Saturday, April 28, 2012

BikeArt Poster Show

Last night was Cincinnati’s first ever BikeArt Poster Party, which celebrated the launch of our month-long BikeArt Poster Show. The event was organized by the City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and local coffee shop Coffee Emporium. 

The thinking behind the event was to organize a bike month activity that everyone could participate in, whether they currently ride a bike or not. The city issued a Call to Artists for bicycle themed poster-art, and Coffee Emporium agreed to post a selection of the submitted posters on their walls for a month-long show during May (bike month). Poster artists were allowed to set the sale price for their posters, and Coffee Emporium offered to donate their 20% commission to Queen City Bike, the local advocacy organization that coordinates Bike Month for our region.  

All-in-all I think the show is already a success. About 130 people stopped by Coffee Emporium for the party last night, and we’ve already sold 15 posters! All of the posters will continue to hang on Coffee Emporium’s walls throughout May, and hopefully will help raise awareness about our burgeoning bicycle culture here in Cincinnati.