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Innovation Collaborative’s “Creative Beginning” Event Great Success, Whole Brain Summit Date Set

The Innovation Collaborative’s Creative Beginning event at the Dayton Engineer’s Club was a great success. Over 30 representatives from colleges, universities and organizations from around the region came to learn more about creating collaborative synergy among the Dayton region’s right-brained and left-brained creatives. Attendees listened to a presentation by Innovation Collaborative Co-Chair Patrick Martin and then networked and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres before going out to FiveRivers MetroParks’ Outrageous River Derby.

This is exactly what we’re about,” said Innovation Collaborative Catalyst Sarah Ammar. “We have artists and engineers here, students, professors and other professionals, and they’re all here because they want to stimulate the region by tapping into the talent we know is all over the area!”

The Innovation Collaborative’s next event, the Whole Brain Summit, will be held October 9th from 5:30 to 7:00pm at DaytaOhio, a local non-profit that integrates human factors design with innovative visualization and computing technologies.

We have a very cool venue for our Whole Brain Summit,” said Co-Chair Patrick Martin about DaytaOhio. “It takes both the left and right brain elements to incorporate some very cutting-edge technology.

One such technological amenity is the 3-D cave environment, where users can explore data visually and spacially. For example, one demo allows a user to walk through and around a rendering of the Pantheon.

For more information about the Whole Brain Summit or the Innovation Collaborative in general, contact Sarah Ammar at InnovationCollaborative@gmail.com.

Creative Incubator Initiative to host Ladyfest Dayton at Urban Nights

The Creative Incubator initiative has partnered with the organizers of Ladyfest Dayton and Downtown Dayton Holdings, LLC to host the first Ladyfest Dayton music and arts festival Sept. 12-14. The event will be held at 20 N. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton, and will be the first official community event held in this first floor space. Ladyfest Dayton will be a highlighted event at Urban Nights and will continue throughout the weekend with live music from local and out of town bands, visual arts displays, workshops, dance and other performance art events occurring throughout the weekend.

The organizers of Ladyfest Dayton are all local area women whose passion for art and music is rivaled only by their passion for the downtown Dayton community. Three women in particular are putting their hearts and souls into making this event an exciting opportunity for the entire Dayton community to see and experience the local music and art talent being generated from local Dayton women. Jenn Breman, Jen Money and Mary Kathryn Burnside (left to right in picture) have all contributed an enormous amount of time and energy preparing for Ladyfest including making artistic improvements to the space itself at 20 N. Jefferson. The Creative Incubator Initiative is working along-side them in an effort to provide them with some of the physical space and material needs they are faced with. In fact, the Ladyfest women have a running wish-list of items they hope to locate quickly and cheaply, and if anyone involved with DaytonCREATE would like to play Santa Claus, here’s what they are currently wishing for:

  • Stage (roughly 16 x 20 x 2)
  • Large dark curtain to mount behind stage
  • Paint
  • Paper rolls
  • Blank t-shirts
  • Carpet Remnants
  • Strings of white Christmas lights
  • Seating (folding chairs)
  • Window markers/paint
  • Sheer fabric

Please contact catalysts Anne Rasmussen at arasmussen@woh.rr.com or Kate Ervin at kate.ervin@cityofdayton.org to donate!

Many of the artists and organizers of Ladyfest Dayton have been working diligently for weeks getting 20 N. Jefferson St. ready. With grace and determination, they are transforming a very vacant space into a dynamic, albeit temporary, art and music venue. The Ladyfest women had been searching for months for an appropriate space, when Scott Soifer, a local drummer and Creative Incubator committee member, saw their need and recognized the fit.

Ladyfest is a community-based, not-for-profit global music and arts festival for female artists that features bands, musical groups, performance artists, authors, spoken word and visual artists, and workshops; it is organized by volunteers.

The first ever Ladyfest was conducted in Olympia, Washington in August 2000 with over 2000 people attending. Prime motivators in the event were Sarah Dougher, Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power, Neko Case, and Teresa Carmody.

Since the first Ladyfest, the event has branched out into other urban centers such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, Belgium, Berlin, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Brooklyn, Cambridge, Columbus, Chicago, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Lansing, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Orlando, Ottawa, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Sevilla, Toronto, Washington DC, and more. Each new festival is organized locally and independently of other Ladyfest events in other states or countries, primarily by volunteers, and most proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations.

updayton, Victoria Theatre and Gregory’s Piano Bar to bring a Beatle’s-Themed Evening of Entertainment, Music and Spirits to area’s Young Professionals

updayton has collaborated with the Victoria Theatre Association’s Michelob Ultra Cool Film Series and Gregory’s Piano Bar to host a Beatles-themed evening of entertainment and social networking for the region’s young professionals.

The Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night is the final presentation of the popular summer film series presented by the Victoria Theatre Association. For just $4.75, patrons can enjoy the classic Beatles film in the beautiful setting of the Victoria Theatre. updayton invites residents interested in fostering growth in the Dayton area out on opening night, Friday, August 22, to see the film at 7:30 PM. Immediately following the movie, the group will travel across Main Street to Gregory’s Piano Bar where Beatles music and Beatles-themed drink specials will continue the entertainment.

updayton is committed to finding new and innovative ways for young professionals to utilize Southwest Ohio’s world-class resources. For more information on updayton and this event, view the press release.

Lights, camera, Dayton!

Film Dayton pictures the Gem City as a magnet for movie, TV production

> Other states aggressive in offering incentives to filmmakers

By Tim Tresslar,

Staff Writer

Sunday, August 17, 2008

DAYTON — On stage in a local gallery on a sweltering July evening, J. Todd Anderson strayed from the topic at hand — his work as a Hollywood storyboard artist — and issued a friendly challenge to local leaders.

Anderson — whose work has included storyboards for such films as “Leatherheads” and “No Country for Old Men” — called for Dayton to offer incentives to entice film projects here. Those assembled in the Cannery Art & Design Center‘s 520 Gallery answered his call with cheers of approval.

Anderson, a New Carlisle native and Oakwood resident, is not alone in seeing films as an industry to be developed in Dayton. A recently launched group, Film Dayton, is an all-volunteer effort that wants to encourage more filmmaking in the region, including by offering incentives for film projects.

Film Dayton is part of the Creative Region Initiative, an undertaking based on the work of urban theorist Richard Florida. The initiative wants to find ways to develop a creative class — professional thinkers and creators such as musicians, writers and engineers — to drive economic growth.

Gloria Skurski, president of Film Dayton, said the group’s organizers haven’t determined which incentives might work best to draw film projects here. But they have begun looking at what other cities and states offer and hope to have some ideas to share with local leaders during the next couple of weeks, Skurski said.

But filmmaking could give the area’s economy a boost, not only by employing local film professionals but also through the money spent here during production.

“Dayton has a lot of assets between locations and film producers and crew,” Skurski said. “It just seemed this would be something important to develop.”

Additionally, the project also is seen as a way to grow film audiences through such steps as creating a Web portal to plug local film festivals, Skurski said.

State officials also are trying to lure more film production to Ohio. In December, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher announced the launch of the Ohio Film Commission and the hiring of Christina Grozik as director of the film office. Grozik’s duties include promoting Ohio as a place to make films, television shows, music videos and other projects, she said.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-7317 or ttresslar@DaytonDailyNews.com.

> Other states aggressive in offering incentives to filmmakers

This Is Dayton Ambassador Meeting

If you are interested in being an ambassador for This Is Dayton, and are available at lunch time on Wednesday, August 27, let’s do lunch!

  • Time: 11:30 AM – 1
  • Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2008
  • Place: Sinclair Community College Cafeteria, Meeting Room 7006A

This is in the basement of Building 7, off the corridor near the computer work tables.

First, come to 7006A and I will give you a voucher for lunch. Then pick out what you want to eat in the cafeteria & return to 7006A to meet.

Diane & I will start the informational part of the meeting after everyone settles in with lunch (between 11:45 & 12:00 noon). If you park in the building 12 lot (4th Street, under building 12), I will have parking passes to get you out. If you get lost at Sinclair, please phone my secretary at 512-2881.


  • Introductions
  • Introduction to THIS is DAYTON & what we have done thus far
  • Role of Ambassadors
  • Questions

Hope to see you on the 27th!


Creative Incubator: Next Meeting; “Not Quite Art” Documentary

How does street level music and art help develop an urban community and economy?

The Dayton Creative Incubator continues to inform the Dayton community about the importance of supporting local art and music when contemplating how to re-energize a city. Take a look at this fascinating three part documentary video produced for ABC television which highlights cities that are drawing the attention of the creative class simply by allowing street level art and music to emerge and flourish in their communities:

Join us! The Dayton Creative Incubator Initiative meets the first and third Thursdays of every month at 5:30 p.m. at 20 N. Jefferson Street, first floor. All meetings are open to the public and we welcome and encourage anyone to attend. Next meeting: Thursday, September 4.

This Is Dayton Poster Committee Meeting

You are invited to a This is Dayton Poster Contest Committee meeting this Tuesday evening at 6:30pm at the Dublin Pub (downtown) to discuss our plan of action for the Poster Contest.

Jen Straight (co-chair of this committee) and Andrea Siefring (Chair) have worked up a list of questions to push toward Theresa Gasper, which Jen will be doing, and we’re hoping to have most of those questions addressed prior to that meeting so we can move forward at full speed on Tuesday.

We would love to see you at that meeting and need YOUR help, and think YOU would be a great fit for this committee. We are going to have fun, and we will get rolling immediately, so please come and help us!

Creative Incubator Initiative hosts first Catalyst Social at 20 N. Jefferson

On Wednesday night, August 6, the Creative Incubator Initiative hosted the first catalyst social event since the DaytonCreate Project began back in March. The event was held at 20 N. Jefferson Street where the Creative Incubator Initiative has partnered with building owner Downtown Dayton Holdings LLC to provide temporary space for street level arts and music events.

The Creative Incubator team dressed up the space in hurry-up fashion, erecting tables out of sawhorses and old doors, borrowing potted flowers from backyards, throwing beer, wine and sodas into a cooler, and serving sandwiches and vegetable trays from the Dugout Deli for refreshments and snacks.

About thirty catalysts, task force members and guests were on hand to see the space in its raw state and to enjoy a bit of conversation with other catalysts. Guests were also presented with a brief YouTube video that documented a very successful and established community third place called AS220 operating in Providence, Rhode Island. This video, although highly representative of what could happen at 20 N. Jefferson, was intended more to show the process by which a community space can evolve over time, and what impact a project like this can have on the cultural revitalization of a city.

Feedback from the event was very positive, and people were excited about seeing the space and beginning to visualize the kind of community activities that could occur there. However, an important question came up more than once: How does a project like opening an arts based community third place improve the economic prosperity of the Dayton Region?

Our committee answered this very important question by explaining the process this way:

According to Richard Florida’s philosophy, street level culture is an important draw to the creative class. Young creatives are flocking to cities like Portland, Oregon and the like because there is a street level culture occurring there that is enormously attractive to them. In fact, many of these young people are going to Portland without definitive job possibilities (remember San Francisco in the 60s?) simply because of this exciting, idealistic, bohemian culture.

As just one link in the chain of things that draws and retains creative talent, this is the primary focus of the Creative Incubator Initiative. Our efforts speak to at least three of the T’s that Florida emphasizes:

  1. Tolerance: If we can create a downtown that is tolerant of artistic, diverse, youth culture, we will be providing the “fun” that creatives demand from their local environment.
  2. Territorial Assets: If we can revive the popularity of enjoying authentic territorial assets (i.e. cool downtown buildings, raw spaces, public squares, old architecture, etc.) we will attract a smarter more sophisticated populace to the downtown area.
  3. Talent: If we can provide a location where tolerance meets cool territorial assets, we will create a “scene” where smart, creative talent hangs out, converges, melds and begins the cycle of creativity that is necessary to retain such talent.

So, how does a space like 20 N. Jefferson begin this process? Well, it draws the attention of the high bohemians first, by giving them a physical space to perform and interact. Through the support of our initiative, we also provide them with a broader audience and stronger logistical support then they would have operating by themselves. For example, DaytonCreate can help ensure that LadyFest is recognized by a broader audience because of our involvement, as will many other events and activities that could go on there.

How does a space like 20 N. Jefferson happen without an infusion of big funding? It happens slowly and sequentially. You start by generating energy in a raw space the way we are starting to draw energy to 20 N. Jefferson. You hold some events, you get some enthusiasm and buy-in. You get some enthusiasm and buy-in, you hold some more events, and you get more energy, enthusiasm and buy-in. You get enough energy and buy-in, and you get people who want to get involved as entrepreneurs. And entrepreneurship breeds economic prosperity faster and better than any foundation or endowment ever could.

The entire Creative Incubator committee believes strongly in the successful outcome (with metrics and all) of this initiative because it speaks directly to so many of the things that young creatives are seeking in life. If downtown Dayton could become a playground for the creative class, the creative class– with all its idealistic youth, energy, vitality, intelligence and humor– would come out to play. And where the creative class is drawn to play, they’re also drawn to work, and they tend to make and spend a fair amount of money.

This Is Dayton Poster Contest/You Tube Contest Committee Meeting

If you are interested in participating in either of two newly formed committees – Poster Contest – General Public (K thru 12 is a separate committee) or YouTube/Video contests – please plan to attend a meeting Tuesday, August 12th at 5:30 PM at the Trolley Stop on Fifth Street in the Oregon District. Weather permitting, we plan to get a table outside on the patio (you have to walk into the bar to gain access to the patio). If the weather is too hot or too wet, we’ll aim for a table at the front in the raised area by the juke box.

Please email Suite1@aol.com if you plan to attend so we know how large a table to reserve. Please use the same email if you would like to be involved, but are unable to attend.

Hope to see you Tuesday!

Theresa Gasper

City Unveils New Branding Campaign to DaytonCREATE

Dayton, OH -8/7/08 – “Dayton Patented. Originals Wanted”.

Wednesday evening, City officials announced a new community branding campaign to the members of the DaytonCREATE initiative, a regional volunteer project focused on revitalizing the area’s economic competitiveness. The city’s choice of the catalysts as the audience for the unveiling affirms their belief and support in the role DaytonCREATE will play in the region’s revitalization effort. The goal of the tagline, “Dayton Patented, Originals Wanted” is to reinforce Dayton’s rich innovation history while focusing on current and future innovation, creativity and growth.

The locally focused theme, targeting residents and businesses in Dayton and the surrounding region, aligns with the DaytonCREATE initiative of fostering an environment to keep and attract talent. While the brand honors the past, it looks to the future, highlighting the many positive aspects the city has to offer.

Tom Thickel, a DaytonCREATE catalyst volunteering with the Dayton Creative Incubator initiative supports the theme stating, “The Incubator is about the individual… it’s the people that are original and doing original things.”

Dave Seyer, catalyst & Vice President of Development for Culture Works, upon seeing the brand, immediately saw the connection with the arts community, “Dayton plays host to so many originals, like Future Fest, it’s a Dayton Original that is known and respected in the arts community nationally.”

DaytonCREATE is the umbrella organization with 5 regional community initiatives to create an environment that provides the best place for people of all ages to enjoy life, work, and community. The five initiatives, Dayton Creative Incubator, “This Is Dayton”, Film Dayton, Innovation Collaborative and updayton, address what social theorist Richard Florida refers to as the “Four T’s”: talent (also known as the workforce), technology (also referred to as innovation), tolerance (otherwise known as diversity and inclusion) and territory assets (the things that make the Dayton region great). Through his research, Florida shows that these four basic aspects must be addressed to build sustainable communities.

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