August 5th is a busy day! There’s a business renaissance on East McMillan Street, where participating businesses on the 1000 block will celebrate their district. On the other side of town, Lynne Fiddmont performs at a benefit for the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs House! Visit www.memorialhallotr.com for tickets, view the fliers below for more information on both events.
722 E McMillan Construction Update
The building at 722 E McMillan Street is currently undergoing stabilization work by SSRG (Structural Systems Repair Group). Click the link below for a short update on the work they're doing!
The Cure is a new sneaker retailer joining Trevarren Flats at 961 E McMillan St! Check out the full Business Courier article here.
What better thing to go into an old bank building than a speakeasy-style cafe? Full article on the to-be renovated Bank Building here.
Fifth Third Bank unveils a new Neighborhood Growth Fund, including Walnut Hills as a community partner! Soapbox article here.
An ArtPlace representative and Grant Panelist visited Walnut Hills on July 20th for an in-depth look at creative placemaking initiatives in Walnut Hills, and how we fit in their National Creative Placemaking Fund application process. Fingers crossed as we continue on our journey through the application process!
Here is a link to ArtPlace's list of 70 finalists.
CGC Tour in Walnut Hills
3 of the 4 community gardens visited by a Civic Garden Center tour were located in Walnut Hills! The tour visited spaces like Concord Garden, located at the intersection of Concord and Morgan Streets.
On Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays in Walnut Hills, you can expect to see a shipping container or a produce-truck in the old Kroger parking lot at 954 East McMillan. Harvest Days (Mon), Findlay Farmstand (Thur), and Healthy Harvest Mobile Market (Fri) do their part to provide fresh, healthy, affordable options to residents and commuters.
May Street Orchard
Volunteers planted 19 fruit trees (apple, pear, peach, plum and cherry) and a variety of berry bushes and plants at the newly transformed lot north of William Howard Taft on May St. Big shout out to Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and GE Finance department for helping prep the lot, and to Oswald Insurance for planting! Thanks to Hafner & Sons for donating topsoil, too! Want to get involved in Walnut Hills garden volunteering? Email Betty@walnuthillsrf.org.
ArtWorks! Youth Apprentices & Gateway Signage
ArtWorks presents Walnut Hills CDS: Community Design Studio! These talented young artists are using strategic mapping and engagement strategies to form a design for gateway signage (picture murals, sculptures, or just colorful signs that say "Welcome to Walnut Hills!", etc.), engaging pedestrians and WH residents to give their input, asking questions like "what does art mean to you?", "Whats your favorite color?", and "If you could describe Walnut Hills with one word, what would it be?". Interested in learning more? Want to help shape the design? Call Kailah at (513) 748-0966 to get involved.
Artist Researcher Recap
After a long couple of months, four artist researchers showcased their individual work around segregation and its cultural impact as a group: Alan Haley's mini-documentary on Walnut Hills Residents, Michael Ellison's photo gallery at Green Man Park, Herschal Johnson's identity sculpture at the Walnut Hills Library, and Ben Thomas's mural design at The Monastery. Their exhibits and continued work, including the mural to come, will soon be available to preview and purchase (specially Ellison's photos). Want to get involved? Email our Community Coordinator, Aprina Johnson, at email@example.com.