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Neighborhood Enhancement Program aims to improve Cincinnati quality of life

Cincinnati’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program, a 90-day collaborative effort between city departments, neighborhood residents and community organizations, focuses on developing the assets of individual neighborhoods.
 
By focusing, integrating and concentrating city service delivery and community redevelopment efforts, the NEP’s goal is to improve the quality of life in Cincinnati. Examples of integrated service delivery include concentrating building code enforcement; identifying and “cooling down” crime hot spots; cleaning up streets, sidewalks and vacant lots; beautifying landscapes, streetscapes and public right-of-ways; and engaging property owners and residents to create and sustain a more livable neighborhood. Targeted areas are identified through an analysis of building code violations, vacant buildings, disorder and drug calls, drug arrests, graffiti, junk autos, litter and weeds.
 
Neighborhoods with the most successful NEPs have taken key steps before the program begins, while it’s taking place and after it has ended. To date, Price Hill, Avondale, Northside, Clifton Heights/University Heights/Fairview, Westwood, Evanston, College Hill, Madisonville, Mt. Washington, Corryville, Over-the-Rhine, Bond Hill, Kennedy Heights, Pendleton, Mt. Airy and Carthage have participated in the NEP program.

East Price Hill and Walnut Hills are participating in the program this year.
 
Before beginning the NEP, a neighborhood must consider its community’s commitment to the program. Stakeholders must agree on what needs to be done in the neighborhood, and want to improve the neighborhood as a whole. An NEP Steering Committee needs to be established, which is made up of a community council representative, a business association representative, a redevelopment agency representative (if applicable) and a resident who lives in the neighborhood, and come up with a list of goals to accomplish within the NEP time frame.
 
The NEP has won numerous awards, including the President’s Award from the Ohio Conference for Community Development.

Check out Soapbox's "Hot 'Hoods" features on Price Hill and Walnut Hills to see NEP practices in action.
 
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Craft beer cafe soon to open in OTR

Childhood friends and founders of the Pedal Wagon, Jack Heekin and Tom O’Brian, will soon open the doors to their newest venture, HalfCut. The craft beer café will carry pints, flights and growlers of fresh beer or six-packs to go.
 
The idea for HalfCut came from Heekin’s father, a beer lover and Cincinnati history enthusiast. He told them about the resurgence of growlers in different parts of the country, and they thought it would be a good avenue with which to join the craft beer movement in Cincinnati.
 
“Half cut” is a slang term from the 1920s that means "the perfect state of mind."
 
“We feel like HalfCut will occupy a unique niche in OTR,” Heekin says. “There’s nowhere else like this neighborhood in Cincinnati, and there’s so much development going on. We love what’s happening and are excited to be part of it.”
 
In December 2012, Heekin and O’Brian took a cross-country road trip to refine their craft beer bar idea. HalfCut will serve craft beer from across the country, but with a heavy local influence.
 
HalfCut is housed in the 130-year-old Gobrecht building at 1128 Walnut St. The 800-square-foot space will be very low-key, much like a coffee shop. It will also offer a to-go window for customers who pass by on the street.
 
“Before you make your decision, you can sample different beers,” Heekin says. “We want to bring a unique experience that focuses on beer. No matter what level of beer you’re at—whether you don’t like beer, drink Bud Light or love craft beer—you’ll feel welcome at HalfCut.”
 
All of the tap handles will be the same, so customers are making their selections based on taste rather than handle design, he says.
 
In addition to beer, HalfCut will serve light snacks like pretzels and possibly meat and cheese platters. There will also be beer pairings with Gomez Salsa, which is a restaurant that is coming soon to the area.
 
Heekin and O’Brian hope to have HalfCut up and running by the end of January. They used the crowdsourcing site indiegogo to raise funds for their venture.
 
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New winter farmers market starting at Findlay Market

This year, Findlay Market is adding a winter farmers market to its lineup. The market, which started this past weekend, will be held in the Globe Building on the corner of Elm and Elder streets, across from the OTR Biergarten.
 
A winter farmers market has been in the works for three years now, says Karen Kahle, resource development director for the Corporation for Findlay Market.
 
“We know that the demand for local food is there,” she says. “But when there is just a seasonal farmers market, people get out of the habit of going, and they might not resume that habit in the spring.”
 
This year, Findlay Market was a bit space-challenged. Organizers thought about tenting the sides of the farm shed for the winter market, which has been done for events in the past, but the tents are cold and not cost-effective. The Globe Building, although not a permanent solution, wasn’t being used and was available for the time frame needed.
 
The winter market will be on the building’s first floor and will occupy about 3,500 square feet of space. There will be a wide array of vendors, from farmers to artists and crafters.
 
“We hope the winter farmers market will bring more shoppers to the market and turn seasonal shoppers into year-round shoppers,” Kahle says. “We want to become an outlet for farmers to make more money, and maintain or amp up their production. We also want to help strengthen the community and provide access to local food, which is good for the economy because dollars stay in the region.”
 
Findlay Market is exploring the possibility of dedicating a storefront to locally produced food as a way to have a year-round farmers market. There are also plans in the works to have a shared-use kitchen, and possibly sell the product coming out of the kitchen in the storefront.
 
As always, Findlay Market is open year-round, six days a week. Winter farmers market hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7-29, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 4-March 29.
 
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Brewing Heritage Trail to highlight Cincinnati beer history

The Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail will soon begin to take shape in Over-the-Rhine and surrounding areas. The trail celebrates the city’s brewing heritage and how beer shaped Cincinnati. It won’t focus as much on craft beer, but how beer built the city and influenced economic, social and political life.
 
The trail will include signs on buildings and at right-of-ways, public artwork and a strong virtual component that visitors can access online and on smartphones and tablets, says Steve Hampton, executive director of the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation.
 
“Technology allows people to interact with the real world in many ways, and we wanted to take advantage of that with the development of the Brewing Heritage Trail and be able to tell many stories,” he says.
 
Virtual aspects will allow people to see underground spaces and buildings that no longer exist. The technological component will also allow the trail to be an evergreen attraction, possibly with a new tour every year and different featured activities.
 
The trail is primarily in OTR, but the city’s brewing heritage also extends downtown, to Clifton Heights and into the West End. There are plans to extend it out to West Chester and Sharonville as well, as many brewers have their farms out that way, Hampton says.
 
Funds for the trail came from private and public donations, including a Power2Give campaign that matched public donations two to one and the Beer Baron Ball. Support from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation has also helped make the trail a reality.
 
“We want the trail to bring two things to the city,” Hampton says. “We want to honor and celebrate Cincinnati’s heritage, and brewing heritage is a big piece of it. The trail is also an economic development tool, much like the Freedom Trail in Boston. The trail will give purpose and identity to the neighborhoods, and bring visitors there that will support small businesses and spend money at local establishments.”
 
The trail is still in the pre-development phase, and the final concept will be revealed in January.
 
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Golden Gloves boxing program moves to new OTR boxing gym

The Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center is now home to a new boxing gym, and the Cincinnati Golden Gloves for Youth and Cincinnati Police Athletic Club, which was created by Buddy LaRosa of LaRosa’s Pizza. Golden Gloves was formerly run out the Mt. Auburn Recreation Center.
 
Construction of the 3,350-square-foot gym began in July, and the grand opening was November 1. The boxing gym was built at the site of the former Cincinnati Recreation Center indoor pool, which hasn’t been used for a few years because of leaks and other maintenance issues. The pool was filled in, and three boxing rings now stand in its place.
 
The floor of the gym is blue with a red running track along the outside, and the walls are red, white and blue striped. There are 17 heavy bags, six feed bags and a wall of mirrors for shadow boxing. Golden Gloves plans to host between six and eight events per year in the gym.
 
One of the boxing rings is a vintage ring that used to be located at Cincinnati Gardens and has been in storage for the past 10 years. The ring used to house matches for Cincinnati fighters like Aaron Pryor, Ezzard Charles and Joe Louis.
 
“The boxing gym is another destination location for the neighborhood, and it’s good for the community,” says Jason Richards, director of the OTR Rec Center. “It gives a positive program for kids and teaches discipline like karate or tae-kwon-do.”
 
Since opening, about 50-100 people have inquired about the boxing program.
 
Golden Gloves highlights the development of life skills, such as fair play, sportsmanship, responsible conduct and a commitment to schoolwork. Each boxer is held accountable for his or her grades and must hold a C average, otherwise he or she is suspended from the boxing program. Each boxer must also sign a code of conduct that emphasizes positivity and responsibility.
 
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Graeter's coming to Over-the-Rhine

Construction began this week on Graeter’s newest location at 1401 Vine St. in Over-the-Rhine. It will be the smallest Graeter’s location in 100 years, with just 1,000 square feet.
 
The store will focus on ice cream and coffee, but will not carry as many baked goods and candy as its other locations. The new store will sell a small assortment of fine candies.
 
Graeter’s is currently working with Cincinnati-based Bruce Robinson Design Group to refresh its look. The Vine Street location will feature the new look, including an updated menu board, seating, tables and lights.
 
On the inside, the new Graeter’s will look like the former OTR location did in the 1900s.
 
Walnut Hills-based HGC Construction is building out the space. They have completed 202 residential units and 43 commercial spaces in OTR.
 
The plan is to have the store open before the holidays. It will employ about a dozen people.
 
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OTR's Memorial Hall undergoing renovations to help expand programming

Last February, Hamilton County commissioners approved a five-year lease to allow 3CDC to spearhead the renovations to Over-the-Rhine’s Memorial Hall. The project is estimated to cost about $10 million, and will include cosmetic renovations to help expand programming. Funding for the renovations will come from historical and new market tax credits.
 
In 1992, Hamilton County (which owns Memorial Hall), private donors and the Cincinnati Preservation Society funded a revitalization to repair the concert hall and add an elevator; in 2006, the Cincinnati Memorial Hall Society was established to help support, revitalize and maintain the space, and has a lease with Hamilton County to preserve, manage and operate the hall.
 
The Society currently has 23 trustees, and was reorganized and expanded in mid-2012, and an executive director was hired to oversee the day-to-day activities at the Hall. In the past year, the Society has raised $75,000 for improvements such as repairing decorative areas and purchasing chairs, catering equipment and audio-visual equipment for the Hall.
 
The 600-seat performance space has an ornate arch, decorative molding on the walls and Tiffany lights. Renovations will include a new roof, new electric and heating, improved restrooms, expanded catering facilities, improved theatrical and production capabilities and air conditioning in the theater (the Hall’s three reception rooms are air-conditioned).
 
“Through the renovations and revitalization of Memorial Hall, we will stimulate the community through extraordinary performances,” says Teresa Summe Haas, Executive Director of the Memorial Hall Society. “The combined commitment by the city and citizens has revitalized OTR. Memorial Hall, combined with Music Hall and the School for Creative and Performing Arts, set the stage for a world-class Washington Park Arts District. Memorial Hall is excited to be part of the renewed focus celebrating Cincinnati’s arts and community.”
 
Memorial Hall was built in 1908 to honor the veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. Veterans of the wars used the Hall as a meeting place and for various events; but in the 1950s, the last of the veterans of those wars died and Memorial Hall began to fall into disrepair.
 
In order to expand Memorial Hall’s offerings, the Society has obtained an alcohol permit for the building and compiled a list of preferred vendors for organizations that use the reception rooms or performance hall for meetings, events and weddings. The Society has been working on rebranding Memorial Hall, including a new logo, website and Facebook page.
 
“Memorial Hall’s mission can be summed up in three words: arts, culture and community,” says Bill Baumann, president of the Memorial Hall Society. There are two banners outside of Memorial Hall with its mission on them, announcing to the community what it’s there for.
 
In 2013, 70 different arts, civic and other organizations held more than 150 events at Memorial Hall—these numbers are up moer than 300 percent from 2012. In 2014, there are already 168 events, concerts, meetings and weddings booked, and this number is expected to grow, Baumann says.
 
“These numbers indicate the improvements being made to the Hall, the renovations to Washington Park, other improvements to OTR and the parking garage under the park, which show signs that there is a need for a multi-dimensional performance hall and building like Memorial Hall,” he says.
 
Cincinnati firm John Senhauser Architects and Westlake Reed Leskosky of Cleveland have been selected to provide architectural and engineering services for the renovations.
 
The Society has put together its Signature Series, which will feature, music, art and food. The first event is November 15 at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.
 
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Home-based bakery business expanding, opening downtown storefront

Taren Kinebrew started baking with her grandmother when she was a child. Her love of baking has always been a hobby, but in the next few weeks, Kinebrew will be opening a storefront for Sweet Petit Desserts at 1426 Race St. in Over-the-Rhine.  
 
“I wanted to be in a community where people support small businesses,” Kinebrew says. “I like the walking traffic and diversity of Over-the-Rhine, and knew that Sweet Petit Desserts would fit in with what I know Cincinnati and the neighborhood to be.”
 
The 753-square-foot space will have a kitchen and two cases of bite-sized desserts for sale. The cases are moveable so Kinebrew can host events with the help of Christina Christian, owner of Something Chic, an event planning business. The two have teamed up in the past to plan baby showers, wedding receptions and fundraisers.
 
Sweet Petit will have a very artsy feel, with vibrant colors from the desserts down to the flooring, Kinebrew says.
 
Kinebrew hasn’t always done desserts. She was in the Army National Guard for seven years and has a degree in information systems and a minor in accounting. But she has always loved making sweets for friends and family, and her own business seemed like the next logical step. She started Sweet Petit out of her home in 2009.
 
Last fall, Kinebrew applied to be part of Bad Girl Ventures, and she won a $25,000 loan and $5,000 in marketing and website assistance from the program. Bad Girl helped her with forming a financial plan and official business plan.
 
Sweet Petit will offer red velvet mini cupcakes, bite-sized brownies, cheesecakes, key lime bars, lemon squares, pie tartlets, cake pops, cookies and desserts in cups—think chocolate mousse. Prices will range from $2 per dessert to $9.50 for a half dozen or $18 for a dozen. More expensive items like pie tartlets and chocolate dipped strawberries will be $24 per dozen.
 
Sweet Petit will have three paid employees, including Kinebrew. She also hopes to bring on interns so they can learn how to run a business and hone their pastry skills.  
 
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Neighborhood Asset Mapping tool focuses on neighborhoods' strengths

The Community Building Institute recently partnered with Xavier University and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati to develop and launch the Neighborhood Asset Mapping tool. It’s an online resource that allows all 52 Cincinnati neighborhoods to create a profile of community-based assets and resources in the area.
 
NAT was made available to the public this spring,and was in development for six to eight months before that. It’s free, and it promotes engagement and resource-sharing among residents. Residents can add assets to NAT, and they’re immediately available to other users.
 
“If you’re new to the community or thinking of moving to a neighborhood, you can find what’s going on there,” says Trina Jackson, program director of the Community Building Institute. “You can find community councils and neighborhood associations. Lots of people don’t know about grassroots organizations, and Nat allows residents to connect with one another through smaller organizations.”
 
The United Way helps support community development and community-based organizations, and NAT is the community engagement arm for Xavier, Jackson says. “We were focused on getting people connected with each other, and helping them see what’s out there.”
 
For example, in Evanston, many people know about the employment resource center. But if you’re not from the neighborhood, you don’t necessarily know it’s there, so you turn to the computer or your phone to find the things you need.
 
NAT focuses on a neighborhood’s strengths, and doesn’t include crime data or vacant property statistics. It's intened to be used by new and potential residents, entrepreneurs and developers as a tool to help find the best locations to live, work and play.
 
The Community Building Institute plans to host a series of “data entry parties” where people can get together and enter assets into NAT and learn new things about the neighborhood they live in. The first one is planned for Walnut Hills, but the date is to be determined.
 
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LEED silver certified, single-family home in OTR for sale

One of the first LEED silver certified homes in Over-the-Rhine is for sale. The two-story, 2,000-square-foot, three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home was completely renovated by Chris Reckman and his fiancé, Louisa Deutsch.
 
Reckman, of C.A.R. Construction dba Urban Expansion, purchased the structure at 1504 Race St. in March of this year. Reckman has rehabbed several other historic buildings and single-family homes in OTR—he and Deutsch did a complete and thorough gut and rehab on the property. They had to clear away a lot of trash from the inside of the house and repair the floor that had buckled due to water damage. The home is now live-in ready, and until they sell it, Reckman and Deutsch are living there.   
 
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using green strategies, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. To be LEED silver certified, a building must receive 50–59 points.
 
“With the opening of Washington Park, there is now more of a demand for these types of homes,” Reckman says. “OTR isn’t just empty nesters and young professionals, but people with kids who see the value of living in the city. Plus, the streetcar is going to go right past the house’s front door, and that’s huge.”
 
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City Flea founders hosting November market at 21c

Most of Cincinnati is familiar with the City Flea, the city’s once a month urban flea market. But this year, founders Nick and Lindsay Dewald are hosting the City Flea Small Mall November 17 from noon to 6 p.m. at the 21c Museum Hotel.
 
The Small Mall will feature locally owned small businesses under one roof, so it’s convenient for shoppers. The vendors are all ones that the Dewalds love from around the city.
 
“We want to bring a heightened awareness to the number of unique small businesses that are in the city,” Dewald says. “We’re hoping that, with the event being on a Sunday, more of the shop owners will be able to attend and answer questions, tell shoppers where they’re located and what’s around them. We want to get people excited about the city and what it has to offer.”
 
The 21c is working side-by-side with the City Flea to make the market happen, and Dewald is excited to bring more people to the hotel.
 
“I hope people take the extra time to look at the art at the 21c, and maybe go eat at the Metropole after the market,” he says.
 
The 21c is going to have a bar set up during the market and will offer fun cocktails for shoppers to try.
 
Currently, the Small Mall has about 30 vendors lined up. For a full list of Small Mall vendors, visit thecityflea.com/small-mall.
 
Upcoming City Flea events include the Factory Flea October 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Can Lofts in Northside and the Wrapped Up Holiday Market December 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. in Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine.
 
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Findlay Market using crowdsourcing to fill three new storefronts

By December, three new storefronts will be open to the public at Findlay Market. The storefronts, which are located at 129, 131 and 133 W. Elder St., are on the south side of the Market across from the summer Biergarten.
 
The storefronts have been under construction for the past month and aren’t quite ready for tenants yet. But Findlay Market wants public input on what the stores should be.
 
“Like the ‘Before I Die’ public art project on Short Vine, we created two window displays for customers to tell us what should go there,” says Joe Hansbauer, Executive Director of Findlay Market.
 
The wishing wall, or “I Wish This Store Was,” is located at 129 and 131 W. Elder St.
 
Ideally, one of the three 1,000-square-foot spaces will be a restaurant, but the other two could be anything, Hansbauer says. Ideas for the stores range from a Hispanic grocery store to a store focused on local products that would complement what you can get on the weekends at the Market. A knife sharpener and cookware store are also potential options.
 
About 12 business models have been submitted, and Hansbauer expects to see more in the coming weeks. Both new and existing vendors have shown interest, he says.
 
The residential units above the storefronts won’t be developed at this time, but it’s possible that they’ll be developed and ready for tenants within the next 18 to 24 months.
 
The storefronts are all city-owned and will be transferred to the management of the Corporation for Findlay Market when complete. Graybach was the developer of the project.
 
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Schwartz Building to be converted from offices to apartments

The Schwartz Building, which is located at 906 Main St., is soon to become apartments. Black Iron Capital LLC, an affiliate of Levine Properties LLC, purchased the nearly 100-year-old building at a sheriff’s sale earlier this year for $446,000.
 
Black Iron plans to spend about $500,000 renovating four of the five floors of office space into 20 apartments. There will also be 6,705 square feet of first floor retail space available for rent.
 
The five-story building will be completely renovated, and will be LEED Silver certified when finished. The City approved a Community Reinvestment Area LEED tax exemption for the project, which will save Black Iron more than $100,000. 
 
Restoration will repair the building’s terrazzo floors in the entryway, and stainless steel appliances and granite countertops will be installed in each apartment.
 
The Schwartz will house 16 two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments and four three-bedroom, two-bathroom units that will range from about 900 square feet to 1,300 square feet. Rental rates are still to be determined.
 
Construction began late September, and apartments could be available as soon as May 2014.
 
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ArchiNATI festival gives citizens a say in the city's built environment

During the week of Oct. 4–12, Cincinnatians will have the chance to experience the city’s built environment through the third annual ArchiNATI architecture festival. The week will include talks, tours and events throughout the city.
 
This year’s theme is Citizen Space, centering around the concept that every person has a right to the city’s spaces, a stake in its culture and a say in its built environment.
 
“Every year, we choose a theme to highlight one aspect of the city,” says Nick Cristofaro, one of the organizers of this year’s ArchiNATI festival. “This year’s goal is to let everyone know they have a stake in what happens to the city, especially its public spaces. It’s not just about the history of the city, but about celebrating the places we have, both old and new. We want people to see the potential that’s around us every day.”
 
Some highlights of the week include a reception and exhibit at the former Church of Assumption featuring submissions from Place from Space, a design competition in which vacant lots are turned into community spaces. The competition partners with community groups in Over-the-Rhine, Walnut Hills and Price Hill to turn empty spaces into places for the neighborhood. There’s also a dinner, prepared by Chef Stephen Shockley, and an exhibition curated by Daft Galleries at Rhinegeist. Plus, Rookwood Pottery is hosting a reception for the photo scavenger hunt and giving tours of its facility on Vine Street.
 
Most of the week’s events are free and open to the public, but a few of the events will require a small admission fee, tickets or reservations. To see the full list of activities, purchase tickets or make reservations, visit architecturecincy.org or archinati.org.
 
ArchiNATI is sponsored in large part by the Haile Foundation, GBBN Architects, Rookwood Pottery and Listermann Brewing. Each event also has a partner or organization behind it.
 
The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati is partnering with ArchiNATI for the festival. AFC was founded in 1982, and has enriched the Greater Cincinnati community by connecting people with the places in which they live, learn, work and play. Through programming and educational outreach, AFC strives to involve the public in shaping Cincinnati’s built environment.
 
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Third annual ArtWorks Box Truck Carnival brings free entertainment to MidPoint Music Festival

This weekend, MidPoint Music Festival makes its way back to Cincinnati. Music will fill Cincinnati venues, and the MidPoint Midway will take over 12th Street between Vine and Walnut with food, drinks and street festivities, including the ArtWorks Box Truck Carnival, ArtCars and KidPoint.
 
The free event features 10 box trucks, which are transformed from ordinary Penske moving trucks into whimsical, engaging “carnival booths” to fit with this year’s theme. The booths range from karaoke to a how-to on screenprinting.

The idea for the Box Truck Carnival came from ArtWorks’ CEO Tamara Harkavy. She heard of enterprise-based pop-up box truck festivals in San Francisco and Brooklyn, and thought it would be a great way to get ArtWorks involved in MPMF, says Sarah Corlett, director of creative enterprise at ArtWorks and producer of the Box Truck Carnival.
 
“For the first two years ArtWorks was involved in MidPoint, the box trucks were focused on artist installations and interactions,” she says. “But this year, they’re really focused on the carnival theme, and the participants are really playing it up.”
 
Participants include Crane, Neidhard & Stock; House of Leigh; Vincent Holiday, Bombs Away! Comedy, OTR Improv and Lofty Aspirations; Kathleen Rose; Paint by the Glass and Andy Mushaben; Powerhouse Print Lab; The Bird Haus; Grace Dobush, Michelle Taute, Tricia Bateman and Julie Hill; Collective Espresso and Chase Public; and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center.
 
“The introduction of the Box Truck Festival gives us the chance to interact with different artists,” Corlett says. “The biggest benefit is that we now have a deeper connection in the community by offering the box trucks.”
 
Amanda Crane of Crane, Neidhard & Stock (a group of second-year interior design and architecture students at DAAP) are running the Games box truck. They wanted people to engage in a “task” of some kind, which fits well with the carnival theme.
 
“We’re hoping to have a great time, while getting to know Cincinnati better,” Crane says. “We’re also excited to be collaborating with ArtWorks and the other box trucks.”
 
ArtWorks also moved ArtCars from Clifton’s Streetscape festival to the Midway for this year. The live art event employs more apprentices and professional artists than ever before—during the course of the three-day music festival, they transform cars and vans into mobile pieces of art.
 
This is the first year that MPMF and ArtWorks partnered for KidPoint, which is a family-friendly event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. School of Rock Mason will be performing, as well as other bands. Plus, Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company will be performing pieces of the Ballet’s "Carnival of Animals."
 
“Having something so unique and visible in the city is a huge shout-out for Cincinnati,” Corlett says. “It’s not just a fun place to play, but everyone who is participating lives and works here, too.”
 
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