Cincinnati State, Art Central Foundation to host mural project

August 27, 2014

Robert White
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Cincinnati State, Art Central Foundation to host mural project

Osmany Piedra, an artist from Baracoa, Cuba, has been commissioned to lead a group of students in a 
project to paint a mural on the side of Cincinnati State’s newest building at its Middletown campus.

Osmany will join Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 to launch the 
project at 1021 Central Avenue, a building the college recently acquired adjacent to its existing tower at 1 
North Main Street. At 6 p.m. Osmany will be formally welcomed at a reception at the Pendleton Art Gallery.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. until at least 5 p.m., Osmany and a group of students from Cincinnati 
State and the Art Central Foundation will work on the mural, which will likely take up to a week to 
complete. The mural is scheduled to be formally dedicated on Saturday, Sept. 13 during the Middletown Art Festival.

The Art Central Foundation was founded nine years ago as part of an effort to establish downtown 
Middletown as an arts and entertainment venue. Its activities include working with students in grades 3 – 
12 who are nominated by their art teachers on a variety of projects. There is no cost to the children for participation.

Over the past year the Art Central Foundation has been hosting a succession of Cuban artists on visits to 
Middletown. Osmany graduated from art school in Santiago de Cuba and from the Institute of Design in Havana.

For more information about this event, please contact David Beeman at Cincinnati State Middletown at 
(513) 569-1662 or Sue Wittman at the Art Central Foundation in Middletown at (513) 422-4435 or

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