Cincy Story Mural Design Team
Several months I told you about a project bringing Cincinnati’s diverse community together through written and visual stories. That project – Cincy Story Mural – is a between Starfire Council, DIY Printing, Public Allies, and Cincy.com, with artist Krista Brinkmeyer at its helm. And this Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at Starfire, after months of dedicated work, collaboration, artistry and mindfulness, the murals will be unveiled. (Starfire is located at 5030 Oaklawn Drive; Cincinnati, OH 45227) Everyone is invited!
The four murals will be installed at four locations:
Coalition for the Homeless, Over the Rhine
Norwood City Schools, Norwood
Santa Maria, East Price Hill
About Cincy Story Mural:
The visionary behind the project, Krista is her late 20’s, and has always had a passion for expressing herself through storytelling – sometimes by capturing moments in photographs and sometimes through written word. She also has a knack for making friends, an important quality for any role let alone the role of project director.
Cincy Story Mural used harvesting events – get togethers where the public has been invited to share photos, videos, narratives, and drawings to help tell the story of their unique corner of the world in four murals.
Something truly wonderful is happening. It is transcending generations, bringing together diverse people from just about every local community. Our great city of Cincinnati is being told, one person, one story, one neighborhood at a time. Old shoeboxes are coming out of storage. Camcorders and iphones are popping up in storefronts and street corners. Memories are being inked in vivid detail as prose on pieces of lined paper.
It is all a part of a first-time project called the Cincy Story Mural. Through a series of what are being called harvesting events, the public has been invited to share photos, videos, narratives, and drawings to help tell the story of their unique corner of the world. And by the spring of 2012 (which is fast upon us), they will all be transformed into a beautiful mural installed in locations throughout Cincinnati with an interactive online version.
Krista is the vision behind the project. In her late 20’s, she has always had a passion for expressing herself through storytelling – sometimes by capturing moments in photographs and sometimes through written word. She also has a knack for making friends, an important quality for any role let alone the role of project director.
“I like myself very much. I work hard at Starfire. I am a good person and I am happy,” she wrote in her blog profile.
I sat down with Krista and her right hand man as they say, Leah Addison, an Americorp volunteer with Starfire. The idea, they told me, was sparked when Krista was developing an idea for her capstone project in her final year at Starfire U.
“I like taking pictures and showing them to my friends,” Krista said. “I’m learning to blog and email. I’m meeting a lot of people. I’m not done yet and I need everyone’s help.”
If you have a photo or story you would like to contribute, please contact them at infor@CincyStoryMural.org.
Today my friends Aaron and Sybilka and I made a poster for our Mural Launch Party. I got my picture taken while we were working on the screen printing. The posters are blue and silver. The posters tell about the project and they have a QR code on them so people can scan with their phones and read more about the project.
About Starfire U
I really couldn’t describe it better than the words used by Starfire on their website….
Starfire believes every person has gifts that should be valued and respected. Time at Starfire is spent discovering those gifts and finding the people and places where those gifts are able to shine the brightest. Starfire recognizes that all people want acceptance and need relationships. There is great value to relationships with the community and neighbors so an emphasis on building connection runs throughout each program. Starfire strives to maximize resources and generate new avenues and networks of connections for people.
Starfire U is a new, post-secondary opportunity focused on providing relevant educational opportunities for young adults with disabilities. It combines Starfire’s expertise in advancing socialization with traditional special education techniques. This research-based program will have a positive lifelong impact on the lives of people who experience disabilities.
The Starfire U curriculum includes communication, safety, transportation, health, citizenship, technology and volunteering. The knowledge and experience gained in the program helps people to become integral parts of their community.
Over the course of the four-year program, there is exposure to new opportunities, a chance to explore and define a person’s gifts and talents, find valued roles in their community, and build a network of support. The curriculum is designed to:
- Connect with the Community
- Develop Friendships
- Increase Social Confidence
- Gain Experiences at Local Colleges, Businesses, and Non‐Profits
- Contribute through Service
- Build Occupational Skills
- Develop Personalized Future Plan