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ArtWorks brings interactive bike racks to city

If you’re a bicyclist, you’ve probably seen the 14 artist-designed bike racks, called Art Racks, throughout Greater Cincinnati. ArtWorks is currently working to help install a 15th in front of The Carnegie in Covington.
The new Art Rack will be designed by Michael Stillion, and will feature three ghosts. The Carnegie, ArtWorks and power2give have partnered to bring the new Art Rack to the city.
The organizations need to raise $7,000 to pay for the materials and the artist. The NLT Foundation will match all donations dollar-for-dollar. Donors will have the chance to select from a variety of benefits, including a Carnegie membership, tickets to The Carnegie’s annual Art of Food event and bike rack naming rights.

There are also three other power2give campaigns open for Art Racks in Columbia Tusculum, at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and at the Lloyd Library and Museum.
Since 2012, ArtWorks has partnered with local artists and organizations to bring artist-designed, functional Art Racks to spaces and add to the streetscape of the neighborhoods.
Art Racks can be found at:
  • The Coffee Emporium, 110 E. Central Parkway: Tour de Cincy, designed by Pam Kravetz, Carla Lamb and Karen Saunders; sponsored by the NLT Foundation 
  • Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.: designed by Bob Dyehouse; sponsored by Truepoint, Inc. and ArtsWave
  • Duke Energey Convention Center, 525 Elm St.: Humanity Machine Outpost, designed by Edward Casagrande; sponsored by Duke Energy Convention Center
  • YWCA, 898 Walnut St.: designed by Carolyn Watkins; sponsored by Pantene
  • Fifth Third Bank, 38 Fountain Square Plaza: Currents, designed by Claire Darley and Rebecca Seeman; sponsored by goVibrant and Fifth Third Bank
  • Salway Park Trailhead at Mill Creek Trail: Elements, designed by Christopher Daniel; sponsored by ArtsWave and Truepoint, Inc.
  • Studio S, 3456 Michigan Ave.: Circular Logic, designed by Mark Schlacter; sponsored by Studio S
  • 1411 Main St., Ohio?: designed by John Dixon; sponsored by Over-the-Rhine Revitalization Corporation via Urban Sites
  • Hoffner Park, 4104 Hamilton Ave.: Sago Palms, designed by Kate Demske; sponsored by Terry Bazeley and John Castaldi and MoBo Bicycle Co-op
  • Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Parkway: Acanthus Leaves, designed by David Tarbell; sponsored by Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation
  • Over-the-Rhine Kroger, 1420 Vine St., and East Price Hill Kroger, 3609 Warsaw Ave.: Fresh Fruit, designed by Maya Drozdz and Michael Stout of VisuaLingual; sponsored by Kroger
  • Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way: designed by David Rice; sponsored by Jan and Wym Portman
  • SCPA, 108 W. Central Parkway: SCPA Octopus, designed by Christian Schmit and students at SCPA; sponsored by ArtsWave, The Johnson Foundation and power2give donors

Trails of Sleepy Hollow now open at Devou Park

The Trails of Sleepy Hollow, a new addition to the Devou Park Backcountry Trail system, are now open. The trails are ideal for hiking, running, mountain boarding and off-road cycling.
In the past four years, the Devou Park Trail Expansion Project has added 10 miles of new trails, including the Trails of Sleepy Hollow. This section of trails completes part of Phase III of the project.
Phase I included the completion of more than four miles of new trails, which doubled the previous offerings at Devou. Phase II, which was completed in 2013, added another four miles of natural surface trails to the park.
The Trails of Sleepy Hollow are on the east side of Sleepy Hollow Road, on the edge of Devou Park, a 703-acre park. The trails cover about 80 acres, and include a variety of paths.
The Sleepy Hollow trails system includes the Goat Path, which has been an active trail for years, and was officially added to the expansion project this year; the new Sleepy Hollow Trail, which was built for bikes; the Old Montague Road Trail, a road-to-trail conversion path; the Benny Vastine Nature Trail, which was established before the expansion project; and the Full Monty Trail, which was completed in 2012.
A ribbon cutting will be held in mid-October at the annual Backcountry Bonanza.

Food truck association to host street food festival

The Cincinnati Food Truck Association will host its first event, the CFTA Food Fest, from 4 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Washington Park. The event will feature beer, live music and food from 19 CFTA members.

CFTA members can be found at events all over the city, as can non-CFTA members. But this is the first time for a CFTA-exclusive event. All members were invited to Food Fest, but some won't be there due to prior commitments.
“CFTA members have been wanting to do our own festival since the beginning,” says Elizabeth Romero, president of CFTA and co-owner of SugarSnap! “We’re hoping the event will increase the buzz around town and give people a chance to try new and different trucks.”
Traditionally, Washington Park has been a great place for food trucks to set up for events like the City Flea and LumenoCity. So it made sense to have the CFTA event there too.
“It’s a great place to bring the community together,” Romero says. “It brings great vibes, and it has the room for a large number of trucks.”
Food Fest will feature beer served by 3CDC, music spun by D.J. Nate the Great, cornhole and giant Jenga.
CFTA members will be serving up everything from pizza and burgers to cupcakes and ice cream. Trucks that will be at the event include: Bistro de Mohr, C’est Cheese, Cuban Pete, East Coast Eatz, Eclectic Comfort Food, Falafel Mobile, Mobile Coldstone, Panino, Pizza Tower, Quite Frankly, Red Sesame, Streetpops, SugarSnap!, Texas Joe, The Chili Hut, Ricco Food Truck, Roll With It Café, Waffo and Wiggy Dip.  
CFTA’s goal is to host two events per year, and possibly make Food Fest an annual tradition in Cincinnati. The group also hopes to work with local bands, breweries and nonprofits in the future to give their events a wider scope.

Mural tour to highlight Cincinnati's history and famous painters

Cincinnati’s first annual “Mural Month” kicks off Oct. 1, and to celebrate, ArtWorks is launching its brand-new walking mural tours. The tours, The Spirit of OTR and Cincinnati Masters & More, begin Oct. 4.
Both walking tours feature about 10 murals, and last about an hour and a half. An Artworks Apprentice and an ArtWorks volunteer lead the tours, and give tour-goers background information on the mural, its painter, how it was made, and its connection to the community.
“Our murals tell stories, and are eye-catching and engaging,” says Ellen Stedefeld, communications and development coordinator for ArtWorks and the curator of the mural tour. “We want to tell the stories of the murals and the story of ArtWorks, as well as the murals’ connection to the city and the community.”
The Spirit of OTR tour will being outside of Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway, and will wind its way through Over-the-Rhine, ending at Washington Park. Tour guides will describe how the murals were made, and connect the murals to the history of the neighborhood from the 1800s to the present.
Murals included on The Spirit of OTR tour are Mr. Tarbell Tips His Hat, located at 1109 Vine St.; Canal at Vine Street circa 1900, located at 101 W. Central Parkway; Cincinnati Strongman Henry Holtgrewe, located at 1215 Vine St.; and The Vision of Samuel Hannaford, located at 1308 Race St.
Cincinnati Masters & More also begins at Coffee Emporium and ends at Fountain Square. It celebrates Cincinnati’s artistic legacy by highlighting some of the city’s most famous artists, including Charley Harper, John Ruthven and Tom Wesselmann. Murals included in the Cincinnati Masters & More tour are Fresh Harvest, located at 1014 Vine St.; Homecoming (Blue Birds), located at 119 E. Court St.; and Still Life #60, located at 811 Main St.
Tours will take place every Saturday in October and November, ending around Nov. 22 for the winter. Tickets are $20 per person (children under 12 are free) and are available on Artworks’ website. Tours are capped at 20 people, but larger groups can book private tours in advance.

The Sidewalk Project to bring awareness to sidewalk use, problems

Advertising agency PB&J and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful have teamed up to help improve one of Cincinnati’s most important asset: its sidewalks. The Sidewalk Project aims to keep the sidewalks cleared in the winter, as well as use them for community events.
Last year, PB&J CEO Micah Paldino was walking from his home to work, a total of two blocks, and he noticed that because the sidewalks weren’t properly cleared, pedestrians were actually walking in the street.
“It was a little bit backward to me,” he says. “Our city is becoming more pedestrian-friendly, but we can’t even walk on the sidewalk in the winter.”
Paldino says that the city is a brand, which aims to give people positive experiences 365 days a year. Winter needs to be addressed, not ignored.
According to an old city law, businesses need to clear their sidewalk within four hours of accumulation. But the law has many loopholes, and no one is quite sure how to interpret it. PB&J is working with law firm Graydon Head & Ritchey to figure out how to create positive conversations within the community about the law.
“The sidewalks aren’t being cleared because people have this perception that they will get sued if someone gets hurt,” Paldino says. “Changing the law isn’t feasible, but we want to work with the city and the community to stay within the law and make walking easier.”
The details are still being worked out, but PB&J hopes to have crews out clearing the sidewalks of ice and snow buildup. The plan is to launch The Sidewalk Project this winter in Over-the-Rhine, and if all goes accordingly, expand to other areas of the city.
In the spring, The Sidewalk Project will roll out a park-let initiative, which is a semi-temporary patio that is set up in front of a business. It takes up the metered parking spots on the street, but still allows traffic to pass. A railing is set up, benches erected, and flowerpots or other decorations are added to give new dimension to a space.
There are also plans to do public awareness initiatives like street cleaning, sidewalk washing, crime awareness, gum pickup, cigarette butt pickup and trash pickup on the weekends—in OTR and downtown, trash pickup isn’t available on the weekends.
“The opportunities are endless,” Paldino says. “Any action that happens on the sidewalk can help facilitate conversation and enact positive change.”
Because this winter is supposed to be worse than last year, PB&J hopes to raise $25,000 to get The Sidewalk Project going. To donate, visit Keep Cincinnati Beautiful's website.

Sea Cuisine Taco Tour lands in Cincinnati

This summer, Sea Cuisine took its Taco Tour to five cities across the country, and its last stop is in Cincinnati. The tour kicked off in June in Milwaukee, then headed to Minneapolis, Denver and Nashville, and it has its last day in Cincinnati on Sept. 27.
In each city, Sea Cuisine enlists a local chef to help create taco recipes to serve on the truck. In Milwaukee, Sea Cuisine sought the talents of owner and executive chef of Il Mito, Chef Michael Feker; in Minneapolis, chef de cuisine of Sea Change, Chef Jamie Malone; in Denver, chef and founder of Blackberry Catering, Chef Hosea Rosenberg; and in Nashville, executive chef of Urban Grub, Edgar Pendley.
Chef Kyle Johnson, formerly of Local 127, created two tacos that are exclusive to Cincinnati for the truck’s three-week Queen City visit.
“As a chef, I know how to use products like fresh fish, and it’s great to be able to suggest something that is a substitute for a harder-to-use item,” Johnson says. “I want to be able to give novice cooks the interest to cook at home, and give them the knowledge to do so.”
Johnson’s Chipotle Adobo Tortilla Crusted Tilapia Tacos bring a Mexican flair to Sea Cuisine’s Tortilla Crusted Tilapia, and is easy for the at-home cook to make. The fish is topped with tomato, chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, avocado, cilantro and lime juice.
“When I go home, I need to eat too, and I would definitely make something like what they’re serving on the truck,” Johnson says.
The Taco Tour will be in Cincinnati until Sept. 27, and will be at Midpoint Music Festival on Sept. 25 and 27, and Fountain Square on Sept. 26. If you visit the truck, use #UpgradeYourTaco on Twitter, and follow Sea Cuisine on Instagram at seacuisinemeals#.

Sea Cuisine products are available at your local Kroger.

Simple Space to offer pop-up and event space in OTR

Over-the-Rhine residents Levi and Heather Bethune are opening a pop-up and event space on the first-floor of their home. Simple Space, located at 16 E. 13th St., will be available for everything from a pop-up store to a party space.
“Simple Space will be kind of like an extension of our living room,” Bethune says. “One of the reasons my wife and I decided to move our family into an urban environment is so we can influence, affect and contribute to the heart of the city. We believe that we can have an impact through Simple Space, but also through our home. Every tenant that rents out the space will be considered a guest in our home, and hopefully a friend in our city.”
The 600-square-foot space is an empty shell, and will be undergoing renovations soon. The Bethunes hope to have their first tenants in before Christmas, and will open the building to reservations in March.
Over the last two years, Bethune has met many vendors and creators at events like the City Flea and Second Sunday on Main. He’s talked to several people who are interested in using the space, including Julie Otten from Shoppe Class, who could use Simple Space for craft speciality lessons; Nick Elbi from Zip Zoo Apparrel, who might do a T-shirt pop-up shop; and Blake Smith from the local start-up Cladwell, who has talked about using Simple Space for a custom fitting and personalized men’s shopping experience.
“Simple Space is a container, an empty box,” Bethune says. “It’s not about what I want to happen in there, it’s about what you want to happen in there.”
Simple Space is currently looking for investors to help with renovations and signage. You can donate to the Indiegogo campaign here.  

OTR's Cutthort Lofts designed to feel like home in an urban area

The Cutthort Lofts, located at 226 E. Clifton Ave. in Over-the-Rhine, are home to three one-bedroom townhouses. Work began on the development in December 2012, and the lofts are now available for pre-lease.
When Ben Gulley, owner of Ben Gulley Design, the designer and developer of The Cutthort Lofts, purchased the building, “cutthort” had been spray painted over the entryway door. He decided to name the project after a fictional character, Charles Cutthort, which he made up to contribute to the building’s history.  
The townhouses are priced at $1.40 per square foot, and range from 700 to 1,000 square feet.
“This is my third development in the OTR area,” Gulley says. “We purchased it as a shell, which made it an open palette for layout.”
Each space was designed to have flow and an open, spacious feel. The lofts feature reclaimed timber from the building, custom welded stair railings, carrara marble and natural stone baths, walk-in showers, real oak hardwood floors, butcher block countertops and exposed joists.
“The inspiration behind the project was to design spaces that I would love to call home and give others the same experience,” Gulley says. “The details make for a place you want to come home to.”
Gulley has lived in OTR since 1994, and loves the beautiful architecture and urban feel of the neighborhood. He is currently looking for his next project, and if it’s not in OTR, it will be in one of the nearby areas.

Design event to help homeowners with renovation ideas

Home renovators, there’s a new event designed just for you. On Nov. 1 and 2, the grand ballroom of Music Hall will host DesignBuildCincy, a trade show for homeowners and professionals who are planning a construction or design project.
The event will feature more than 125 architects, designers and remodelers, and will be the place to find local and regional handmade architectural fixtures and furniture.
Doug Hart, consultant and former owner of Hart Productions, wanted to create an event that featured custom made and luxury items, as well as artists, craftsmen and contractors who normally don’t do large trade shows.
“I felt it was necessary to do a show of this type at a unique venue in Over-the-Rhine to distinguish DesignBuild from other trade shows,” Hart says.
Many of the companies that will be at DesignBuild wanted to do the show because of its location. Hart hopes people will take advantage of the location and enjoy the beautiful architecture, as well as visit the shops and restaurants in the city’s urban core.
“My goal is to satisfy people who are looking for a large variety of unique vendors, while providing an immersive, urban experience that is typically not ‘built in’ on the front end of traditional home shows,” Hart says.
DesignBuildCincy will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will be three presentations each day, showcasing recent residential projects and a Q&A. On Saturday, Chris Kepes of Kepes Architecture will speak at 11 a.m., Kenneth Workman of RWA Architects at 1 p.m. and Rod Sidley of Rod Sidley Architects at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Sanyog Rathoud of OTR Foundation will speak at 11 a.m., Rick Koehler and Andy Schaub of Architects Plus at 1 p.m., and Don Beck of Beck Architecture at 3 p.m.
Admission for DesignBuild is $10, and kids under 13 are free.

ArtsWave grant recipient: Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation

ArtsWave recently awarded a total of $45,000 to five LISC Place Matters neighborhoods—Avondale, Covington, Madisonville, Price Hill and Walnut Hills. Each neighborhood received $9,000 in grant money, which will help bring ArtsWave-supported arts activities and organizations to each neighborhood. For five weeks, Soapbox is featuring the five neighborhoods and their plans for the grant money.
The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is using its portion of the grant money to add arts programming to the second annual Cincinnati Street Food Festival, the We Are Walnut Hills Springfest and various upcoming community events in Five Points Alley.
The Cincinnati Street Food Festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 27, on E. McMillan between Hemlock and Chatham. There will be 15 food trucks and local craft beer, as well as interactive art and live music.
Play Cincy is bringing along big chalk to draw on the sidewalks, and featured musicians include DJ Fly Troy and Friends, Black Mountain Throwdown, Eclipse, The Cincy Brass, Tracy Walker, the Randy Villars Quartet and 2nd Wind.
The food trucks that will be at the festival are: Andy’s Mediterranean Grille, Bistro de Mohr, C’est Cheese, Catch-a-Fire, Dojo Gelato, East Coast Eatz, Eclectic Comfort Food, Fireside Pizza, Red Sesame, Renegade Street Eats, Scratch House, Streetpops, SugarSnap!, The Chili Hut and Waffo. Beer will be provided by Great Lakes Brewing Company and Rhinegeist.
The We Are Walnut Hills Springfest will include performances by Core Clay and Drums for Peach. Programming at Five Points Alley will include the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Elementz and Bi-Okoto.  

Keep tabs on WHRF's Facebook page for upcoming event information.

New development planned near Findlay Market

Model Group recently purchased 10 properties near and adjacent to Findlay Market for more than $1.5 million. The developer, who historically doesn’t purchase buildings, believes in the potential of the area.
“It may take a few years, but as a company, we wholly believe in the Findlay Market district as something that can’t be re-created anywhere else,” says Bobby Maly, chief operating officer for Model Group.
The first phase of the Race Street project will be a $14 million development. It will include 55,000 square feet of commercial space for retail and offices, as well as 15 apartments.
“As we have done with many of our Over-the-Rhine properties, including those on Vine Street and Broadway Square in Pendleton, we believe in restoring first-floor retail space so it brings back life to the street,” Maly says.
The retail spaces will complement the vendors in Findlay Market, and will be within walking distance to all neighborhood amenities.
“Our company’s mission is to positively transform communities, and we hope we can be part of the revitalization of the Findlay Market district and the northern half of OTR,” Maly says.

ArtsWave grant recipient: Center for Great Neighborhoods, Covington

ArtsWave recently awarded a total of $45,000 to five LISC Place Matters neighborhoods—Avondale, Covington, Madisonville, Price Hill and Walnut Hills. Each neighborhood received $9,000 in grant money, which will help bring ArtsWave-supported arts activities and organizations to each neighborhood. For five weeks, Soapbox is featuring the five neighborhoods and their plans for the grant money.
During the 10th anniversary of Art Off Pike on Sept. 28, the Center for Great Neighborhoods is also hosting ArtsWave Presents. The event will showcase a series of free live dance, opera, theater and hip-hop performances, as well as an interactive maker booth from Visionaries & Voices.
“ArtsWave Presents brings artforms together that people wouldn’t necessarily go to,” says Sarah Allan, manager of the Creative Placemaking Initiative at CGN. “We’re trying to make it so art isn’t this inaccessible thing. Creative stuff can happen anywhere in the community.”
Performances during ArtsWave Presents include the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “Why Shakespeare,” which is a 45-minute comedic showcase of Shakespeare scenes and information by three professional actors; Bi-Okoto African Roots-Global Dance and Rhythms; Bach and Boombox; and an Elementz Dance performance by Studio Kre8v.
“ArtsWave Presents will give people who otherwise won’t engage with art or see art as a tool for revitalization the chance to do so,” says Clare Norwood, community development specialist for CGN.
Art Off Pike and ArtsWave Presents will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Madlot. New CoSign signs in Covington’s central business district will also be unveiled during the event.
Additional upcoming ArtsWave events include Pirates of Penzance, performed by the Cincinnati Opera on Oct. 4 in Linden Grove Cemetery; a winter concert with KYSO; a cooking class with Bi-Okoto in the spring; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in August.

West End corner store hosts first Do Right! farmers market

The Center for Closing the Health Gap recently partnered with 17 corner stores in the city to help increase the availability and sales of healthy, affordable foods in underserved communities. On Sept. 5, Jet-In Market, located at 1207 Linn St. in the West End, hosted a farmers market as part of the Do Right! Healthy Corner Stores campaign.
“There are farmers markets all over the county, but most are located in higher income areas,” says Renee Mahaffey Harris, executive director for The Center for Closing the Health Gap. “Not a lot of farmers markets are in vulnerable populations, which is why we decided to do a farmers market to add to what is already in the corner store.”
In order to increase the amount of produce offered at Jet-In Market, The Center for Closing the Health Gap worked with an African American farmer from Wilmington, Ohio, for the farmers market. His 25-acre farm provided fresh fruits and vegetables for sale, including okra, collard greens, tomatoes, corn, peppers, peaches, apples and pears, as well as a variety of homemade spices and seasoning blends.
“The farmers market is a great way to utilize a place that is in every neighborhood,” Mahaffey Harris says. “The store doesn’t have the healthiest produce now, but we’re working to teach the store owner and consumers how to sell and use produce. And hopefully, we’ll be able to make more shelf space for produce.”
The Center for Closing the Health Gap hopes to expand the Do Right! Healthy Corner Stores Farmers Market to at least three other neighborhoods in the near future. The next farmers market in the West End will be held Sept. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m.
At the next market, there will be a cooking demo, which will give people ideas of how to prepare produce they haven’t purchased before, Mahaffey Harris says.
The farmers market accepts WIC Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers, WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons and EBT.
Do Right! Healthy Corner Stores is modeled after the Food Trust in Philadelphia, and is funded in part by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Interact for Health.

CliftonFest unites artisans with community

This year’s annual CliftonFest will feature 41 artisan booths, 36 carpet artists, a variety of musicians and performers, and Ludlow Avenue businesses. Hosted by the Clifton community and Uptown Consortium, the free festival begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and ends on 6 p.m. Sept. 28.
“When IGA closed, we lost a major magnet for people in the Clifton business district, and the business association felt something needed to happen to bolster the energy,” says Jan Brown Checco, president of CliftonFest.
CliftonFest, the rebirth of a sidewalk sale event from the ‘80s, is a way to remind the neighborhood of working artists in the community, and to help boost the businesses along the Ludlow Avenue corridor.
“The focus is really on relationships and getting people together,” Brown Checco says.
During CliftonFest, Ludlow is closed from Clifton Avenue to Middleton Avenue, and all businesses on the street level are open. Artists line the street selling their crafts, and professional street chalk artists work along the curb on both sides of the street to create ArtCarpets. There will also be a biergarten featuring craft beer from Rivertown.
“A special process is used for the ArtCarpets, which allows the artwork to stay for a minimum of three months,” Brown Checco says. “It creates a splash during the weekend of CliftonFest, but people can still come and see them for a few months afterward.”
Friday night’s events will occur with Ludlow’s normal traffic pattern. “Wine and Jazz” on Clifton Plaza will feature Wade Baker Collective from 6 to 11 p.m., and an artist’s reception for Scott Donaldson, who painted the new Clifton Plaza Mural, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Om Eco Café, where over a dozen of his portraits will be on display.
On Saturday, children can enjoy musicians, puppeteers, circus magicians, CCM students, games, interactive crafts and refreshments at Diggs Plaza at Burnet Woods. There will also be a showing of Mary Poppins at the Esquire Theatre and “Story Hour on Clifton Plaza” at the library, both beginning at 10 a.m.
Sunday’s events will kick off with a 10 a.m. yoga session featuring Ron Esposito, and a 5K run in Burnet Woods. The Pet Parade will begin at 1 p.m., and the dedication of the new mural will be at 4 p.m.
Musicians throughout the weekend include Tracy Walker, Baoku Afrobeat, Mayan Ruins, Robin Lacey and DeZydeco, Pones Inc., Acarya, Cliftones, Part-time Gentlemen, Jump n’ Jive Swing Band, MUSE, Zumba, CCM Jazz Combo and Brooke Salem Krewe.

ArtsWave grant recipient: Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation

ArtsWave recently awarded a total of $45,000 to five LISC Place Matters neighborhoods—Avondale, Covington, Madisonville, Price Hill and Walnut Hills. Each neighborhood received $9,000 in grant money, which will help bring ArtsWave-supported arts activities and organizations to each neighborhood. For five weeks, Soapbox is featuring the five neighborhoods and their plans for the grant money.
The Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation plans to use the $9,000 for the Cincinnati Jazz and BBQ Festival. The festival will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the intersection of Madison and Whetsel.
“We picked two things that showcase the personality of the neighborhood,” says Matt Strauss, real estate and marketing manager for MCURC.
The corner of Madison and Whetsel is a city-owned property, and MCURC is working with the city to develop it into a place for the community. The festival will showcase the property, and show that big things are happening in Madisonville, Strauss says.
The festival will feature Eugene Goss and Triage, and Mike Wade and the Mighty Groovers. BBQ from Madisonville resident Ron D and JustQ’in will be available for purchase, as well as beer from MadTree Brewing.
There will also be events for kids and a number of artisans from the neighborhood selling their wares.
Madisonville has been quiet for the last few years, but we’re getting ready to jump off with lots of new buildings and businesses,” Strauss says. “This has always been a thriving, diverse community, and we want to show it off.”
If you can’t make it to the festival, Madisonville is hosting its second 5K at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 27. Register online, and check for updated race information on Facebook.  
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