Northside’s ‘Happen Inc.’ Provides Artistic Outlet for Community

An award-winning nonprofit cultivates community with boundless creativity.

Photograph by Luanne DeMeo

Stop by North-side’s Happen Inc.—or its adjacent Toy Lab—and you’ll see kids of all ages (read: 3 to 73) working together on craft projects and science experiments, learning about community gardening, upcycling new toys from recycled or donated ones, and more. Since 1999, Happen’s goal has been to provide a place for parents and kids to bond through shared educational experiences. There’s “Make It,” an outreach series focused on bringing the world of engineering, technology, science, and nature to kids and parents. “Breadwinners” allows teens to design and print T-shirts while learning the ins and outs of the screen-printing business, and “Happen Outside” is a community gardening initiative encompassing multiple neighborhood garden plots. Happen’s programs instill a love of art and creativity and foster community involvement. Many of the nonprofit’s programs travel to local schools and community events, too.

Happen Inc.,
(513) 751-2345,

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