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Experience the Best of Downtown During the Aug. 2 First Friday


Art. Music. Shopping. Food. Fun. First Friday in downtown Dayton is about all of these things. This free event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, throughout downtown. The August First Friday is always one of the year’s largest, and this year promises to be the same with the range of activities taking place. Roaming performers — the McGovern Ceili Dancers, acoustic duo Pourover and juggler Tony Steinbach — will provide entertainment throughout downtown. If you plan to enter the Downtown in Focus photo contest, be sure to bring your camera along. From 8 to 11 p.m., most of … [Read more...]

Annual Downtown Dayton Photo Contest


 Amateur and professional photographers are invited to participate in Downtown in Focus, a photo contest aimed at finding new and distinctive shots of our downtown. The City of Dayton, Downtown Dayton Partnership, Kaplan College and Dayton Daily News are sponsoring the contest. One amateur winner and one professional winner will be selected in each of the following categories: Downtown Living:  You know that place you and your friends go to every Saturday night downtown? Now is your chance to win some money for being a regular! Take photos showing off Dayton’s vibrant dining and nightlife … [Read more...]

Dayton Circus Seeks Artists and Musicians for Side Show 7

The crowd at Side Show 5

Urban Nights seems like a long way off, but it's not too early to get involved with one of the many events that kick off May 11th.  The Dayton Circus has begun preparations for Side Show 7, which will take place May 11th and 12th at the Circus' space, the Yellow Cab Building on 4th Street. If you're unfamiliar with the Side Show, it's more than an art show.  Each year the Circus celebrates creativity in our community by encouraging participating artists and musicians to think outside the box, take risks and try something new.  So, you ask, how do I get involved?  Interested artists and … [Read more...]

Downtown’s Biggest Street Party Is Getting Bigger

A child paints the street as part of an interactive component of Urban Nights.

If you are looking to take your weekend to new heights, look no further than downtown Dayton. Urban Nights will be back with even more fun activities on Friday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 10 p.m. New this year is Over the Edge, a challenge that combines fundraising with adventure. Participants who raise at least $1,000 will be given the opportunity to rappel over the side of the 27-story KeyBank Tower. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley. Space is limited; for more information, call 220-6857. Urban Nights has plenty of live entertainment. Check … [Read more...]

Yellow Springs Street Fair is Coming!


Street Fair is Coming! Plans for summer events are really brewing around Yellow Springs.  The Chamber is full of signs ready to go out and huge maps of booth positions.  Artists are dropping in with questions.  You can feel the energy in the air.  Street Fair is coming June 11th 9 a.m.-5 p.m.! Everywhere I turn, artists are working feverishly to get a booth full of pottery, sculpture, paintings, hand-crafted clothes, bags or unique jewelry ready for you. One of my favorites is Jennifer Float’s booth with her colorful and whimsical paintings.  Jenny is a happy painter.  She has a very … [Read more...]

YPs Lead Effort to Enliven Downtown Storefronts With Art, New Businesses

The Activated Spaces project team leaders met for lunch at Carmen's Deli downtown to discuss their strategies for enlivening the city's street-level spaces.

When it comes to revitalizing downtown, Dayton-area young professionals are stepping up to the plate glass window. Members of Generation Dayton and updayton, organizations that empower and engage young professionals, are leading a new project called Activated Spaces. This project is part of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, a strategic blueprint for the future of downtown. “We are so excited these young professionals have developed and are leading this important effort,” said Dr. Michael Ervin, co-chair of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan. “Creating a center city that attracts young … [Read more...]

Declaration Of Interdependence Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Adam Elfers, Founder of Gift for the People, Leading assembly during Cityfolk residency at Cleveland School(2)

Press release: In the heart of Dayton's Courthouse Square, cultures converge on September 11th to share in the process of creativity, collaboration, and community service. The Declaration of Interdependence is a celebratory event that hopes to inspire participants and attendees to strive for the long-term health and vitality of their communities. Those present will be offered the chance to meet with each other, celebrate in their differences, and discover new ways of contributing to those around them. The Declaration of Interdependence happens September 11, 2010 in Courthouse Square at the … [Read more...]

Art and Practicality Intersect at Oregon District

Blind Bob's

On any given day or night in the Oregon District, bikes can be found fighting for a spot along the patio fence of Blind Bob’s, located at 430 E. 5th street in Dayton’s Oregon District. Bar owners Bob and Lisa Mendenhall talked to their manager, Nate Mendenhall, about commissioning a local artist to create a beautiful and functional metal sculpture that will also serve as a much needed bicycle rack for the nightlife-oriented area of the Oregon District.  Nate selected local metal worker and artist TJ Schaff for the task, who has designed a stunning and practical bike rack that will be revealed … [Read more...]

The Connection of the Collective


The Fifth Annual Sideshow To Be Presented At The Armory Walking up the three flights of unfinished wooden stairs, one would not expect to find much more than possibly a storage room filled with forgotten industrial supplies and broken machinery, but upon opening the heavy door to the third floor of the Armory's loft, you will find nothing but wonder. Dispersed under the exposed and age darkened wooden beams of the loft is a olio of objets d'art. Cascading down from one of these beams is a latticework of vibrantly colored worry dolls, connected, as we all are, by the most … [Read more...]