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Soapdish: Cincinnati will always be Queen City of the West

Many of us know that Cincinnati's Queen City designation is fully stated as "Queen City of the West," a nod to a time when this was the largest and most important inland city in the U.S. But do you know just how influential Cincinnati was back in the day?

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Why the arts need to invest in innovation

"Ideas are like commodities," says arts fundraiser and consultant Scott Provancher. "Everyone has them. But, like a commodity, the real value is what you make of it. You need discipline and help." The March 4 smART Summit will prod local arts leaders to embrace innovation to make ideas a reality.

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Xavier University makes history with purchase of MakerBot 3D printing center

Xavier becomes the first private U.S. university to house a full MakerBot Innovation Center for 3D printing, seeing the move as a "game-changer" in how the school promotes innovation across majors and connects with local entrepreneurs.

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Artistic Placemaking: Madcap Puppets play major role in Westwood's revitalization

Cincinnati's largest neighborhood aims to transform its historic business district into a “Family Arts District” anchored by Madcap Puppets' new theater, classrooms and exhibit hall, set to open in 2016. Even now, the project is fueling new investment and energy as the result of what Mayor John Cranley calls "art-onomics."

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Why Minneapolis is the new capital of "The North"

Minneapolis leaders want their city be the first non-coastal area that knowledge workers and business leaders think of after Chicago. Here are some lessons for Cincinnati.

March 29: Jenny Robb, Curator of Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Get Smart: Women Helping Women's Sunday Salons are a win for everyone

Women Helping Women is hoping to make you smarter while looking for a little help themselves. Their Sunday Salon series kicks off this weekend, offering amazing speakers in intimate settings in cool private homes — more importantly, it's one of the nonprofit's two annual fundraisers.

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All Hands on Deck: Covington is making waves in 2015

The City of Covington has seen and delivered significant changes over the past year, with many more to come just in time for its 2015 bicentennial. Can they get a high five?



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The Art of Ordinary Life: Why storytelling nights are suddenly everywhere

In our hyperconnected, digital age, people hunger for real stories. In Cincinnati, Cleveland and elsewhere, storytelling nights are growing thanks to the popularity of The Moth, This American Life and other programs that elevate life to art.

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Elevating Our Environment: Cincinnati Design Awards recognizes 17 outstanding projects

Recently, 255 design professional gathered at the Contemporary Arts Center to honor the year's best projects in architecture, interior design, landscape design and experiential design.

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My Soapbox: Ben Cochran, Soap Floats Recording

A Cincinnati native with a lifelong musical infatuation, Ben Cochran is the creative force behind Soap Floats, a collaborative recording studio in Columbia-Tusculum.

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Cincinnati Design Awards honors wide range of local projects

This Friday, the Cincinnati Design Awards will celebrate Greater Cincinnati's best architecture, interior design, graphic design and landscape architecture projects.

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Greater Cincinnati's 10 Most Anticipated Development Projects

Today it seems that construction is everywhere. Developments are popping up overnight, and long-time residents and recent transplants are breathing life back into the city, while new projects are being announced every day. Here's a field guide to good things coming to Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati's Literary Luminosity

With the 8th annual Books by the Banks on the horizon, we bring to light many of the Queen City’s literary treasures, from local talent, publications and organizations to libraries, bookstores and writing groups.
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