Everyone has the opportunity to document their lives in their own ways. On the eve of the release of her latest collection of work, I spoke with Columbus-based poet Maggie Smith. We discussed how she writes, how the publishing industry works, the inspirations for her work, and why she chooses to stay in Columbus.
As we navigate change, how can we create actionable plans for the future? Futurist Rebecca Ryan has a few ideas. Based in Madison, Wisconsin, her past work in Columbus led to the advent of the city’s young professional initiatives. We discussed the work of a futurist, the tangible things that can be done to improve […]
With a mission to serve LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults, Kaleidoscope Youth Center is one of Columbus’ premiere LGBTQ+ community advocates. Every day, their priorities consisted of providing safe spaces, basic needs, a sense of belonging and access to a supportive community. But over the pandemic, the way Kaleidoscope met those needs changed. Instead of […]
If there are business or creative ideas in your community in need of funding, would you be willing to support them? With the success of the first PitchBlack Columbus event in April, many decided that yes, yes they would. That first event raised and granted $7,737.28 to five different Black-led creative and business ideas and […]
The Partners Achieving Community Transformation backed Growing and Growth Collective sets out to improve health outcomes and heighten community engagement through social action in high-BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) neighborhoods by facilitating programming that is responsive, culturally-relevant and evidence-based. Group volunteer Adrienne Williams has been growing in community garden spaces for over four […]
The work of architects has an impact on our lives every day. But how does that work get done? This week, we’re talking architecture and development with the principal of architecture and design firm JBAD, Jonathan Barnes. We discussed how architecture firms work, the importance of relationships, the issues that should be kept in mind […]
Jim Bruner did not set out to be an urban homesteader. He did not go to school to run a farm, but rather for industrial design. “I got my ‘degree’ in farming from a mix of YouTube, interviews with farmers, Amish families, and trial and error,” says Bruner. “I also grew up desperately poor and […]