A month into the residency program at People's Liberty, Chelsea and Fatema share their experience.
Chelsea, Communications Resident
My experience has been one out of a story book; working in the neighborhood definitely has its perks. Not only does my office window overlook Findlay market, it’s just a few paces from one of Cincinnati’s new Red Bike stations, which has made downtown meetings and lunch runs to Vine Street a breeze.
The work isn’t bad either. So far, I’ve had the luck of being exposed to a few of Cincinnati’s hidden gems—the Mercantile Library, Mayerson Foundation art collection and Price Hill’s Eco-village—and the honor of meeting many of Cincinnati’s community leaders. The constant exposure to innovative ideas, dreamed up for the sole purpose of pushing our community forward, as well as the chance to share those ideas and our story with the public via social media, blogging, and program collateral, has been absolutely amazing. After one month with the team, I couldn’t be happier.
Fatema, Design Resident
Delicious, post-biking vietnamese coffee-flavored gelato? Sure, I’m in! One of the perks about being a design resident at People’s Liberty is our location directly across from Cincinnati’s historic Findlay Market. The view of the market and Cincinnati’s rolling hills from our studio’s windows are picturesque. In the past four weeks, I’ve had a taste of Cincinnati with its big city, small town vibe. I shopped at City Flea, biked from Downtown to OTR, sampled locally made coffee and chocolate, awed at ArtWorks murals and visited the American Sign Museum twice, among other exciting adventures.
Our experience at People’s Liberty has already been rewarding. The team is friendly and humorous, as well as deeply committed and motivated to the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. I’ve had the opportunity to document our events and outings through photographs, develop original content for an internal toolkit, and hone my composition and typography skills on a daily basis. The PL team, especially Megan who supervises residents, has been direct in their communication and forthcoming with feedback. So the perks of being in Cincinnati are only the cherry on top of this great experience, for both Chelsea and I.