0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Northside Art in the Park brings together more than 50
area artists to sell their handmade and hand-crafted products while you
enjoy family-friendly activities and bites from some of the city’s best
by Katherine Newman
61 days ago
Voices is a nonprofit organization operating in Northside. The purpose of V+V
is to provide space and opportunity for artists with disabilities to thrive,
giving exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies and support to more
than 125 artists with disabilities.
“Our mission is
to provide artists with professional, creative, and cultural opportunities,”
says Hannah Leow, volunteer coordinator at V+V. The artists were creating before
they come to V+V so they just keep doing their own thing. “They keep their
vision and their style, we just support them,” Leow says.
Voices achieves its mission in three ways, the first being the studio program
where artists can come and spend time working on their art. The exhibition
program gives opportunities for them to show their work with five exhibits a
year in the Northside gallery. The final piece is the Teaching Artist Program,
which allows artists to go into the community and teach their style of
Volunteer: Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and occasionally on evenings and weekends. The biggest need
is for people in the creative field who are interested in making art and want
to work collaboratively with artists. “The biggest need I’ve seen is creative
folks, or folks who aren't creative and are interested in learning about
creativity, being in the studio working with the artists,” Leow says.
days at V+V are great for high school groups. They can come in and do
organizational tasks for a little while, which is very helpful to the organization.
Then they have the chance to work with the artists and combine their creative
outside of creative work include organizational projects, cleaning and
providing technical support.
volunteers at V+V who come frequently and have been there for a long time, but there
are also volunteers who don't come so often. There really isn’t a requirement
for the type of commitment you need to make. Anyone
interested in volunteering can reach out online. Before starting as a volunteer,
expect a short introductory session with a tour of the studio and general
information about the organization and its goals, a questionnaire and background
check. “It’s a pretty quick process,” Leow says.
Some of the
resources available to volunteers include articles about working with adults
with disabilities. This isn’t really focused on during the brief training
because Leow believes it’s something you learn as you go. “The biggest thing
for me is that it’s an experience based training,” Leow says.
There is no real
precursor to being a good fit at V+V. Decisions are made on a case-by-case
basis “We feel it out with each person,” Leow says. It is about connecting and
accepting the artist. They have a wide variety of volunteers from many
different creative backgrounds.
Donations: Art supplies are in high demand at
V+V. You can find a list online detailing what is needed. Some of the items include
permanent markers, ink pads, buttons, sewing needles and glitter.
program promotes giving the gift of stocks. Consider donating stocks that have
already been acquired and increased in value. Financial advisors are able to
transfer stocks from private parties to Visionaries + Voices. In return, the
organization will issue an acknowledgement of the gift.
For more information on VISIONARIES + VOICES visit
by Cassie Lipp
89 days ago
Posted In: COMMUNITY
at 04:23 PM | Permalink
Customers entering Building Value in Northside are greeted by a yard of
bathtubs, sinks and other home furnishings. It might seem like a graveyard for
building materials, but these old home fixtures are awaiting a new life.
This is confirmed by the set of child-sized lawn chairs by the store entrance.
Upon closer inspection it’s clear that the chairs are actually repurposed
shopping carts. Inside, customers bustle around the store through aisles of
cabinets, shelves and other furniture looking for a new home.
All of the goods available for purchase at Building Value are either donated by
homeowners who no longer use them or salvaged from demolished homes. Anything
bought here can be given a new life in another home rather than sitting in a
While two men get out a tape measure to see if their dream cabinets will fit
inside their kitchen, the store cat Bella Value perches atop the checkout
counter as the clerk asks a customer to sign a donation form.
“With or without the cat’s help?” he asks. Bella seems indifferent to the man’s
signature as he signs off on the goods he donated to the store.“Bella doesn’t actually itemize or give customers value for their stuff,” store
manager David Daniels says. “She is on payroll to take care of the mice.”
Building Value’s main mission is to employ people with disabilities and other
workplace difficulties and give them the training needed to obtain positions in
the construction field that pay livable wages.
Those who complete Building Value’s training program develop basic
deconstruction skills. They may then be hired by companies like Messer
Construction, a partner of Building Value.
“A combination of our program and our store work hand in hand,” Daniels says. “The
deconstruction part tears down buildings and brings it back to the store; the
store sells it so that we can make money to fund our mission.”
Instead of completely knocking a house to the ground, Building Value works to
take it apart piece by piece so that almost all parts are salvageable and able
to be resold in the store. All proceeds benefit programs at Easter Seals, a
nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for those with disabilities or
disadvantages to realize their full potential. The tristate chapter of Easter
seals founded the store in 2004.
“We’re trying to carefully remove items so that it can come here and get a
second life as the same thing or maybe repurposed,” Daniels says. “Our biggest
component here is how much stuff we divert from the landfill.”
The cheapest way to demolish a building is to completely raze it and dump all
of the components into a landfill, Daniels says. Although Building Value does
not demolish homes this way, having the service done by them may be comparable
or cheaper because the items salvaged for resale are tax-deductible donations.
“The thing that separates us from another business is that all the material
that comes back to the store is an actual tax write-off to the organization
that offsets their bill,” Daniels says.
Daniels says Building Value will take the bricks, wood floors, windows, staircases,
mantles and nearly any other part of a house. Customers could almost build a
house from the store’s materials. While this provides a low-cost alternative
for customers, it is also ideal for those who own older homes who may not be
able to find the parts they need at stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s. Building
Value’s inventory is more eclectic because it is sourced from donations and
changes every week.
The customers who shop at Building Value are contractors, house flippers and
those looking to repurpose old items — a group Daniels proudly calls “the
Pinterest crowd.” Since the key to making money off these ventures is finding
cheap materials, Building Value is an essential shopping destination for these
Before Daniels became the store manager, he flipped old houses and was a
frequent customer himself. He combines his skills from managing a Walgreens
store with his knowledge of what homebuilders need to run Building Value.
“[At Walgreens] I was working a lot of hours, but I was never inspired,” he
says. “This job inspires me — I come in on my day off every week.” Daniels says
rather than working hard to help Walgreens profit, he is now working hard for a
better cause. ”This store is a win-win situation,” he says. “The customers win,
the company wins, the environment wins. Nobody is getting a bad shake out of
For more information on BUILDING VALUE, visit buildingvalue.org.
by Cassie Lipp
95 days ago
Posted In: Bar
at 02:14 PM | Permalink
sour beers and live music with state-of-the-art audio quality, Urban Artifact
brings people together for “wild culture” — its tagline — all housed within a
historic Northside church.The craft brewery, which opened in April 2015, offers house-brewed sour beers,
including seasonal flavors, as well as five signature staples. Liquor and wine
are also offered for those who do not care for sours.
If you visit Urban Artifact this month, be sure to try their Abacus gose, which
pairs the flavors of raspberry and chocolate for a surprisingly smooth treat. (I
am not much of a beer drinker myself, but Abacus is the only beer I have ever
liked.) One of Urban Artifact’s four owners, Scott Hand, boasts that it is
probably the only beer of its kind in the world.
“We like to combine the activity of getting together with great beer,” Hand says.
Urban Artifact beer is complemented with live music nearly every night of the
week. With a different band playing each night, Urban Artifact’s crowd also changes
nightly. The venue invites all different types of artists to play there, but
the strongest emphasis is on local and regional acts.
The brewery’s taproom and listening lounge are located in the old church basement,
unique for its high quality acoustics. Artists who play there are left
remarking on how great the sound is. This excellent sound comes thanks to Hand,
who used his expertise in designing theater spaces to craft the music venue.
Urban Artifact plans to move into the sanctuary part of the church after
renovations are complete. Converting this space into the ideal music venue will
be the most difficult part of the process, but Hand says he is ready and
excited for the challenge. He is currently in the planning phase for this project.
The idea for Urban Artifact sprung from Hand’s interest in music. In fact, he
started an independent music label while in college at the University of
Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. His label,
Grayscale Records, was meant to represent all music in the indie spectrum.
After writing a plan about the future of the music business, Hand decided to
focus on connecting an audience directly to musicians instead. Beer was added
to the mix in order to create the Urban Artifact brand.
While Hand moved to Chicago after graduating from UC, he returned to Cincinnati
almost five years ago for his family. Here, he met the right business partners
to bring his vision to life. He remarks on how Cincinnati is the ideal city for
a project to sprout.
“You can do everything here,” he says. “You can come here with a dream and good
business plan and make it happen.”
Urban Artifact’s location within the city is also ideal. The old church was
chosen because it was in the middle of a neighborhood, which Hand says has been
fantastically receptive to the new venue.
“While I would love to be a tourist attraction, it’s great to be appreciated by
the locals,” he says.
At first, Hand was apprehensive about housing Urban Artifact in an old church.
“I thought the church thing was going to be a deal breaker, but almost everyone
who comes here thinks it’s hilarious,” he says. This includes a group of 18
priests who came into Urban Artifact dressed in their full traditional garbs to
drink one day. Check artifactbeer.com for complete music listings. Visitors can also look
forward to URBAN ARTIFACT’s one year anniversary party April 23 and special
events housed above the bar and music space. Drinkers in Dayton and Columbus
can find Urban Artifact beers at select distributors throughout the area.
Northside’s Tickle Pickle walk-up window serves Rock-themed burgers and shakes
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Back-alley, Earth-conscious, locally sourced Rock &
Roll burgers are exactly the kind of thing one would expect to find in
Northside. When driving down Hamilton Avenue on a recent Tuesday
afternoon, I decided to try Tickle Pickle, which happens to serve just
Activists in Northside take to the streets to protest increasing violence against women
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
In the early morning hours of Oct. 2, two
teenagers approached a woman near the corner of Chase and Virginia
avenues in Northside and assaulted her. The terrifying incident wasn’t an
isolated occurrence in Northside, which has seen a spike in reports of
of violent rapes and sexual assaults.
Northside community members tap help from the feds hoping to keep the neighborhood affordable and accessible
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
On a sunny day in late August, a group
from the Northside Community Council gave four representatives from the
Environmental Protection Agency, in from Washington, D.C. and the
federal agency’s Region 5 office in Chicago, a winding tour of the
Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition serves up vintage arcade games, alcohol and gourmet hot dogs
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Northside’s got itself a new arcade-bar.
Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition is home to an expertly curated selection of
retro video games, beers, cocktails and gourmet hot dogs.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
So you’re at a arcade-bar for the first time and you’re overwhelmed by the hordes of drunken youth, flashy lights and Space Invaders sound
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
A first-of-its-kind community infoshop
for books, zines and events opened two years ago in Northside. It’s now
reopening at a new location in Brighton Saturday and expanding its
breadth of public services.