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CCM Welcomes Anne Cushing-Reid As Its First Director of Community Outreach

CCM Director of Community Outreach Anne Cushing-Reid.

Anne Cushing-Reid.

While community engagement has always been a priority at CCM, the college is enhancing these efforts considerably this fall. This month, CCM welcomes Anne Cushing-Reid as its first Director of Community Outreach.

Cushing-Reid comes to CCM from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where she developed innovative educational and community outreach programs, which garnered national attention.

"After 25 plus years, I'm retiring. It's a little bittersweet as I love the orchestra as much as the day I arrived," Cushing-Reid explains. "I'm looking forward to joining the team at CCM, though, and I'm looking forward to building a unified program incorporating both the great work that is being done now and the wonderful things that we'll develop together in the future."

Cushing-Reid worked in numerous progressive roles in the fields of education and community engagement during her tenure with the CSO. She created the orchestra's current Community Engagement and Learning Department, and served as its Senior Director. Under her guidance, the Orchestra's community reach expanded to more than 90,000 people in the last year.

Through its Preparatory Department, CCM already reaches hundreds of children and adults through satellite locations, school programs, community performances, participation in community events and other outreach initiatives. CCM students receive training and practical skills by participating in these programs, which compliment their intensive artistic training at the college. Under Cushing-Reid's guidance, CCM will extend arts opportunities to even more children and adults in this community.

CCM is grateful to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which awarded a seed grant to make this position possible. Jim Huizenga, Senior Program Officer for GCF, shares, “The establishment of CCM’s Community Outreach Office aligns well with GCF’s Cultural Vibrancy investment strategy of ‘expanding citizen engagement in the arts.’ Most of the current and future outreach activities of CCM students and staff demonstrate arts professionals (and those in training) teaching and mentoring underprivileged children around arts experiences."

"These interactions represent ‘engagement in the arts’ that will contribute to creating the next generation of arts participants and patrons,” Huizenga explains.

CCM also receives funding from ArtsWave, Louise Taft Semple Foundation, the Segoe Foundation and the Friends of CCM to support its community outreach initiatives.

The outreach program sponsors the Whiz Kids Music Program, a partnership with City Gospel Mission, which brings CCM students into urban schools for after-school music classes. You can learn more about this outreach program by visiting

CCM also sponsors several community organizations offering outreach opportunities that employ CCM students, alumni and faculty.