The City of Columbus African American Cultural Festival: Unity in the Community
Aug
23
to Aug 24

The City of Columbus African American Cultural Festival: Unity in the Community

Day 1, Friday, August 23, 4 pm - 9 pm. Day 2, Saturday, August 24, 11 am - 9 pm.

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, with support from the Department of Neighborhoods, present the third annual African-American Cultural Festival Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24, 2019

Hosted in the heart of the Historic Bronzeville District, a variety of live music, spoken word and dance performances highlight the third annual African-American Cultural Festival. Visual artists, a kids’ fun zone and more will help round out the day. Admission is FREE.

Schedule of events coming soon.

The African-American Cultural Festival is produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and Department of Neighborhood services and made possible through the generous support of our partners, American Electric Power Foundation.

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Aug
28
7:30 AM07:30

Join Us: The Big Table Breakfast, Real Estate Trends & the Near East Side

On August 28, PACT is joining a community-wide effort called The Big Table. On this one day, thousands of people representing different backgrounds, neighborhoods, and interest groups are participating in hundreds of conversations to discuss how we create a strong and connected community.

With greater interest in urban living across the U.S. and in Columbus, the restoration of urban retail corridors seem to follow. On the Near East Side, those corridors are E. Long Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue. Brent Warren, staff reporter for Columbus Underground, covering urban development, transportation, city planning, neighborhoods, and other related topics will facilitate a discussion on this topic. Portions of the conversation might be recorded and included in a report posted to ColumbusUnderground.com.

Together with Broad Street Presbyterian Church Neighborhood Ministries, we invite you to join us for breakfast as we listen and learn from each other.

 

Conversation Theme:                       Breakfast, Real Estate Trends & the Near East Side

Location:                                             Broad Street Presbyterian Church (Palmer Hall)

Address: 760 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43205

Time:                                                    7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

 

Please RSVP by Monday, August 19 to info@eastpact.org if you would like to attend this fun and important conversation. Please indicate any diet restrictions when you RSVP.

 

We look forward to seeing you on August 28 for our Big Table conversation!

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Aug
28
11:30 AM11:30

Join Us: The Big Table Lunch, Mixed-Income Housing & the "G" Word (gentrification)

On August 28, PACT is joining a community-wide effort called The Big Table. On this one day, thousands of people representing different backgrounds, neighborhoods, and interest groups are participating in hundreds of conversations to discuss how we create a strong and connected community.

 

Mixed-income community development has grown as a popular approach to revitalization of disinvested and high-poverty neighborhoods in urban areas. The objective is to attract residents with higher incomes while maintaining affordable and public housing for lower income residents. It is hoped that, through this strategy, housing developments and perhaps entire neighborhoods can be created that provide strong networks to employment and other resources beyond the neighborhood, more effective demand for high quality amenities and public services, and positive role models for youth. Often perception of this work is not positive and residents fear the “G” word – gentrification.

 

Mark Joseph, Associate Professor of Community Development at Case Western Reserve University and Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities will facilitate a discussion on this topic. We invite you to join us for lunch as we listen and learn from each other.

 

Conversation Theme:           Lunch, Mixed-Income Housing & the “G” Word (gentrification)

Location:                                   Martin Luther King Library (Meeting Room 1&2)

Address: 1467 E. Long Street, Columbus, OH 43203

Time:                                          11:30 a.m. Lunch Served, noon – 1:00 p.m. Discussion

 

Please RSVP by Friday, August 23 to info@eastpact.org if you would like to attend this fun and important conversation. Please indicate any diet restrictions when you RSVP.

 

We look forward to seeing you on August 28 for our Big Table conversation!

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Aug
28
5:30 PM17:30

Join Us: The Big Table Dinner, Community Culture & Identity

  • Ohio State African American and African Studies Community Extension Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On August 28, PACT is joining a community-wide effort called The Big Table. On this one day, thousands of people representing different backgrounds, neighborhoods, and interest groups are participating in hundreds of conversations to discuss how we create a strong and connected community.

 Columbus is made up of many unique neighborhoods with impactful legacies -- and our favorite is the Near East Side. The PACT geography comprises:  Woodland Park, Saunders Park, North of Broad, historic Bronzeville, the King-Lincoln District, and more!  The PACT geography is racially, socially, culturally, and economically diverse, while it is anchored by a strong African-American heritage.  PACT is committed to honoring this heritage and shedding light on how the past continues to influence the present as we build an inclusive future.  Deidre Hamlar, JD, Associate Director of the AAAS, Community Extension Center, local cultural historian and native of the area will facilitate a discussion about the Near East Side’s community culture and identity.

Together with the AAAS Community Extension Center, we invite you to join us for dinner as we listen and learn from each other.

Conversation Theme: Dinner, Community Culture & Identity

Place: Ohio State African American & African Studies Community Extension Center

Address: 905 Mt. Vernon Ave. Columbus, OH 43203

Time: 5:30 p.m. Dinner Served, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Conversation

Please RSVP by Friday, August 23 to info@eastpact.org if you would like to attend this fun and important conversation.

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Accelerate Columbus: Scale-Up & Grow
Aug
5
8:00 AM08:00

Accelerate Columbus: Scale-Up & Grow

Accelerate Columbus: Scale-Up & Grow

Great opportunity for Small Business Owners

As part of our commitment to supporting small, minority and women-owned businesses succeed and grow, The City of Columbus has partnered with YMT Consultants, Inc. to provide Accelerate ColumbUS©: Scale-Up & Grow. This pilot program is focused on supporting existing business owners who live and work within the city of Columbus. Application closes: August 5. Classes begin: September 6. To register, please visit: http://www.ymtconsultants.com/accelerate-columbus/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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2019 Women & Girls' Fest
Aug
3
11:00 AM11:00

2019 Women & Girls' Fest

Education Foundation for Freedom, promotes education as the foundation for freedom by bringing about awareness and support for women and girls (especially women and girls of color) vulnerable to urban domestic human trafficking or other oppressions. One of our major emphases is promoting self and community sustainability by providing enrichment experiences. To that end, the 2019 Women&Girls’Fest is planning an event which will include interactive workshops, activities, speakers, arts and entertainment, vendors, geared toward the well-being of women and girls, featuring women and girl-identified leaders. Our goal is to produce outcomes for women and girls in our community by sharing resources and gathering information on their needs. Participants have the opportunity to connect for the purposes of educational and social organizing as well as positive edutainment in a wholesome environment.

The WGFest is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2019  at MPACC Box Park (outside) 925 Mt. Vernon Ave.  

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Lunch and Learn Talk at Lincoln Cafe
Jul
23
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch and Learn Talk at Lincoln Cafe

The Lincoln Cafe Near East Side Action Committee is having a public service forum every 4th Tuesday at the Lincoln Cafe. Their Next event is Tuesday July 23. Ticketed Donation of $10 covers lunch and hosting the event. There will be public speakers, community residents, and public officials, all speaking on issues relating and concerning the African American Community on the Near East Side and Central Ohio. For More information Contact 614-252-2455.

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Jul
19
3:30 PM15:30

Columbus City Council Summer Splash Series Event @ Maryland Pool

Columbus City Council is headed out to have some fun in the sun by holding neighborhood events at community pools to further engage with residents. 

"We are always looking for ways to meet people where they are," said Council President Shannon Hardin. "This is a great opportunity for Council to connect with the community and beat the heat."   

Council will also hand out water and information regarding City services.

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Jul
18
8:30 AM08:30

Nelson Mandela International DayTM at the Jefferson Avenue Center

8:30 am..................... Yoga class on the lawn at Thurber House with Victoria Frye (77 Jefferson Avenue)

9:00 am..................... Thiossane West African Dance Institute, Focusing Intensions, Thurber Park on Jefferson Avenue

12:00 pm................... Community Lunch at 78 Jefferson Avenue Conversations and Poetry by William Evans

4:30 – 6:00 pm.......... Art exhibit with works by Frank X Walker and Reception at Jefferson Carriage House (65 Jefferson Avenue)

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Diversity & Health Equity Summit 2019
Jul
13
9:30 AM09:30

Diversity & Health Equity Summit 2019

The Diversity & Equity 2019 Summit will be held on Saturday, July 13th from 9:30AM – 4:30PM at Columbus Public Health (240 Parsons Ave Columbus, Ohio 43215)

Admission and Parking are FREE.

For more information and opportunities on how to get involved, please visit our website at: https://www.columbus.gov/healthequitysummit/

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Jun
26
5:30 PM17:30

Rise Together Community Conversations

Franklin County Board of Commissioners spoke directly to a multitude of residents about poverty and what they need for economic mobility – and the Commissioners listened! Join Franklin County Board of Commissioners Job & Family Services as we unite for Rise Together Community Conversations. As a result of feedback from community members, additional research, partnerships & collective efforts, Franklin County developed a long-term, collaborative blueprint to tackle poverty. Let’s discuss:

The Rise Together Blueprint

The Journey to the Blueprint

Next Steps: Phase Two

Your input is valuable & your continued engagement is essential to successfully execute the Blueprint. To RSVP, call (614) 233-2584 or visit the Eventbrite links for the dates below.

Let’s rise together to mitigate poverty so families & children can thrive

June 17, 2019 Reynoldsburg Park & Recreation Center 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 7232 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 RiseTogetherReynoldsburgCC.eventbrite.com

June 18, 2019 Westerville Community Center 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43082 RiseTogetherWestervilleCC.eventbrite.com

June 19, 2019 Reeb Avenue Center 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 280 Reeb Ave., Columbus, OH 43207 RiseTogetherSouthSideCC.eventbrite.com

June 26, 2019 Columbus Urban League 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 788 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43203 RiseTogetherNearEastSideCC.eventbrite.com

July 10, 2019 Restore Whitehall 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 678 S. Yearling Rd., Whitehall, OH 43213 RiseTogetherWhitehallCC.eventbrite.com

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Jun
26
4:00 PM16:00

Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Community Information Session

Come learn about projects and bid opportunities related to the new Crew SC stadium and sports park.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
4 to 7 p.m.
New Salem Baptist Church
2956 Cleveland Ave
Columbus, OH 43224

4-5 p.m. Networking Reception
5-6 p.m. Overview of Projects
6-7 p.m. Matchmaking

To RSVP, please visit: https://www.columbus.gov/CrewMWBE/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Jun
25
3:30 PM15:30

Community Hours with Councilmember Remy

In an effort to connect with the community, Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy will host events in June to listen to ideas and concerns of Columbus residents.

“My team and I are grateful to have the opportunity to engage with those living in our neighborhoods. We welcome area residents to share their concerns and thoughts as we strive to create a greater Columbus,” said Remy.

These events give citizens the opportunity to talk with Councilmember Remy and his staff, share what is important to them, and propose ways Council can work with the community. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Upper Cup Coffee
79 Parsons Avenue
3:30-5:00 PM

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Sundown Towns of Ohio: A Juneteenth Celebration.
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Sundown Towns of Ohio: A Juneteenth Celebration.

This is a commemoration of Juneteenth, the date when the formerly enslaved learned belatedly of their freedom granted under the Emancipation Proclamation. In "Lest We Forget: Sun Down Towns of Ohio"  Julialyne Walker shows how Ohio residents used dejure and defacto means to exclude African American residents from living in many local towns and communities. This event is suitable for high school, college students and adults.

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