Cincinnati Compass Newsletter | April 2024

Newsletter | April 10, 2024

As we welcome springtime – as we do in the Midwest – it's a time of reflection, renewal, growth, and celebration. In our diverse community, this season holds special significance as we come together to honor traditions, celebrate diversity, and remind ourselves of the importance of embracing the spirit of unity.

There are many reasons to celebrate in the region. Recently the Festival of Holi, including an event hosted by the Nepali Language & Arts Center in Colerain Township, was recognized across the region, celebrating love, diversity, and togetherness. Easter marked a joyful celebration of renewal and hope. The month-long celebration of Ramadan provides a time of reflection and sharing the values of empathy and generosity. Passover will provide a time to reflect on the value of freedom and redemption, to act, and to stand by the less fortunate.

Amidst these religious observances, let us recognize the shared values and celebrate the diversity that enriches our community. Spring is a time of inclusivity and acceptance, where we honor the myriad cultures, traditions, and faiths that make us who we are. It's a time to embrace our differences, foster understanding, and build bridges of solidarity that transcend boundaries. Let’s celebrate!

April 27th and 28th, we hope to see everyone at Asian Food Fest, a two-day extravaganza celebrating Asian culture and cuisine that is one the Cincinnati region’s fastest growing and most culturally diverse events. The celebrations will continue the following week – May 4th and 5th – with Cincy-Cinco, a fun celebration of the rich diversity of the Latino community in the Cincinnati region.

There will be a wide variety of foods to try at each event, both familiar and new. To help you continue your food journey and support local businesses, we encourage you to check out two guides from the partners who bring you Asian Food Fest and Cincy-Cinco. First up is your one-stop guide for Asian food in the Cincinnati region brought to you by Asianati. The second is from the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA – a guide to highlight the variety of central and South American cuisines we are fortunate to enjoy all around us: Cincy Sabroso.

Here's to a season of renewal, growth, and work toward prosperity for all.

Bryan Wright


Executive Director

Cincinnati Compass


Queen City Bike: Empowering the Community Through Biking

Every Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Queen City Bike holds the Lockland Bike Kitchen where it welcomes visitors to 815 N Wayne Ave, just a block from Mulberry Ct and Hillside Apartments. Here, bikes await adoption on a first-come, first-served basis, with approximately 16 new bikes available weekly, totaling 84 bikes shared with the community so far. The organization's goal extends beyond bike distribution; they aim to empower and educate immigrant mechanics, fostering skills and rewarding participation. Already, two mechanics have earned basic bike repair kits, enriching the community's knowledge and capabilities.

As they continue their efforts, the plan is to sustain current programming until the end of Ramadan, thereafter, exploring opportunities for bike safety and community activities like group rides. However, the impact depends on support. The organization urges for a steady stream of bike donations, along with locks, lights, and helmets, essential for ensuring safety and accessibility. Any financial assistance garnered through grants will directly enhance their offerings.

To contribute, individuals are encouraged to reach out to Vincent at or text 513-030-61126. Let's pedal towards a brighter, more inclusive future together.

Latina Entrepreneur Academy

Local High School Student's Artwork Recognized Globally in UN Refugee Art Contest

Asifiwe Shema, a student at Aiken High School, achieved acclaim in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Youth with Refugees Art Contest, standing out among 4,000 global entries. His artwork, titled "Friend Code," not only portrays his journey from Burundi to America but also celebrates the enduring bond of friendship. Inspired by the "Illustrated Memoir Project" at Aiken High School, led by Dr. Kate Carlier Currie of Maketank Inc., Shema's art authentically reflects his personal story.

Dr. Currie emphasizes the importance of allowing students to express themselves genuinely, supporting their diverse narratives. Shema's cultural identity is prominently featured in his work, capturing the essence of his roots and experiences. Selected for UNIQLO t-shirts, Shema's art will contribute to supporting refugees worldwide, showcasing his message of hope and solidarity.

His memoir, Unexpected Change, has beautiful illustrations that help tell the story of Asifiwe’s family preparing to leave the refugee camp where he grew up in Burundi and their first impressions after arriving in the US. To learn more about Asifiwe's story and show support, visit the MakeTank Inc. website.




Asian Food Fest

April 27-28, 2024 | Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Court Street Plaza, Downtown Cincinnati

The 13th annual Asian Food Fest (AFF), sponsored by Kroger and P&G, will feature 66 vendors offering cuisine from 15 different Asian food traditions – 19 more than last year. Taking place on April 27-28 in Downtown Cincinnati, this event celebrates the Asian American community in Southwest Ohio, showcasing unique food vendors and beloved family-friendly activities like the Secret Menu and karaoke contest. Admission to the festival is free.

With nearly 100,000 visitors expected, AFF relies on dedicated volunteers to ensure a fun and safe experience. To support this tradition, more volunteers than ever are needed. Learn more and sign up to volunteer on the AFF Volunteers webpage.


Cincinnati Rhythm

September 13, 2024 | 6 - 10 p.m. | Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Rhythm is our highly anticipated, multicultural annual event. There’s something for everyone who attends including plenty of food, music, performances, and special awards. Every year we hold this special event for the immigrants and refugees who call our region home. The event is a celebration and an opportunity to connect with friends, old and new.

So save the dates – September 13, 2024 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Cincinnati Museum Center – and join us in celebrating the new Americans who contribute to a strong regional economy and a diverse, vibrant community. 


Global Crisis. Local Hope.

Xavier University's Health United Building | April 22, 7 - 8:30 p.m.


2024 Hispanic Legislative Visit Day

Ohio Statehouse | April 25, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Asian Food Fest

Court Street Plaza | April 27, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. & April 28, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Cincy Cinco

Fountain Square | May 4, Noon - 10 p.m. & May 5, Noon - 6 p.m.


World Refugee Day Festival | RefugeeConnect & KRM

Goebel Park | June 15, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Culture Day 2024 | Kentucky African Women Association (KAWA)

Hellmann Creative Center | June 22, Noon - 6 p.m.


AfriFest: Taste of Africa | APNET

Sawyer Point Park | July 20, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Cincinnati Rhythm | Cincinnati Compass

Cincinnati Museum Center | September 13, 6 - 10 p.m.


The Illustrated Memoir Project

Contemporary Arts Center | September 11 - November 10