Niehoff Urban Studio
2728 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219, USA


Mar 27, 2019


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


$10 in advance, $12 at the door | Special Discount for Students: call (513) 497-2860 for more info!

Sunset Salons: Urban Design & Planning

What do libraries, community centers, synagogues, and book stores all have in common? They are all places for a unique type of community connection. Join us for a conversation about public spaces and their place in our evolving urban neighborhoods.

Featured Panelists:

BRANDON ABDULLAH POWELL is an emerging leader and music producer from Columbus, Ohio.  Abdullah is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in Electronic Media and since college he has spent over a decade working with inner city youth at a non-profit hip hop youth arts center called Elementz.  Abdullah currently serves as the Creative Director of Elementz and through his efforts he has been recognized as a leader and as one of the people making an impact on Cincinnati arts.

For more than 20 years, BOB DRIEHAUS has told the story of Greater Cincinnati, mostly as a reporter and, for the last year, as a communications consultant.  Bob started his journalism career with the Kentucky Post and ended it as a digital reporter at WCPO.com. In between, he worked at the Cincinnati Post as a full-time reporter and as a regular contributor to the New York Times national desk, Reuters, Cincinnati Magazine and many others. Along the way, he covered government, business, elections, development, law, healthcare, education, investigative pieces and general interest stories. In 2018, Bob cofounded Good Government Group LLC with former Rep. Steve Driehaus and Kevin Tighe. He now helps clients with strategic communications, media coaching, story placement and storytelling. Bob is a St. Xavier High School graduate and received his B.A. in English from Denison University and his M.A. in Journalism from Indiana University.

DOMINIQUE BROWN is a holistic educator and advocate who is passionate about the power of dialogue to transform us. Her personal mission is to pursue work that generates deep connection through bridge building. Dominique believes that people not knowing each other leads to mistrust, mistrust leads to hate, and hate fuels violence. But these powerful forces can be leveraged in the reverse to foster empathy. In her student development and community work, Dominique has seen these positive forces at play. She is now cultivating scholarly research and educative practice through doctoral work in the Educational Leadership, Culture, and Curriculum program at Miami University.

FRANK RUSSELL, AIA, is the Director of UC Forward, a university-wide program that promotes collaborative innovation among diverse disciplines and community partners. He is an Associate Professor in the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education. Russell is a registered Architect and Urban Designer and a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has provided teaching, research, and community outreach for community development since 1990 in UC positions including Asst. Director of the DAAP Center for Urban Design and Director of the DAAP Community Design Center. He continues as the Director of the University-wide Niehoff Urban Studio, which is a pioneering off-campus partnership program that has provided for more than 15 years credit-bearing interdisciplinary coursework for students and engagement with community stakeholders in problem-solving research and design activity.

PAOLA GARRIDO ESTÉVEZ joined Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in 2016. She is a graduate from the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati, where she got her Master of Community Planning with a focus on Creative Placemaking. In her position at LISC, she manages community development initiatives as well as different communications projects. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from PUCMM, in her native city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Master’s degree in Cultural Studies and Management from the University of Barcelona, Spain. Her interests intersect when working with art and culture as a tool for community building.

Growing up in Western New York, SEAN HARE first fell in love with cities through exploration of many Rust Belt communities. Sean’s academic and professional career drove his focus towards creating for resilient communities in urban and suburban environments. Creating a brighter future for all communities can be accomplished through well-designed spaces, strategic investments and unique placemaking. Sean’s work has brought him to places throughout the Midwest to examine everything from post-industrial recovery to harboring innovation in thriving downtowns. Throughout Sean’s work he has noticed that all communities are in search of more interactive, sociable spaces where the quality of life can be enhanced for future generations.

Advance ticket sales for this event have ended. Tickets will be available for purchase at the CCAC Box Office at the Niehoff Urban Studio.


6:00pm – Doors open for light bites and chocolate desserts
6:15pm – Featured panel conversation

Many thanks to our generous sponsors:

Lite Bite Sponsors:

Drs. Patricia Klein and Reid Hartmann

Dessert Sponsor:

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