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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.”

Be A Part of History

If you have a special skill or talent, or if you love the history of the Miami Valley and want to share it with others, Dayton History would love for you to become a part of its volunteer team!

There are currently volunteer opportunities in the following areas:

Historical Interpretation297

Learn the history of the 30 buildings and exhibits at Carillon Historical Park and share that history with visitors. Work with school groups, military reunion groups, families and people from around the world. Enjoy interacting with the public? This opportunity is for you!

298Photograph Digitization and Labeling Projects

Spend time with our collections at the Dayton History Archive Center, scanning photographs and entering them into a searchable database. Or help with labeling some of the thousands of NCR photographs!

2991930s Print Shop

Do you have letterpress skills? Are you interested in learning and preserving a craft that is fading quickly? Become part of the 1930s Print Shop by demonstrating how to operate printing machinery and creating publications for sale. All training is provided.

300Marketing and Publicity

Help tell the world about Dayton History by posting our upcoming events on online community calendars and message boards. Work alongside our development department at the Dayton History offices, or, if you have internet access, work in the comfort of your own home!

301Special Events

Turn the Kettering Family Education Center at Carillon Historical Park into a holiday wonderland! Help decorate during the weeks leading up to our annual Ringing in the Holidays event, which will take place on November 22.

To learn more about the available opportunities, please contact Andrea Green, Volunteer Coordinator at 937-293-2841 ext 102.

Hello World! Rarely Seen Art

titlebox_hello_worldAs The Dayton Art Institute’s 90th Anniversary celebration continues, Chief Curator Will South and his team have identified the museum’s hidden treasures for display in the special exhibition galleries. These wonderful works from many periods and places, some of which have not been on display for years or are new to our collections, have been installed to both contrast and make visual parallels between art works from diverse cultures. The show’s hidden treasures include figures, portraits, decorative arts, landscapes and more from many different cultures, spanning more than 2,000 years.

Museum Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 4:00 p.m.

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.

Grass Roots Transformation of Wayne Ave


updayton has spearheaded a beautification and community clean up program along the Wayne Ave corridor between 3rd and 5th Streets, connecting the Cannery Arts District with the Oregon District.  A recent competition for submissions was a success and you can now see the results of these artists showcased underneath the train overpass at Fourth Street and Wayne Avenue.   Artists were asked to submit garden themed designs for the 8 x8  foot openings.  A committee of artists, local business owners and city officials selected 8 of the winners, with the final 2 chosen “by the people” at the Fall Urban Nights.  Artists  received $125 and a $50 supply stipend to complete their designs.

9228_160139427970_105606052970_2798431_5204375_n Heather Lee Reid’s Mural, still in progress

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Pecha Kucha Volume 2

images-7You’re invited to a Pecha Kucha Night! Pecha what? Pecha Kucha. Pe-chawk-cha. Say it with confidence and the pronunciation doesn’t really matter. Devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham at Klein Dytham Architecture in 2003, Pecha Kucha Night is a way for designers and other creatives to present and discuss their work in 6 minutes and 40 seconds (20 slides – 20 seconds each). You’ll learn a lot. You’ll nosh. You might heckle a boring presenter. (We’re all friends, right?) Above all, you’ll meet people who share your passion for design – graphic designers, architects, city planners, artists.
Didn’t this already happen in August?
Bonus points to Mr. Payingattention! Pecha Kucha Night Dayton, Volume 1, kicked things off in late August. Volume 2 is being sponsored by AIA Dayton as this year’s Focus on Design lecture.
Sounds cool – when is it?
Pecha Kucha Night Dayton, Volume 2, will be held November 6, 2009 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. It’s First Friday, so the galleries will be open too.
The Excelsior Building (next to Jay’s Seafood) at 207 E. 6th Street, Oregon District, Dayton, Ohio.
Sign me up!
Please RSVP to info@aiadayton.org. Admission, including food and drink, is $20 at the door. We can’t wait to meet you!

Celebrating Local Artists

creativesoulCreative Soul of Dayton is an art exhibit aimed at showcasing the highest quality of individual artistic achievement in the visual arts in the Dayton region. 170 Visual artists residing within a 25 mile radius of the city of Dayton share their artistic achievements with the community during this month-long exhibition.
“Creative Soul of Dayton represents a very diverse group of artists in terms of age, ethnicity, professional status and media,” said Susan Byrnes, director of the University of Dayton’s ArtStreet and lead exhibit organizer. “Everyone from 18-year-olds to octogenarians, college students to seasoned professionals, has contributed work. The exhibit will include sculpture, paintings and video, along with furniture, installation, fabric art and even a truck that is a work of art. This will be a very eclectic representation of Dayton creativity!”
Prize juror Eva Buttacavoli, independent curator and former director of exhibitions and education at the Austin Museum of Art, will award several prizes before the show opens.

Three artists were 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.  A “People’s Choice” Award will be announced at the closing reception at 8pm on Friday, Nov. 6th.
The Creative Soul of Dayton exhibition was developed by a joint committee of faculty and staff members from the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Central State University and Sinclair Community College, as well as community members and university students. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the University of Dayton Diversity Initiatives, ArtStreet, the Law Offices of Gottschlich and Portune LLP, the This Is Dayton initiative of DaytonCREATE, Link Gallery, and ServiceMaster Cleaning.
For more information, contact Susan ByrnesThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 937-229-5103.

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.

Work-Life Balance presented by Generation Dayton

Join Generation Dayton for a professional development session on work-life balance on Wednesday October 14, 2009 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Discussion on becoming a part-time employee and still having a career and learning how to keep your career on track while going through transitions.

Cost: Complimentary to Generation Dayton Members, Non-Members are $25.00

Appetizers will be provided. Cash bar available. Located at the Time Warner Cable Flight Deck at UD Arena.

Registration is required, please RSVP to LaDonna Wulfeck.

Visit www.generationdayton.org for more information on this and other Generation Dayton events.

Land Use Planning & You

GOING PLACES – An Integrated Land Use Vision for the Miami Valley Region is a regional initiative designed to bring people together to create a road map for the future of land development in the Miami Valley Region.

The study area covers Greene, Miami, and Montgomery counties and the cities of Carlisle, Franklin, and Springboro in northern part of Warren County.

Currently the major focus is to collect information from people who live and work in the Region about what they envision for the future of the Region. Do you have a vision for the Miami Valley Region in the year 2040?  YOUR ideas and innovations are needed to help make the Miami Valley Region a better place to live, work and play!

I would like to invite you to come and join the Going Places discussion at any of the workshops to share YOUR vision!  Your participation is very important so please plan to attend one of the workshops.

For more information about the Going Places initiative, you can visit www.mvrpc.org/rlu <http://www.mvrpc.org/rlu> or contact staff at 937-223-6323 or goingplaces@mvrpc.org <mailto:goingplaces@mvrpc.org>.

Going Places Phase II Workshops (more…)

Gallup study finds economic conditions have no bearing on where people love to live?

Contact: Marc Fest, Vice President of Communications, (305) 908-2677
Economy Not Key
In Residents’ Love For Where They Live

Gallup and Knight Foundation Study Explores
What Makes People Emotionally Attached to Their Communities

MIAMI, FLA. (Sept. 29, 2009) – A Gallup study of 26 U.S. communities has found that the worst economic crisis in decades is not a key factor in attracting and retaining residents.

“While the pain from the recession is deep, other factors far outweigh economics when it comes to determining how emotionally attached people are to their communities,” said Warren Wright, managing partner for Gallup, which conducted the study with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

In fact, a community’s social offerings (fun places to gather), its physical beauty and its openness to new and different people are most important to making residents love where they live, the study found.

“The findings are particularly important in a globalized economy, where cities are fighting for the talented workers they need for a vibrant workforce and economy,” said Paula Ellis, Knight Foundation’s vice president for strategic initiatives. “Local leaders, city officials and residents can use this information to better understand their community – and strengthen it to be a destination where people want to live, work and play.”

While the current economic crisis doesn’t seem to make a difference in residents’ love for their community, the study found that positive feelings do have a connection to local GDP growth.

The Soul of the Community survey was designed to explore this connection between economic growth and residents’ emotional attachment to their community. The latest results, from year two of the three-year study, suggest a significant correlation between the two.

Within a smaller microcosm, such as a company, Gallup has been able to show that increasing employees’ emotional connection to their company leads to improved financial performance of the organization. Researchers continue to explore if the emotional connection to the place where one lives drives economic growth for these communities in a similar way. Gallup’s previous work in U.S. communities and abroad shows that in fact emotional connection does drive economic growth.

In addition, the study also made several conclusions that will interest leaders concerned with keeping top workers:

Openness to college graduates continues to be a challenge for the communities studied, and an obstacle to stemming brain drain and keeping talented students in town after graduation day;
New residents are the least attached of any demographic group to their community – and were even less attached in 2009, as compared to the previous year;
Residents who are more satisfied with their jobs are more likely to have an emotional connection to their community.
Knight Foundation is already funding projects with direct ties to the study’s recommendations.

For example, in Tallahassee, where social offerings is the #1 driver of community attachment, Knight Foundation funded the first Tallahassee Film Festival and the Get Gaines Going project, which is revitalizing a main thoroughfare. These efforts to create cultural spaces where residents can meet and create a sense of place are particularly important to the capitol city, which wants to entice its local college graduates to stay in the area, build a career and help diversify the local economy.

“A creative and diverse workforce is the key to Tallahassee’s future. With guidance from the Soul of the Community study, we can continue to find ways to get there by attracting new talent and keeping our local college graduates in town,” said Mike Pate, Knight Foundation’s Tallahassee program director.

The communities surveyed vary in population size, economic levels and how urban or rural they are. Gallup randomly surveyed a representative sample of more than 10,000 adults from Feb. 17 to April 25, 2009, by phone.

The following communities were included in the survey: Aberdeen, S.D., Akron, Ohio, Biloxi, Miss., Boulder, Colo., Bradenton, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Columbus, Ga., Detroit, Mich., Duluth, Minn., Fort Wayne, Ind., Gary, Ind., Grand Forks, N.D., Lexington, Ky., Long Beach, Calif., Macon, Ga., Miami, Fla., Milledgeville, Ga., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Palm Beach, Fla., Philadelphia, Pa., San Jose, Calif., St. Paul, Minn., State College, Pa., Tallahassee, Fla., Wichita, Kan.

For complete survey findings, visit www.soulofthecommunity.org.

Track the conversation on Twitter with the tag #SOTC09 and Knight Foundation at twitter.com/knightfdn.

About Gallup

Gallup has studied human nature and behavior for more than 70 years. Gallup’s reputation for delivering relevant, timely, and visionary research on what people around the world think and feel is the cornerstone of the organization. Gallup employs many of the world’s leading scientists in management, economics, psychology, and sociology, and our consultants assist leaders in identifying and monitoring behavioral economic indicators worldwide. Gallup’s 2,000 professionals deliver services at client organizations, through the Web, at Gallup University’s campuses, and in 40 offices around the world.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

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