Theatrical 'Microproductions' Coming to Cincinnati Streetcar

That's one of the six winning ideas to receive $10,000 Summer/Fall project grants from People's Liberty

click to enlarge (L-R) People's Liberty's Eric Avner with grant winners Cassandra Clement, Matthew Gellin, Priyanka Sen, Julius Jenkins, Amy Osborne and Carolyn Crombie, plus Crombie supporter Lawrence Jones - PHOTO: Emily Vriesman
PHOTO: Emily Vriesman
(L-R) People's Liberty's Eric Avner with grant winners Cassandra Clement, Matthew Gellin, Priyanka Sen, Julius Jenkins, Amy Osborne and Carolyn Crombie, plus Crombie supporter Lawrence Jones

People’s Liberty, the philanthropic lab that's an offshoot of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, has announced the winners in the seventh round of its $10,000 project grants. The program started in 2015.

Here are the winners and a brief description of their proposals:

• Carolyn Crombie wants to beautify three sets of public stairs in the North Fairmount neighborhood, working with residents to design, prepare and paint the stairs.   

• Julius Jenkins, a professional street dance performer and founder of dance group the Millennium Robots, wants to create the Heroes Rise: Street Dance Experience two-day street dance event. 

• Matthew Gellin,  a theatre researcher and founder of American Legacy Theatre, will start T2: Transit Theatre – 10 microproductions — on the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar.

Cassandra Clement and her 19-year-old son Troy Melnyk hope the Troy Gives a Duck project will "show how a single person with a positive message can build community and create a chain reaction of community building among others, providing them with a physical reminder that they are valued and that there is goodness to be found," according to a People's Liberty press release. He is committed to using a positive message to eliminate the isolation of those with disabilities, according to the People's Liberty website.

Amy Osborne, a beekeeper, will deploy beehives around the community and have workshops to educate people on the importance of bees. Her Pollination Stations, as she calls them, will merge science and nature education, and also beautify their neighborhoods.

Priyanka Sen, a designer, historian and educator with an emphasis on architecture, wants to start a program called VOUCHed to reimagine the Section 8 or Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) process through a new visual format. It will take the form of a graphic pamphlet.

You can follow these grantees' progress at peoplesliberty.org. For more information on People’s Liberty Project Grants, email [email protected].

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