1. Birds of Ohio. 
A once derelict bridge underpass has been rejuvenated by ALTernative, a community design group based in Columbus, Ohio. Earlier this year the team set out to transform an underpass caked with grafitti into a space that not only enhanced the landscape, but featured it. They painted over the scattered tags to create a new mural featuring 35 bird species native to Ohio. 
It’s been five months since the project ended and the team has just been honored with the 2012 Presidential Award award from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. Even more exciting, a new grant has been established which will continue to ensure that the mural, and its surrounding park, are maintained for years to come.  

    Birds of Ohio.

    A once derelict bridge underpass has been rejuvenated by ALTernative, a community design group based in Columbus, Ohio. Earlier this year the team set out to transform an underpass caked with grafitti into a space that not only enhanced the landscape, but featured it. They painted over the scattered tags to create a new mural featuring 35 bird species native to Ohio. 

    It’s been five months since the project ended and the team has just been honored with the 2012 Presidential Award award from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. Even more exciting, a new grant has been established which will continue to ensure that the mural, and its surrounding park, are maintained for years to come.  

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  2. Detroit Rock City.
Andy, Emily, and Robb Lin are both family to each other and family to their city: Detroit, MI.
As seventh-generation locals, they know their fair share about the backstreets and byways of this 300-year-old city — not to mention its rich history and cultural legacy. Belle Isle to 8-Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit will be the distillation of all this knowledge into a comprehensive, well-curated, printed guide. It will feature over 750 sites and attractions, plus curiosities ranging from the essential to the totally obscure.  As far as featuring them as our Project of the Day? Nothing curious about it. Hands up for Detroit!

    Detroit Rock City.

    Andy, Emily, and Robb Lin are both family to each other and family to their city: Detroit, MI.

    As seventh-generation locals, they know their fair share about the backstreets and byways of this 300-year-old city — not to mention its rich history and cultural legacy. Belle Isle to 8-Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit will be the distillation of all this knowledge into a comprehensive, well-curated, printed guide. It will feature over 750 sites and attractions, plus curiosities ranging from the essential to the totally obscure.

    As far as featuring them as our Project of the Day? Nothing curious about it. Hands up for Detroit!

  3. Drew Furtardo loves his hometown of Fall River, Massachusetts — a city that has been, unfortunately, marred by ongoing negative coverage in the media. So, in an effort to show the world what makes Fall River great, he’s designed a series of seven posters in tribute to its history, community, and hopeful future. Even if you don’t live anywhere near, we think that’s still a pretty awesome thing to support. You can check out the line, and pledge for a poster of your own, on his project page.

  4. Fleet Moves is an all-ages, all hours dance festival produced by The Movement Party that aims to put the town of Wellfleet, MA in motion! There will be daily classes, indoor and outdoor performances, art exhibitions, film screenings, and a massive closing night dance party. Don’t dance? Don’t worry — you will after you get an eyeful of the dance types that will be represented there. Tidal dance, surfing dance, erosion dance, plover dance, farm dance, pond dance, oyster dance, the list goes on and on. Personally, we want one of each, and a Project of the Day. Get movin’!

    Fleet Moves is an all-ages, all hours dance festival produced by The Movement Party that aims to put the town of Wellfleet, MA in motion! There will be daily classes, indoor and outdoor performances, art exhibitions, film screenings, and a massive closing night dance party. Don’t dance? Don’t worry — you will after you get an eyeful of the dance types that will be represented there. Tidal dance, surfing dance, erosion dance, plover dance, farm dance, pond dance, oyster dance, the list goes on and on. Personally, we want one of each, and a Project of the Day. Get movin’!

  5. Within two weeks, Chapman learned something important: You can’t stop Kickstarters from throwing money at you. Fourteen people bought the $340 thing. Chapman received 3,369 percent of his requested goal — $6,739. “It was nuts,” said Chapman, 31. “Right after I got that funding, I started a full-time job. I had time, and then all of a sudden, life hit me all at once.”

    All of a sudden, the place Chapman shared with his girlfriend had to be converted into a makeshift hardware factory.

    First, I had the laser machine in the corner of the living room, and it kind of grew a little bit to the other corner of the living room,” he said. He was ordered to move everything to the spare bedroom, but that lasted only so long. That worked for a little while, but then it crept back out into the living room,” he said. “It’d be perfect if I was living at my parents’ house.”

    Lincoln entrepreneurs know how to Kickstart ideas. Re: this neat arduino project. It was a Staff Pick!

  6. Started in 2007, Maine Grains has since become a national model for fresh food access — producing and distributing locally grown grains, and revitalizing Maine’s dormant grain economy in the process. Next up? Completion of the Somerset Grist Mill, a soon-to-be hub for regional farms and food. As aspiring breadmakers ourselves, we’re pretty stoked to see we can get bags of fresh, stone-milled flour for backing. We suspect the wood-block prints from local folk artist Iver Lofving are also highly covetable! 

Be sure to also check out the cool coverage they’ve gotten from The Smithsonian and the New York Times.

    Started in 2007, Maine Grains has since become a national model for fresh food access — producing and distributing locally grown grains, and revitalizing Maine’s dormant grain economy in the process. Next up? Completion of the Somerset Grist Mill, a soon-to-be hub for regional farms and food. As aspiring breadmakers ourselves, we’re pretty stoked to see we can get bags of fresh, stone-milled flour for backing. We suspect the wood-block prints from local folk artist Iver Lofving are also highly covetable!

    Be sure to also check out the cool coverage they’ve gotten from The Smithsonian and the New York Times.

  7. Blending theater and performance art, Adam Conrad and Ben Kelly are bringing St Paul, Minnesota to life through a multi-faceted stage show that blurs the lines between fact and fiction in an effort to present all sides of a uniquely modern story: the controversial construction of Interstate 94 and the resulting decimation of an old neighborhood in the city. The audience will be guided through six different rooms (thanks to sliding walls!) as they experience original art, poetry, dance, music, and even live painting. A one-of-a-kind show to be sure, and our Project of the Day.

    Blending theater and performance art, Adam Conrad and Ben Kelly are bringing St Paul, Minnesota to life through a multi-faceted stage show that blurs the lines between fact and fiction in an effort to present all sides of a uniquely modern story: the controversial construction of Interstate 94 and the resulting decimation of an old neighborhood in the city. The audience will be guided through six different rooms (thanks to sliding walls!) as they experience original art, poetry, dance, music, and even live painting. A one-of-a-kind show to be sure, and our Project of the Day.