Catch up on Part 1 and 2 goodness here and here, and take a look at five more collaborations in the works among neighbors in Cincinnati. If something sparks your interest, or if you know of someone who would love to be a part of one of the collaborations below, contact Candice@starfirecouncil.org to get connected.
Carole, a local aspiring artist who has had work featured in consecutive ArtAbility shows, has gathered a team of artists to implement unique, artsy pop-up projects in Cincinnati. So far, the committee of creatives have painted windows of vacant storefronts in Price Hill and are currently working on a community quilt using fabric scraps donated from neighbors and friends. With a “Pranksy Banksy” feel, the group of artists want to litter Cincinnati with guerrilla pop up art that is neighborhood friendly and fun.
Jerry, a local star gazer and Cincinnati Observatory member and volunteer, has been involved in the local astronomy circuit for years. He has presented at conferences, schools, and is hoping to gather more of a following for the ancient hobby with the Star Blast Lending Library– an initiative to make telescopes and astronomy resources readily available to check out from Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Libraries.
Running with the idea of keeping “Make Cincinnati Weird” current, Ari and others are helping to keep the offbeat, and odd in the oft-stiff collared Queen City. The crew of mischievous ladies have co-hosted a 90s party with 90s themed candy, a 90s celebrity memorial, and costume contest with prizes ranging from 1999’s Aqua CD to the soundtrack to the television show Ally McBeal. They have passed out mustaches at the City Flea, and are working on other odd ideas to keep Cincinnati weird. The merry pranksters are looking for others to join in the planning of a large ball pit in a public space, a travelling clothing trunk where mismatched clothing items can be assembled for ridiculous photo opportunities and are up for other off-beat ideas.
Missi, a Mt. Healthy resident, is running with the idea of Little Free Libraries. Seeing an opportunity to promote playfulness and reading in her neighborhood, Missi has partnered with long-time family friend and contractor, Dan Hughes to design and build the miniature reading nooks. Little Free Libraries are “It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.” You can request one for your neighborhood, or join the committee and help make these literary homes.
As a worker at Everybody’s Records, Andy has been exposed to a wide variety of musical genres. However, this Westside-Cincinnati man is a die hard classic rock fan. Wearing a Doors t-shirt in his photo, Andy think there’s something sacred about classic rock music that a lot of people don’t appreciate these days. His favorite however, has always been the Beatles. After learning that 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles performing on the Ed Sullivan show, and thus becoming exposed to a vast American audience, Andy began to craft the idea of a celebration to commemorate this cultural event. A group of seven or so Beatles fans gathered at a local coffee shop and introduced themselves with their favorite Beatles’ song, giddy at the idea of celebrating the Beatles with a Beatles themed party. The crew agreed that such an event could feature either a cover band true to the Beatle’s sound, or a DJ with a playlist curated by diehard fans. Those with an appreciation for classic rock, or those still rocking Beatles fever are encouraged to join the planning, or simply keep up to date to attend the spring fling.