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Kathryne Gardette and Baba Charles Miller

On The Ground: Old businesses and new tell economic story of Walnut Hills

In its heyday, Walnut Hills was thriving as a diverse, mixed-income community. After decades of dwindling investment, the community has created a united front to bring the neighborhood back to viability while honoring the diverse heritage of its people and economy.  

Zanele Fotofocus

Sixty exhibitions from CAC to CAM at FotoFocus biennial

Sixty FotoFocus exhibitions and over 100 events opened at the photography and lens-based 2016 art biennial, “The Undocument,” which started Oct. 1 and runs through January.

the woodburn

On The Ground: Walnut Hills serves as pilot backdrop in local efforts to bolster middle class

Multimedia documentarians Chris Ashwell and Shawn Braley from Cincy Stories will help reveal the people, places and projects driving progress in Walnut Hills, pilot neighborhood for Soapbox's new On The Ground series.

The 1310 Bandits Film Group

Immersive 'idea lab' celebrates artists as community leaders

Artspace's annual Breaking Ground event evolves this year from one dynamic evening of speakers and performances to an immersive, two-day "idea lab" on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

This year's Oktoberfest moved to an area between Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm.

Soapdish: Three fall festivals relocate to mixed reviews

A look back on three September festivals — Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic and MidPoint Music Festival — that changed locations this year with varying degrees of success.

Love in an Elevator: sex + city planning will feature speakers from a number of Cincinnati sectors.

Join Molly Wellman, Chris Seelbach, Amy Lind at Soapbox city planning panel

Soapbox invites you to join a discussion on the city's efforts to design buildings and shared spaces that maximize interaction, maybe even love.


Speaker Series highlights Cincinnati's collaborative food industry

On Aug. 24, Soapbox hosted another Speaker Series event, which focused on Cincinnati's innovative food economy. A handpicked panel provided insight into what it takes to become a food entrepreneur, and how different organizations can help.

The Tillers

Whispering Beard founders look beyond festival weekend to "build a lifetime"

Five friends explain how they developed an annual folk festival in an Indiana campground to "rear" area musicians and fans into a movement and a community.


Joi Sears lends an artistic eye to social change

Cincinnati artist and entrepreneur, believes that art can change the world, and she won't stop until it does.


Bunbury uses new technology to speed up entry process and on-site purchases

The Bunbury Music Festival returns to downtown Cincinnati June 3-5 as a ticketless and cashless festival thanks to new wristband technology that will speed up entry lines and improve on-site purchasing experiences.

Al fresco ballerinas in Trinidad, Colo.

Helping artists across the U.S. build capacity and community

Artspace started 30 years ago with a simple plan to develop more affordable housing for artists and is now using a place-based consulting approach to help artists build capacity, raise funds and learn from each other.

Nate May

Nate May gives musical testimony to Cincinnati's urban Appalachians

Nate May's world-premiere composition "State" tells the story of Price Hill's urban Appalachians and of his own musical journey from West Virginia to Cincinnati.


Celebrating the "ones who stayed" to reinvent struggling Rust Belt cities

Writer David Giffels, speaking Thursday night at a free Mercantile Library event, celebrates those fighting to bring back struggling old cities in "The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt."


SVP Fast Pitch finalists share innovative solutions for a better Cincinnati

Social Venture Partners Cincinnati hosted its third annual Fast Pitch competition last week, when eight nonprofits shared their stories in front of judges and a sold-out crowd eager to hear about new social innovations.
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