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Kailah Ware: 5 Questions + 1 #FunFact

Kailah Ware is a Cincinnati-raised photographer and film producer.  Since graduating from Wright State University, Kailah has worked on a number of local production projects, and recently won a People's Liberty grant for her project, 1 Degree of Separation

What does community mean to you?  
For me, community means support.  Everyone needs a community of people who share similar interest, a community that they can both build and depend on.  Building community is something that is ingrained in all of my artwork.  I am constantly looking for opportunities to connect with others and grow my community. 

Why are you interested in PAR-Education or community education in general?  
Community education is crucial to growing any community.  It gives a community the ability to grow and create together.  Co-creation is a powerful tool in getting to know the community you are part of. 

What do you work toward in your free time?
I write in my free time.  I am currently working towards shooting a pi…
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Billy Simms: 5 Questions + 1 #FunFact

Billy Simms is a printmaker, photographer, performer, and sculptor.He recently received his MFA from Miami University, where he focused on printmaking.He also holds an undergraduate degree in Theatrical Scenic and Lighting Design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Masters degree in Special Education from The Johns Hopkins University.
What does community mean to you? Being kind and supportive of others.
Why are you interested in PAR- Education? It's an opportunity to interact and give back to the community.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? An eraser, so I can revise.
What inspires you? My wife.
What would you do in the event of a zombie apocalypse? Make sure that my cats are fed, their litter is scooped and that they are taken care of.
#FunFact:I have written an award winning novel that has only one word.

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Billy's first FREE workshop launches Wednesday, March 14th!
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Gabrielle Roach: 5 Questions + 1 #FunFact

Gabrielle Roach was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. She received her BFA in painting and printmaking from Indiana State University in 2014 and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree from Miami University in 2017.

What does community mean to you?
Community to me, extends beyond just where you live.  Communities can be elective and centered around one's interests. As a creative, one of my most precious communities is that of the art world.  I've forged professional networks and life long friendships with fellow artists that are some of my most enriching and rewarding relationships.
Why are you interested in PAR-Education? I'm interested in PAR-Education not only because I love teaching but also because I truly believe in the transformative power of the arts.  I also enjoy working within my community because I like to feel connected to the place I live and work and the people who make Cincinnati neat!
You're a new addition to the crayon box. 

Introducing Applied Arts Education

So "more" arts education, huh?
This is a question we field from time to time when some learn we’re rolling out applied arts educational programming at PAR-Projects. 

What we’re up to is not just “more” arts education; but if it were, just more arts education would be great. It's indeed needed ...throughout the city ...throughout the country for that matter. Few would argue we have an abundance of creative thinkers and creative problem solvers.
Original & creative thought is simply becoming harder to find, especially outside of affluent communities.
That said, and like most things we do, PAR- Education is a little different from the norm. Our biggest goal is to create and support career pathways in the visual arts. Therefore, instead of teaching more traditional classes (e.g. painting, drawing, and crafts), we’re focussing on applied arts education. And by definition, “applied arts are arts in which objects are designed or created in order to be used rather than simply to…

A Second Look For The First Time

If you’re not familiar with us, hello, we’re Professional Artistic Research Projects Incorporated. We’re a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The cool kids, and everyone else for that matter, call us PAR-Projects — pronounced / pär ˈpräjˌekts /  — and we’ve been creating experimental art experiences throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky since 2010. 
If you're already familiar with PAR-, hello again! New to us or not, we hope you'll lend us a few moments to get through this post. Our goal is simple: We'd like to get reacquainted. A lot is going on with our growing organization so, as Executive Director, there's no better time to reintroduce ourselves. And if all goes well, this will become an annual address — a progress report of sorts.
Back to the basics though: Our mission is to help empower community in the arts. As educators, we provide weekend workshops & multi-week classes, related to career development & skills training. A…

About the PAR-Projects Logo

From time to time we're asked about our logo. It's straightforward. It's fairly simple. And rightfully so, a lot of people assume there's a bit of meaning behind the few marks representing our brand.

So, for the curious, here's a bit about our marks.

Starting with the basics, the "PAR-" which sometimes lives alone (mainly on social media) is more significant than just the first few letters in our identity. It's an acronym, representing Professional Artistic Research, but it also includes our important little hyphen. From a visual standpoint, the hyphen allows us to brand these three letters. It also allows us to incorporate our energy into future projects. In other words, "PAR- Education" is already under our organization's umbrella. But what about "PAR- Dinners" or "PAR- Portfolios" or even just Team PAR-? These examples are only mentioned for fun but, especially with the final example, the hyphen helps us to distin…

A unique sale...

The Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center will be joining us at the Northside Summer Market this year - Saturday, August 5th.  They are reducing their inventory and have plenty of children's toys and clothing up for grabs!  

If you are looking for these items, look no further!  Check out their selection and more during the yard sale.
Their location is: 4244 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223

There is still time to register for the yard sale too.  Click here to register: