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Short North Neighborhood Events/News NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015

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Short North Foundation Awards Funds to Six Neighborhood Programs and Organizations in 2015

The Living Orb, by Daric Gill, created for the "Find Me In the Park" program. © Gill

The Short North Foundation awarded grants totaling $4,250 to half a dozen programs and organizations this year. Following the spirit of the grants, these various projects and programs benefit Short North area residents, unite the neighborhoods, and incorporate or preserve public works of art and architecture.

A project of the Short North Alliance and partner galleries and art institutions, Blank Spaces, the Short North Temporary Mural Series, completed installation this fall with grant suppport. Images of artwork were printed on vinyl and heat-adhered to the exterior brick facades of buildings along High Street. The grant money allowed an expansion of the annual project to 19 locations – almost twice as many as last year – with new sites concentrated at the northern end of the neighborhood.

Another art project that received funds, Find Me in the Park: It’s TREEmendous, is a Columbus Recreation and Parks Department initiative consisting of a series of mini art installations in the form of small tree houses (fairy houses) installed temporarily in city parks. The structures remained at various park locations through the end of September. The SNF grant specifically funded the Goodale Park installation, “The Living Orb.” Created by artist Daric Gill, the tree house sitting atop a Silver Linden tree remained dark during the day and lit up at night.

Music and movies were included in the grant dispersement. The Goodale Park Music Series, a free outdoor concert series founded in 2009, sponsored by the Short North Civic Association, features live music from Columbus performers as well as art, craft vendors, kids activities and food carts. Screen on the Green, a public movie series also held in Goodale Park throughout the summer and founded in 2009, provides free family friendly entertainment helping to unify the burgeoning Short North neighborhood. Harrison West Jazz Stage, a late summer/early fall jazz concert series held on Sunday afternoons at the Harrison Park Gazebo in Harrison West, was another grant winner. The volunteer-run concert series was founded by two Harrison West residents, Dara Schwartz and Mark Subel, in January 2013 in an effort to build awareness of local jazz talent and to spread the spirit and enthusiasm for Columbus arts, while celebrating the Harrison West neighborhood.

Last but not least, the Doo Dah Parade’s annual celebration of liberty and lunacy that winds through the Short North on the Fourth of July received support this year. The free parade is produced by The Friends of Doo Dah, a volunteer-run nonprofit 501(c)3 charity, and the grant money financed the rental of portable toilets during the parade.

Visit shortnorthfoundation.org for more information.

NOTE: The Living Orb, by Daric Gill, was created for the “Find Me In the Park” program commissioned by Columbus Parks and Recreation. Artists were asked to design fairy houses as part of an interactive experience with children, and others, to allow them to investigate city parks in a new way. Gill’s treehouse remained in Goodale Park through September and was funded in part by a Short North Foundation grant. View Gill’s blog about the creation and installation at https://dgillart.wordpress.com2015/07/11/orb/

Public Presentation on Nov. 18 Park Pavilion Design Competition

A competition for designing a pavilion in the Italian Village Park located on Hubbard Avenue between Pearl and Kerr streets is now in the final stages, and members of the community are being asked to attend a presentation on Wednesday, November 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Junior Achievement Center’s gymnasium space at 68 E. Second Ave. in order to engage in the selection process. Three finalists will present, and the ensuing conversation with the community will provide the advisory panel with feedback, giving them an opportunity to hear what people think, what concerns them or interests them about the proposals, in order to make their selection of the winning design. The three finalists are the design team of Jonathan Barnes Architecture & Design and Implement Studio, Tim Lai Architect and WSA Studios and CYP Studios. The proposed budget for the project, which includes additional landscape design – benches, a play area and equipment, bocce courts, as well as the pavilion stage, lighting and storage – is $350,000. The pavilion will not only serve as a gathering place for community events, but ideally maintain and express the identity and spirit of the neighborhood. The competition is being managed by The Neighborhood Design Center in conunction with the Columbus Departments of Development and Recreation and Parks.

FGP Fundraiser Holiday Gala

The Friends of Goodale Park Annual Holiday Gala will be held Wednesday, December 2 at the beautiful home of Richard Bauer who hosted the first-ever FGP Gala many years ago. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and entertainment by Tom Crumley, owner of T. David Collection, and regular pianist at Club Diversity. Join friends and neighbors at 841 Dennison Ave. from 6 to 9 p.m. A $50 donation is requested at the door. Early bird tickets are $40 and can be purchased online or at Samson, 772 N. High St. One hundred percent of the tickets price goes for park improvements. If you can’t attend, please consider a year-end donation. Visit www.goodalepark.org or Friends of Goodale Park on FB to learn more.

Seeking Nominations for Neighbor of the Year Award

The Harrison West neighborhood is a place full of inspirational individuals. For the fourth year, the Harrison West
Society wishes to recognize the contributions of vital community leaders.
The Harrison West Neighbor of the Year award will be given to a person who has demonstrated extraordinary involvement in the community and inspires others to make Harrison West a better place. This can be any memeber of the central Ohio community: a neighbor, co-worker, friend, business, or community leader. There are no additional requirements or restrictions.
To nominate a deserving individual for the award, submit a short narrative on why someone you know deserves this honor (500 words or less) no later than December 1, 2015 to neighbornomination@harrisonwest.org. The award winner will be announced at the Harrison West Society’s Winter Celebration on December 16, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Questions? Contact Tim Price at president@harrisonwest.org

ComFest Welcomes Applicants for Community Project Grants

The ComFest Grants Committee is accepting applications from non-profit community organizations seeking funding to support their special projects geared to promote social change and social justice. Special projects are defined as activities occurring within a specific timeframe to service the organization’s mission. That does not include festivals, parades, seminars, conferences or general operations.

The Community Festival Grants Program, established 10 years ago, began funding in 2006. Among the recipients that year were Simply Living Radio Station WCRS, the Free Press, Friends of Alum Creek, Friends of the Homeless, and SIDS (Short North Improvement District) among others. Earlier this year, ComFest gave eight Columbus non-profit organizations a total of $15,000 in project grants. The committee is especially interested in innovative new projects. The Central Ohio Green Education Fund’s new 24-hour, women-operated green radio station, WGRN, received $1,700 to purchase and install an antennae in 2015.

Grants may be requested in amounts ranging from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $3,000. Applicants must show community support for their project in the form of documented cash or in-kind matching resources, which may include volunteer activity. To read the Community Festival Grant Program guidelines, visit the grants page of the ComFest website, www.comfest.com. If you are unsure whether your project qualifies for potential funding, email grants@comfest.com. The application deadline is January 15, 2016.

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