Thursday, March 11, 2004

GE Foundation helps UnMuseum teach about art

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

The UnMuseum, the kid-friendly space at the Contemporary Arts Center where children can explore, touch and interact with art created just for them, received a $90,000 boost this week.

The GE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of General Electric, donated the three-year grant to the museum's educational programs.

The grant will support the Sara M. and Patricia A. Vance Education Center, a 7,400-square-foot area that occupies the entire sixth floor of the center.

Bob Corcoran, GE Foundation president, presented the grant Wednesday. Corcoran said the grant helps expand the reach of the UnMuseum into Greater Cincinnati Schools.

The grant will also provide the opportunity for young visitors to make art in the museum.

Sixteen pre-schoolers from the Catherine Booth Child Development Center, were there during the ceremony.

Antwan Jones, artist, art teacher and assistant curator of the UnMuseum program, will offer interactive art projects for students and families.

GE employee volunteers have been helpful in programs at the center. They recently were called on to correct a malfunction of the UnMuseum's Robotic Tree.

"It took about 45 minutes for them to respond," said Lisa Buck, curator of education at the Contemporary Arts Center. "They sent us two highly skilled engineers.''

From fashion to spirit

Bobbie Corbean, a fashion coordinator with international credentials, will move from fashion consulting to spiritual counseling.

Corbean recently received a doctorate in divinity from the Universal Light School of Divinity near Dayton, Ohio

In her travels, Corbean has operated an art gallery and taught modeling for eight years in Copenhagen, Denmark. She also has helped many women polish their careers in beauty, fashion expression and self-development.

As an independent stylist, lecturer and consultant, Corbean said she has learned that image and knowing yourself are well worth understanding.

"Everything else flows from the awareness that your image is the combination of inner perception and outer projection,'' Corbean said.

Corbean taught modeling at the Mannequin School in Copenhagen. She was the first African-American fashion coordinator at Lane Bryant Department downtown.

"We were the first store to use black mannequins,'' she said

Corbean operated her own women's clothing shop in Over-the-Rhine, Ms B's Marketplace, and she was a co-chair of the Ebony Fashion Show in 2001.

"I have spent an entire career dealing with the physical appearance; now I am moving to the spiritual appearance. I think they both go together,'' Corbean said.

For more information, call 721-0287.

Clubs hold dinner

The Goshen High School Random Acts of Kindness Club is joining with the Athletic Boosters to sponsor a spaghetti dinner to raise money for the families of Eric Newman and Ryan Jewett, who are recovering from cancer.

"Both families have really suffered severe financial hardship," said Dianne Pennix, adviser to the school's Random Acts of Kindness Club. "Members of the Athletic Boosters Club will do the cooking, and students in the Random Acts of Kindness Club will do the cleaning."

The benefit will be from 4 to 7 p.m. March 27 at Goshen High School.

Ticket prices are $5 for those 12 or older; $3 for children 5-11, and free for kids 4 or younger.

Eric is a junior at Goshen High School, and Ryan is a seventh-grader at Goshen Middle School.

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