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Kolar Design partners with artists, patients, staff and students to create stunning views of hope and healing

In anticipation of the fall opening of Cincinnati Children’s Critical Care Building, Cincinnati’s award-winning Kolar Design has curated over 1,100 pieces of art and 11 sculptures for the 632,500 square foot building.

The works were created by 34 professional artists and engaged over 500 pediatric patients, family representatives, Children’s staff members and students from 15 schools and universities.

“It was a joy to help engage so many community members in such a significant project,” says Mary Dietrich, managing director at Kolar Design. “As the Cincinnati Children’s brand experience partner for more than two decades, Kolar has worked to create impactful spaces through branded environmental graphics, storytelling, donor recognition, wayfinding and artwork programming.”

Kolar collaborated with other design team partners to ensure that the selected theme of “kaleidoscope” would be embedded within every aspect of the new building. The theme represents Cincinnati Children’s collaborative spirit and commitment to discovery, and celebrates the diversity of its patients, families and employees. Just like the colors of a kaleidoscope, individually we are special and unique. However, we create something stronger and more magical when we come together.

Before the original artwork and sculptures are viewed inside the stateof- the-art building, patients and visitors will be captivated by a huge, colorful mural called, “The Fountain of Life.” It is 27 feet tall by 15 feet wide.

The mural is a collaborative project of Kolar, Cincinnati Children’s and the area non-profit ArtWorks.

The group connected with community artists who embraced the kaleidoscope theme and the fact that the Emergency Department is often the introduction to the hospital --the first impression and experience. The project quickly became an exceptional opportunity to link the community with the vision of Cincinnati Children’s.

Professional artists presented various concepts with the final selection shared for co-creation with a teaching artist, portrait artist and five youth apprentices. Most of the apprentices live or have lived in the Avondale area where the hospital is located, thus bridging the hospital with local residents.

“Fountain of Life” was chosen, based on the timeless Tyler Davidson Fountain located in the heart of Cincinnati’s Fountain Square. “The Lady” of the fountain has stood as a local landmark since 1871. The mural shows the home around her as a place of comfort, collaboration, discovery and safety for all people while the river below provides life and sustenance. Every day Cincinnati Children’s works to offer what this mural promises: a place of hope and healing where all children can pursue their potential.

As for the art throughout the rest of the Critical Care Building, framed works and sculptures were created by 34 professional artists and 379 Tri-State students representing 15 schools. Another 140 participants included patients, families, community members and 83 Cincinnati Children’s staff members.

There are few places in the Tri-State where you can find so many partners focused on a singular mission,” says Dietrich. “Just think; the hallways, patient rooms, respite areas and lobbies display original art by artists and students from across the region. From central and southwest Ohio to southeast Indiana and northern Kentucky, hundreds of artists, schools and communities have shared their love, compassion and talents to create this beautiful healing space for others in our community to experience during their time of need.”

Tri-State Elementary Schools, High Schools and Universities with Student Artwork Displayed in the Critical Care Building Kolar also engaged artists who developed artwork concepts for framed art throughout the building and then partnered with local schools to assist in the creation of the art. The professional artists worked hand-in-hand with the art teachers and the students across a variety of mediums and techniques. The schools included:

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Elementary Schools (all in Ohio)

h North Avondale Montessori

h Rockdale Academy

h South Avondale School High Schools in Ohio

h Kings High School

h Walnut Hills High School h William Henry Harrison High School

h Woodward Career Technical High School

h Thomas Worthington High School High Schools in Kentucky

h Ludlow High School

h Walton- Verona High School High Schools in Indiana

h Batesville High School

h South Dearborn High School Tri-State Universities h Miami University

h Northern Kentucky University

h Xavier University Professional Artists Involved in the Project Sculpture Artists

h Hawkins & Hawkins (represented by Marta Hewett Gallery)

h Hiromi Takizawa

h John Kiley

h Alan Cottrill (Coopermill Bronzeworks) h Ryan Slattery Framed Artists

h Megan Triantafilou

h Sarah Lucia Jones

h Elizabeth Emory Framed Artists with School Engagement

h Suzanne Fisher

h Pam Kravetz

h Kelly Shields

h Brad Vetter

h James Billiter

h Randel Plowman

h Paige Wideman

h Cedric Michael Cox

h Susan Mahan

h Beth Himsworth

h L.D. Nehls Artists with Cincinnati Children’s Patient/Family/Staff Engagement

h Lori Seibert

h Allison Banzhaf, Banz studios

h Emily Moore Photographers

h Todd Joyce

h Mike Schneider Emergency Department Mural Artists

h ArtWorks (Community Art Partner)

h Holly Risch (Lead Designer)

h Jim Effler (Portrait Artist)

h Nicki Deux (Teaching Artist)

h Kerri Bram (Teaching Artist)

h Five Youth Apprentices Laura Kroeger, Communications Project Partners

Traditional German Christmas market is back this year

One of the Cincinnati region’s favorite holiday shopping events is coming up: Christkindlmarkt, a traditional German Christmas market.

“At Christkindlmarkt, Christmas shopping feels magical,” said Heidi Marx, event chair for Germania Society of Cincinnati. The Society adds temporary sidewalls to its pavilion, transforming it into a holiday wonderland, with beautiful lights twinkling, festive music playing and the aroma of hot mulled wine in the air. People stroll around, buying unique handmade gifts imported from Germany or made by local artisans, as kids – and some grownups – get pictures with Santa. “There’s nothing quite like our Christkindlmarkt around Cincinnati, as far as I know,” Marx said.

Germania’s Christkindlmarkt also gives people the chance to get their holiday shopping done early, Marx said. The event is set for Nov. 5-7, well before Christmas, at Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road.

Traditionally, Christkindlmarkt was held the weekend before Thanksgiving; it has been shifted to earlier dates in hopes of taking advantage of better weather, Marx said.

Visitors will notice a beautiful new feature on the grounds: a stunning memorial gazebo at the top of the hill near the pavilion. Additional details will be provided at a dedication to be scheduled later.

The society established Christkindlmarkt in 1998, modeling it after Christmas markets that are popular throughout Germany. Last year, the Society held a replacement event, “Winterwald,” which was entirely outdoors to comply with pandemic-related restrictions.

This year, a few attractions will remain outdoors, but the primary food and beverage areas will again be inside the covered pavilion and tent, along with all the merchandise and artisan demonstrations.

Other features include strolling musicians, carriage rides, a children’s lantern parade and petting zoo, plus Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus posing for photos and hearing about children’s Christmas gift wishes.

Your purchases support Germania Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating Cincinnati’s proud German heritage.

Admission is $5, credit/debit cards only, paid at the gate. All Germania booths staffed with volunteers are cashless. However, you may want to come prepared with cash, too, because vendors set their own payment policies and there is no ATM on the Germania grounds. Hours: Friday, Nov. 5, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 7, 12-5 p.m.


Janice Hisle, Germania Society of Cincinnati

Women’s health program set for Nov. 11 in Fairfield

Women’s health is the topic of an evening program presented by Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital.

The free program runs from 5-8 p.m., Nov. 11, at the Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, 5440 Ohio 4. There are four, 30minute topics that will be covered.

Topics include:

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Shoppers love browsing for unique gifts imported from Germany, surrounded by beautiful holiday decorations at Christkindlmarkt.


h 5:45: A Woman’s Heart, presented by Dr. Lynne Wagoner, cardiology

h 6:15 p.m.: Gynecology cancer prevention and latest treatment, Dr. Dene Wrenn, oncology

h 6:45 p.m.: Covid Coping, Dr. Melissa Jensen, clinical psychology

h 7:15 p.m.: Lose Weight Safely, Dr. Mohamed Dahman, bariatric surgery There will also be a free Healthy Happy Hour that begins at 5 p.m., at the Oscar Station. Space is limited.

Registration/information: 513-6038601 Sue Kiesewetter, Enquirer contributor

Veterans start Cincinnati businesses with help from SCORE mentors

Dragon’s blood. Cuban cigar. Fresh shave.

Kip Dunagan was toying with the idea of selling his hand-poured soy candles when he saw an advertisement for SCORE business mentors on Facebook.

“A few days later I was sitting with my new business mentor Bob Wiwi at Pancake House,” Dunagan said. “Coming from the Army, I knew I needed a plan. When I get stuck, I call Bob and he provides outstanding feedback.”

The unlikely candle-maker spent 12 years in the U.S. Army, including tours in Germany and Korea, followed by 13 years in computer technology. He’s been a City of Cincinnati police officer for the past 15 years. Dunagan’s free time is occupied in his woodshop, making candles, or working on the business.

Dunagan said his mentor and the SCORE network have helped him tackle many things from strengthening his business plan to social media marketing. Just months later, Blue Wick Candle Company is selling scented candles online and scouting retail locations. A portion of profits are donated to TADSAW, an organization providing Medical Alert Service Dogs to veterans.

Sara Cullin, SCORE Greater Cincinnati

City of Loveland applying for EDA grant for proposed parking garage

The City of Loveland is preparing for the submission of a grant application to the Economic Development Administration (EDA). If the application is approved, it would fund approximately half of the construction cost of the proposed parking facility to be built in Downtown Loveland. The $3 million federal grant request represents 50% of the project’s estimated construction cost of $6.2 million.

This is a recent step in the planning process City Council has been working on for more than two years. If constructed, the two-story, 92,100-sq. ft. parking garage would be located on First Street near City Hall. The structure will feature 270 parking spaces, adding to the city’s current 535 spaces across town. Plans include adding solar panels to power the facility and charging stations for electric vehicles.

In addition to increasing public parking in the downtown district by 45%, the project will include vehicular and pedestrian access from State Route 48. The garage will also have an access point from First Street.

If the EDA application is funded, this would be added to the $1.15 million in grant funding already secured: a $900k Capitol Bill Community Project grant from the State of Ohio and a $250k grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

The proposed parking facility’s many benefits to the downtown area have helped to secure its grant funding awarded thus far. Benefits to the downtown area not only include enhancing parking access but improving pedestrian safety; helping traffic flow for motorists and safety services; and creating and retaining jobs within the downtown district.

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Kip Dunagan is an Army veteran, Cincinnati cop and candle-maker who is turning a hobby into a business with help from SCORE mentors. PROVIDED

Council may also consider using the city’s $1.3 million in Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (American Rescue Plan Act) as an additional funding source, as recommended by the Finance Commission. Potentially, an additional $688,000 could be received in 2022, depending on Ohio legislative action. Any remaining project balance, not funded through grants, would be funded through bonds.

Once all funding is in place, and following public input, if Council should direct city staff to proceed, bidding for construction proposals could take place in spring 2022 with hopes to complete the garage by early 2023.

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Krista Rose, City of Loveland OH

UC Clermont professor collaborates on cutting-edge art therapy research

A University of Cincinnati Clermont College professor has joined a team of UC researchers from across disciplines to study how a self-guided art therapy app and robotic pets affect the mood of patients.

Professor Meera Rastogi, psychologist, art therapist and program coordinator for UC’s pre-art therapy certificate program, is collaborating on the pilot study with Soma Sengupta, MD, associate professor in neurology and the Harold C. Schott Endowed Chair of Molecular Therapeutics (Neurosurgery); Claudia Rebola, associate dean for research, associate professor and director of the new Center for DAAP Research and Innovation (CDRI) on Health and Wellbeing in UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

Rastogi was focused specifically on the art therapy aspect of the research. She said the COVID pandemic made traditional art therapy services inaccessible for many patients, which increased interest in remote alternatives. The study is exploring whether an art therapy app, which guides patients through creative exercises, can improve patient’s well-being.

“We know through research that engaging in artwork decreases anxiety levels,” Rastogi said. “When engaged in art, you can experience a flow state and lose track of time – a good distraction for patients dealing with difficult conditions or diagnoses. Our app helps people work with images to reframe and think about their situation differently.”

The study plans to track 10 participants with acoustic neuromas – a type of benign brain tumor that can affect hearing and balance – from UC’s Brain Tumor Center over the next six to eight months. Rastogi said her ultimate goal is to make art therapy interventions accessible to more people.

“Maybe the app gets someone interested so they end up seeing an art therapist or developing a passion for art,” she said. “I hope people feel like they have grown from doing guided interventions.”

Providing Clermont students with research and real-world opportunities has long been a focus for the professor, who feels that her teaching is enhanced by being involved with the current research and practice in her field.

“I feel like being at UC Clermont I have the best of both worlds – access to major university resources but the benefits of being at a small college,” Rastogi said. “I like stretching myself and thinking about things in new ways. Research makes me a more engaged learner – like I want my students to be.”

To learn more about Rastogi’s research project, visit https:// uc-study-examines-effects-of-arttherapy- pet-robots-on-well-being. html.

Amanda Chalifoux, UC Clermont College

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