and creativity. 


Join us  at 7:00 for an hour long lesson on Ballroomi'n blues and learn to dance to artists like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and even modern jazz and blues artists. 

$10 cover includes the lesson and 2 hour dance afterwards.


No experience or partner required. 

The event is BYOB.

If you have questions you can call or text Sarah at 513-503-3300.  

Cin-City Swing

Cin-City Swing

Join us on Monday nights at 7pm and learn West Coast Swing (WCS),,a modern version of Swing dancing, done to contemporary and classic Pop, R&B, Funk, and Blues. Pre-registration not necessary.


It's a social dance you do with a partner, BUT you don't need to BYO partner -it's more common to show up solo and switch partners each song. 


No experience necessary, just an open mind, a desire to make new friends, and a pair of soft-soled shoes. If you don't have those straight away, dancing in socks works great too!


Class begins at 7pm and we social dance and hang out until about 9:30. Feel free to bring a water bottle and a snack. SOFT SOLE SHOES ONLY


Cost is $15 at the door. Punchcards are available at a discounted rate. 


Questions? Call Danielle at 513.490.3085

Riverside Singers Community Choir

Join the Community Choir! Riverside Singers: Summer 2024



$158.00 / $50 per additional family member

An intergenerational All-Comers Choir.


Let’s sing together! The Riverside Singers is a choir full of harmony. An a-political, secular space to join our voices in song creating community and joy. 

All songs are taught by ear.  No prior singing experience is necessary, just come and have fun. Content is geared towards ages 9 & up.  All are welcome!

Songs will be drawn from traditional, contemporary, and popular sources. 

Choir Meets on Monday nights from 7-8:15 PM at The Carnegie Center in Columbia-Tusculum from Monday, January 8th - Monday, March 11th. 


 3738 Eastern Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226 - easy free parking



April Combs Mann

April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast and Blog and iTunes and GooglePlay

Southwestern Ohio Beekeepers Association

“Bee Friendly Gardening” 

March 10, 2024; 2pm


Learn about honey bees, best practices for bee friendly planting and a listing of popular bee friendly plants to plan your spring and summer gardening/landscaping.

Ray Babcock, a local beekeeper, has been keeping honeybees for 18 years and is happy to share his experience and knowledge to help create a bee-friendly garden that will attract honeybees and other important pollinators to our yards.  He was president of the South Western Ohio Beekeepers Association (SWOBA) for 10 years and continues honeybee education at various beekeeping programs in the area.  Please join us and bring your bee questions.

Green and LEED Home Panel

Green and LEED Home Design, Carnegie Center of Columbia-Tusculum, 

March 30, 10-11:30 am


Panel presentation with Q&A


Architect Heather Estridge, Sanyog Rathod, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP, President, Sol design + consulting and Marc Carucci, Senior Solar Consultant Icon Solar Power, LLCIcon Solar will summarize the benefits of green home design including lower operating costs, better indoor air quality, tax credits - also available for retrofits on existing homes, tax abatements, and durability. 


Coffee, donuts and conversation! 

Art Workshops with The Collective

Art Classes at The Carnegie Center Hosted by The Collective

We started an  amazing to partnership with The Collective on Eastern Ave. to offer up a variety of classes taught by our beloved artists for the community. ❤️ 

Please join us for one or more of theses awesome classes offered below.

Ages 55+

Daring Pairings

Summer Seniors

        Wednesdays at 1:30pm 


Register by emailing:

Daring Pairings: Wine Tasting Classes

with Somolier, Michael Swartzman

Daring Pairings Classes FALL 2023: 9/16.  10/2. 10/16. 11/13.  11/27.  12/11

Tickets $50 single, $90 couples

Ticket “Bundles” Package of 3 Tickets (any 3 classes)  $125 single, $250 for couples 


Contact Michael directly for “Package” options @513 550 3691 or

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