Welcome our Globe Grantees!
Q: Tell us about your project?
Phil: Imagine you can fly. You are levitating 1000 feet above OTR. You can see 360 degrees around you. I will draw the city that way. You Are Here will be an immersive, 360 degree hand drawn map that celebrates Cincinnati. The walls and floor will all be dry erase-able! Opening April 7!
Joi: I'm going to transform the storefront into The Green Store—a creative, innovative and sustainable pop-up shop, featuring eco products, a green cafe and a full program of interactive events.
Caroline: Here Channel is going to be a community internet-only radio station! We'll have a little studio, performance space and lots of organized ways for anyone to record and broadcast online.
Q: What impact do you hope your project has on the community? Is there a certain audience you are trying to engage?
P: I want to have separate opening nights for different portions of the map. I want to engage, children to play, community and business leaders to talk about their neighborhoods, and anyone just walking by.
J: Not only is the project designed for interaction, connectivity and community building, it also helps push our city towards greater sustainable development and civic engagement.
C: The Globes glass storefront is like East Village Radio. People can see the process and then walk in to find out they can do it too. There are no barriers to who gets involved and who is heard.
Q: How will the installation interact with the sidewalk?
P: A built display of a life size google map pin will be erected outside the gallery with a "You Are Here" sign to gain attention from the outside, luring them into the interior.
J: The Green Store windows will be a point of attraction for those passing by. Innovative art pieces will be displayed to invite people to come in.
C: Oh we should DEFINITELY have a speaker that plays whatever's happening in the studio out onto the street when appropriate. We can have live dance party shows!
Q: What has been your favorite Globe installation?
P: The first installation I saw in person was King Me. Her work was great. Good Eggs was just as great of an idea, and I really love the aesthetic of the Play Library too.
J: The King Me exhibit would probably be my favorite Globe installation. I appreciate that the space was used to address such a critical, relevant and important issue in our society.
C: I loved the Play Library. There's so much direct interaction in a world that, in my more jaded moments, I think of as being too isolated or transactional. Play is real!
2017 Globe 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: