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The FRINGE Bookstore: Opening

  • 2931 Jessamine St Cincinnati, OH 45225 (map)

The FRINGE Bookstore will open for the first pop-up event and book-selling series of an eight week run. The FRINGE is an evolving public art piece, a pop-up bookstore, and a series of programs focused on inclusion and creative expression. The project uplifts a very visible but dis-regarded garage space in Camp Washington through a public art intervention by local LGBT artist and activist Karay Martin. The façade of the garage will be covered in 10” long colorful fringe. Parts of the wall will be chalkboards and thereby interactive, inviting viewers and passersby to partake in temporary ‘graffiti’ to express themselves and offer their neighbors and visitors positive affirmations. The project is funded in part by the new ArtsWave Pride Grant program.

The Camp Washington resident who owns the garage is Andrew McKinley, the founder and former owner of the inclusive and radical San Francisco book store, Adobe Books. He has an immense collection of texts and will be curating a diverse selection that speaks to inclusion, equality, and equity, specifically works that speak to the LGBTQAI community. The façade will open every Saturday; with window shelving units opening and tables moving outside to reveal the selection of books for passersby to browse and read.

Additionally The FRINGE is organizing special performances, readings, workshops, and discussions for the pop-up space. These events are curated by Sidney Cherie Hilley, the first of which will be a performance by local artist Noel Magathe from 6-7pm.

The FRINGE is supported by the generosity of more than 1,500 ArtsWave Pride contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign