After four years of awarding a year-long civic sabbatical to two highly-motivated Greater Cincinnati residents, People’s Liberty is marking our final year with a new Haile Fellowship structure. Our goal? To better equip effective, courageous, and visionary leaders ready to shape the future of Cincinnati. Over six-months together, three Fellows will hone their leadership skills; learn from notable thought leaders; and expand their connections across sectors while tackling a vexing community challenge. This year’s challenge is one cities across the country are discussing and grappling with… How do you preserve the spirit of a changing neighborhood? This year, Fellows will focus on one of our city’s most cherished community spaces, the historic Findlay Market district located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine and just outside our front door.
Throughout January, Fellowship hopefuls shared their backgrounds, experiences in civic engagement, and skill sets for addressing this challenge. With the help of a bright panel of jurors, we slimmed applications and are proud to announce our three winners: Kyle E. Ebersole, Asa Featherstone, IV and Brian Yangyuen! Learn more about each Fellow below.
Kyle Eli Ebersole is a Cincinnati-based artist, designer and animator. He has worked for Procter & Gamble, Kroger, and Neltner Small Batch. In college, Kyle sold produce at the Neltner Farm Stand at Findlay Market. Additionally, Kyle was chosen as an artist for BLINK 2017 and created the Chroma projection for the Hanke building on Main St. as well as the Rookwood Pottery Projection on Elm St. Most recently, Kyle has crafted design for Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey and Hugo Arnold’s Bathtub Gin. After three years working as the Art Director for Leap Frame, a local film and animation studio, Kyle switched his focus to freelance work.
Asa Featherstone, IV’s artistic journey started in middle school when he picked up an old camera from the thrift store. He loved the way stories could be told by looking at something as simple as a picture and has carried that passion through today. A Cincinnati-based filmmaker/photographer, Asa uses images to bridge people. The basis of his work is the belief that all of us are looking to connect with one another authentically. Asa received a B.A. in Communication from the University of Cincinnati and is currently the Media Relations Coordinator/Video Producer at the Contemporary Arts Center, where he uses video to give audiences the opportunity to understand more about each other through art.
Brian Yangyuen is a Southern California native and newly-minted Cincinnati resident. Brian’s construction and real estate development background centers on his passion—projects that emphasize experience and placemaking through thoughtful design. Brian has spent over a decade as a Disney Imagineer bringing large-scale theme park projects to life in California and China. His multi-faceted study of the built environment has earned him a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley, a Master's degree in Construction Management from USC, and a California Real Estate license. Brian is a fan of needlessly complex board games and lives in Prospect Hill with his partner and their 15-year-old “puppy,” Cookie.
Asa, Brian and Kyle begin their 6-month Fellowship next week. Over the next 6-months, the team will meet weekly to research, propose, and implement solutions to engage and activate the Findlay Market district. Their journey will take them on field trips to explore how other cities are addressing the problem. Additionally, national experts will join them in Cincinnati to guide and provoke along the way.
Stay tuned to our social media as these three talented individuals engage in this project, chronicle their learnings, and invite the community to participate.
Our Haile Fellowship recipients were carefully selected by a panel of engaged and inspiring leaders. Jurors took the time to review each application thoroughly and thoughtfully. A heartfelt thanks to this group of panelists for lending their time and expertise and to Design Impact for helping to organize and lead our Finalist Workshop Day!
Top row (L to R): Steve Smith, Elisa Hoffmann, Alexander Kuhns
Second row (L to R): Mathilde Fouqué, Jena Bradley, Frederick Riley