Cincinnati Cultural Heritage Project
As MPA students, Rosie Polter and Joe Ewald developed and implemented a very creative project – the Cincinnati Cultural Heritage Project – in their Capstone class.
Cultural heritage is an expression of how people live and what they value, and it is developed and maintained through objects, beliefs, traditions, practices, artistic expressions and significant places.
Rosie and Joe focused on three Cincinnati neighborhoods: Walnut Hills, Price Hill, and Camp Washington. They collected data around cultural heritage by engaging residents in pop-up exhibits and storytelling nights at establishments in these neighborhoods. They recorded this information using an inventory form developed for the Cincinnati Heritage Project (CHP). Altogether, they completed 15 of these inventories. Examples of cultural heritage artifacts are the Walnut Hills Street Food Festival, the Palm Room in Walnut Hills, Union Baptist Cemetery in Price Hill, Sebastian’s Greek Restaurant in Price Hill, and Camp Washington Chili.
Please consider liking the CHP's Facebook page and following its progress.
Also, the CHP was selected for Artists Lead!, which was developed by ArtPlaceAmerica to support "creative people with great ideas for collaborative solutions to community needs." Artists Lead! enables crowdfunding of creative placemaking projects, and it matches donations dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000. Check out the CHP's page.