In the presence of friends and family on a foggy day, eight bold individuals signed contracts initiating them into the People’s Liberty family. This is our sixth round of Project Grantees and they’re a bold bunch. Meet the new grantees below:
April Culbreath is a veteran, upholsterer and furniture refinisher who wants to pass on knowledge of her craft in order help veterans dealing with PTSD and homelessness. Her project Operation Comfy Chair Drop will teach veterans how to reupholster and refinish furniture, which will then be donated to various organizations that help veterans and the homeless.
Clayton Brizendine is a Louisville, KY native who has lived in Cincinnati for 17 years and hopes to give back to the community with his project Courts of Art. Courts of Art will turn dilapidated, outdoor basketball courts into works of art where people of all ethnicities, religions and racial backgrounds can gather and play.
Eric Gruenstein is a professor of molecular genetics and neuroscience at UC Medical School. His project BioChar will teach children and their families how to use charcoal as a soil to produce healthy vegetables and to remove greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. His hope is to mitigate the dangers of climate change and to improve nutrition through awareness.
Jay Kalagayan is the founder of Know Theatre and co-founder of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. His project MeSseD is an underground installation in a real service tunnel that will create a social “moment” using his comic MeSesD, which features a sewer worker named Lilliput. He hopes his project will create an appreciation for MSD employees who treat, process and provide life-sustaining water to the city.
Simone Cocks-Charles is a Cincinnati transplant and owner of BLUSH The Event Loft: a multi-use coworking space in Downtown Cincinnati. Her project Campus Closet is a mobile recourse for college students from low income households that will provide care packages and other upcycled necessities, making the transition into college life easier.
Jeffrey Miller is a experiential brand strategist and event producer with focus on the culinary and packaged goods industries. His project Lunchbox is a lunchtime pop-up destination that will provide a diverse range of meal options using ingredients rescued from local grocery stores and farms. His hope is to educate the community about food waste and “ugly food.”
Geralyn Sparough is a fabric artist and storyteller invested in social inclusion. Her project Shelter from the Storm will be a large weaving shelter in a public space in Cincinnati. She hopes this structure will help illustrate and strengthen our ties to each other as a community.
Tina Dyehouse is a civic-minded and dedicated public service professional who wants to create an ombudsman for the Cincinnati area using social media and a blogging platform called Urban Ombuds. An ombudsman, or ombuds, will investigate, negotiate and resolve problems for individuals with a government or public agency.
Welcome to the People's Liberty Family, Grantees!
Project Grantees were carefully selected by a panel of talented inspiring leaders from the community. Jurors took the time to review each application thoroughly and thoughtfully. 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: