A native Cincinnatian, Pat attended Oak Hills High School, received her BA at the University of Kentucky in 1973 and completed her Masters in Art Education at Miami University in 1985. Pat was art educator in The Northwest Local School District for 30 years, and President of the Northwest Association of Educators, 1995-2000.
Since retirement as an art educator in 2004, Pat has pursued art in a more personal venue as a muralist for Artworks Cincinnati. As a member of Art4Artists, a group of professional and community women artists, she share ideas and works and celebrates the importance of the arts in our everyday lives. Several collaborative A4A projects included The Harmony Garden Foundation’s, Picturing a Healthy Girl PhotoVoice Project to bring attention to girls’ health issues. The WomenWorkBooks collaborative with Kennedy Heights Art Center focused on the relevance of women’s issues to the lives of young girls. Most recently, her assemblage, “Who’s Pulling the Strings?” was exhibited at the 2016 Annual SOS Show at The Art Academy of Cincinnati.
As Chair of the Price Hill Will Board of Directors and a member of the Housing, Arts, and Education Community Action Teams, she developed community-wide opportunities for engagement in the arts and encouraged grassroots community activism. She founded a summer youth photography workshop for 6-8th graders in 2006.
Ms. Bruns sincerely believes that grassroots political action can also be a powerful vehicle for positive change. She was Price Hill’s Ward 25 Chair from 2006-14. She volunteered as a Neighborhood Team Leader for Organizing for America in the 2008 and 2012 elections and for Hillary campaign in 2016.
As a Public School activist throughout her career, she invited Governor Strickland to her home in 2010 to discuss adequate and equitable funding to insure high quality public schools accessible to all students with area educators.
For her on-going work, Pat has been recently awarded Price Hill Will’s Top of the Hill Dedicated Resident Award (2017), Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus’ Outstanding Achievement Award (2014), Girl Scouts’ Woman of Distinction Award (2013), and Southwest Ohio Education Association’s Friend of Education Award (2012).
Ms. Bruns is currently an elected member of the Ohio State Board of Education, representing Hamilton and Warren Counties. Her term runs from January, 2015 through December, 2018).
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