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News from Downtown - 06.17.21

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and local organizers have created an event to both celebrate this important historic event and connect members of the Black community in sharing resources to support and enrich the lives of People of Color in the Cincinnati region. The Second Annual Juneteenth Block Party this Friday, June 18, will be a celebration for all ages, including a Family Zone, dedicated artist zone, an entrepreneurial networking zone for Black women, and plenty of entertainment, delicious food, and more.

The event was created by Rico Grant, owner of Gallery at Gumbo in Over-the-Rhine and founder of Paloozanoire, an organization dedicated to supporting Black professionals through a speaker series, community events, and other resources. The party runs from 4-11 p.m. at the DORA District at The Banks. Come show your support and join the celebration, and stay for the Rozzi Fireworks show to conclude the festivities. The event is free to attend, but registration is encouraged. To RSVP, click here.

Sponsors for the event include P&G, Cincinnati Reds, Kroger, ArtsWave, AGAR, Coca-Cola, Fifth Third Bank, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, PNC Bank, Cintas, JP Morgan Chase, and Urban Sites.
If you’ve noticed buskers—street performers—around Downtown Cincinnati this week, you can tell your friends, family and coworkers that they are part of the Street Stage Project, a partnership of 3CDC and the Cincinnati Music Accelerator (CMA), funded by ArtsWave. The program has returned this year for an 11-week run, featuring over 1,100 performers from two dozen local musicians. The program provides funding to local singer/songwriters and musicians, coordinated by CMA, to perform at various locations around Downtown. Performers will be out during lunch hours, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and early evening hours, from 5-7 p.m. A recent alumnus of CMA, Jayda Klink, competed on American Idol this year. You won’t want to miss out on these talented performers — you may see the next American Idol! For more details on performers, times and locations, follow the Street Stage Project Facebook page.

The opening celebration for the new Court Street Plaza last weekend was a big success, and thank you to everyone who could attend. Make sure to follow the Court Street Plaza Facebook page for updates on events happening throughout the summer. We will continue to add more fun programming to this new pedestrian-friendly destination in this historic business district. If you haven’t visited yet, check out the newest business located at Court Street Plaza, Bebo’s Burgers + Frappes!

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