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Little Free Library has big ambitions for literacy and public art

If your neighborhood is home to a small sidewalk Little Free Library, you might think it's been there forever. But the nonprofit umbrella organization has existed since just 2010 and is pushing a Kickstarter campaign to double its number of libraries to 50,000 by 2017.

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Projects popping up in U.S. cities to create affordable housing for artists

Making the case for the role of artists in urban vitality, Minneapolis-based Artspace creates affordable live/work spaces in its hometown as well as Memphis, New York City and Washington, D.C., among others.

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Resurrection: One-time Cincinnati churches find new life by celebrating life

As urban centers attract a new generation eager to live in walkable neighborhoods, many abandoned churches are once again celebrating life. We profile three new "adaptive reuse" conversions in Northside and Over-the-Rhine.    

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Cincinnati's "hunger for alternative work" brought performer Paul Strickland here to stay

After staging comedy pieces in the 2013 and 2014 Cincinnati Fringe Festivals, Paul Strickland was so taken with the city's embrace of alternative theater and new ideas that he moved here in January. Know Theatre, which produces the Fringe Fest, has become his home base to "teach workshops and do strange things."

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Students gain newfound confidence through Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam

Aiken High School students are preparing for the first-ever Louder Than a Bomb Cincinnati, part of the world's largest poetry slam competition, with Saturday night's finals offering $3,000 in prizes and a recording opportunity at Elementz.

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Journey to the Center: How Albert Pyle plotted a new future for the Mercantile Library

Albert Pyle retires in July after 22 years as executive director of downtown's Mercantile Literary Arts Center, completing his oversight of the 180-year-old institution's evolution from a traditional circulating library to the region's premier literary beacon.

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5 ways to support artists in your community

Artists are in every community, and their work is more relevant than ever. Yet if communities are going to realize the full potential of artists’ power to contribute to positive change, they need to sustain and support them. Creative Exchange offers tools and resources to help. 

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My Soapbox: Jim DeBrosse, Author & OTR Observer

Jim DeBrosse has reissued his mystery novel Hidden City, which was set in politically charged Over-the-Rhine in the late 1980s and early '90s, and moved back to the neighborhood after 20 years away. He discusses how much has changed and not changed in OTR over the years.

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My Soapbox: Brad Schnittger, MusicLi

Thanks to my People’s Liberty Haile Fellowship grant, I've begun shaping the details of MusicLi, a licensing and library service for local musicians. Here's where I am so far in the development phase.

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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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