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Art project seeks to transform neighborhoods

Pop-Up Cincy

The arts collaborative Pop-Up Cincy has its latest show Thursday night on Short Vine in Clifton.  The Pop-Up Photo Shop features works from UC DAAP students.  But, organizer Catherine Richards says the event is about more than just showing art.  She says Pop-Up Cincy wants to transform communities.

“We do events in vacant spaces," Richards says. "Say a school child walks by every day and nothing’s going on in there.  And all of a sudden we pop up with a photo booth and all these artists come in and it creates a new and exciting energy that I think brings a neighborhood together in a way that it wasn’t before."

Richards says the idea is to inspire people beyond appreciating art.

“The people who come get to be included in the making of the art," Richards says. "So it’s really as much about the people as the art.  And both of those are in this really interesting relationship and dialogue. And that’s what makes it so exciting to me.”

Richards says the event can also be an economic development tool.

“A lot of the times, if we do an event in a vacant space, the likelihood of it renting goes up dramatically.”

Richards says so far, Pop-Up Cincy has concentrated on Uptown, but she says the group has a grant from the Haile Foundation and could expand.

Thursday's Pop-Up Cincy is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the corner of Short Vine and Daniels.