Artisan Markets in Cincinnati

  The Cincinnati area has many markets scattered throughout almost every neighborhood and they all offer a variety of different things for everyone to enjoy!  Most of them are outdoors and have plenty of things to engage in for the whole family!  A lot of them have local food and support small businesses, while highlighting community involvement!  There are a ton of opportunities for artist to sell their work and meet with the public at these markets and we know just the ones to check out this summer!

The City Flea

This urban flea market is a crowd pleaser and is in one of the most beautiful parts of Cincinnati!  This market is located in the historic Washington Park right in front of the mesmerizing Music Hall.  The market is head once a month and they have dozens of vendors from craft makers to community organizations, and startup businesses.  They have anything from vintage wears to contemporary art, and much, much more!  Make an entire day out of visiting the City Flea!  There is so much to do in the park for kids and adults!  The water feature is a perfect way to cool off from the heat and the patio bar is an excellent place to grab a drink and relax!

http://www.thecityflea.com/

Second Sunday on Main

In the art district of Over-the- Rhine you can experience a lively and fun celebration of creativity down Main street on every second Sunday of the month at this stellar market!  This market has a wide range of artists and local businesses to support and meet with!  The Art Academy of Cincinnati is usually there with their artists, instructing workshops for people to join in on.  There are performances, live music, and lots of food trucks to choose from!  This market gives off a block party vibe for people of all ages to have a fun time at!

Art on Vine

This market started as a class project and evolved into a popular market that showcases artists, craft makers, and many local businesses that we love!  The market is at different locations and always keeps you excited for the next one!  Some of the locations include Fountain Square and Rhinegeist Brewery.

https://www.artonvinecincy.com/

Second Saturdays at CampSITE

CampSite Sculpture Park is one of our favorite places that hosts community driven events and there markets on Saturdays are absolutely lovely!  Explore the park while shopping for local art and supporting small businesses! For more information on how to be a vendor visit their website! http://campsitesculpturepark.com/

Written By: Christen Collins

Cincinnati Outdoor Sculpture Art

We took an adventure around Cincinnati to explore some of the many sculptures that are featured outside throughout the area and had a magical time engaging with these works of art!  All of them are free to take a look at and are very pleasant places to visit!  Most of them are interactive experiences and others stand so tall you have to take a step back to view them.  From along the riverside to surrounding neighborhoods, Cincinnati has a lot of sculptures to discover and enjoy!  Here are a few of our favorites!

The Crystal Garden

On the University of Cincinnati’s eastern side of campus, you can find yourself casually coming across a garden of large geometric crystal formations that are shooting out from the ground!  These fragmented structures have tunnels that you can walk through and give a sense of what it’s like being inside of a crystal gemstone.  Look up and around to admire lines, angles, shapes, and colors that collide together in perfect harmony.  These giant crystal sculptures are made out of a variety of materials which are fascinating and fitting for the connection of fine art and architecture.  The enchanting quality they have is mesmerizing to say the least!  Crystal Garden was created by artist Dennis Oppenheim and the university has many other impressive sculptures in different spaces indoor and outdoor on campus. https://magazine.uc.edu/issues/0714/ArtSculpture.html

Cincinnati Art Museum Art Climb

The Cincinnati Art Museum is always our go-to place to experience art in all its glory and now that they have stairs called the Art Climb you can get a little exercise in while seeing some amazing outdoor sculptures!  Starting from the bottom of the stairs is the piece LBD Duty Free by Chakaia Booker, as you make your way up the staircase you see another sculpture called, Cube ’97 by Tony Rosenthal, then when you make it to the top you’re greeted by the stunning piece, Skybound by Barton Rubenstein!  All of this is nestled up the hill of the main entrance to Eden Park and leads you to the Museum. https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/visit/art-climb/

International Friendship Park

This lovely park has so much to offer for recreation but also features a number of awesome sculptures in a beautiful setting along the Ohio River.  While walking the educational pathway you will see the incredible mirror structure called, Castle of Air by Artist, Architect: Peter Haimerl.  Stand outside of it and take in the reflection of the sky and trees.  Notice the way the sculpture mimics nature then walk inside the structure to look at your own reflection in different positions!  As you walk further down you will find the Seven Vessels Ascending/Descending by David Nash overlooking the river.  Then once you reach the end of the park you will discover the massive Crystalline Tower sculpture by Susan Ewing that is truly out of this world and a sight to see! https://www.cincinnatiparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Ted-Berry-Brochure_ADA.pdf

CampSITE Sculpture Park

This social sculpture park features a range of different art and artist throughout its indoor and outdoor space.  When visiting this collective and inclusive environment you will be in a state of wonderment by the murals on the walls, sculptures in the grass, and the installations coming off the buildings! One of the most incredible parts about this place is that it is continuing to cultivate opportunities for creative expression in new ways each and every day! CampSITE has many events for everyone to participate in, making it the perfect place to experience creativity coming to life in the community!  They even have live music in the park, on Wednesday nights in June, where you can listen to jazz music and hang out by their cozy campfire! A recurring event they have is their Second Saturday Markets that are every second Saturday from 12-4pm from May – October.  The Art Academy of Cincinnati currently has their playful duct tape sculptures on display there that you can interact with and transcend to a whimsical state of mind.  Another event that they have coming up is a micro creative arts festival called, CampSITE Social Art: An Abstract Junction, that will take place on Sunday, June 6, 5-9pm. This Social Art Event is a grassroots opportunity for creatives to showcase what they do and connect with the community in meaningful and expressive ways! There will be live music, interactive art, a variety of vendors, activities for all ages, a kid’s craft area, live painting, local food, and so much more! 

See you there Cincinnati!

http://campsitesculpturepark.com/

Written By: Christen Collins

Remake Learning Days Festival Celebrates Hands-On Learning

On May 15-17, 2021, Greater Cincinnati will host the virtual Remake Learning Days festival to inspire families to spend time learning together.  

Educators, artists, scientists and makers from across the region are sharing more than 100 lessons, activities and demonstrations, both on demand and as interactive sessions.  

Remake Learning Days Across America, a celebration of learning innovation, is in its fifth year. Greater Cincinnati joins 17 other regions to encourage and support families and students. 

The festival will provide new connections between the families of Greater Cincinnati and the organizations and resources located here. The virtual events in the festival will be a helpful introduction to the participating artists, teachers, scientists and makers. Families can explore the opportunities they offer and follow up for more if they wish. 

To ensure that more families can participate in the event, learning activity kits filled with supplies for more than 15 of the festival’s events will be created. These kits will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis at several locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Find a full list of locations where kits can be picked up at https://remakelearningdays.org/gc/free-activity-kits/.  

During Greater Cincinnati Remake Learning Days, families can find activities and lessons appropriate for children from preschool through 12th grade, all of which can be done remotely. The activities range from arts and crafts, to STEM, outdoor learning and much more. A full listing of events can be viewed at https://remakelearningdays.org/gc/

Remake Learning Days Across America Producer Dorie Taylor hopes that “parents, caregivers and educators across all communities will be inspired by the learning kids are doing alongside their caring adults and think about what they hope to see in their own communities.” 

“There may not be another moment in our lifetimes when educators are thinking as boldly about what education and learning might be than right now. We should embrace these innovations as signals about what’s possible,” said Gregg Behr, executive director of the Grable Foundation and co-chair of Remake Learning. 

Join the virtual Greater Cincinnati Remake Learning Days on May 15-17.  

Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY. 

It’s Brewery Season

For many, Springtime is tied to blooming flowers, chirping birds, and if you’re a Cincinnatian, the sipping of beer outside at your favorite spot. 

We all know Cincinnati is packed with dozens of breweries soaked in a long tradition of history and crafting practices. Sadly, to list every brewery in Cincinnati would require a novel, not a short-read, so here are some quick standouts: 

The OG

You can’t really mention Cincinnati Breweries without paying homage to Rhinegeist. Their rooftop is the perfect place to vibe out on a warm day or gather with friends inside their expansive taproom. Check out their list of seasonal beers

https://rhinegeist.com/

Take It Outside

Situated on U.S.Route 50, 50 West Brewery is the place to go for guilt-free outdoor drinking. They’ve got volleyball, cycling, running groups, and a wide variety of beers. Workout while you sip. It’s all about balance.

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Braxton Brewery has another location. In addition to their Northern Kentucky spot, Braxton is now proudly situated in the historic Pendleton neighborhood of Cincinnati. They’ve got a bevy of beers from Braxton, Braxton Labs, Braxton Barrel House and VIVE Hard Seltzer. 

For the Tree Huggers 

If you’re looking to drink while making an impact, MadTree is the brewery for you. MadTree donates a portion of their sales to local nonprofits focused on environmental sustainability. To date, they’ve donated 15,000 saplings to regenerate our forests, recycled over 20,000 plastic handles, and used 50,000 pounds of spent grain to feed local cows each week. 

Keepin’ It Groovy

Urban Artifact is a sweet, live music venue that specializes in sour taps. Built in the lower level of the historic St Patrick’s church in Northside Cincinnati, Urban’s courtyard between the buildings is one of the best places to sit outside with a beer. Oh, and if you’re looking for something to jam to, they’ve got their own radio station you can tune into.

New Kid on the Block

Alright, so Humble Monk Brewing Co. isn’t brand new* but like with any place that opened in 2020, we feel like we’re just now discovering it as we (safely) step outside again in 2021. Humble Monk Brewing Co. is a family-owned, pet-friendly brewery that specializes in high quality craft beer with a Belgian influence. Check ‘em out! 

https://www.facebook.com/humblemonkBC/

Welcome in a Sustainable New Year

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Whether you call them resolutions, goals, or renewed habits, the start of a new year brings a yearning for a clean state—along with a chance to reset and envision the impact you want to make for the months to come. For some, it’s the devotion to becoming more sustainable in their day-to-day lives. But let’s face it, eco-friendly practices are easier said than done. 

Luckily, in Cincinnati there are lots of ways you can ease into a more sustainable lifestyle, with small switches that will make going green a breeze. Check out some of the stores around our city making a sustainable impact, (so you can make one too!)

Deerhaus Decor:  Deerhaus is an eco-friendly boutique with an emphasis on small-batch manufacturing. This place is great for sustainable kitchen swaps like a dish block (instead of dish soap in plastic bottles), along with beeswrap food wrap, bamboo and metal straws, eco-friendly dish towels and more. They’re also a must-stop shop for unique, handmade jewelry and vintage clothing, that get a chance at second wear. 

Check them out online; or in store at: 135 West Elder Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

SimplyZero: New to Over-the-Rhine, Simply Zero has everything you need to switch to a sustainable lifestyle, from bamboo cutlery to mouthwash tabs, to powdered laundry detergent, and beyond. Most impressive, though, are their refill stations. Instead of buying plastic packaged shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash they sell refillable glass bottles you pump with your favorite product. Once you run out, bring your bottle back and start the process again. Goodbye plastic landfill.

Stop by in store: 1235 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45202; or online.

Brewdog Brewery: Now you can drink beer responsibly in a whole new earth-friendly way. Brewdog made its way from the UK to Cincinnati with a mission to “change the culture of craft beer.” Not only do they take their beer-making process to heart, they take their carbon footprint to heart too. Their spent grain (their biggest brewing byproduct) is turned into green gas, renewable vehicle fuel and organic fertilizers. And they use fully recycled and recyclable aluminium cans and glass bottles, plus kegs made from recycled material. Crack open a cold one, and read more about their sustainable practices around the world.

Try them out: 316 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202, or visit online.

Yield Coffee Roasters: Now you can drink coffee that matters. Yield Coffee is a small-batch, specialty coffee roasting company that is focused on relational and sustainable development. They work hand-in-hand with coffee farmers and cooperatives—cutting the middleman out—to bring the best coffee around the world to Cincinnati, Ohio. Not only do they provide deliciously-good coffee that’s sustainably and ethically-sourced, they’re also making a positive social impact by breaking the cycle of economic poverty through involvement in initiatives like rehab programs for woman transitioning back into society from human trafficking, building life-saving modern bathrooms, supplying medical clinics with necessities, and more. 

Buy their coffee here.