Calling all change makers: Memorial Hall will host Cincinnati’s inaugural Good Discovery(s) Festival

Good Discovery(s) affords attendees the opportunity to network and engage with creative leaders who are making a difference in the community in a variety of capacities — via civic art, design, and technology.

Creating a Culture of Innovation — the same team that launched the successful Cincinnati Podcast Festival — is organizing the event with the intent to, as their website states, “celebrate unique lineups of artists, designers, makers and technologists embracing innovation.”

One such artist is Cal Cullen.

Cullen serves as founder and executive director of Wave Pool, a Camp Washington based community gathering spot and center for the arts.

It’s the design of Good Discovery(s) that makes participating in the festival particularly appealing for Cullen.

The inaugural Good Discovery(s) Festival will be on March 26.
“I like the plan to create a gathering of people doing things in a unique way,” she says. “Trying to make a conference that’s not stagnant or typical as far as your presenters and people sitting in chairs [goes], so that was interesting to me.”

Brainstorms, design sprints, and workshops will take place throughout the festival day, complete with keynote speakers, a networking space, and trade floor activations.

Cullen’s role will be twofold at Good Discovery(s). She’s a featured Arts & Culture presenter and will also be active on the trade floor, accompanying The Welcome Project.

“The Welcome Project will have an interactive table available,” Cullen says. “I think we’re going to do a community weaving project so people can come up and learn about Welcome and contribute to community weavings throughout the duration of the day.”

The Welcome Project, which is a social enterprise housed directly next to Wave Pool in Camp Washington, supports local immigrants via retail space that not only allows them to showcase and profit from their work, but also doubles as a workshop and educational space to help new neighbors do the same.

It began as a collaborative effort between Wave Pool and Heartfelt Tidbits (a nonprofit that empowers refugees and local immigrants to reach self sufficiency) and has transformed into a hub that provides hope, skills, and a real sense of community for so many.

“And for my personal demonstration, I’m going to be talking about creative placemaking through asset space development,” Cullen says.

Art & Culture is just one of the focus areas for Good Discovery(s), however. Other conference tracks are as follows: Community & Wellness, Food Innovation, and Innovation & Startups.

Four sessions are included within each track; for example, “How Good Design Makes an Impact on Food Ecosystems,” and “Connecting Communities & Promoting Equality via an Urban, Egalitarian Jewish Community” are just a couple of the offerings dependent upon the track one chooses.

Good Discovery(s) on March 26, 2019, offers something for everyone; learn more about the presenters, check out the complete schedule, and purchase your passes at


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Brittany York is a college educator, freelance writer, and the event producer for Ohio Civics Essential. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.