PACT Newsletter | Q3 2018

A Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to the third quarter edition of the Pact newsletter. With this edition we mark the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  As we transition into fall, we celebrate all that comes with this time of year, including the start of another school year.  Thursday, August 23 marked the first day of school for Columbus City Schools, including the Health Sciences Academies (HSA).  That day, clap-ins were held at each of our HSA elementary schools, Champion Middle School and East High School to welcome back all of our scholars for another amazing school year.  That very next day, East High School hosted its season opening home football game against the Bulldogs of South High School.  Even before the first play of the game, there was an excitement in the air as a decades-long tradition returned for another season.  At around 6:30 pm, the East High School marching band, joined by the drill team and cheerleaders marched from East High School to Harley Field.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to enjoy this tradition firsthand, please be sure to do so during the Tigers’ remaining home game on October 19.    

East High School Marching Tigers

East High School Marching Tigers

It’s an important time for Columbus City Schools as facilities recommendations are shared with our community.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the recommendations, please take a moment and visit the district’s facilities information page.

It was a great summer within the PACT geography.  In mid-July we welcomed residents, partners and community stakeholders to our annual community meeting (read more).  Local community groups hosted amazing events in our community including the Women&Girls’ Fest (read more) and the King-Lincoln Bronzeville TEDx event.  Mid-August marked the return of NESHOP (Near East Side Hop), a week-long series of events designed to provide residents and visitors to the Near East Side an opportunity to engage with and celebrate the many assets of Columbus’ Near East Side (read more).  In mid-September, we closed out the summer with an event designed to spruce-up the streetscape along Taylor Ave. (read more). During the summer, we also wrapped up work on a Near East Side Resource Guide, prepared to share resources available within the PACT geography.  Please check it out, and share your feedback. 

As always, the door is open here at the PACT office.  Stop by or give us a call (614-247-8037) to schedule an appointment.  You can always reach out to us via e-mail as well ( Take care and we look forward to seeing you soon. 

Accomplishments and Future Plans Shared During Annual Meeting

On July 17, PACT welcomed approximately 65 residents, partners and community stakeholders to the Lincoln Theatre Ballroom for its 2018 Annual Meeting.  This year’s annual meeting offered a look back at the prior year’s accomplishments (click here to view video) as well as a small glimpse into plans for the year ahead.   This year’s event also featured a facilitated conversation with James Snowden and Tonya Lawson-Howard, graduates of the 2017 Near East Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy.  James, a resident of Poindexter Place and Tonya, a member of Rehoboth Temple Church of Christ shared their experiences as program participants as well as the challenges and rewards associated with the implementation of their group projects.  James and Tonya both encouraged everyone in attendance to take advantage of the opportunity to engage in the transformation process occurring in their respective neighborhoods.   

Consistent with prior annual meetings, there was a presentation specific to the Health Sciences Academies.  This year, the presentation was delivered by video and done so via a conversation with Tei Street, Education Director and India Wilson, Principal, Eastgate Elementary School (click here to view the video).  Lastly, the event included an update from our partner, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, related to the transformation of Poindexter Village as well as other CMHA projects in the PACT geography.  To view the presentation slides delivered by Bob Bitzenhofer, Vice President of Planning & Development, please click here.  Thank you to everyone that was able to join us for the 2018 PACT Annual Meeting.

Community Resource Guide

Check it Out! 

The Near East Side Resource Guide with information for you and your family

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The First Ever All Women and Girl Identified Festival Celebrates the Power of Sisterhood and Community in Columbus 

The King-Lincoln/Bronzeville Community welcomed the inaugural Women&Girls’ Fest on Aug. 3, 2018 at MPACC Box Park. Focused on celebrating the power of sisterhood and community, Women&Girls’ Fest put the spotlight on women and girls identified performers, vendors, speakers, and entrepreneurs in the King-Lincoln/Bronzeville Community and greater Columbus area.  

“It’s so powerful to see the community come together and receive encouragement from women and girls speaking and giving their testimonies. Women&Girls’ Fest is a place where we can all come and not only be healed but get free,” states poet Barbara Fant, who shared her nationally-acclaimed poetry with the festival audience earlier that day.  

In addition to entertainment, games, activities, live music, local food and vendor favorites, festival attendees  took part in several workshops dedicated to self-care and empowerment.   

Directly highlighting the efforts of Columbus’ inspirational and hardworking youth - the festival also included a scholarship award ceremony acknowledging two outstanding young women of color, who are graduates of Columbus City Schools, Osayaba Onaiwu and Jaina Strickland. They are now attending Kent State University, and have been long-time participants in Education Foundation for Freedom’s activities. 

“To our knowledge, there is not another festival in the area that celebrates and features women and girl artists, with the goal of using the arts as a mode of coalition building and empowerment,” adds Education Foundation For Freedom founder and Women&Girls’ Fest creator, Dr. Elaine Richardson PhD. 

“Through elevating women and girl-identified artists and festival participants from the Mt. Vernon area, #CBUSWGFest aligns with contemporary movement reflected in recent campaigns for awareness of discrimination and violence toward women and girls, and the need to represent and respect diverse women and girl identified Columbus Residents. Furthermore, we seek to support entrepreneurs by featuring women vendors of food, services and merchandise to festival attendees.”  

Sponsors of the festival included OSU College of Education and Human Ecology Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Engagement and Department of Teaching and Learning, The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Maroon Arts Group, OSU African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, ADAMH, OSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, OSU Wexner Medical Center, City of Columbus, United Way, PNC Bank, and Neighborhood Partnership. 

To learn more about Women&Girls’ Fest, visit 

About Education Foundation for Freedom 

Education Foundation for Freedom is a charitable non-profit 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and promotes education as the foundation for freedom by bringing awareness and support for women and girls (especially women and girls of color) vulnerable to urban domestic human trafficking, providing scholarship funds, emergency assistance for students and educational experiences. 

Article supplied by: Ebony Richardson 

PACT & OSU Hospital East Partner to Host Columbus State Community College for Day of Service

On Tuesday September 19th, PACT hosted over forty-five volunteers for a Community Cleanup Day. The volunteers consisted of faculty, staff, and students from Columbus State Community College.   Nearly half of the volunteers came from the Women’s Basketball and Volleyball teams.   

The cleanup day focused on improvements to the Taylor Avenue streetscape.  The project focused on cleaning up the public sidewalks and curbs along Taylor Avenue between Broad Street and Leonard Avenue.  As part of the cleanup volunteers were assisted by the landscaping company, My Personal Gardner. Together, volunteers and My Personal Gardener removed weeds, cut grass along the public grass areas, and swept streets. Additionally, the volunteers picked up trash along sidewalks, streets and vacant lots. The event ended with OSU Hospital East providing lunch to participants in the cafeteria. 

  • As the last clean up event for the year, the Taylor Avenue streetscape improvement project was a good way to finalize the cumulative clean-up efforts in the PACT geography and served as a good base to build upon for future projects.

Near East Side HOP 2018 Provides Outlets for All to Enjoy Near East Side Assets 

August 19 – 26 was an incredibly exciting 8-day period.  That week, PACT joined by numerous partners and sponsors, served as host to the Near East Side (NES) Hop 2018.  The week started off with a bang courtesy of two events on August 19.  Nearly 130 guests joined PACT for Sunday Brunch at Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.  Thank you again to our friends at the Conservatory for providing in-kind use of the Veridian Room.   A huge thanks goes out as well to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Hospital East for sponsorship of the event.  Guests enjoyed a wonderful meal, beautiful music courtesy of Sabrina Tutstone, and an enlightening presentation on health and wellness courtesy of Joshua Joseph, MD, Assistant Professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.  Later in the day, we welcomed 200 guests to the Maryland Pool.  An ice cream truck and DJ contributed to the beautiful weather, making for a great Sunday afternoon at the pool!  Later in the week, the residents of Poindexter Place hosted us for a Wednesday evening Game Night.  Thursday and Friday evening programming was courtesy of our friends and collaborators, Columbus Harlem Renaissance and Columbus Urban League Young Professionals.   

Saturday was an extremely busy day.  We helped to get the blood flowing with Morning Yoga and Hip Hop Fitness.  Thanks again to our friends at OSU Hospital East for opening the doors of Wallace Auditorium to host both events.  Later in the morning, author Blake Washington engaged young scientists in various experiments and learning opportunities from her book, Cheer for Chlorine.  Our friends from Columbus Harlem Renaissance and Columbus Urban League Young Professionals brought all ages together with a mural making event as well as an evening Mini Arts Festival.  Thank you to the Martin Luther King Branch library for hosting the Cheer for Chlorine event and MLK Mural Making event.  To close out the week, Columbus Urban League Young Professionals hosted a Sunday afternoon Housing and Community Tour.  Wow, what a great week! All-told, we estimate that 1000 neighbors and new friends joined us to celebrate and enjoy all that our incredible PACT geography and Near East Side has to offer.  Thanks to everyone for making it a great week! 

View all the Photos via link below:

City of Columbus and The Ohio State University create service for seniors

The City of Columbus and The Ohio State University  partner to launch Mod Squad handyman service for senior citizens. 

To learn more, please contact Julie Smith at 614-258-6392 to discuss your project. 

Inaugural TEDx King-Lincoln Bronzeville Debuts at East High School 

King-Lincoln/Bronzeville is a historically African American district in Columbus Originally known as Bronzeville by the residents of the community, it was rebranded as the King-Lincoln District by former Mayor Michael B. Coleman in hopes of revitalizing and highlighting the historical significance of the district. Home to the historic Lincoln Theatre and the King Arts Complex, this near east side neighborhood was the heart of an affluent African-American business and entertainment district in the 1930s and ‘40s. The name TEDx King-Lincoln/Bronzeville commemorates the history and contemporary vibrancy of the area. The TEDx CREATE committee was amazed by the support and love shown by the city of Columbus. On September 8th, TEDx King-Lincoln/Bronzeville opened the doors to its first event at East High, home of the Tigers.  

Over 350 people attended to network, learn, and listen to talks that covered topics about nutrition, mental health, neighborhood history, reproductive justice, children's literature, and community building. Speakers included Dr. Toni Shorter Smith of the James Preston Poindexter Foundation; Sheri J. Neale, Founder Maroon Arts Group; Carnell Bey Willoughby of Willowbeez SoulVeg; DJ Krate Digga; Deena J. Chisolm, PhD from Nationwide Children’s Hospital; community builder Harrison Poku; Dr. Carlotta Penn author and founder of Daydreamers Press; Chante Meadows, MSW of Meadows Counseling Group; Jessica Roach, co-founder and C.E.O. of Restoring Our Own Through Transformation, (ROOTT); Shavonda Johnson, MSW of The Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections; Kimberly Brazwell, a trauma-informed social justice advocate and Founder of KiMISTRY, and Executive Director for the nonprofit King Lincoln Family Services Corporation.  

TEDx King-Lincoln/Bronzeville thanks all attendees, speakers, volunteers, interactive partners, and sponsors including ARTFLUENTIAL; Black Chick Media LLC; Brand Logic; Equitas Health; kvizhwl; Mosaic Education Network; PACT; RAMA Consulting; Top5ive Photography; URBANSCRIBE; and the Wexner Center for the Arts. 

Article supplied by: Keya Crenshaw 

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Coming Soon! 

2018/2019 PACT Film Series 

Be Sure to Visit the PACT Website as we Return to the

Lincoln Theatre for This Year’s 5-Part Series 

  • 11/11 - Akeelah and the Bee (1hr 52 min)

  • 12/2 - I Am Not Your Negro (1hr 35 min)

  • 1/19 - Marshall(1hr 58 min)

  • 2/9 - Black Panther (2hr 15 min)

  • 3/3 - Girls Trip (2hr 2 min)