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THE ARTS EXPERIENCE-A Meeting for Local Arts Leaders and Organizations

n292118500029_7834The NEA recently released results from a 2008 survey on national cultural participation. In December, a panel met to discuss the findings and what it means to different arts groups.  Tess Cortés from Wright State’s Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries will give a short presentation summarizing these findings and lead discussions on how these discoveries can inform our work going forward.

This meeting will be held at DVAC at 118 N Jefferson in Downtown Dayton on Wed, Jan 27th. It should start at 6pm and is scheduled to end at 7:30pm. It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

2010 Young Creatives Summit Shaping Up


Save the date for the 2010 Young Creatives Summit, scheduled for Friday, April 16th, 2010. Click here to view the save the date card.  Plan now to attend!

– Help us generate ideas for making Dayton a better place to live, work and play!
– Take advantage of the networking opportunities!
– Put your stamp on the direction of the Dayton region!
and new this year…
– Take quick and easy professional development sessions that will help you learn valuable skills like fund-raising, media communication, leadership, and more.

All this jam-packed into a Friday afternoon followed by an after-party to kick-start your weekend. We’ll need your help to spread the word – please forward the save the date card to anyone you think might be interested!


Gallery 510 Fine Art Hosts a Shopping Party

11446_197120130679_160741715679_2940230_5777275_sLocated in the heard of the Oregon District, Loretta Puncer’s Gallery 510 is putting together a night of fun where you can browse, buy, eat and have a little drink while you are shopping on Tues, Dec 15th from 6-8pm
Featuring an everchanging selection of original pieces by local artisans, displayed with an eye for really showcasing the nuances of each creation.  You’ll find paintings, photographs, linocuts, collage, jewelery, beaded dolls, quilts, hooked rugs, hand-dyed scarves, handbags, ceramics and more.

If you can’t make the party, be sure and check out the gallery another time


Wed, Thurs & Sat noon  – 5:00 pm

Fri  3pm – 8pm

located at 510 E. Fifth St, Dayton OH 45402


DaytonMostMetro.com (DMM) features an extensive events calendar which can be syndicated on other Web sites and utilized as the region’s single resource for event information. Focused less on news, and more on regional experiences, site visitors can read featured articles or explore areas of interest including arts and entertainment, food/drink, shopping, getting involved, life, the urban core and outdoor recreation. Other perks include an interactive discussion forum and links to area resources. The major advantage of DMM is that it provides information at a single spot so people don’t need to search multiple Web sites to see the full picture of Dayton.

History of DMM: The first incarnation of DMM was created in August 2006 by Bill Pote, who lived in Chicago and Tampa before moving to Dayton in 2001. The original focus on downtown provided a forum for bloggers to discuss city issues. After the updayton Young Creatives Summit, Pote joined the updayton project and offered his well-trafficked site to be re-vamped and re-built in partnership with the project team.

Creation of the new DMM: At the updayton Young Creatives Summit in April 2009, approximately 200 regional young professionals voted on projects that would increase their satisfaction with Dayton. A top vote-getter and one of the most popular projects was the Online Communication Hub. Since the Summit, approximately ten updayton volunteers worked to create a site that allows people to experience the Dayton region with a mouse-click. Pote is excited to be part of the team creating the online magazine for the community. He says, “DaytonMostMetro.com is a fun way for people to connect to each other and the region; DMM has information and personality. We’re excited to launch now because there’s a lot of great material on the site, but everyone should continue to check back because we’ll grow as our contributors add more of their insights and experiences.” DaytonMostMetro.com remains an all volunteer initiative.

Updayton project lead Scott Murphy is excited for the launch of the site. Murphy says, “We know people don’t necessarily recognize all the great assets in our region. DMM gives our residents an ‘easy button’ to learn more about neighborhoods, events, festivals, arts, and ways to get involved around town.” The lack of easily accessible information is a common complaint updayton heard from many young creative professionals; DaytonMostMetro.com fills that gap.

Save These Dates!

smalludsTwo of the original initiatives from DaytonCREATE are making plans for their sophomore efforts in 2010.

For young talent in the Miami Valley, April 16, 2010 is a day you’ll want to reserve  for the 2nd updayton summit.  Organizers will add a professional development track to the one day conference. Check the  updayton website  for more information.

For filmmakers and movie fans alike, put May 14-16 on your calendar as the 2nd Annual FilmDayton Festival. Partnering with WSU Film School, BIG LENS will have a return showing as part of the line up, and expect premieres, parties and workshops to make the schedule.  Updates will be posted on the FilmDayton website soon.

Little Art Theater Celebrates new status

Yellow Springs movie house The Little Art just recently received it’s is 501(c)(3) NON PROFIT organization status from the government! While this won’t change much for the general public, what is does mean is that the Little Art can:

  • Allow donors a tax deduction for their contributions
  • … Seek foundation and government grants for special projects
  • … Offer a wider range of programs and events

According to owner Jenny Cowperthwaite for the past 8 years “THE FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE ART’s financial support” is what kept the doors open anyway.

taking_woodstockIn celebration of this momentous turning point in the Little Art’s 80-year history of showing movies in Yellow Springs this weekend all showings Ang Lee’s TAKING WOODSTOCK will be FREE! Of course, donations are welcome and now they are also a tax deduction.

Roger Ebert says, “TAKING WOODSTOCK” has the freshness of something being created, not remembered.” Director Ang Lee “distills the flavor of this transforming event and hints at how it transformed some who were there,” writes the Philadelphia Inquirer. The San Francisco Chronicle raves: “If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be there — to actually be there, man — this movie gets it.”

Raise a Glass to a Brighter Future


Green Drinks Dayton

A Social Network for Green-Minded People

Green Drinks Dayton was founded in June 2009 and is a gathering where emerging and established community leaders network and link ideas to create a concentrated effort of positive change in our region, making Dayton a healthier and more sustainable place to live.

“Green Drinks” is a simple idea that’s gone global.  Once a month in 621 (and growing) cities around the world, people with an interest in green issues get together to chat, share ideas and network.

Michael Berning, Co-Chairman of the Dayton Regional Green Task Force explained that “One of our aims is to get people from different professions and backgrounds together to network about sustainability…it’s about scientists talking to ad execs, urban planners talking to teachers, business leaders talking to not-for-profits, engineers talking to artists, etc.  In addition, our events support the local economy because they are held at locally owned establishments; cycling cash back into the pockets of local restaurateurs, farmers, brewers, vintners, etc.”

The Dayton Regional Green Task Force (DRG3.org) is the proud host of Green Drinks Dayton.  The Dayton Regional Green Task Force promotes sustainable living and economic development in the greater Dayton Region. Green Drinks has been promoted by the Task Force as a means to network among the community on a more casual basis and to highlight a local “green” thinking organization with a brief (10 minute) presentation at each event. Green Drinks Dayton meets monthly.

Happy Hour To Benefit Cooper Park

cooperparkDayton’s oldest and most historic park is getting a makeover! With plans for new lighting, seating , an improved playground and an enhanced sense of place, transformations to Cooper Park are currently being designed.
Please join us for a benefit happy hour on October 16th from 5:30-7:30 at the Dayton Racquet Club as the first in a series of fund raising events planned.
Open to the public, this event will be a great opportunity to review the proposed plans for the park, provide your input and get involved. The fund raiser costs $25 with proceeds to be donated to the Cooper Park revitalization effort.
A raffle will also be held at the event, offering a chance to win a wide variety of prizes. Sangria and a variety of hors d ‘oeuvres will be offered and a cash bar will be available.

Call (937) 331-5621 ext. 231 to make reservations by October 13th. For more information on the Cooper Park revitalization effort, please contact Shannon Pote by email.

Community Work Day at Garden Station

Join us for Community Work Day at Garden Station every Saturday morning from 9 – noon, we may be there earlier as it gets warmer outside…

m_b480bc00142b2e08aca6fd3efeafb1f7Garden StationLocated at the corner of Wayne Ave. & E. Fourth St. in Downtown Dayton, Ohio. This corner had been ignored for decades, within the embrace of the Dayton Circus Creative Collective it now brims with new life and possibility. We welcome all Daytonians to visit the garden, show it some love and watch it grow. Bring the best of yourself to this place and plant the seeds of growth and change.

You must be the change you want to see in the world‘(Gandhi)!

You may want to bring gloves and drinking water and dress to get dirty! Help is needed for a wide variety of tasks that varies from week to week. Some examples may include watering, weeding, mulching, painting, picking up trash, sweeping the sidewalk, planting plants, building things, mowing, mudding the shed…

Garden Station is totally a volunteer effort and all our projects are accomplished entirely through donated materials or funds! We do this because we believe that this revitalization improves the quality of life for all our neighbors and creates an exciting and unique destination in downtown Dayton!

See you in the garden! :)

Vote on submissions for the Wayne underpass mural project!

UPDATE: Vote for your fav artist at the updayton Wayne Ave. mural project display this Fri 5-9 PM during Urban Nights!

Eight of 10 winners will be announced at an event in Garden Station on Wayne Ave. A People’s Choice vote at Urban Nights will determine the remaining two winners.

Stop by in between your stops at the galleries, street performances, downtown living options, and events throughout downtown and cast your vote!
This project is sponsored by UpDayton’s Wayne Avenue Corridor Committee. Please forward to any artists you know who may be interested!

We are a group of community volunteers focused on downtown beautification, specifically along Wayne Avenue between Third and Fifth Streets. We are looking for local artists to help paint a series of 10 murals under the train overpass at the Fourth Street and Wayne Avenue intersection. This project aims to use art to enliven the overpass and create a more attractive walkway between the Cannery and Oregon Arts District. Due to the close proximity of Garden Station, new sidewalk planters and a plan for a new urban garden near the overpass, we have adopted a ‘garden’ theme for the murals. The theme may include, but is not limited to, flowers, wildflowers (native to the area preferred), fountains, gazebos, etc. Abstract and non-conventional interpretations of ‘gardens’ are also welcomed. The 10 spaces available for painting are approximately 8’x 8’ squares with semi-circular tops . A committee comprised of artists, area business owners and city representatives will select eight of the 10 winning designs. Designs will be judged based on originality, appropriateness for the space and design quality. The final 2 mural designs will be voted on by the public on Sept. 11th during Urban Nights as ‘People’s Choice’ Awards. Each artist whose mural design is selected will receive $125 upon completion of each mural. Eight gallons of exterior paint will be available to all of the artists to use. The colors will include red, orange, yellow, light and dark green, sky blue, lilac and purple. Also, a $50 supply stipend per mural will be given to each artist to individualize his/her palette.

Multiple submissions are encouraged Submissions are due by Friday, Sept. 4th, at 6 p.m. Eight of 10 winners will be announced at Urban Nights on Sept. 11, at an event in Garden Station. A People’s Choice vote at Urban Nights will determine the remaining two winners. Submissions can be emailed to hissinglawns@yahoo.com or mailed to Adam Coatney 6240 Far Hills Ave. Dayton, OH 45459 Winning artists will have until Friday, Nov. 6th to finish their work. The murals will be ‘unveiled’ that evening at First Friday festivities.

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