Creative Placemaking Update 10/17

Mini-Grants & Artist Research: New Events & Recap

Southwest Quadrant Block Party: Mini-Grantee

Join new and longtime residents in the southwest quadrant (west of Gilbert Ave & south of E. McMillan St) on October 28th from 3-7pm for a special block party by Mini-Grantee Jordan Finley! There'll be music, games, and good food in the Concord Garden at 2400 Concord Street, at the corner of Concord and Morgan. See you there!




WE ARE CINCINNATI Mural Reveal: Artist Research

Artist Benjamin Thomas was employed for the Artist Researcher Project to design and execute a mural based on the findings and conversations from the project. Thomas and four artists set out to discover how the community is impacted by segregation and how we can bring everyone back together. His mural project was birthed from the research and process of building relationships. Join us on November 3rd at 5pm by Parkside Cafe for the big reveal! Facebook event link here. 


L.E.M.: Living Every Moment: Mini-Grantee
Mizzan Anderson is an advocate for safety awareness and anti-gun violence in our communities. Come support her movement, L.E.M., in an undergarment clothing drive for children in our community on November 4th from 7-11pm at The Brew House.

Sew Prepared: Mini-Grantee
From business owner April Culbreath comes a 2 day sewing class designed for kids! November 3rd & 17th, Culbreath will host sewing classes in her storefront on Woodburn Avenue by Madison Rd. Seating is limited - if interested, please contact A.D. Culbreath Designs at (513) 376-5100.

Apron designing for Frederick Douglass Garden Club: Mini-Grantee

Terri Martin sat around a crowded table at Frederick Douglass School, guiding youth through the process of designing their own garden aprons. Youth picked up a sheet, crayons, and started working! The kids were focused and produced some great designs. Their next session, where they will be applying designs on the Aprons, is November 8th at 2:30 at Frederick Douglass School.

Walnut Hills History Day - Artist Research
 Join us at the Walnut Hills Library on November 15th anytime from 12-6pm for a historic day celebrating Walnut Hills! In coordination with the Walnut Hills Historical Society, Artist Researcher Michael Ellison will showcase his photos and other historic documentation.





St. Ursula Youth Summit: Mini Grantee 

Students from St. Ursula were awarded one of our Mini-Grants to coordinate a youth summit with teens from Walnut Hills! On a Saturday afternoon, youth joined to discuss many topics that helped them understand diversity. The day was filled with break sessions and fun to further explore these topics, and they did a wonderful job!

Love Your Block: Mini Grantee  
Leonard Jackson led a clean up on Nassau that involved youth, parents, and college students. Chopping down trees and weeds that hid beautiful scenery for years was the task for the day! Leonard plans to bring the community back  together with Interfaith Hospitality to discuss the future of a park for dogs and families. Join his group and look for monthly clean ups!


The 5PA Music Festival : Mini Grantee
Music producer Kick Lee, founder of non-profit Cincinnati Music Accelerator , received a mini grant to coordinate a music festival in the Five Points Alley! Featuring Cincinnati musicians with a wide range of musical taste, festival-goers enjoyed jazz, rap, r&b, acoustic, and instrumental pieces throughout the day. We're excited for next year!
Creative Placemaking Update 10/17

Food Access Update 10/17

Healthy Foods at Local Store

WLWT reported on a local business's efforts to provide healthy foods on a post-Kroger East McMillan St, and how Walnut Hills resident Nicole Jones and others have been affected by living in a food desert. Local business owner Gayle Givens referenced how she's moving her store, Zweets, to be more health-oriented by working with Center for Closing the Health Gap to have a produce display and cooler, ordering produce from North College Hill coop farm, Our Harvest, and providing space for local chef, Trinidad Mac-Auliffe, to offer her healthy fast food like collard wraps, hummus, and healthy juices. Healthy Outreach Coordinator Gary Dangel discusses our efforts to improve food access by having three farm stands throughout the week during the summer months in the full article from WLWT. 

 (picture above shot in Zweets at 1018 E. McMillan)
Food Access Update 10/17

Real Estate & Economic Development Update 10/17

We have been awarded a Duke Energy Urban Revitalization Grant to help our efforts around food access and economic development!  

"Urban Revitalization catalyst grants given to projects that will reduce blight and building vacancies, create jobs, and increase business retention/expansion and workforce training opportunities...Program aims to spur additional economic development activities in the community...Duke Energy has issued $1.88 million in grants to 58 projects in Ohio and Kentucky since the redevelopment program launched in 2011"

Take a look at the full article on Duke Energy's website.


Have you walked down East McMillan lately? Tucked between the Dr. Dillard building and the Yvette Simpson headquarters, the "Comfort Station" building is undergoing renovations and rehabilitation to restore the building for future use! More project updates to follow as the building makes headway. 









Meet us on November 2nd at 2:30 for a groundbreaking ceremony! You'll hear from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and project leaders on the future of this iconic building. 

Facebook event page here.


Real Estate & Economic Development Update 10/17

Real Estate & Economic Development Update 9/17

The historic Paramount Building at the corner of Gilbert Avenue and East McMillan will be undergoing renovations as early as October 2017! Read the article by WLWT for a closer look inside. 






Trevarren Flats will be welcoming a new tenant: sneaker retailer, "The Cure"! Take a look at this Business Journal article (subscription warning) and their social media page here. 

Covington barbershop Cutman Barbershop has announced their plans to open  second location in Walnut Hills, specifically in the old Louis meat-packing building! Take a look at their kickstarter video below. 

Real Estate & Economic Development Update 9/17