Bradley Cooper believes that architecture should be more than just a service. In 2015, Brad spent his fellowship year exploring whether or not tiny homes could be an affordable option of home-ownership for individuals in Cincinnati. His exploration led to the eventual development, design, sale and building of two small homes on Peete St. in Over-the-Rhine. Bradley is presently focused on creating a market-rate solution of accessible home-ownership for the urban environment, prioritizing holistic, sustainable building and design.
Cincinnati has one of the most vibrant and diverse music scenes in the country, something Brad Schnittger believes is unrecognized and underutilized by the wealth of Fortune 500 companies that license hundreds of compositions each year for advertising tv and films. In 2015, Brad spent his fellowship year creating MusicLi, an online music library that connects local musicians directly to licensing opportunities, enabling musicians to earn money from their passions and corporations to support talent in their own backyard.
1 Degree of Separation is a mobile installation highlighting Cincinnati and the people who live here through the use of interactive audio and visual components.
Kevin Wright & Joe Nickol
The Neighborhood Playbook is a step-by-step guide to local real estate development and public space activation in pioneering neighborhoods and emerging markets.
Janet Creekmore, Ben Jason Neal &
POPP=D ART is a 1963 Rainbow caravan travel trailer converted into a tiny mobile art gallery. POPP=DART provides the community with an introduction to affordable art in unexpected places, while also serving to elevate exposure and recognition for up and coming local artists.
Adam Gelter & Andrea Kern
Everyone’s Umbrella poses a solution to a frequent problem; being caught in a downpour without an umbrella. This pop-up surprise engages local businesses and public spaces with Over-the-Rhine residents and visitors, brightening the city at times when it feels most dreary. Look out!
Giacomo Ciminello believes in the positive, powerful effects of play. His project, Spaced Invaders, advocates for playful human interaction while highlighting forgotten, blighted spaces within urban communities. In the summer of 2015, Giacomo projected an oversized version of the classic arcade game on abandoned buildings in Cincinnati neighborhoods. By instilling this unique form of fun and activity into people’s lives, Giacomo hoped to spark discussion and encourage a positive outlook on abandoned parts of the urban fabricate.
Josiah Wolf, Liz Wolf & Matt Kotlarcyzk
Space Walk is a scaled outdoor model of
our solar system that prompts viewers to ponder the vastness of space.
Anne Delano Steinert
In the fall of 2015, Anne Delano Steinert launched Look Here!, a place-based public history installation that featured 70 historic photographs, mounted on city-owned poles, throughout Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. During this installation, viewers of all ages were invited to construct their own historical understanding of the past, while acknowledging what structures have been lost and saved. Anne led Walk and Talk tours during her grantcycle as a way to have a dialogue around historic preservation and introduce visitors to new, unexplored areas of the neighborhood. Since completing her People’s Liberty project grant, Anne has been working with other cities, including the City of Covington, to bring Look Here! to life in additional communities throughout the region and beyond.
Quiera ("Q") Levy-Smith
In the fall of 2015, Quiera Levy-Smith produced Black Dance Is Beautiful , a cultural event designed to show diversity in dance in Cincinnati, while showcasing an array of regional black dance companies. This weeklong festival featured workshops for students, allowing them to explore black dance, from authentic jazz to hip-hop. The festival culminated with a free public performance held at Walnut Hills High School, exposing more than 600 individuals to the beauty and power of black dance.
Alyssa McClanahan & John Blatchford
In real estate development, there’s often a temptation to take the cheap, quick and easy path. Alyssa and John think there’s a different way. Their project, Kunst: Built Art is a two-volume print magazine that highlights the stories of people who renovate historic buildings with intention, quality and care. Kunst No. 1 tells the stories of a few local individuals doing a wonderful job of preserving historic buildings in OTR, and Kunst No. 2 focuses more on the craftsmen and women doing the actual skilled labor behind building rehab here in Cincinnati. Future Kunst editions are planned, and in the meantime, new magazine content can be found at kunsthous.com. Their hope? Illuminate old buildings and the people who care for them, while demonstrating that creative reuse of historic buildings is feasible and desirable.
Over a 10-week period during the summer of 2015, Mark Mussman guided 15 Cincinnatians through the process of designing, building, branding and launching their own Android Apps. Throughout the course of his Creative App Project (CAP513), individuals learned valuable idea-generation processes, along with communication, design and technical skills. Thirteen apps were created during Mark’s grantcycle and are available on the Google Play Store. Each app has a focus on Cincinnati, while maintaining a deeply personal connection to the personalities and sensibilities of the individual creator.
During the summer of 2015, just four months after the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) made their transit data open to the public, Daniel Schleith and a team of developers at local creative agency Gaslight created Bus Detective, an app that offers real-time arrival information for Metro bus riders. Simple to use and available on both IOS and Android, the Bus Detective app allows individuals to more comfortably plan their transit schedules, helping increase ridership throughout the region. During his grant period, Daniel experimented with placing real-time bus arrival displays in ten downtown bars and restaurants. Displaying routes and arrival times for the nearest bus stops, these tablets were meant to attract attention, increase sales and drive foot traffic in the neighborhood.
Nancy Sunnenberg knows that strong communities start with strong relationships. Nancy launched Hello Home as a way for individuals to introduce new transplants to their neighborhoods by “gifting” them with a welcome packet, consisting of tickets, coupons and discount passes from
a variety of local restaurants, retailers and arts organizations. The premise is simple: newcomers are more likely to become active community stakeholders when relationship is cultivated soon after arrival. Hello Home examines how effective a neighbor-to-neighbor introduction can be to a newcomer, smoothing their relocation and building solidarity from the offset.
Maija Zummo wants to make it easy for consumers to support Cincinnati makers, crafters and artisans anytime, anywhere. She launched her e-commerce website Made in Cincinnati as a way to provide the world with goods from the region’s best creatives, while building a sense of support and community among the featured makers by documenting their stories and sharing their creative processes. Made in Cincinnati launched during Small Business Saturday in the fall of 2015, and continues to expand in reach and number of creatives featured.
Amy Lynch, Joel Masters & J.D. Loughead
At the Globe Storefront: Oct. 2015–Jan. 2016
Amy, Joel and JD, like to subvert expectations. Their collaborative installation DEEPSPACE challenged the way we experience gallery space by transforming the Globe storefront into a fully-immersive place for contemplation, meditation and creativity stimulation. Reflective rainbow infinity mirrors lined the storefront walls, while an oversized icosahedron dome, crafted from delicate steel and reflective color-bending panels, served as the main focal point. Over the course of their Globe storefront tenure, Amy, Joel and J.D. hosted a number of events including yoga and meditation, ritual tea ceremonies, dance parties and other musical performances. In the fall of 2016, DEEPSPACE began a
year-long residency at the Contemporary Art Center’s UnMuseum.
At the Globe Storefront: Jul.–Sep. 2015
During the summer of 2015, filmmaker Jacqueline Wood launched the Mini Microcinema as a way to celebrate the art of the moving image, both contemporary and historical, from Cincinnati and beyond. Two to three times a week for three months, Jacqueline screened a total of 26 films at People’s Liberty, inviting the public in to experience media that breaks from standard cinematic convention, and challenges Hollywood standards of form and content. For free. Since completing her Globe Grant, Jacqueline has continued to build an audience for the Mini Microcinema. In the spring of 2016, Jacqueline opened the Mini at the Carnegie in Covington, KY, screening films and hosting programming for a number of weeks. In the fall of 2016, Jacqueline celebrated the opening of a permanent home for the Mini on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine.
At the Globe Storefront: Mar.–Jun. 2015
In 2015, Jason Snell and his wife Sara Bedinghaus set out to prove that a good deed can go a long way. Their project, Good Eggs, is a collection of playful gumball machines that dispense plastic eggs containing positive and playful “good-deed” prompts for participants to perform throughout the community. The Good Eggs machines lived in the People’s Liberty storefront during the spring of 2015, before being distributed among businesses and public spaces around the city. Patrons are encouraged to report the results of their good deeds (and suggest new ones) via social media and the project website. Have you done your good deed today?
Julia Fischer’s Play Library promotes imagination and development by encouraging positive play. Think of it as a library that lends toys instead of books. In the summer of 2016, children and adults alike will be able to check out safe, high-quality toys and games, bringing families and communities together through play.
At the Globe Storefront: Jan.–Apr. 2016
King Me is a platform for men of color to better understand their value in this world. NinaMDot believes in the power of portraiture and its effect on individuals. Birthed from MDot's theory "What you see is what you become," the objective of King Me is to restore the perception of these men by applying three elements: Positive mindset, Self-value and Restoration.
Michael DeMaria’s Rube Goldberg inspired interactive installation, Serendipity of Sound, is driven primarily by the kinetic movement of ping pong balls. His engineering-marvel will highlight key aspects of Cincinnati’s history and cultural icons as well as emit musical sounds.
Get ready to be surprised!