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Applied Arts Education via KHAC x PAR-Projects

As many of you know, last year (2018) we quietly launched our digital media education program, in collaboration with our good friends at Kennedy Heights Arts Center. Our primary goal was to help fill our city's digital media education gap, while creating pathways to new careers and higher education. A year later, the program is in full swing and we're launching new classes quarterly.

Great news:Cincy Chicheard about the status of the program and some of our new offerings!

Linked below is a great write-up they recently published. It's been years in the making, so we appreciate the help in spreading the word. Thanks again for the coverage Cincy Chic!

Find the full text at:
http://www.cincychic.com/career/kennedy-arts-center-par-projects


Thanks for learning with us!
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An Introduction to Creative Placemaking

What is placemaking?  
How does placemaking relate to the mission of PAR-Projects?  

As Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa define it in their paper for the National Endowment for the Arts, 

"placemaking engages partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors to strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities."

Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired. In turn, these creative locales foster entrepreneurs and cultural industries that generate jobs and income, spin off new products and services, and attract and retain unrelated businesses and skilled workers. Together, creative placemaking’s livability and economic development outcomes have the potential to radically change the future of American towns and cit…

Installation Art 101

The Nook at PAR-Projects is an installation art gallery. But what does this mean?
Installation art is a medium within the field of visual art that relies on the concept of site-specificity. Essentially, each creation is designed to transform the perception of the space.  For perspective, other mediums that also rely on the concept of site-specificity including  public art, land art and intervention art.  While the boundaries of all these overlap, installation art is usually applied to indoor spaces.
Site-specific installations can incorporate a range of new and old media to transform an interior space.  Often sculpture is used within installations.  And with the advent of new technologies like video, sound, virtual reality, etc., artists have more resources than ever before to transform spaces for an interactive art experience. 
As Wikipedia defines it, "Installation art operates fully within the realm of sensory perception, in a sense 'installing' the viewer into an art…

2018? Let’s try that again!..

[ 2min VID + 6min TXT ]

Much like our Happy Winter video embedded above and/or Linked HERE , we’re ready to repeat.

When looking over notes and reviewing the ups & downs of 2018, they read a bit differently than years past. Though rocky at times, we’ve found a formula that pushes us as an organization and now have a practice round under our belt. The tweaking process is a go!

Two thousand eighteen was a change of pace. Personally speaking,  YeAr ONe as a parent was officially under way. “Yay Waylan!!” But in the same breath, Team PAR- was gellin’ and able to launch two new initiatives — an applied arts education program in Kennedy Heights and new strategies to help fund local artists, starting in Northside. The boat was rocked, construction milestones were reached at Headquarters, and our organization as a whole continued to mature. Memorable times!

Though we only hosted two full exhibitions last year, both were rather impressive. Christian Benefiel thrilled us all with This Syst…

Team (B) Growth at PAR-Projects

Our site is closed for the winter, so we're back on track with future site + education planning. With the help of our first successful Ohio Arts Council grant, our friends at Team B Architecture & Design have been hired to help us reimagine and create a phasing strategy for the construction (and full renovation) of our 6,000 square foot building and its attached courtyard.

If you look closer at the image, you can get an early look at how our site planning is going. And if curious, some of our other partners are noted within the sketching as well.

The good news? 

To help inform the future of our Northside Headquarters, Team B has created a public input survey! If you're reading this before November 30th, 2018, you still have time to participate in this info-gathering session. Just click this sentence to be redirected to the short survey!

Specifically, we're hoping you — residents and friends afar — will help inform the design of our space to help serve your needs. All i…

Billy Colbert: 5 Questions + 1 #FunFact

Billy Colbert is a working artist and new media art professor at Delaware State University, who coincidentally started the university's New Media major at the beginning of his tenure. As an artist, he has extensively shown works of various media throughout the country. And concerning subject matter, many of his works examine cognitive dissonance in popular culture and celebrate the unsung contributions of American culture.  
Colbert earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Frostburg State University in graphic design and his MFA from University of Delaware in Painting.  At the University of Delaware, Colbert was a Presidential Fellow.  In 1999, Colbert was awarded Best of Show and the Mixed Media Purchase Prize at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas -- part of an art competition juried by MacArthur Genius Award winner, the late John T. Scott of New Orleans.  


Aside from The African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, Colbert's work is featured in many public and private c…

Successful Failures and Successes: A quick reflection on NSM 2018

SOooo, this post was started on August 10th. Wow. It's currently the day before December and it's just posting. There's always been a bit of the good pain associated with Northside Summer Market and 2018 was no different. "Life" was just happening at high speeds this time around.

After months of reflection, it seems the best plan is to continue with some of the transitions that took place this year — the new locations and a much more creatively engaged neighborhood were both successes. As I texted one of our supporters the day after, I believe we've finally figured this thing out.

That said, we owe a number of apologies. The brewery was still awaiting occupancy and we didn't have central location vendors sign contracts, so when black clouds and heavy winds arrived, there was no real way to stop the panic that (somewhat understandably) ensued after the first three or four tents packed up their fragile work. 

Prior to this year, we had never experienced or …