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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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We Are the World: Teaching perspective at NKU's College of Informatics via study abroad

Thanks to a ground-breaking and boundary-pushing program developed by Chris Strobel and Sara Drabik, NKU electronic media students are now required to study abroad to better understand their role as world citizens.

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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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Documentary film explores role of Oyler School in 'saving' Lower Price Hill

When she arrived in Cincinnati in 2012 on assignment for public radio, Amy Scott didn't plan to spend the next two years detailing the lives of students and faculty members at Oyler School. Her documentary film about the role of schools in historically embattled communities like Lower Price Hill will have its first public screening May 22.

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P&Ger's drive to give back inspires confidence, intensified passion for STEM

High school sophomores and juniors will gather at Procter & Gamble June 15-19 for the 11th year of the Resident Scholar Program, aimed at exposing minority students to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). And, as usual, P&G's Andrea Bowens-Jones will be there to inspire and lead them.

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Fulton Jefferson tries to make sure every kid counts in Avondale

Fulton Jefferson has been around long enough to witness Avondale's heyday and live through its decline. It still feels like a community full of possibility to him, so he pours his energy into the next generation of leaders through the Avondale Youth Council.

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Soapdish: Streetcar opponents just can't seem to 'move on'

"Move on" makes a great bumper sticker slogan and a pretty good name for a progressive online grassroots organization. It's also what Mayor John Cranley and other streetcar opponents promised to do in late 2013 when the project got back on track. But they can't or won't, and to what gain?

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Neighborhood Heroes: Sharing a passion for Walnut Hills

Walnut Hills is a neighborhood on the rise, with close proximity to downtown and a rich history among its key assets. But its greatest strength lies in the diverse and dedicated residents who have a real passion for improving their community.

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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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West Side Super-Volunteer Patti Hogan: Safety and cleanliness "critical" to neighborhood success

It might take a village to raise a child, but Patti Hogan proves that it takes just a few dedicated volunteers to pick up trash and help improve their West Side neighborhoods one street, one house and one empty lot at a time.
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