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Miami Valley Grown elects officers, plans future

From an initial discovery meeting on June 28, 2007, the Miami Valley Grown team is developing a course of action that will benefit area growers, consumers, the environment and economy. This past Thursday the group elected it’s first slate of officers:

Chairman Noreen Willhelm
Vice Chair Howard Solganik
Treasurer Luci Beachdell
Secretary Terry Lieberman-Smith

Originally brought together whebn Dan Foley, Montgomery County Commissioner asked OSU Extension to lead an initiative to help connect local food growers with local buyers. He noted that the county contained a perfect blend of urban and rural, and that it could serve as a laboratory to study how local economies “connect” in terms of food distribution. Commissioners Lieberman and Dodge are supportive as well.  The group met informally knowing that there was value in the connection of so many local producers, hearing reports of various outreach projects and new initiatives being formed.

Next steps for the group include forming committes and mapping out the plan for how the membership organization will be structured.  All are welcome to attend the next meeting on Thurs, April 23rd at 11am at the 2nd Street Market.

Film Connections plans a Field Trip to DaytaOhio

The emphasis of the March 31 Connections gathering will be on special effects technology and opportunities for engineers, computer scientists, and filmmakers to collaborate – using, leveraging and creating resources in the Miami Valley.

Connections participants  will have the opportunity to tour “The Cave,” the special 3D room housed at daytaOhio.  IDCAST (Institute for Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensor Technology ) will demonstrate special software that can convert 2D images to 3D images.

All are welcome to join us on Tues, March 31st from 7-9pm.  DaytaOhio is located on the Wright State University Campus,The Ohio Wright Center for Data 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway Room 280 Joshi Research Center.  Map

Sister Dorothy documentary premieres to standing room onl crowd

The HBO documentary, “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” premiered before a sold-out, rapt audience of more than 500 at the Dayton Art Institute Thursday, March 19, with the filmmaker and Sister Dorothy Stang’s family proudly in attendance.

“She was embraced as a sister by the Dayton community tonight,” said Sister Dorothy’s youngest brother, David Stang, whose fight for justice is one of the film’s most powerful storylines.

“We are a Dayton family,” said her sister, Barbara Richardson, after the screening. “We are Dayton through and through.”

Dorothy Stang, a nun with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, spent her life working on behalf of peasant farmers in the Amazon rain forest. She was murdered on Feb. 12, 2005, in what is largely believed to be a contract killing sponsored by wealthy ranchers in the area who opposed her sustainable development project. She was 73.

Director Daniel Junge, a documentarian who chronicles issues of social justice, sensitively tells the story of Sister Dorothy’s life work, her murder, and what often seems a futile fight to bring justice to the wealthy landowners believed responsible for her death. To date, three men are serving sentences for the killing — two who were present at her murder and one so-called middleman; one of the two ranchers was found guilty, then released after a second trial found him not guilty, while the other rancher has not been tried.

Junge and HBO Documentary Films — “They Killed Sister Dorothy” debuts on HBO2 Wednesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. — thought it natural to premiere the film in Sister Dorothy’s hometown. Junge and Greg Rhem, manager of HBO’s documentary acquisition, were beaming after the screening.

“How could it not go well?” said Junge. “The HBO people are sincere when they talk about how the people (in Dayton) were so excited, so gracious. The community has been wonderful.”

The premiere was brought about through a collaboration with HBO, Film Dayton, and the University of Dayton Human Rights program.

“We helped make this happen,” said Lisa Grigsby of Film Dayton, a volunteer group working to promote the growth of a regional film industry. “It never would have happened otherwise.”

A Q&A session after the screening drew many requests for information on how to continue Sister Dorothy’s work in the Amazon. Junge directed people to www.theykilledsisterdorothy.com, where links provide information on ways to help; a fellow Sister of Notre Dame de Namur told the crowd that Springfield’s St. Raphael parish, 225 E. High St., is committed to continuing her work in the rain forest.

“This film is bearing witness to the world,” said David Stang. “The story has not ended. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

“Dot has given them courage,” he said. “She is their leader yet. At her funeral, one man said, ‘We are not burying Sister Dorothy, we are planting her, and she is growing.”

By Laura Dempsey

Staff Writer, Dayton Daily News

Thursday, March 19, 2009


The Young Creatives Summit is On!

For More Information Contact:
Megan Cooper

Updayton Presents the Young Creatives Summit
Registration now open

Dayton – March 17, 2009 – Registration is now open at updayton’s website for the Young Creatives Summit.  On Saturday, April 18, updayton will host hundreds of the region’s talented and innovative young creatives at the Dayton Convention Center for the first Young Creatives Summit.  Young creatives are talented, innovative, under 40 years of age, and critical to the economic and cultural success of our region.

The Young Creatives Summit is scheduled on April 18 from 10:30AM – 3 PM.  After the Summit, area restaurants and bars are joining together to provide dinner at a discounted rate for Summit participants followed by a pub crawl which begins in the Oregon District at 8PM.  The full agenda is available on-line at http://updayton.com. Summit registration is $15 for professionals and $5 for students; the cost includes participation in the Summit and discounts at many local dining and entertainment establishments.

The first annual Young Creatives Summit will demonstrate the passion and power of young creatives in our region.  The centerpiece of the Summit is the “Town Hall” in which participants will brainstorm solutions to regional concerns that specifically affect the young creatives.  The day also includes a “meet the region” resource fair so that college students and young creatives may learn more about social and professional opportunities in the region.  The Summit is a forum for young professionals to air their concerns and state their needs to local leaders while working toward creating solutions, networking with other young adults and learning about regional opportunities.

Dayton’s numerous universities & highly skilled students give it more talent potential than most anywhere in the state, but too many graduates are slipping away.  Each young, creative professional that leaves the region is a missed economic opportunity.  At the Summit, Dayton’s diverse and innovative young creatives will propose their ideas to help the region better serve young talent and plug the brain drain.


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In a survey of young creatives updayton conducted last year, over 55% of respondents under age 30 indicated they intend to move away from the Miami Valley within the next 5 years.  Furthermore, when asked about their needs for a place to live, the range of responses was too broad for one regional
stakeholder to address alone.  Local leaders must work together if they want to plug the brain drain. The
Summit is an opportunity for the many organizations across the community who all share an interest in the attraction and retention of young talent to develop a shared vision for plugging the brain drain.

Online registration is available at http://updayton.com.  Registrants will select a break-out session from a series of six topics.  The break-out sessions will focus on specific concerns important to young creatives (e.g. jobs, entertainment, schools, neighborhoods, etc) and break-out facilitators will help attendees move from regional shortfalls to brainstorming potential projects.  Young creatives will then come together in the town-hall forum to share ideas, vote on their favorite projects, and volunteer to be part of the change that’s coming in the region.


An initiative of the DaytonCREATE project, updayton strives to spur economic growth within the region by attracting and retaining young talent.  updayton is connecting young creative professionals to the Miami Valley and engaging them in the region’s decision making.

We are updayton.  Our members are of all ages, and we are passionate
about building a better Dayton.  When someone asks us where we live,
we are proud to call Dayton our home.

Performing Artist Common to Join Other Renowned Artists, Musicians, Entertainment Executives in April at Dayton’s First Urban Arts Conference

The first Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative, or RACC, will be held at various locations at the Dayton Convention Center April 3-4, featuring presentations, performances and a seminar.

“The event will provide an educational and artistic opportunity for urban performing artists and their supporting audiences,” said Sierra Leone, an event organizer. “RACC will allow greater Dayton to experience urban culture from an inclusive perspective that will expose participants to the internal and external workings of the entertainment industry.

“During challenging economic times, it’s essential colleges and universities work with community partners to maintain the quality of academic programming,” she added. “The Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative is an actualization of the innovative process of convening community, college and cultural leaders to support an academic and cultural collaboration of contemporary urban music and entertainment.”

Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative Schedule of Events

Friday, April 3
Hip-Hop Collaboration Workshop
9 am to 3:30 pm: Participating college & university campuses; schedule to be announced week of March 23
Dear Dr. Hip-Hop: Working to Heal H.E.R. Lecture (Hip-Hop in its Essence and Realest)

6 pm: Dayton Convention Center, presented by Common
Free for students of sponsoring universities with student ID, $5 for all other students, $10 for general public. Seating is limited.
The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show featuring “The Floacist” Natalie Stewart and Kevin Sandbloom
9 pm: Dayton Convention Center
$15 general admission

Saturday, April 4
The Business of Entertainment/Music Seminar: Dayton Convention Center, 11 am – 4 pm
10 – 11am: Registration
11am – 12:30pm: Workshops
12:30pm – 1:45pm: Lunch in downtown Dayton
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Business Card Exchange Session
2:30 – 4 pm: Panel Discussion with Industry Executives
$20 registration fee
$10 for those registering by March 27

To purchase tickets to all events and register for the Business of Entertainment/Music Seminar, call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or go to www.ticketcenterstage.com.
More information, along with a link to Ticket Center Stage, is on www.cultureworks.org, under “Special Events.”
RACC will give aspiring recording artists and aspiring executives the opportunity to get first-hand information from well-known recording artists and speak directly with current entertainment executives. Daytonians interested in breaking into the music industry also will be able to build local networks during RACC.

The weekend kicks off from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3, when participating colleges and universities will host Hip Hop Collaboration Workshops on their individual campuses. The workshops will be open to the public, and the schedule will be announced closer to the event date.

Next up on Friday is hip hop artist, actor and poet Common, who will launch a presentation series titled “Dear Dr. Hip-Hop: Working to Heal H.E.R. (Hip-Hop in its Essence and Realest).” Common twice has won Grammy Awards, most recently in 2008 for best rap performance by a duo or group, and he’s been nominated for nine Grammys, along with numerous other awards from the likes of MTV and BET. In addition, Common has released eight albums and starred in such films as Smokin’ Aces, American Gangster and Wanted. While in Dayton, Common will appear in his role as community activist, and he’ll give a presentation about the basic elements of hip-hop and how to heal a community through music.

“This gives our community, especially young people who aspire to work in the entertainment industry, an opportunity to experience the different dynamics of Common,” Leone said. “He’s been working in the industry for 15 years.”

Common’s presentation will be held at the Dayton Convention Center at 6 p.m. Friday, April 3. Tickets are free for students who attend sponsoring colleges and universities (list at end of release) and $10 for the general public. Seating is limited; to purchase tickets, call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or go to www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Topping off Friday’s activities, Oral Funk Poetry Productions will host the opener for its second season of “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show,” which last year wowed audiences at sold-out performances. April’s show will feature “The Floacist” Natalie Stewart and singer Kevin Sandbloom. EL Coats and the Funk Point Band, along with jazz vocalist Shakera Jones, also will perform.

Stewart is touring for her solo album, “Freedom.” A poet and neo-soul recording artist from London with Jamaican roots, she creates music that reflects her life experiences through spoken word, R&B, and hip hop. Stewart got her start with the group Floetry, an English R&B, neo soul and hip hop duo that racked up seven Grammy nominations before disbanding in 2006. Kevin Sandbloom is an acoustic guitarist and vocalist from Los Angeles who composes original, soulful pieces. He currently is working on his fifth album, set for release this year.

“The Signature” will be held at the Dayton Convention Center at 9 p.m. Friday, April 3. Tickets are $15 and available by calling Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or go to www.ticketcenterstage.com. For more about The Signature, visit www.myspace.com/thesignatureofpp.

RACC continues on Saturday, April 4, with the Business of Entertainment/Music Seminar, which will take place at the Dayton Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

The seminar will offer two workshop tracks: one for independent artists and the other for aspiring entertainment/music executives. There will be a workshop offered in the morning for both tracks, followed by a lunch break for attendees to explore downtown Dayton, followed by a business card exchange session. The seminar will end with a panel discussion with national and local entertainment executives and artists.

Workshop presenters and panelists include Melanie Massie, vice president of talent at Black Entertainment Television (BET); Charles Whitfield, founder of A&R Hidden Beach Recordings; Scott Sharp from WDHT-FM 102.9; Garth Adams from WROU-FM 92.1; Rockey Love from WMIX-FM 95.7 in Toledo, Ohio; entertainment lawyer Carl Lewis; Lee L. Croxx, A&R for Tripple Croxx Entertainment and Management; and Central State University faculty member John Logan. The day-long seminar registration fee $20 and $10 for those who register before March 27. To register, call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or go to www.ticketcenterstage.com.

RACC was created in part to inspire young people and reach out to them through something fresh, hip and relevant: music and entertainment, Leone said. In addition, the RACC committee also sees this collaboration ― which will be an annual event ― as creating a much-needed community for the Dayton area’s urban artists.

RACC sponsors include:  Wright State University’s Bolinga Black Cultural Resource Center and Women’s Center, Central State University, Sinclair Community College Department of English, Wittenberg University, Wilberforce University, Stivers School for the Arts’ Dance Ensemble, RonDuc Designs, Southwestern Ohio Council of Higher Education (SOCHE), Trolley Stop, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and Culture Works’ African American Creative Arts Initiative.

Art brings new life to Oregon District

The montage of businesses in the Historic Oregon District — restaurants, taverns, art galleries and retail — should be feeling the bite of the nationwide recession. Instead, new business are popping up and others are growing.

That didn’t happen by accident.

Property owners came together like a family in crisis two years ago, when city officials announced plans for a multimillion-dollar riverfront project downtown that would create a mix of housing, retail and offices.

The competition, Oregon supporters feared, could eat away at the neighborhood’s customer base.

They came up with a plan building on the neighborhood’s preservation theme. With benefactor Dr. Michael Ervin’s guidance and financial support, the neighborhood launched a campaign a year ago to create the Oregon Arts District.

While plans for the riverfront project collect dust, Oregon, for the most part, flourishes:  read more of this article from 3/6/09 Dayton Daily News, written by Joanne Huist Smith

Also read the companion article:

Oregon District businesses say arts initiative working

UD’s ArtStreet annual LitFest Poetry slam- a lively spoken word contest

Local poets, led by Lincoln Schreiber, will gather at 9:30 p.m. Sat, March 28, at the University of Dayton’s ArtStreet to compare their prowess at the annual Lit Fest poetry slam.

Poetry slams are lively contests of the spoken word, according to Lit Fest organizers. Associate English professor Albino Carrillo said Schreiber has led a revival of slam poetry in Dayton in the past year, bringing together poets once a week at a local bar to slam and share their art.

Award-winning poet Janet McAdams will give a reading before the slam. McAdams’ The Island of Lost Luggage, won a 2001 American Book Award. In 2002, the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers named her mentor of the year. She also is the editor of the Earthworks Book Series of Native American Poetry. Lit Fest begins Fri, March 27.

All events are free and open to the public. Events are at ArtStreet, unless noted otherwise. For more information, contact Carrillo at 937-229-3417 or albino.carrillo@notes.udayton.edu.

Here is the full schedule:

  • 10 a.m. Friday: Opening remarks and refreshments
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday: Poetry readings and panel discussions
  • 6-7:15 p.m Friday: Wine and cheese meet-and-greet (Sears Recital Hall)
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday: Poetry reading with Ruth Ellen Kocher of the University of Colorado
  • 10-11 a.m. Saturday: Continental breakfast
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday: Poetry workshops with Jefferson Adams, Fred Kirchner and Abby Purdy
  • 12:45-2:15 p.m. Saturday: Poetry readings with Jefferson Adams, Noah Falck, Fred Kirchner and Matthew Estvanic
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday: Poetry reading with Jeff Gundy of Bluffton College
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday: Poetry reading with Janet McAdams of Kenyon College
  • 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Poetry slam.

Catalysts at work in the Historic Southpark District

DaytonCREATE catalysts Theresa and Dave Gasper are featured in the Winter Issue of Community, Wright State University’s alumni magazine. Click here to read about their work in the historic South Park district.

DaytonCREATE celebrates 1st anniversary

C{space hosted a party to celebrate the culmination of the years work by the Catalysts on the five initiatives created in March of 2008. The project began with 32 volunteers, a 2 day workshop, and a goal for a year-long project to transform the community. The projects were based around Richard Florida’s 4Ts of economic development – technology, talent, tolerance and territorial assets.

FilmDayton celebrates 1st anniversary

Catalyst honored with 40 under 40 award

Catalyst Stephanie Yenn has been named to The 12th annual Dayton Business Journal  40 under 40 honoree’s. A panel of judges reviewed nominations from members of the business community and selected the 40 winners based on three main criteria — business leadership, community leadership and career path.  The winners will be honored at an awards banquet April 16 at the Mandalay Banquet Center. Other previous 40 under 40 winners involved in DaytonCreate include Soche’s Sean Creighton, Cathy Ponitz from Care Source and marketing consultatn Lisa Grigsby

Ohio Film Tax Incentives- Take 2

The Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday, March 3, passed tax credit plans that were millions of dollars apart.

The House version, approved 83-14, would provide up to $20 million in refundable tax credits over two years, with a limit of $5 million per production. If the amount of a refundable credit reduces the tax liability to less than zero, the taxpayer gets a refund for the difference.

he Senate version, approved 20-11, would provide up to $100 million in nonrefundable, transferable tax credits per year, with a limit of $25 million per production. A transferable credit may be bought, sold or traded between taxpayers.

The Senate plan mirrors legislation Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland vetoed last year. Strickland backs the House version and has put money in his proposed state budget to pay for it, Amanda Wurst, his spokeswoman said.

Rep. Mark Schneider, D-Mentor, said the $20 million in the House plan was “responsible and appropriate.”

“It’s sending a message that Ohio wants your business,” Schneider said.

Meanwhile, over in the Senate, Sen. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville, said he didn’t think the House version would send that message at all. Forty-three states already offer tax credits, Patton said.
In both versions, the credits could be used for making movies, television series, commercials, video games and other productions

Perspectives and Pints: On Diversity

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