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Meet Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati’s first poet laureate

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2016
On the ides of April, despite a forgivingly warm day, it seemed that the entirety of Cincinnati’s poetry scene cloistered itself in the Mercantile Library to witness the inauguration of poet laureate Pauletta Hansel.  

Seeing and Being Seen

Radically Visible at Thunder-Sky, Inc. empowers and celebrates transgender people

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Radically Visible at Thunder-Sky (closing June 11) features the work of four interdisciplinary artists and is a testimony to the lives and voices of people who do not or cannot conform to traditional societal identities. 

Connecting Art, Communications and Politics

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Since 2014, Reverb Art + Design has predominantly offered graphic design and communications services, but its co-owners and life partners have also been taking action to go beyond the basic definition of those lines of work.  

Break the System

Saul Williams believes in music as a progressive force

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Saul Williams — poet, actor, vocalist and alt-Hip Hop musician — has a worldwide following that includes one unusual Classical composer in Switzerland.   

Affordable Pet Care for Low-Income Locals

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
In April 2013, Pets in Need opened its very own spacious facility, providing biweekly clinics and serving more than 200 animals. Today, the number of pets enrolled in the organization has reached more than 4,000.

Spring Greening

Urban Blooms’ artful “living walls” incorporate technology, sustainability and community development

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
As freshly poured concrete floors glisten in a new home in Mount Adams, a local startup is hard at work bringing one of the house’s two-story walls to life.  

Covington’s CGN Creates Community Opportunity

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington (CGN) is celebrating 40 years of formulating positive growth in the neighborhood, and it has big plans for the future.  

Indigo Girl

Alisha Budkie’s creative reuse center turns trash into treasured art supplies

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Imagine an artist’s dream garage sale. Mix in feathers, buttons, wood scraps, natural materials, yarn — anything offbeat you might uncover in an attic — and you have Indigo Hippo. 

The Observatory Wows Generations of Visitors

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2016
To the naked eye, there are not very many stars visible in the Cincinnati night sky. However, a look through one of Cincinnati Observatory’s telescopes on a clear evening makes it possible to catch a glimpse of the galaxy.  

Social Justice Warriors

Students organize first-ever UC QueerCon

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
If you search “social justice warrior” or “SJW” online, chances are you’ll see a lot of hate surrounding the term. But that’s not what Kyle Shupe has in mind when it comes to the theme of the inaugural QueerCon 2016.  

Artist-Centered Conversations

Greg Swiger’s Final Friday podcast shifts focus of critical art discourse back to artists

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
But by setting aside a public, albeit virtual, space for the voices of other artists to discuss motives, process and inspirations, Swiger pushes his own work into realms of “dialogical aesthetics.”   

Dream Weaver

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
While living in Kenya, Sylvia NebSa Harmon witnessed poverty firsthand and answered her call to social justice by making beads out of paper and teaching Kenyan artists how to make and distribute them for income.  

Local Creators Revamp Wine Bottle Candle

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
If Andy Worley were a candle, he would radiate a blend of basil, sage, mint and bergamot. His aromatic attribute is a smooth, revitalizing fragrance with a menthol boost called “Enliven,” and it’s one of 12 original scents created by A Squared Decor.  

Music with Motivation

How Ryan Hall’s Heligator Records helps fund an African refugee camp library

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2016
As a case manager for homeless youth, Ryan Hall chats with minors in homeless camps about all sorts of topics. Sometimes that includes popular rapper Young Thug. 

NYC Tenement Museum Sets Example for OTR

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2016
When Ruth Abram speaks Friday at the Mercantile Library about how she founded New York’s successful Lower East Side Tenement Museum, many in attendance will be wondering if they can do here what she did there.