2015: Take Five: Take Four! An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue

Take 5- Take Four logoTake Five: Take Four – An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue

Friday, April 24, 2015
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library

The fourth annual Take Five event continued our exploration of creative approaches, new ideas, collaboration and network-building designed to inspire and recharge. Last year, we invited you to dream big and ask “What If…?” This year, we looked to “Make It Happen” by exploring ways to make those visions a reality through collaboration and creative use of resources.

Each Take Five event includes traditional conference presentations as well as opportunities for attendees to exchange ideas, share successes and inspire each other in round table discussions. Big thinkers from the museum, arts and library worlds discussed what it takes to “Make It Happen” in short-format presentations. Attendees were encouraged to shared their dreams and successes in an open poster session and in small group conversations throughout the day. The day also included a tour of the Contemporary Arts Center’s UnMuseum.


Make It Happen: Using Emotional Intelligence: Christine Lottman, a professor at the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work, shared her expertise in the area of emotional intelligence. She  discussed theories of change, the significance of emotional intelligence in making change happen, and effective models for moving from an idea to action.

Make It Happen: Engaging the Community: Michelle Shinew co-founder of Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands in Dublin, Ohio, shared how FSW rallied community support to preserve a wetland area in the heart of the suburban neighborhood, and how it continues to expand its impact through community engagement. She discussed strategies for involving community partners to make things happen.

Make It Happen: Impacting Our Youth: Tom Kent is Executive Director of Elementz Hip Hop Youth Arts Center, where urban youth can learn arts rooted in the culture that is relevant to them and build life skills along the way. Participants create inspiring work such as a recently released music album produced entirely by the young people involved. Tom Kent will discuss ways to engage and truly impact our youth.



The April 24, 2015 event was made possible by the generous support of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, SWON Libraries, and the Kenton County Public Library. This event was also supported in part by federal Institute of Museum and Library Services funds, granted through the State Library of Ohio.