Summer at The Carnegie

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    It’s almost summer, and you know what that means! Soon you’ll be spending countless hours outside forgetting about the treacherous winter and remembering how good it feels to get out of the house. But where to go? What to do? Make The Carnegie one of your top places to visit, as it promises to bring out your inner artist and explore your creative side.


    Katie Brass, executive director at The Carnegie, says there are lots of exciting things going on over at The Carnegie, primary of which is the launch of the inaugural seas of the Carnegie Community Supported Art (CSA) initiative. Brass says the program was inspired by other CSA initiatives that allow arts enthusiasts to purchase “farm boxes” filled with nine pieces of locally created artwork. “It’s a great way to not only support local artists, but to start or grow your own art collection,” says Brass.


    Shares went on sale May 1 and they’re expected them to go quickly. There are only 50 available so you’ll want to get your hands on one before they’re gone. You can read more about the CSA by clicking here. To purchase a CSA share, call 859-491-2030.


    According to Brass, there are several great events lined up for the summer including the Carnegie in Concert Series, Camp Carnegie summer workshops and the annual Suits That Rock fundraiser. The Carnegie in Concert Series will wrap up with two performances. “On May 22 we’ll celebrate the half century of musical influence and achievement of Maestro Carmon DeLeone with ‘Birdie to Brice: 50 years of Carmon DeLeon,'” Brass says.


    Carmon will be joined by Tony Award-nominee, decorated Broadway veteran and Covington native Lee Roy Reams and the two, along with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, will perform musical theatre favorites including “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “Funny Girl” and “Man of La Mancha.”


    The series will close on June 12 with Cincinnati music and television legend Nancy James with “Nancy James: The Voices in My Head.” James will use song and story to talk about her 40 year career and take attendees down memory lane as she recalls her past experiences, including the Bob Braun Show and much more.


    You can purchase tickets for both Carnegie in Concert shows through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can also purchase them in-person or by phone at 850-957-1940, tickets are also available online at


    The 7th Annual Suits That Rock will take to the Otto M. Budig stage on June 21 and 28 with more than 40 prominent business and community leaders. The concert benefits The Carnegie’s education department.


    “All ‘Suits’ by day, performers will trade in their business attire and briefcases for microphones to celebrate everyone’s favorite British artists – from Adele to Eric Clapton and The Beatles to Led Zeppelin and everyone in between,” Brass says.


    Tickets for Suits That Rock are $50 Mezzanine and $75 Orchestra per person. Admission includes light appetizers, a Suits That Rock commemorative mug and a cash bar. You can find more information on the event by visiting


    “Also held each summer through The Carnegie’s Eva G. Farris Education Center is Camp Carnegie,” explains Brass. “Here, students get the opportunity to explore emotion, relationships and the power of one simple act through the theatre workshops.”


    This summer’s theme is “Camp Carnegie: Pass It On,” and will encourage children to explore and witness how one individual’s mood can affect the moods of others, for better or worse. The six-day camp is open to children between the ages of 7 and 15 and includes an introduction into the world of theatre through hands-on art activities, character and costume design, dramatic exercises, script writing, problem solving and much more.


    Advanced registration is required for Camp Carnegie as well as a non-refundable $40 registration fee. For more information, click here


    To learn more about events and happenings at The Carnegie, visit their website at You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter Twitter.


    Photo Credit: Mikki Schaffner Photography