On May 22, 2008, more than 50 people attended the first updayton volunteer meeting held at the Cannery Art & Design Center in Dayton, OH. The updayton press release details the meeting: updayton-press-release-052208-volunteer-meeting.doc.
Also, pictures of the event, taken by Andy Snow, can be seen here.
“This Is Dayton” will offer a sneak peak of their initiative during Urban Nights on Friday, May 16th.
“This is Dayton” is designed to reflect positive facts and images back to the community to remind us daily of our region’s valuable assets.
“This Is Dayton” is focused on improving our region’s capacity for what Richard Florida refers to as “tolerance” by reflecting on Dayton as a community that values its assets of diverse residents, distinctive character, and significant innovation. In order to improve perceptions of the quality of life in Dayton, this initiative is designed to celebrate these assets that make Dayton a great place to live, and support the growth of creative individuals whom we hope to retain, as well as cultivate in the future.
Over the course of a year, representations of our diverse and innovative community will be collected and shared with the Dayton region. The project will invite participation from the community to express its own vision.
Forty posters with the two initial designs will be displayed around the downtown area. “This is Dayton” invites you to let us know, “What’s your Dayton?” Volunteers will be available throughout Urban Nights to answer questions and listen to suggestions for our next series of posters. We will also be looking for volunteers for future projects.
Community input is crucial to the success of this initiative. Let us know what you love about the region and begin thinking of ways you can visually portray your sense of pride in a poster format.
For more information, contact Theresa Gasper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937/477-9766 – or look for volunteers wearing “This is Dayton” t-shirts at Urban Nights on Friday, May 16, 2008,, in Downtown Dayton.
See you there!
The Dayton Creative Incubator Group is developing a map of Dayton’s cultural resources, and they seek your feedback!
Please suggest locations to include– and any other ideas– in the comments area. The Creative Incubator team appreciates your help.
Note: Click on the map then choose “Download Picture” in the right sidebar to zoom in and scan the image.
Please distribute widely– and save the date!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cannery Art and Design Center
434 East Third Street, downtown Dayton
Download, Print, and Post!
This Is Dayton believes that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”
Show your support of the Dayton Region by printing and posting these upbeat posters all around town– in your car window, your kitchen window, the bulletin board at your favorite grocery or hangout. Dayton- get proud!
Or view the pdf with larger versions: daytoncreate1_2.pdf
Design by Amanda Romero & Kyle Fisk
From Theresa Gasper of “This Is Dayton”:
We need some feedback. Our overall initiative is “This is Dayton” which is to help Dayton over its inferiority complex. The goal is to reflect positive facts & images to the community reminding them of all our great assets. We believe it’s too easy to get caught up in what is wrong with us, but forget to stop and remember what is great about us as well. If we can shift the focus, we may be able to turn the inferiority complex into a strong sense of community pride.
We’ve had some discussion about starting out with a defined style sheet and establishing “This is Dayton” but that it could possibly evolve to “this is Trotwood” or “This is WSU or UD” or “This is Beavercreek” or even “this is XYZ Church or fraternity or organization”. All of which would use the same style sheet, just reflect their own particular points of pride.
On the one hand – I think we should stick with “This is Dayton” as a unifying theme for the Region. Like I’ve said in other posts, Dayton is the dot on the map or the destination on the highway signs. Many of us think a regional form of government would be better than the current way, so maybe this initiative should follow suit?
On the other, I think an easy way to establish our measure of success would be to see how many other organizations jump on board with an emphasis on their particular corner of the region. I believe a rising tide lifts all boats – so if we see each individual pocket increase its self esteem or self image, does it not increase the overall self esteem of the region? Or does it just reinforce a sense of separateness rather than collaboration?
What do you think???