Cultural Clusters

This month we explore the sociological and civic impact of what are called “cultural clusters,” where arts centers, business, and community organizations collaborate to spur neighborhood revitalization.

Guest host Karina Mangu-Ward talks with Mike Boberg from ArtsWave and Ellen Muse-Lindeman from Kennedy Heights Arts Center, two organizations that are working to achieve this in Cincinnati, Ohio, and they discuss the changes in livability and appearance that take place when and where cultural clusters take root.

This podcast is part of a series that profiles the work of participants in EmcArts’s New Pathways program in Cincinnati. Learn more.



Michael Boberg is the Director of Shared Services for ArtsWave, where he works with representatives from organizations spanning the entire arts and culture sector. Previously, he served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and was Music Director and on-air host for WVXU-FM throughout the 1990s. Boberg served as co-chair of the Civic Pride/Community Engagement working group for the Agenda 360 Regional Planning process and is a graduate of the inaugural class of C-Change. He currently volunteers as a character coach for first graders through the Winners Walk Tall® program and serves on the advisory board for WVQC-LP 95.7 FM, a new lower-power radio station operated by Media Bridges. Boberg is a native Cincinnatian.

muse_lindemanEllen Muse-Lindeman became Kennedy Heights Arts Center‘s first Executive Director in January 2008. With more than 20 years experience in nonprofit leadership and management, Muse-Lindeman brings together her love of the arts and her passion for building community. Previously, she served as the Director of Development and Program Director for the Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington, Kentucky. Her professional experience includes development of community arts programs, community-built public art projects and coordination of a district-wide community-school partnership.


Karina Mangu-Ward is the former Director of Strategic Initiatives at EmcArts.