People’s Liberty is constantly growing. New people are joining the People’s Liberty family and past grantees are continuing to develop many of their civic projects. With the launch of their second issue behind them, grantee alumni, Alyssa McClanahan and John Blatchford, answered a few questions about their process and project. Read on!
Q: You launched the second issue of Kunst last week; how do you feel moving forward from this successful event?
A: Excited! That night, we sold several dozen magazines. More copies are now available at stores around Over-the-Rhine: Dirt, Goods, Park + Vine and Iris. We also have copies available to buy on our website. We loved making the first issue of Kunst, but something about this second issue was even more special.
Q: How did having a panel during this launch help readers understand the idea behind your project?
A: Well, we mimicked the launch of our first issue. For No. 1, we had a small panel of people from the magazine that knew of or had preserved a building. We wanted a similar discussion for Kunst No. 2 inviting the people we featured in the issue to share their stories with an audience. We wanted the panel to generate excitement about the magazine, but we also wanted to spotlight and personally praise these craftsmen and women for their work. We loved telling their stories and we thought others would want to meet them too. I think that the panelists enjoyed meeting each other as well.
Q: What did you want to improve on from the first issue?
A: The thing that John, DJ and I discussed most at the beginning stages of No. 2 was really making sure that we weren't afraid to make this issue different from No. 1.
Q: What has been the most rewarding part of working on the second issue?
A: The stories. Telling them, sharing them and making sure these awesome people get the exposure they deserve. Also, the design process, spearheaded by DJ, was exciting and new. Being able to see all of the creative elements—the screen-printing, the embossing, the wood carved "2" on the front cover—come together was really neat.
Q: What impact do you hope your project has on the community? Is there a certain audience you are trying to engage?
A: We really want Kunst No. 2 to raise awareness that there are creative, highly-skilled craftsmen and women in Cincinnati that can do amazing work with wood, metal, furniture, glass and just design in general. We want people to appreciate them and hire them.
Q: Do you have a hero? Who is it?
A: The Ron Tisues and John Paters of the world...see Kunst No. 1 & 2 for reference! People who care deeply about their work and do it with respect for the process, the end product and the tradition behind it.
Q: Do you have any advice for future Project Grant applicants?
A: Take advantage of opportunities and contacts PL has for you; appreciate all the networking and support PL wonderfully provides!
Check out some photos from the event on our facebook page!