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Short North Neighborhood Events/News July/August 2016

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Wordsmith and Artists Unite
Galleries invite author Larry Smith to collaborate on next temporary mural series in the Short North

Art galleries in the Short North are collaborating with local author Larry Smith on the fourth installment of temporary murals in the Short North Arts District. The Short North Alliance, a nonprofit organization, founded the mural project in 2012 and continues to manage it. Betsy Pandora, who came on board as executive director in August 2013, has worked to develop a new perspective and fresh focus with each installation. The partnership with Smith has the potential to become the most dynamic thus far.

Smith is best known as co-editor with Rachel Fershleiser of the online magazine SMITH, which founded the Six-Word Memoirs project that became a global phenomenon after presenting an online challenge in 2006 asking: “Can you tell your life story in six words?” The responses, of over one million Six-Word Memoirs, evolved into a bestselling book series, which has been featured in hundreds of media outlets.

Smith, 47, moved to Columbus in early 2015. In May of that year, Columbus became the pilot city for his Six in the City, a program that brings Six-Word Memoirs to cities across the U.S. as a tool for civic engagement.

Smith will collaborate with participating galleries to pair six-word stories about Columbus and the Short North Arts District with an individual artist who will then be commissioned to create an original artwork to be made into a mural. The murals are installed on the exterior brick facades of buildings along High Street in the Short North. They consist of high resolution images of art works printed on vinyl and heat-adhered to buildings. The process results in art that looks painted on the building.

“The mural project is a perfect manifestation for the power and possibilities for Six in the City: Columbus, offering anyone and everyone a chance to share a story on Columbus that could become the inspiration for public art,” Smith said in a news release. “That these murals will be found in my own neighborhood makes the work even more meaningful on a personal level.”

Artists will be selected in the summer of 2016. Work will begin in the fall and is expected to be completed in early 2017. The murals will be installed in the spring of 2017.

Tour Homes Needed

September 18 will be the 42nd annual Short North Tour of Homes and Gardens. The Short North Civic Association is in the process of putting together the tour and is still looking for homes to add, committee volunteers and tour guides. Please let the association know if you are interested in presenting your home on the tour or volunteering by contacting them at administration@shortnorthcivic.org

End-of-Summer Sale - Short North Aug 13-21

Short North businesses will be participating in an End-of-Summer Sale beginning with a sidewalk sale from Noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, followed by in-store sales throughout the following week until Sunday, August 21, 2016. The sale is an annual event when merchants sell the remainder of their summer products. It’s an opportunity that any thrifty shopper would not want to miss. Put on your walking shoes, have lunch, stop for a sweet treat and coffee and get some great bargains. Visit the Short North Alliance website www.shortnorth.org to learn more.

Sign Up for Text Street Sweeping Reminders

Columbus’s annual residential street sweeping that began in April and runs through November is designed to remove dirt, litter and debris in order to prevent the materials from being washed by rain into storm sewers and carried to our waterways. In neighborhoods where permanent signs are posted that identify street sweeping-related parking restrictions, vehicles that are not moved to allow sweepers to work in the area are ticketed and towed.

The following neighborhoods have permanently posted street-sweeping signs: Downtown, German Village, Italian Village, Harrison West, Neil Avenue, and the Ohio State University area. Red-and-white signs posted on each block list the street sweeping days and time for that area. Even if it appears a sweeper has cleaned the street, it’s important to not park during the restricted times, as sweepers may need to return to the area to make another pass.

In the Short North, drivers can avoid having their car towed by signing up for text message reminders on the Short North Block Watch website at www.shortnorthblockwatch.org. Provide your phone number and choose the group you’d like to join: Circles, TowIV for Italian Village, or TowNeil for Neil Avenue. The City of Columbus website also posts schedules on their public service news page at www.columbus.gov/streetsweeping where you can view the schedule in advance.

For additional information about street sweeping in Columbus, call the 311 Service Center at 614-645-3111 or email 311@columbus.gov

Michigan Avenue Parking

On June 14, 2016, the city re-installed No Parking signs on the east side of Michigan Avenue. The amount of parking on Michigan from Goodale Street to Buttles Avenue has increased significantly since the opening of the Trotter’s Gate community. The combination of a constricted roadway and continued large truck traffic servicing Superior Beverage and other industries in the vicinity made the stretch of road unsafe for drivers and pedestrians.

In early spring, the Harrison West Society asked the city to add the signs but were rebuffed by officials in the Division of Traffic Management who felt that traffic flow in the area was adequate. Upon further investigation, however, the city discovered that No Parking signs had hung in the target area but had been removed during construction. The Division of Traffic Management changed direction and agreed to replace the signs. Please be aware of the change. Enforcement has been lax during this transition phase.
– Harrison West Society

Art Walks and Landmark Talks

The fourth year of Art Walks and Landmark Talks, a collaboration of the Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Health, offers free hour-long tours led by expert historians and guides exploring the art, history and architecture of Columbus neighborhoods. This year’s lineup includes 21 walks that started in May.

Art Walks are offered on scheduled Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. Rain dates are the following Sundays at 7 p.m. Visit Columbuslandmarks.org or call 614-221-0227.

A Landmark Talk will take place in Goodale Park on Monday, September 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. The topic will be the Elephant Fountain designed by Malcolm Cochran – a water feature in the pond installed five years ago. This photo shows one of the two elephants (cast in bronze) being installed in 2011. The pond refused to hold water for a year, but the problem was resolved and the fountain was turned on full-time in September 2012.

July 11: Short North - Wonder Bread Sign, 728 Hamlet St.
July 18: University District - Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr.
July 25: Capitol Square - Central Presbyterian Church, 132 S. Third St.
Aug 1: Brewery District - King Gambrinus Statue, Near 585 S. Front St.
Aug 8: River South - Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St.
Aug 15: Near South - Driving Park Library, 1442 Livingston Ave.
Aug 22: Arena District II - Arch Park, Nationwide Blvd.
Aug 29: Near East II - Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.
Sept 12: Short North II - Goodale Park Elephant Fountain, 120 Goodale Blvd.
Sept 19: Merion Village II - Barrett Middle School, Deshler and Bruck avenues
Sept 26: German Village II - Schiller Statue, Schiller Park
Oct 3: Clintonville II - Indianola Alternative School, 251 E. Weber Rd.
Oct 10: Franklinton II - Harrison House, 570 W. Broad St.

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