The Ballot Box Project is all about increasing civic engagement in the neighborhood through arts placemaking.
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 $100,000 for arts placemaking efforts thanks to ArtPlace. Residents are getting together to discuss their most pressing needs (four topics to be determined). Some residents are concerned with public safety, while others care about youth engagement. Once these concerns have been defined, we will be looking for artists to create solutions. Then, residents will vote on which projects they believe will create a better Collinwood.