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My Soapbox: C. Jacqueline Wood, Filmmaker

Jacqueline Wood is an artist, filmmaker and organizer who can't stop experimenting. Her drive to share experimental film with Cincinnati won a People's Liberty grant to design a 10-week communal experiment that begins Thursday, July 2.

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Northern Kentucky planning leaders turn their vision skyward

Northern Kentucky faced a choice as Vision 2015 wound down its 10-year mission: add incremental goals or go for a fresh, new collective vision for regional planning. Community input pushed the creation of a bold "myNKY" plan and Skyward organization.

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Neighborhood Heroes: Bellevue's collective impact

In some neighborhoods, a stand-out superstar leads the charge while everyone else follows his or her lead, but Bellevue has taken another route — the individual contributions of many form a strong collective impact.

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Incline Theater opens June 3, setting the stage for further redevelopment in Price Hill

The Warsaw Federal Incline Theater will add another landmark to Price Hill's incline district and another success on Cincinnati's growing list of creative placemaking projects that prove the arts' ability to drive economic development.

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Soapdish: Updated insider's guide to OTR and Downtown

A second installment, three years later, updates Casey's "Highly Subjective, Sometimes Eccentric, Oftentimes Random Insider's Guide to Over-the-Rhine and Downtown." You're now ready to conquer the town with a knowing wink and ironically arched eyebrow.

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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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