project leader
Ashley F
location
123 E McMicken Avenue
(Over-the-Rhine)
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the project

Action Tank, in close partnership with OTR A.D.O.P.T., will establish historic 123 E. McMicken Avenue as The Volkshaus (or The People’s House), Action Tank’s primary place of business with an open invitation to nearby residents and resident-led groups to join us in work, planning, respite, and community-building. Take a digital tour of the Volkshaus as we build.

Action Tank is a think tank that partners with artists to research and promote new public policy solutions at the local government level. We focus on planning and policy solutions to advance opportunity in neighborhoods and working with residents to promote policy changes that best meet everyone’s needs. We use creative placemaking approaches, working with artists, arts organizations, and designers to conduct research, build awareness, engage residents, and more.

OTR A.D.O.P.T. is a nonprofit organization with a track record of historic preservation and community building in Cincinnati’s urban core. Our mission is to bring to life the character of Cincinnati’s historic neighborhoods by facilitating the transfer of vacant, endangered structures to caring investors. Our purpose is to preserve Cincinnati’s unique identity and competitive advantage in furtherance of becoming a top tier American city. Our core values of integrity, efficiency, and social responsibility drive each of our historic preservation projects.

 

the steps

We will renovate the first floor and outdoor courtyard into welcoming spaces that will be used for Action Tank trainings, community engagement sessions, and as a space for community-organized and community-led gatherings such as speaker series, film screenings, and book readings. When the first floor and courtyard are not in use as event spaces, they, along with the second floor, will be available as a sliding scale co-working space for residents and community members. The second floor will be designated at all times as a quiet office and conference room space with shelving for a free resource library. The renovation of the building will take place over three phases.

  • Phase 1: Design and permitting by December 2021
  • Phase 2: Construction, café, and courtyard build-out by December 2022
  • Phase 3: Action Tank moves in to the building by Summer 2023

As a project that is being fully financed by nonprofit organizations, $10,000 would help us to outfit the first floor indoor and outdoor spaces with the audiovisual equipment needed to host civic enagement work as well as create the public resource libtrary and co-working space.

why we're doing it

We decided to call the building The Volkshaus, or The People’s House. The Volkshaus will be a place where community members may gather to reclaim their civic power and develop skills, strategies, and relationships to engage with local government systems and processes to benefit all residents, not just the lucky, well-connected few.

123 E MicMicken Avenue is a fitting, long-lasting home for Action Tank's impressive civic engagement work, and will offer affordable co-working space in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine. A former grocery whose window to the public has been closed for decades, the Volkshaus project will restore the Civil War-era storefront and invite the public back into this historic space.

For event and coworking membership early booking and all other inquiries, please contact Ioanna Paraskevopoulos at ioanna@actiontankusa.org.

budget

Projector screens $1,000

Speaker system $750

Cameras and recording equipment $2,000

Microphones $250

Courtyard landscaping and lighting $1,000 

Furnishings and Finishes for Public Co-Working Space- $2,500

Custom Carpentry for Public Resource Library (bookshelves, stairways)- $2,500

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photos

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donors

  • In honor of Steve Ozug
  • Paul Muller