Posts from the ‘Applaud’ Category

Dayton Loves Art?

As many of you know, the City of Dayton is facing a 6 million dollar budget shortfall for 2010.  There is talk of raising taxes and further cutting bare bones services – city officials are asking residents to mow the lawns on vacant lots.  In an atmosphere of all this trimming, you might think that the city would be, well, trimming themselves – focusing on essentials.   That is not the case.  We are told that yesterday a City of Dayton representative called one of our favorite Dayton Loving Knitters after hours and told her that someone witnessed her installing knitted art on Fifth Street; since she did not get the correct permits, the City would be removing the yarn and sending her a bill for the removal. Whoa!

Daytonians, is this cool with you!? Your tax dollars at work here, and for what… most likely one neighbor (a sour apple in the Oregon District –sound familiar?) complained to a buddy at the City about the art instillation and gave him this one Knitter’s name and telephone number.  Meanwhile, the City is cutting back on police services and is unable to take care of painting over spray painted foul language, overgrown lots and vacant buildings. The non-permanent knitted art instillation in question, an art form which has been embraced by literally hundreds of communities around the world (including the London Olympics), has received positive response in our own community.   Thriving cites around the world have the sense to appreciate art installations and recognize that art is the very heartbeat of a city.  We should nurture that heartbeat not stamp it in to the ground. You better weigh in here people!  Let your City Government know that you support our public art by contacting Mayor Gary Leitzell, Commissioner Dean Lovelace, Commissioner Joey Williams, Commissioner Matt Joseph and Commissioner Nan Whaley.

Update: We have been informed that the issue has been moved from Public Works to John Gower’s Office -Planning & Community Development (937) 333-3670. They reportedly have received a number of calls today from a variety of people who have requested that the art both be removed and let alone…


Knitters Love Dayton

Have you noticed that knit and crochet graffiti has made it’s way to downtown Dayton? If you have ventured down 5th street recently, you’ve seen brightly knitted lampposts and street signs in areas that were previously desolate and unattractive.  Yellow Springs was the first Dayton area city to join the trend and they have received praise and accolades from press as far away as Oregon – State that is, not District.  It makes sense that we see these Yarn Bombs, as they are called, sprouting up in the Oregon District. It is, after all, the regions newest and most active Arts’ District.

What’s this all about you ask?  One of the founders of the movement Magda Sayeg, sums up the movement effectively:  “ It’s a collective’s response to the mass-produced.  By inserting handmade art in a landscape of concrete and steel, they were cheekily adding warmth to our urban fixtures. Knit graffiti reengages us with our environment: the parking meters, buses, bike racks, lamp posts, car antennas, columns, statues, exposed plumbing, all of the furniture in our urban world that goes unnoticed every day.”  And of course, Knitta [Sayeg’s knitting crew] makes the streets prettier along the way. Two other Mothers of the knit graffiti culture, Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain explain all this subversive knitting to readers in their book, Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti. They also author a blog called yarnbombing, which chronicles Moore and Prain’s research into knit (and crochet) graffiti groups from around the world.  They explain the movement another way: “Knit graffiti” is an international guerrilla movement that started underground and is now embraced by crochet and knitting artists of all ages, nationalities, and genders. Its practitioners create stunning works of art out of yarn, then ‘donate’ them to public spaces as part of a covert plan for world yarn domination.”

We see this as a wonderful development for Dayton, showing the world that the city is loved and connected with a community that wants to wrap knitted arms around it. What do you think about those yarn bombs popping up in the Oregon District?

Oregon Movie Night

Movie Night

Another Oregon District resident is writing a Mini Grant to purchase an outdoor movie projector. This projector would be used to show movies on 5th Street and eventually in Newcom Park. There is a white screen on the wall adjacent to the EPA parking lot which was painted some years ago. Community members have been dreaming of neighborhood movie nights for a long time. The projector would be used for regular showings of family friendly movies such as Movie Classics.  Sporting events and educational series will also be shown. This project will both bring traffic to 5th Street and provide an opportunity to entertain and educate our community!

Come back Pecha Kucha Dayton!

Where has Pecha Kucha Dayton gone!?  I wanted to get there for the last one in August but the stars just didn’t align for me. Why hasn’t there been another one all ready? How come there isn’t any news about the next one? Wasn’t it as awesome as it seems like it might have been?

Pecha Kucha Night

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.