Today's the day! The contracts have been signed, hands have been shaken and our next round of grantees are excited to get their projects rolling. Help us celebrate the next eight individuals to receive a $10K project grant. Meet the new recruits below:
Grantee: Kai Stoudemire-Williams
Project: YCareer DoJo
Lives in: Westwood
YCareer DoJo will create a 6-8 week career immersion program for 14 to 17 year olds providing an opportunity for hands-on learning and field trip experiences. Participants will develop leadership and entrepreneurship skills while exploring STEAM career opportunities around Greater Cincinnati.
Grantee: Nicole Lee
Project: Warrior Moms
Lives in: Silverton
Warrior Moms' mobile beauty salon will visit a variety of Cincinnati's neighborhoods to help empower and create a positive network of single mothers.
Grantee: Damon Lynch IV
Project: Urban Orchards
Lives in: East Price Hill
Urban Orchards will use permaculture techniques to plant dwarf trees in Roselawn's vacant spaces as well as in residents' yards. The focus will be to provide access to fruit trees, edible shrubs, herbs and flowers and to educate the community about sustainable living, all while serving a need.
Grantee: Mike Augustine + Jesse Deegan
Project: The Chronograph
Lives in: Mt. Adams
The Chronograph will be a large-scale clock that will travel throughout OTR, Downtown and Mt. Adams. Unlike traditional clocks, The Chronograph will incorporate minute variations in its geospatial positioning to present time in a heretofore unexplored manner.
Grantee: Nancy Yerian
Project: Strong Roots
Lives in: Walnut Hills
Strong Roots will be an exhibit covering 50 years of LGBTQ history in Greater Cincinnati. This traveling exhibit will build intergenerational connections, educate the public about our local history and involve the public through a variety of programs.
Grantee: Lisa Andrews
(with Mary Seguin + Ray Ball)
Project: Pantry Raid!
Lives in: Pleasant Ridge
Pantry Raid! will build and install mini pantries in several Cincinnati neighborhoods. Pantries will both allow for local residents to donate non-perishable food and personal hygiene items and for anyone to safely and conveniently take what they need.
Grantee: Kate Zaidan
Project: Findlay Feasts!
Lives in: Northside
Findlay Feasts! will be a variation on the traditional cooking class model. This series of community cooking classes will bring the community together to participate and share skills and expertise around food.
Grantee: Emily Wolff
Project: CSX Six
Lives in: Covington
The CSX six will improve the CSX underpass on 6th Street in Covington through beautification, creative lighting and increased safety measures for a welcoming neighborhood and community.
Fall Project Grantees were selected by a community panel comprised of area creative, business and civic talent. All project proposals were scored based on feasibility, novelty [specific to Greater Cincinnati] and projected community impact. A huge thank-you to this cycle's panelists, listed below:
Top row: Alecia Kintner, Brian Heil, Christina Brown
Middle Row: Elese Daniel, Jason Franz, Melissa Wideman
Bottom Row: Ryan Cayabyab, Tamaya Dennard, Tricia Suit