It's an Honor.

We couldn't be prouder--or more excited--to announce the honorary chair of Design Cincinnati Presented by ClearArcCapital lecture and luncheon, Shannon Carter.

It is hard to think about the great city of Cincinnati without thinking about Shannon. Her leadership and philanthropic spirit reach far and wide in our town. Shannon was the president and CEO of Crayons to Computers, a nonprofit that she founded along with her Leadership Cincinnati class. Under her leadership, the organization distributed more than $100 million in school supplies since its inception in 1997. Crayons to Computers services 600 schools in 16 counties today, and has inspired like organizations in 42 cities across the country.


One of Computers to Crayons biggest suppliers is Crafts with Conviction, a group that Shannon also created. Prisoners manufacturer and assemble school supplies for schools, including flash cards, book bags and notebooks, making it one of the largest community service programs for Ohio prisoners. 


One part community leader and one part style icon, Shannon is the author of Living Artfully, a gorgeous coffee table book, which pays homage to traditions of gracious entertaining and home decor, inspiring all of us to collect, preserve, and display their treasures, antiques and family heirlooms. Proceeds from Living Artfully benefit the Taft Museum of Art, where she is also a board member.


Shannon's love of antiques is no surprise. She has been a part of the Association of Volunteers for years, and chaired the 1986 Cincinnati Art and Antiques Festival, which featured Martha Stewart as the lecture speaker, a true highlight of our event history. 


We are entering a new era of our event, celebrating modern style and a legacy of antiques. Shannon Carter is the perfect ambassador to usher us into our next chapter. Her energy, altruism, and timeless elegance continue to both fuel and inspire us. Thank you, Shannon, for all you have done for our city and the Association of Volunteers.