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New Art Exhibit to Celebrate Dayton’s Legacy of Creativity


A new community arts exhibition, Creative Soul of Dayton, will celebrate the city’s history of innovation and current creative accomplishments. It will be on display on the third floor of the Armory Building, 201 E. Sixth St., on the corner of Sixth Street and Patterson Boulevard in downtown Dayton, from Friday, Oct. 2, through Friday, Nov. 6.

Prior to the exhibit opening, prize juror Eva Buttacavoli will select winning works in a variety of categories. Three artists will be awarded best of show, and each will receive a solo exhibit of his or her work in Link Gallery in the Oregon Arts District, a sponsor of Creative Soul of Dayton, as well as exhibition and professional development consultation from Buttacavoli.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held during the free monthly downtown arts hop, First Friday, from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, when award winners will be announced. A closing reception will be held from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, during that month’s First Friday event.

“This project is being designed to display the highest quality of individual artistic achievement in the visual arts. We invite participation from Dayton’s creative individuals and communities to express their own vision,” said Susan Byrnes, director of UD’s ArtStreet and lead exhibit organizer. “The project will incorporate a number of Oregon Arts District venues to provide broad access by artists and audiences.”

Now, to get Creative Soul of Dayton rolling, local artists are encouraged to submit works for inclusion in the exhibit. To qualify, artists must be 18 or older and reside within a 25-mile radius of the city of Dayton. All work must have been created within the past five years, and each artist may submit up to two original works in any medium. The deadline to submit works is Monday, Aug. 31, and there is a $10 entry fee. Details and an entry form are available at www.creativesouldayton.com.

“Our goal is for Creative Soul of Dayton to include a wide variety of works representing the many talented artists, including students, in our community,” Byrnes said. “We hope all Daytonians with an artistic spirit will participate.”

Creative Soul of Dayton also will include artist talks and other fun, educational activities throughout the month, with details available closer to the exhibit opening. A group of faculty, staff and students from the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Central State University and Sinclair Community College ― along with local artists, gallery owners and community members ― are organizing the exhibition.

Creative Soul of Dayton was inspired by the DaytonCREATE effort that began in March 2008, when “creative class” economist Richard Florida and his Creative Communities Leadership Project came to Dayton. DaytonCREATE includes five initiatives. One of them, This is Dayton, is aimed at building civic pride, and Creative Soul of Dayton is part of this initiative. For more on DaytonCREATE, see www.daytoncreate.org.

Eva Buttacavoli is an independent curator and art educator who recently moved to Dayton. Previously, she was the director of exhibitions and education at the Austin Museum of Art, where she was recognized for creating art experiences that connect to everyday life and curated numerous exhibitions. Buttacavoli also has served as director of education at the Miami Art Museum and Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum in Miami. She was awarded museum educator of the year in both Texas (2006) and Florida (1999).

Creative Soul of Dayton is sponsored by DaytonCREATE, the law firm of Gottschlich & Portune LLP, Link Gallery, and ServiceMaster On The Spot Commercial and Residential Cleaning. It also is supported in part by a University of Dayton President’s Diversity and Inclusion Grant.

For more information, contact:
Susan Byrnes, 937-229-5103 or susan.byrnes@notes.udayton.edu

Register for the Walk on Water Challenge!

Walk on Water Pre-Registration 2009

Just download and follow the instructions to get registered for this year’s Walk on Water Challenge, a project of Innovation Collaborative and 5 River Metro Parks on Sunday, August 9, at Riverscape Metro Park. Preregistration is mandatory for entering the challenge!

If you can’t participate, come line the riverbanks between Riverside Drive and the Main Street bridges- you don’t want to miss the Outrageous River Derby!

Please download the document for more information.


FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS invites you to enter the OUTRAGEOUS RIVER DERBY: WALK ON WATER CHALLENGE to be held at RiverScape MetroPark, between the Riverside Drive & Main Street bridges, on Sunday, August 9, 2009.

Registration is located in the Career Academy parking lot (on the East Side of the building) off of River Corridor Drive in Downtown Dayton.

Individual (18 years and older)
Adult Team (all 18 years and older)
Youth Team (12-18 years with at least one 18 years or older)

Trophies will be awarded in each classification for:
•    Engineering Excellence
•    Artistic Creativity
•    Most Outrageous Costumes
•    Most Likely to Sink at the Dock
•    Spectators’ Choice (Determined by the LOUDEST Cheering)

THE RACE:  2:00 PM (ISH)
Trophies are awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place finishers.

LOCATION:  After Registration, participants will take entry forms to the RiverScape MetroPark Outrageous River Derby judging and race site by accessing and driving down the Great Miami River Recreation Trail from Webster St.  Only ONE vehicle per entry will be permitted to access the Recreation Trail.  All other vehicles may park in the Career Academy lot on the corner of Webster St. and River Corridor Drive.

•    Each participant must complete an official registration form, on the day of the event, and sign a waiver of liability.
•    Each participant must provide and wear a coast guard approved life jacket at all times when on, or in, the river.
•    Each participant must wear shoes for safety.
•    No actual watercraft (boat or inflatable raft) or part thereof may be used in constructing an entry.
•    No motors of any type are permitted. Oars and paddles are OK.
•    Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park.
Some suggested materials for craft-making include wood, Styrofoam, plastic milk jugs, 2 liter bottles, tires, inner tubes, balloons, ANYTHING THAT FLOATS!

Pre-Registration is mandatory for entry. Mail or fax the completed form below to Outrageous River Derby, Five Rivers MetroParks, 1375 East Siebenthaler Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45414.
Phone: (937) 274-0126                        FAX: (937) 222-7220
Entry Classification (Circle One):    Individual    Adult Team    Youth Team
Number of Team Members: _______
Contact Person: _______________________________________________________ Phone: ________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________

Organization: ____________________________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________ Zip: __________________

‘Creative class’ is living up to name

You probably could guess that a phrase like “Don’t dog Dayton” wasn’t conceived by people over 50.

For more than a year now, a growing group of “young creatives” (not all of whom precisely fit that description with respect to age) has done more than just talk about what Dayton lacks. The good thing for Dayton is that they keep rolling out new work for themselves and the others they’re infecting with their passion and energy.

“Don’t dog Dayton” is one of the latest projects. The plan is to sponsor a video contest about goofy, serious, or important things going on Dayton, with an eye on what will catch on on YouTube. The hope is that when people Google Dayton, maybe they’ll stumble on something other than Forbes.com’s computer-generated, comically oversimplified, decidedly frustrating list of dying cities.

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Ohio Has Film Incentives!

After years of lobbying and working with lawmakers of both parties, moviemakers have finally received a tax credit.

Ohio becomes the 44th state to encourage moviemaking with tax benefits. It’s watched movies that logically could have been shot here go to other states offering generous incentives.

Ohio’s bill is less generous than many other states’ version. It offers a 25 percent credit. The limit is $30 million of credit on $120 million of production over two years.

Other states offer bigger incentives but some are cutting back because they have lost money.

Ohio’s bill offers slightly bigger breaks to Ohio firms hiring Ohio workers. That’s deemed to be more desirable than enabling investors to grab the tax break using out-of-town crews.

5th Annual Tour d’Burg to Draw Thousands


Coming on the heels of being selected as one of “Ohio’s Best Home Towns” by Ohio Magazine, Miamisburg has again been chosen to be the site of this year’s Ohio State Cycling Championships. Miamisburg’s 5th Annual TOUR d’BURG, sponsored by Kettering Medical Center – Sycamore, will be held on Sunday, July 19, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM in historic downtown Miamisburg, just 3 miles west of the Dayton Mall on Route 725. This event is free and open to the public with free parking.

Three components make this premier cycling event a popular attraction to both cyclists and spectators alike. First a family-friendly Tour Ride leaves Library Park at 8:00 AM for bike enthusiasts that want to tour the country roads from 25 to 75 miles depending on the riders’ preference. Food and water stops are conveniently positioned along the route. Last year over 200 riders from six states participated in this event. Download a registration form at: www.tourdburg.com


The focal point of the day is a one-mile circuit through the historic downtown, featuring top amateur and professional level men and women criterium racers competing in USA Cycling sanctioned races. Junior “crit” racers will start the day at 8:00 AM followed by the Masters, Men’s & Women’s races. Sprint speeds should exceed 40 mph with average speeds ranging 20 to 28 mph depending on the race category. The individual races will range in length from 30 to 60 minutes with fields upward of 50 riders. Over $6,500 in cash prizes will be awarded. Bleacher seats are available for spectators adjacent the finish line for comfortable viewing.


This free family event features a “village” atmosphere on First Street running parallel to the finish line between Central and Linden Avenues. Popular Miamisburg’s restaurants will have food available in the Food Court area, plus a Kids’ Zone, hosted by the Miamisburg Parks & Recreation Department, will supervise activities for kids of all ages.

Other participants will include title sponsor Kettering Medical Center Sycamore, KMC Sports Medicine, Five Rivers Metro Parks Outdoor and Heartland of Miamisburg. River Valley Credit Union will hold registration for free bikes plus other cycling items to be given away at the event, compliments of Heidelberg Distributing. This free family event also features a kids’ parade plus other activities geared to young children. Free kids’ bike helmets will also be given away while quantities last.

Specialty Races throughout the day will include the “Clergy Race” for those Men (and Women) in Black. Mayor Dick Church will again host the annual “Celebrity Race”, a crowd favorite with hometown celebrity emcee, Dale Huffman.

Hurry. Online Registration Still Available til July 17th!

Ladyfest 2.0 is coming!


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. The initial idea of Ladyfest came from a meeting of women who were being interviewed for the Experience Music Project’s exhibit on riot grrrl, including Allison Wolfe + Molly Neuman of Bratmobile, Natalie Cox, Tobi Vail, Bridget Irish, and others. There were tons more women involved in the day to day aspect of things – like Teresa, Maggie Vail, Kanako, Carrie B, and so on. 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 centres 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.

Time Band Stage
Friday, August 21
5:00-5:30 Joy Hollon Acoustic
5:35-6:05 Wetnight Main
6:10-6:35 Never quit dance crew Dance
6:40-7:10 Good English Main
7:15-7:35 Fusion Dance Crew Dance
7:40-8:10 Ashley Watson Acoustic
8:15-8:35 Belly Dancers (sandstorm/shira?) Dance
8:40-8:55 Persephone Acoustic
9:00-9:30 Abi cook and crew Main
9:35-10:05 Sandy Bashaw Acoustic
10:10-10:50 The Seedy Seeds Main
10:55-11:20 State School Acoustic
11:25-12:00 Vanity Theft Main
12:05-12:35 Kelly Campbell Acoustic
12:40-1:10 Accidentally on purpose Main
1:15-1:45 Fairy Tale Suicide Main
Close DJ

Saturday, August 22
3:00 PM-3:20 Vag Speak Acoustic
3:25-3:55 Jadis Main
4:00-4:15 Leslie N Performance
4:20-4:40 Michelle Bullock Acoustic
4:45-5:05 Miami Valley Lady Warriors Dance
5:10-5:40 Jayne Sachs Acoustic
5:45-6:10 Kira’s Oasis Dance
6:15-6:45 Paige Beller Acoustic
6:50-7:20 Drift Main
7:25-8:00 The Last Internationale Acoustic
8:05-8:35 Misunderstood Main
8:40-9:10 Little Cub Acoustic
9:15-9:45 Boombarian Main
9:50-10:10 Soulfire Tribe outside
10:15-10:45 Sarah Carey & Band Main
11:00-11:30 Jasper the Colossal Main
11:35-12:05 Becky Junker and Matt Randolph Acoustic
12:10-12:45 The Goody Two Shoes Main
1:00-1:35 Thee Pistol Whips Main
close DJ


Blogger brags on Dayton!

Friendly hand gestures only at Courteous Mass in Dayton,

I ended up in Dayton, Ohio—home of the Wright Brothers Bicycle Company—over the fourth of July holiday.  The most remarkable aspect of the trip (other than seeing Katherine‘s new work, of course): the extraordinary politeness of the Daytonians that I met. While I was buying toothpaste in CVS, for example, the cashier not only made eye contact but actually held the corners of my receipt as I signed it. I certainly can’t remember the last time a cashier in Washington has done anything of the sort.

And apparently it’s not just the cashiers. Dayton is home to one of just a handful of Courteous Mass rides in the country, the demure cyclist’s response to the sometimes rowdy Critical Mass rides that take place across cities on the last Friday of the month. Courteous Mass riders are encouraged to follow all traffic laws during the ride, discouraged from “corking” intersections, and make only “friendly” hand signals to motorists.

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Adam Voiland is a science writer whose articles have appeared in U.S. News & World Report and Popular Science. You can email him at bike.examiner@gmail.com.

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