We all know Over-the-Rhine is changing fast. As new residents arrive, established groups are working to maintain and expand the communities they have built. The Over-the-Rhine Museum is thrilled to welcome these community builders to share their stories. Please join us for our tenth Three Acts in Over-the-Rhine Program: Community Building in Over-the-Rhine, on Thursday, March 15 at Chatfield College, 1544 Central Parkway. Come out to hear the stories of three community organizations that have helped shape Over-the-Rhine into the vibrant community it is today. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for refreshments and conversation, and the program will start at 6:30 pm.
Three-Acts in Over-the-Rhine is an innovative series designed to expose attendees to diverse stories of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Each event features three fifteen minute-talks on history of Over-the-Rhine. All three presenters answer questions together after their presentations.
On March 15, our speakers will be:
Abdullah Powell is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s CCM Electronic Media program and has worked at the Hip Hop youth center Elementz his entire career, originally organizing the recording program and now responsible for all programming. Named one of Cincinnati’s “Emerging Leaders” in 2011, he was elected a Co-Director of Elementz by the Board of Directors in 2017. Elementz was named one of the best arts organization in Cincinnati in 2013 by the Cincinnati Enquirer, and was recognized as “Nonprofit of the Year” by the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
Dorothy Darden is a community activist who has lived in Over-the-Rhine for over fifty years. She is the lead parent at the Rothenberg Preparatory Academy’s Community Learning Center and runs the after school programs there. She is a mentor to the Miami University Center for Community Engagement where she helps newcomers learn to appreciate the neighborhood’s resources and enter the community as a partner.
Rev. Damon Lynch III
Damon Lynch III is the pastor of the New Prospect Baptist Church. Prior to New Prospect’s relocation to Roselawn, Pastor Lynch lived and worked in the Over-the-Rhine community for over twenty years. A faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University in Chicago, Pastor Lynch has conducted workshops and seminars on the Asset-Based approach to problem solving and community development.