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Humble Monk x PAR-Projects

We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the opening of our friends Paul and Mike Kemp's new brewery in Northside - Humble Monk. 

Humble Monk Brewing Company is a family operated craft brewery located at 1641 Blue Rock St.  A large portion of the brewery equipment has been re-purposed from food grade equipment and the taproom is decorated with rich dark wood, up-cycled spool tables, warm light and plenty of board games.

The environment is family friendly and will surely become a Northside staple.  Mike, the brew master, has been home brewing for 30+ years and plans to brew a large variety of Belgian Style beers.  Paul, Mike's son, helps run the taproom and administration side of the brewery.

Sounds great, right?

If so, you can visit the Taproom on Saturday, April 13th
for The Humble Hop Print Shop fundraiser for PAR-Projects.

The Humble Monk parking lot will be transformed into a beer garden with music and tacos by Taco Oso.  Inside, team PAR will be facilitating a Free p…

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:

Thanks for learning with us!
Team PAR-

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…