Friday, March 30, 2012

Help us make Krista's mural happen!

Spring is here and we are working hard to design Krista's mural! While our design team is putting in tireless hours to create Krista's vision, the rest of us are working hard pulling the rest of the project together! Now that we have all of your wonderful photos and stories, we are busy collecting the materials we will need to install the murals around town.

If you are still interested in getting involved with Cincy Story Mural, a great way to do that would be to donate one of the items are on our wish list!  We are looking for the following:

  • 3- 4 ft by 8 ft pieces of plywood, that are 1/2 in to 3/4 in thickness
  • 2 gallons of matte finish white acrylic based paint
  • 12 paint rollers
  • 5 sets of assorted sizes of acrylic paint brushes (sizes ranging from 00 to 1 inch brushes)
  • 1 bottle of acrylic retarder, about $10, used to make the paints last longer and go farther!

If you can help, please contact us at  Thank you so much for any and all donations. You are a vital part of this community project! 

Stay tuned for more updates on the design and more wonderful stories from the community!

Happy Spring!

Ellen Bates from the Cincy Story Mural logistics team

Krista and Ellen in front of the wall at Starfire where Krista's first mural will be installed.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Unique Cincinnati

      Why the City of Cincinnati is unique to me? One reason is because many of the different neighborhoods can interconnect on one street, such as Vine Street, Reading Road, Montgomery Road, and Madison Road just to name a few. Another reason is in the urban region of Cincinnati you can walk from one community to the next.

      When I was younger, one of my fondest memories was our family outings walking from the Avondale where the Cincinnati Zoo is located to Fountain Square in Downtown. Along the way we would stop at the local stores, restaurants, and arcades to hang out. Once we arrived to Fountain Square we would sit around the fountain and observe the other families hanging out or chasing pigeons. Sometimes we would play tag with the other children. Cincinnati is unique to me because it is a very family friendly oriented city!!    

Guest post by Cincy Story Mural Team member, Tawanda Rollins

Friday, March 16, 2012

Cincinnati... Pet Story!?

It has been such a joy these past few weeks to peruse the photos we have received and to see how much pride Cincinnatians have for our city. While I was helping our design team by sorting our photos into neighborhood folders, I noticed a common factor that kept appearing. Among the old photos of family and friends, sport team pride, and love of Cincinnati treasures that we all share, there was another, unspoken story being told. Do you know who else loves our city? Our family pets!

They love to get cozy with us in the sun...

Comfy Cat from Pleasant Ridge

They join in as we cheer on The Cincinnati Reds...

These dogs have Reds fever Downtown!

Sometimes they accompany us to work...

One might meet this pleasant dog in Clifton

And they enjoy the beautiful city skyline...

Cincinnati from afar!

 They play around in the suburbs of Cincinnati too...

This jovial pup is rolling around in Montgomery

 Yes, no matter where you go in Cincinnati, you will find joyful pets of all shapes and sizes. Oh, and we can't forget the other fun creatures we share our city with!

These geese inhabit Hyde Park during the warm weather.
There you have it, the unspoken story of the other members of our families. The ones who laugh (well, bark, meow, or squeak) with us at Gary Burbanks' hilarious prank phone calls on the radio, and comfort us when we grieve the Bengals missing yet another chance at the Super Bowl. Also, they are the family member(s) who will not hesitate to gobble up all of our Skyline Chili Cheese Fries when we're not looking. Regardless of my bitterness over losing that delicious lunch, I am glad that you chose to share those stories with us. I can't wait to see them displayed in the mural as part of the story of Cincinnati!

Guest post by Cincy Story Mural Team member, Lorita

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Maria's Cincinnati Story

We know you all have been eager to hear some of the stories of Cincinnati we have collected over the past couple of months.

We got permission to share the beautiful Cincinnati story of one of our Cincy Story Mural Team members, Maria. Enjoy!

Maria, showing some Cincy love.

Dear Cincinnati,

Our time together has been amazing but I must be honest and tell you that I will be leaving you soon.  It’s not you it’s me.  The decision wasn’t an easy one.  My heartstrings are pulling me back to my family who are on the west coast.  You’ve been here for me through thick and thin and you have been instrumental in my personal growth.  You know me and you know I’m not very good at talking about my feelings.  However, I think it’s only fair that I recognize the journey we’ve had together and thank you. 

I will never forget the early summer afternoon I drove to my new apartment in Mount Airy.  You were filled with sunshine and optimism.  All I had to my name was a single box of items, a suitcase with clothes, and a small black cat.  I was scared and excited to live on my own and have my own space. Despite the loss I faced weeks earlier you filled me with the hope that things will get better with time.  

When I began to let my roots dig into the soil of Mount Airy you pushed me in ways I didn’t expect.  You constantly humbled me and reminded me that my learning will never end.  When I graduated college I felt the weight of everyone’s expectations push me down.  I felt weak if I didn’t know an answer to a question or know how to deal with certain situations.  In your own way, you reminded me that I might trip and fall but the key is getting back up and applying my new learning towards creating a better self. 

You’ve also been instrumental in introducing me to amazing people, places, and food.  Remember that time I was leaving for work this past Fall when I ran into my next door neighbor?  The conversation I had with him reminded me of the importance of building relationships with the people we live around and how easy it is to miss moments of beauty.  You helped make that happen. 

Do you also remember that time I tried Skyline Chili for the first time?  I’m still confused as to why people would put chili on pasta, but the vegetarian style chili on a baked potato has grown on me. I could sit here all day and reflect on the moments of learning and loving you’ve provided me with. No words can really express the way I feel.  I want to thank you again for what you have given me.  Please don’t be angry.  You mean a lot to me and I can only hope that I’ve left a memorable impression upon you much like the one you made upon me.  I love you Cincinnati.



Thursday, March 1, 2012

Stories And Photos Galore!

Greetings, friends of Cincy Story Mural! Can you believe it's March already?

We have been hard at work these last couple months, collecting photos and meeting with community members to hear their stories!

We wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported us so far by sharing a story or a photo! It's stories like this one that help us remember why we love this project so much:

The last few photos are coming in, and it's not too late to send in your Cincinnati photos to be included in the mural to!

In the coming weeks, be sure to come back as we post updates on the design process of the mural!