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“This Is Dayton” on Tolerance; Shattering Stereotypes

Thanks to committee member, Donna Martin, for sharing this music video by Ice Cube called Race Card. The basic premise is the world isn’t black & white and not to believe in stereotypes.

Pay particular attention to the end of the video with images & labels. We believe this could be an excellent starting point for a poster initiative for the This is Dayton community pride initiative. Why?

It speaks directly to what Richard Florida refers to as one of the four T’s – Tolerance. It’s about diversity, but also refers to accepting people who are different than you. Diversity and acceptance is important to the Creative Class and they are drawn to open minded communities.

It personalizes “This is Dayton” and makes it about the people and not as much about the geography. It doesn’t matter if the people shown are from Beavercreek, Trotwood or Springfield. It’s about shattering stereotypes.

If nothing else, it just makes you stop and think…. so what do YOU think? Would you or someone you know be interested in being a “model” for these posters and share something about yourself that might surprise people?

This Is Dayton at Urban Nights, Friday May 16

“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 tgasper@fullcircledayton.com 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!

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