Here in Collinwood, we are proud to launch Ohio’s first participatory budgeting (PB) experience. In case you don’t know, participatory budgeting is a growing movement to improve civic engagement by allowing community members to directly decide how part of a public budget is spent.

Our project is called Ballot Box. While we are not spending public funds, we do have $120,000 for arts placemaking efforts thanks to ArtPlace. 

SO WHAT IS THE BALLOT BOX PROJECT?

The Ballot Box Project is Ohio’s first arts-based Participatory Budgeting effort. The project will give Collinwood residents a direct voice in arts investment in their neighborhood; engage them and local officials in candid discussions about citizen-led placemaking; and leverage arts activity to increase civic education and engagement.

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In March, Collinwood residents will vote on artist projects that will be implemented during the remainder of 2016. We’ll be awarding $120,000 of funding to support projects in the North Shore Collinwood neighborhood. We’re asking artist teams to propose creative solutions to improve four neighborhood issues that were selected at a community meeting on October 21, 2015. The community selected the following community issues:

  • Collinwood History
  • Vacancy
  • Healthy Eating
  • Youth Engagement