2010 Engagement Impact Grants
Columbus Public Art 2012 ($45,000)
Partners: Malcolm Cochran, College of Arts & Humanities (OSU Department of Art) • Wexner Center for the Arts • The Arts Initiative at Ohio State • City of Columbus: Columbus Art Commission, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, Office of Mayor Michael B. Coleman • Experience Columbus • Greater Columbus Arts Council • Columbus Museum of Art • Otterbein University • Columbus College of Art & Design
This initiative will develop and mount an exhibition of public artworks, installations, and events on the occasion of the 2012 celebration of the bicentennial of Columbus, Ohio. Ten to fifteen regional, national, and international artists will be commissioned to create site-specific work to activate the core downtown area between spring and fall 2012. The initiative represents a collaborative effort on the part of the university, Columbus’s major visual arts institutions, and the City of Columbus. Art in public spaces can provide exhilarating and spontaneous encounters for a broad audience and engage individuals who would otherwise not consider going to a museum or gallery. Especially in conjunction with the bicentennial, it will open a new chapter for art in public spaces in Columbus.
Columbus Violence Prevention Collaborative (CVPC) ($50,000)
Partners: Deanna Wilkinson and James L. Moore III, College of Education and Human Ecology • Keith Gooch, College of Engineering • Ola Ahlqvist, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences • Angela Harvey, Sociology, Ohio State Newark • OSU Researchers and Members of the OSU Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Board, including community youth and residents, faith leaders, non-profit organizations, government agencies, health, mental health, education, business, law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, corrections, and state policy leaders
Youth violence is a serious public health problem that compromises the healthy development of youth and communities. Advances in research have identified numerous prevention and intervention strategies that are effective for reducing youth violence and promoting healthy adolescent development in high-crime neighborhoods. Effective partnerships between university researchers and community stakeholders hold promise for strengthening the capacity of stakeholders to implement evidence-based violence prevention strategies. Aligned with Ohio State's land-grant mission, this research project will build the capacity for innovation among individuals, organizations, and the community to further the development of a holistic, multi-system, community-based, and data-driven intervention approach. Further, the Columbus Violence Prevention Collaborative (CVPC) aims to reduce and prevent serious violence through a multi-phase process. The goals will be met through a joint learning process, which is an expansion of current work of the OSU Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Board (YVPAB).
Homeownership Investment Program ($50,000)
Partners: Stephanie Moulton, The John Glenn School of Public Affairs; Cäzilia Loibl, College of Education and Human Ecology, OSU Extension; and Michael Collins, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Cooperative Extension • The Ohio Housing Finance Agency • The Office of Affordable Housing Research • The Center for Financial Security
The proposed “Homeownership Investment Program” is a high-impact community outreach program evolving out of an ongoing partnership between the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, in collaboration with an experienced team of university extension faculty. This outreach program will build on the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s successful affordable mortgage program and educational services for homebuyers by adding an interactive online financial planning module and providing phone-based financial counseling services for the first year after home purchase. The overarching goal is to equip Ohioans with the financial planning skills necessary to sustain homeownership, build savings, and obtain long-term financial security. The effectiveness of this outreach program will be evaluated by creating several treatment groups that receive different combinations of financial planning services. The results of this innovative outreach program will provide replicable, evidence-based practices to improve the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s homebuyer program and to be shared as a model for policy and practice at the local, state, and national level.
Social Innovation and Commercialization ($45,000)
Partners: Peter Rogers, Rob Siston, and Mark Ruegsegger, College of Engineering • College of Medicine • College of Arts • Fisher College of Business • Tony R. Wells Foundation • Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio • United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio • Easter Seals Central and SE Ohio • Southeast Ohio, Inc.
The College of Engineering defined the need to create an experiential opportunity for students to learn the process of product design and commercialization. The Tony R. Wells Foundation created a vision to promote social entrepreneurship and innovation across the OSU community and, specifically, to provide nonprofits with an alternate source of revenue through the concept of a social venture. The Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering departments offer a year-long capstone design course with a declared mission to design assistive devices for people with disabilities. The Engineering Education and Innovation Center (EEIC) combined these three concepts; created license and contractual agreements (ref: MOA signature page in appendix) with OSU legal and commercialization offices; and formed the Social Innovation and Commercialization (SIAC)—a self-sustaining community outreach and engagement program. Multi-disciplinary teams of students work with community partners to define, design, and commercialize products to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Income resulting from manufacturing these products provides an alternative revenue stream to our non-profit partners and financial support to sustain the College of Engineering SIAC program.