If historic preservation is important to you, now is the time.
Action Tank, in partnership with the Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Cincinnati Preservation Collective, is hosting a series of upcoming sessions next month. The goal: to ask citizens how to make historic preservation more visible and relevant to the average citizen.
“Historic buildings are everywhere – they are in everyone’s neighborhoods. We want to make sure that the people who live there benefit from these magnificent buildings,” said Paul Muller, executive director of the Cincinnati Preservation Association.
“We want to hear as many voices as possible,” Ioanna Paraskevopoulos, executive director and co-founder of Action Tank, told The Enquirer.
Participants’ suggestions will inform the Cincinnati Historic Preservation Coalition’s Action Plan. According to Paraskevopoulos, the plan will set goals and lead multiple initiatives to improve local preservation.
This could be more signs in historic areas, asking for more money for city preservation programs or philanthropic organizations, or pushing for policy changes that will better protect historic areas.
Paraskevopoulos said Cincinnati needed “a stronger preservation infrastructure,” such as continuing education for members of the Historic Conservation Council and the preservation of living spaces in neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine so that residents are not displaced.
By partnering with two preservation organizations, this plan will present a “road map” for the future of historic preservation.in Cincinnati.
“Preservation concerns everyone”
Another goal of the plan is to get citizens to play a more active role in preservation.
“It creates a better sense of connection between people and the place where they live,” Paraskevopoulos said.
During the sessions, participants will answer open-ended questions such as “What is a historic building near your neighborhood that you want to know more about?” Or “What is there in the historic preservation society that you think needs to be improved?” They can also provide suggestions on future historic areas or solutions to common problems behind preservation.
Muller of the Cincinnati Preservation Association said the sessions are the first large-scale sampling of citizens for his organization. In the past, the association had sent surveys to its members with specific questions. This is the first time that the organization will hear from citizens who were not already involved in historic preservation.
“We hope this connects us to people who are not normally in our orbit. Preservation affects everyone. Whether or not people identify as curators, people appreciate and appreciate the richness that historic buildings can bring. to their community, ”Muller told The Enquirer. .
How to weigh
Here is the schedule:
- Monday July 12 at 6 p.m .: Madcap Puppet Center in Westwood.
- Wednesday July 14 at 6 p.m .: Artsville in Madisonville.
- Thursday July 15 at 6 p.m .: Mount Auburn Preparatory Academy.
- Sunday August 15 at 3 p.m .: Grace Episcopal Church in College Hill.
- Tuesday August 17 at 6 p.m .: Hauck House in the West End.
- Saturday August 21 at 10 a.m .: Virtual session via Zoom.
At each session, participants will watch a short video on local historic preservation and participate in an informal forum. The doors will open 15 minutes before the session. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Those interested in attending these sessions can register now through Eventbrite.
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