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Zimbabwe in Perspective: Assisting small-scale business owners and social entrepreneurs in a failed economy

Students: Emmanuel Magara '11

I intend to go to Zimbabwe and conduct research interviews with some of the Zimbabwean small-scale business owners and social entrepreneurs. The Zimbabwean economy is currently in shambles with an annual inflation rate of about 231million percent. The situation has forced everyone to be very creative in figuring out ways to survive on a daily basis. Businesses, non-profit organizations and young social entrepreneurs have had to drastically develop creative new ways of operation that are not in most conventional entrepreneurship text-books. I intend to learn how small-scale businesses and social entrepreneurial ventures are surviving in such a failed economy and some ways they could be assisted.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2008

Music at Mercy Allen Hospital

Students: Jessica Saw '12

Numerous studies indicate that music helps minimize patient stress in hospitals.  Many hospitals have thus implemented programs that provide live performances to patients. Through this project, patients at Mercy Allen Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Center will be able to participate in such programs by requesting one-on-one performances by volunteer conservatory students. 

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CIGSIE Recipient, 2011

Music Event Booking, Production, and Promotion: Bringing More Performance Experience to Conservatory Students

Students: Matt Segall '15

Over Winter Term I will gain practical experience in preparation for starting a program to better equip students to make a living as performing musicians. The program will arrange performance and outreach opportunities for students and encourage critical development and innovation of business models in a changing music industry.

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CIGSIE Recipient, 2013

Skritter

Students: George Saines | Nick Winter | Scott Erickson

Skritter is the answer to learning Chinese and Japanese vocab.

Freelance Makeup Artistry

Students: Alani Gaunt '10

Upon graduation from Oberlin College, I intend to establish myself as a self-employed, freelance makeup artist. I see makeup artistry as means of storytelling. All of our personalities, experiences, and emotions leave their mark on us, affecting the way we hold our faces and bodies, the way we style and present ourselves, the condition of our bodies, and the texture of our skin. Makeup is the art of creating and shaping these markers of identity through the painting and sculpting of the body.

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Creativity Fund, 2010

SILENCE/noise Tour

Students: Steuart Pincombe

 

I Am Kenyan

Students: Sophie Mvurya '16

LumenEd is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 looking to address the education deficit in India through digital content. Our mission is to provide an integrated education solution and a means of outreach to communities lacking access to internet or electricity. Our product combines a projector, mini-PC, speakers and solar power to display audio-visual content for a classroom-sized audience. This device, coupled with customized educational content, provides a primer learning platform in a low-cost, durable and sustainable package.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2012

Phakumba Social Development Organization

Students: Sage Aronson '12 | Suman Giri '11 | David Ohana '12

The purpose of this trip will be to collect data on the social infrastructure of Phakumba and initiate communication with the villagers. This information, besides from being anthropologically novel, will be used to inform and refine our skeleton social development model with the long-term goal being self-sustainable public infrastructure. More specifically, we will be conducting informal recorded interviews in hopes of A) finding out how decisions are made at the individual, familial and public level B) prioritizing the village's need for public infrastructure (potable water filtration, medical clinic, school etc.).

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Internship Recipient, 2009
Creativity Fund Recipient, 2009

Fog Harvesting: An Environmental and Social Solution

Students: Gabriela Baker '11

This project will explore using fog harvesting technology as an alternative and more sustainable water source in California, where drought is expected to increase with climate change. Fog harvesters are simple collection systems that can be installed in individual gardens to collect water particles from the air. To date I have spent time developing a socially conscious business model, interviewing potential clients and investigating how a collection system would actually function in a garden or other location. During summer 2010 I will install pilot examples of these simple collection tools in several locations in the Bay Area.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2010

Contemporary Music Project

Students: Ran Duan '10

My goal in this project is to compose a concerto for oboe and orchestra, learn "Points on the Curve to Find...” for Piano & 22 Instrumentalists by Luciano Berio and participate the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice 2009 to work with Stephen Drury and Jonathan Harvey in Boston during this summer. Through this project, I want to expand my ability of composing and performing contemporary music and explore the new techniques. 

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2009

Sound as Material

Students: Ted Rankin-Parker '08 | Joanthan Corey '08

WonderRoot is an Atlanta-based non-profit arts organization committed to uniting artists and community to inspire positive social change. We would like to present a series of workshops and concerts through WonderRoot' s Creativity for Kids program in which Wonder Root artists go to schools, partner with mentoring organizations, and partner with other community service organizations to teach art production methods. The workshops will be titled "Sound as Material" and will focus on concepts we have learned at Oberlin through studies in contemporary music, dance, sculpture, and experimental improvisation through these media.

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CIGSIE Recipient, 2009

geakStudios

Students: Gregory Solow '10 | Christopher Plumb '10 | Eliot Lesar '10

The game industry is broken. Financial obligations to blockbuster games see large publishers discourage innovation and release endlessly similar products. Audiences not serviced by these products are ignored, passed over in the system's momentum. geakStudios addresses these problems by allowing the desires of the user, rather than the ego of the designer, to determine game creation.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2010

Applaud

Students: Wyatt Hayman '12 | Shahab Raza '12 | Jack Kearney '12

Applaud is a new way for businesses to communicate with their customers through a smartphone. Focusing on the need for businesses to have a clear voice in the growing tech landscape, Applaud facilitates an interactive conversation between customers, businesses, and employees. One highlighted feature of Applaud will be the ability for customers to evaluate individual employees. Industry-specific generic interactions will be generated for millions of businesses using a location-based API. Businesses can tailor Applaud to their specific needs by customizing the aesthetic and content.

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Fellowship Recipient, 2012

Storybooks for Sustainability

Students: Amanda Medress

One recent grad empowers the next generation of environmental stewards, one storybook at a time.

ACADEMY

Students: David Bird '12 | Eugene Kim '12 | Christian Smith '12

ACADEMY is a contemporary and experimental music trio comprised of David Bird, Eugene Kim, and Christian Smith. Our 2012 Winter Term project will involve preparations for realizing July Mountain, composed by Michael Pisaro; as well as a five-day performance tour featuring works by Mark Poliks, Esaias Järnegard, and Pisaro.

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CIGSIE Recipient, 2011

Places Unheard

Students: Jonah Haven '17

Influence draws much of its power from what surrounds, from our environments. As a composer I feel I can shape my environment to the degree where I will begin to shape my influence. With the money awarded from this grant, I will travel around the USA experiencing new soundscapes as catalyst for a new work of music.

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CIGSIE Recipient, 2013

Un Pomeriggio di Musica

My entrepreneurial goal is to create regular performance opportunities in diverse venues for young musicians transitioning into professional careers. To simulate this idea, I will independently produce an outdoor public concert in Siena, Italy this spring utilizing very cost effective methods. The event, Un Pomeriggio di Musica (An Afternoon of Music) will feature twelve musicians drawn from local music schools and will last approximately two hours. My goal is to perform music within the classical and contemporary genres and use mainly small ensembles. On the day of the event, I will hopefully produce a program that is stimulating and exciting.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2009

Licensing an Innovative Automated Histological Slide-Mounting Technology

Students: Vincent A. Alessi | Daniel Abramson

The primary goal of our project is to license the technology behind our innovative patent-pending histological device, which provides a mechanism for automating the process of mounting histological samples onto glass slides.

Research and Networking for Projects in Poetry

Students: Ryan Magiera '12

My idea is to launch a poetry publishing press where the poems and authors published are chosen by randomly selected readers. With the Creativity Fund, I will be traveling to New York and San Francisco to conduct research, visit publishing houses, meet alumni and people of interest, expand my network, and test my ideas through an online format in order to best prepare to launch my venture.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2011

Teaching Rural Vietnamese Youth about Personal Hygiene

Students: Thao Phan

Starting a non-profit agency in Quang Tri, Vietnam that will install infrastructure, make soap, teach students about hygiene, and network with other non-profit organizations in Vietnam and the United States.

Kantara Crafts

Students: Alia Kate

Kantara Crafts is a fair trade business that partners with Moroccan artisan cooperatives to offer finely crafted, handwoven textiles from Morocco in a socially responsible, environmentally conscious fashion.

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Creativity Fund & Fellowship Recipient, 2008

Valley Community Kitchen

Students: Emily Arons

Valley Community Kitchen aims to promote economic development in the Coal River Valley of southern West Virginia by supporting food entrepreneurship.

Lynch Community Garden Project

Students: Hillary Neff '13 | Rachel Manning '14

The Lynch Community Garden project aims to empower a small coal-mining community that has little access to fresh produce. We will start a garden that will allow residents to work together to grow their own food and provide youth with an alternative activity to risky behaviors. After the initial setup in the summer of 2012, the garden will be maintained entirely by Lynch residents, as we believe they have the power to create positive change in their own community. We hope the garden will offer Lynch residents fresh, local produce and healthy outdoor activities for decades to come.

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Creativity Fun Recipient, 2012

SmarterGrades

Students: Madhav Kaushish '11 | Haider Ali Khan '11

Through our venture, we hope to create an easily accessible, online educational platform for the Indian Subcontinent which aims to disperse learning at the pace and convenience of the customer, regardless of where they live or what language they speak.

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Fellowship Recipient, 2011

Oberlin in India

Students: Josie Davis '15 | Sophie Davis '17 | Jaime Feldman '14

We will teach at the Child’s Play Foundation in Goa, India. We plan to coach chamber groups, offer individual lessons to students, perform as a string quartet in a chamber music festival, and participate in the Monte Music Festival, serving as principal players of the Camerata Chamber Orchestra.

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CIGSIE Recipient, 2013

Entrepreneurship Scholars 2010

Students: Joseph Blasher

Building a self-sustaining outreach program through the Afro-Brazilian martial art form, Capoeira Angola.

Global Climb Initiative

LumenEd is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 looking to address the education deficit in India through digital content. Our mission is to provide an integrated education solution and a means of outreach to communities lacking access to internet or electricity. Our product combines a projector, mini-PC, speakers and solar power to display audio-visual content for a classroom-sized audience. This device, coupled with customized educational content, provides a primer learning platform in a low-cost, durable and sustainable package.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2013

Sustainable Volunteering

Students: Sarah Frank '09 | Elizabeth Woodbury '09 | Rebecca Balmer '09

For Winter Term, we will lead a group of 8 Oberlin students on a service-oriented trip to Ghana to work with the organization Sankofa Mbofra Fie (www.sankofachildrenshome.org), an orphanage and school.  Sankofa Mbofra Fie exemplifies what "development" and "community service" should entail because it is staffed entirely by Ghanaians and implemented at the grassroots level.  While we are there, we will work with the director on capacity building and will provide supplemental education and mentoring to the students at Sankofa School.  Our focus will be to develop framework for how we can make our work sustainable and lead to the creation of more infrastructure for Sankofa Mbofra Fie.  The project will include cultural immersion learning opportunities for Oberlin participants, and will build the foundation for future Oberlin students to volunteer effectively in Ghana.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2008

One World, One Rope

Students: Michael Fry

One World, One Rope teaches jump rope to children in Tanzania and Kenya, using it as a means of fostering confidence, teamwork, and leadership, and providing an infrastructure in which participants can succeed, develop healthy lifestyles, take on leadership roles and strengthen social ties.

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Fellowship Recipient, 2009

Entrepreneurship Scholars 2010

Students: Francesca Krihely

Entrepreneurship Scholars Project:   Queens Community Media Center promotes media literacy through the production of community journalism.

Interfaith Appalachia

Students: David Fisher '12

Interfaith Appalachia (IA) brings people together across differences of faith, politics, and environmental perspectives through a common commitment to service, dialogue, and community development in central Appalachia. During 2012-2013, IA’s main focus is to organize immersive, interfaith service-learning opportunities in the tri-cities area of Harlan County, Kentucky. The organization is also creating a highly subsidized trip for college chaplains and youth group leaders. IA is also developing two pilot projects; a social venture in partnership with Appalachian artists, and a public speaking program.

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Fellowship Recipient, 2012

Traffic-Ads

Students: Henry Harboe '15

Traffic-Ads is a company that creates advertising opportunities for local businesses in their surrounding communities. Founded by Oberlin sophomore Henry Harboe and recent graduate Kyle Aungst, Traffic-Ads won first place in the 2013 Oberlin Microbusiness Challenge. The company installs advertisements on bicycles, which are moved throughout high-traffic locations. As a sustainable alternative to costly newspaper advertisements, these bikes reach a wider audience in previously inaccessible public spaces.  

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2013

North Coast Toast

Students: Casey Silverstein '15 | Jeremy Reimnitz '15

North Coast Toast LLC. is a gourmet food trailer set to open in the fall of 2013 that will serve the Oberlin College and Community grilled cheeses made from high quality and local ingredients. Our brand will start by serving four distinct and unique grilled cheese sandwiches that aim to appeal to nearly every different pallet. We will also be selling a variety of carefully selected drinks and chips that are not widely available in Oberlin.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2013

Niger Stove Project

Students: Rachel Rothgery

The Niger Stove Project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the respiratory health of families by disseminating low-cost, fuel-efficient stoves through an alternative-income program benefiting disadvantaged women.

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Fellowship Recipient, 2010

Tau Recording Project

Students: Dylan Messina '12 | Daniel Walden '12 | David Bird '12


We are collaborating on recordings of newly-composed music for cello. We will perform and record the pieces, offer the mixed recordings online as high-quality downloads, and produce 12" vinyl records. This project will serve as a basis for our ultimate goal of organizing and establishing a record label, Tau Records.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2012

Near West Empowerment + Renewal Approaches

Students: Erika Zarowin '11

Erika Zarowin will work with a group of interns affiliated with the summer internship program she began in December of 2009 to research and further develop a community food cooperative on the Near West Side of Cleveland. She will then raise the funds and build the rest of the partnerships necessary to open and sustain the cooperative, beginning in May of 2012. The food market and the summer internship are part of a long-term vision for youth empowerment, building Cleveland’s intellectual capital, revitalizing Cleveland’s Near West Side and catalyzing innovative and entrepreneurial ventures in the future.

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Fellowship Recipient, 2011

Dear Commonwealth Winter Tour

Students: Boris Popadiuk '14 | Jacob Flaschen '14 | Daniel Lobb '13 | Joshua Rosner '14 | Duncan Standish '13 and Cory Todd '14

We plan to use this money to promote our recently recorded album and to fund a U.S. east coast tour at the end of January. We will use the tour to practice efficiently reaching audiences and marketing our product, and also to lay the foundation of an effective brand.

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CISGIE Recipient, 2012

Music Education Research and Outreach in Europe

Students: Lauren Manning '12

I will go to Denmark to research the world-renowned Danish music education system, then travel to Holland to visit the Musicians Without Borders headquarters and receive training in conducting workshops and using music as a means to heal the wounds of conflict.

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CIGSIE Recipient, 2011

InTown

Students: Ty Diringer '14 | Nathan Teetor '14

InTown recognizes the most important foundation to happy relationships are shared, in-person experiences. Today, with jobs and travel taking us across the world, it is often difficult to stay in touch with the people we would like to. InTown looks to convenience users by alerting them when they and other InTown friends will be in the same city at the same time, allowing them to meet up regardless of how well they stay in touch.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2013

Community Arts and Arts Education in Zimbabwe

Students: Rebecca Telford-Marx '15

During my trip to Zimbabwe, I will visit artists, artist communities, and art education sites to learn about the cultural diversity of the Zimbabwean peoples, and especially their desire to formulate and actualize citizen-led and community-based solutions through arts and arts education. Of particular focus are the performing, literary, and visual arts cultures of Zimbabwe.

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CIGSIE Recipient, 2013

Body Mapping in Finland

Students: Caroline Litte '15

I will travel to Finland to study private flute and Body Mapping with renowned Andover Educator and flutist Liisa Ruoho at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. This will serve to further my education in Body Mapping and support my ultimate goal of becoming a flutist and certified Body Mapping teacher.

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CISGIE Recipient, 2012

Paper City

Students: Andrés Feliciano

Paper City is a documentary feature film about the American Dream, from the perspective of adolescent youth in the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts. By raising consciousness around key racial, economic, and social justice issues, Paper City hopes to spark a national movement. The film’s rough cut will be screened to closed audiences in Holyoke, Hampshire College, and Oberlin College by May of 2012, preceding production of a final cut, for which we will raise funds to create a website, attempt a festival circuit, build a curriculum for school use, and then publish online as a public asset.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2012

Internship: Oberlin Street Law

Students: Allison Swaim

Creating sustaining partnerships and launching a radio initiative.

Project High School

Students: Shuangshuan (Amy) Liang

Project High School is a youth league which provides high school students with a more colorful extracurricular life and works as a resource center to coach students on holding their own school events and programs.

Oscillator Project: Women in Experimental Music

Students: Rose Dwyer '13 | Emily Weber '14

Our experience playing as a female noise act in Oberlin inspired us to collect the stories of other women involved in experimental music scenes. We will embark on a tour on which we will perform and collect footage and stories for a new web project, OSCILLATOR. This web-series/magazine (http://oscillat-r.com) will feature stories and footage of the experimental music subcultures we encounter and the women involved in them. We will perform at venues and house shows along the way, documenting our own experience alongside the experiences of the people we encounter.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2013

OUTHERE Productions

Students: Harry Israelson '11 | David Sherwin '11 | Federico Sanchez-Llamos '11

We are applying for the Creativity and Leadership Fellowship in order to establish the first 3D production company to offer clients the opportunity to take part in the 3D marketplace at an affordable price. OUTHERE Productions will provide a voice and 3D visual presence to those who previously could not afford it. Our mission is to provide artists, musicians, writers, local businesses, and public servants with an economical 3D advantage in a market dominated by 2D content.

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Fellowship Recipient, 2011

Research for the Center for Creative Reuse

Students: James Rowell '09 | Anna Gonick '09

This Winter Term, James and Anna will conduct research for the future development of a Center for Creative Reuse where donated and discarded materials are redistributed for creative re-use, and where artists and students, through free workshops and community outreach programs, can use these materials to create and display their art. Throughout the project, they hope to bring awareness to growing ecological and environmental problems of waste and consumption by providing affordable and creative means to reduce waste and increase the reuse of discarded materials.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2008

Classical Recording Assistantship

Students: Garrett Openshaw

Water for Dodome Awuiasu

Students: Ruby Turok-Squire '16

In June 2013, I will organize for 80 large water filters to be distributed in the village of Dodome Awuiasu in the Volta Region where I worked as a teacher in 2011. I will establish communication links between the factory, run by the charity Pure Home Water (www.purehomeh2o.com), which produces the sustainable, clay filters in the Northern Region and this village, which as of yet has no access to clean water. The filters will also provide a small business opportunity for individuals, or the potential to establish a village co-operative, in the form of bagging purified water for sale in the nearby towns. This project will serve as an experiment for how such initiatives could work on a larger scale. The funds from Oberlin will be spent on paying for the filters to be manufactured.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2012

Time — A Short Film

Students: Mitchell Hermann '17

This project is an experimental short film combining nature time lapse photography with digital animation, set to an acousmatic musical score. The film will be shot at the beautiful Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, a location renowned for its pristine scenery.

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CIGSIE Recipient, 2013

Trash to Treasure: The Art of Upcycling Clothes

Students: Grace Amber '13

In the future, I hope to open a center comprised of three sections: a thrift store, a seamstress shop, and a repurposed clothing boutique. These three sections will work symbiotically to create a store that provides clothing relevant for all demographics, instills environmental standards, and even offers low-income outreach services. It will be called Gracy’s Green Earth, a recycled name that initially represented a store my parents owned in the early 90’s. This summer, I will start researching this idea by creating and selling repurposed clothing and observing thrift and vintage shops.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2010

deturtle: East Coast Tour

Students: Myra Hinrichs '13 | Carrie Frey '14 | Helen Newby '13 | Matt Gold '13 | Matt Adomeit '13 and Nathan Friedman '13

deturtle brings together a contemporary classical string trio with a dynamic rhythm section to present original compositions from all members of the band. Drawing upon influences from a wide range of styles, deturtle has collaborated with artists from the jazz, world music, and classical idioms such as Jamey Haddad, Petros Klampanis, Kenny Werner, Alon Yavnai, and Leo Blanco. The band is taking their work on tour this June to connect with audiences and musicians on the East Coast.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2013

The Enhancement Project

Students: Eliza Diop '14

The Enhancement Project is a budding organization aimed at issues around waste, waste removal and consumption in Senegal, West Africa. The Enhancement Project will work with the local community and with ecological organizations in Senegal to create a program and initiative around education on waste, and waste removal. The Enhancement Project hopes to install a new infrastructure around waste that will educate Senegalese people on the importance of watching one’s consumption, and also on the damaging effects of untreated waste. In all, The Enhancement Project hopes to create a new consciousness around the importance of waste management in Senegal.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2012

Spin It In

Students: David Midler '09 | Noah Goldman '09

SpinItIn is a hip tennis company designed to serve street cred to the sport of tennis with unique apparel and tennis gear. Targeted at the growing tennis youth population Spinitin offers comfortable clothes and funky designs to the modern tennis player and tennis fan. The perception of tennis as a country club sport is rapidly changing and the Spinitin brand exemplifies the shift from a privileged sport to a hip fun culture. Bringing an urban feel to the style of the sport coincides with this evolution.

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Fellowship Recipient, 2009
Creativity Fund, 2009

Bread and Butter Silkscreening Studios

Students: Sara Krugman | Gabriel Cohen | Jolie Signorile | Asa Ivry-Block

We are the Bread & Butter Collective-- a group of print makers dedicated to earning their daily bread while creating a space to enjoy life’s butter: community, progressive change, and creative process. We are a collectively owned and operated silkscreening studio in Long Island City, Queens.

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Fellowship Recipient, 2009

Conflict Resolution and Outreach in Rural Kenya

Students: Steve Bii

Fostering entrepreneurial ventures that cross ethnic boundaries through comprehensive conflict resolution.

Ergot Records

Students: Adrian Rew '13

Ergot Records will be based upon the model of successful independent record labels: starting small and initially operating at a grassroots level, it will make use of already-existing networks of likeminded record stores, distributors, independent radio stations and venues to ensure the simultaneous perpetuation of a self-sustaining, meticulously curated business venture and preservation of artistic integrity for musician and label. Ergot releases will focus upon realms of music neglected by the mainstream: avant-garde tape music, ethnomusicological field recordings, sound art, free jazz, left-field folk, outsider pop, and beyond.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2012

Rockstarz Clinic

Students: Nathaniel Gelb

Rockstarz Clinic aims to stimulate an interest in music among youth by holding dynamic summer camp workshops, performances, and lessons.

Entrepreneurship Scholars 2010

Students: Alexander Boland

Entrepreneurship Scholars Project: Interactive Storytelling is a new technology that will allow video game players to participate as a character in a story in order to both experience and influence that story's outcome.

Mountain Garden Initiative

Students: Hilary Neff '13

Mountain Garden Initiative is an environmental education project located in the Appalachian region of Kentucky that provides 150 fifth- and sixth-grade students a space to learn about food systems and gardening in a hands-on, outdoor environment. Located in a region with limited access to fresh produce, the project makes affordable healthy foods readily available to youth while also teaching gardening skills that they can take with them throughout their lives. Hilary Neff and Rachel Manning founded Mountain Garden Initiative in 2012, and Hilary will expand the project over the next year with the help of Oberlin’s Creativity and Leadership Fund.

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Fellowship Recipient, 2013

Syzygy Tour

Students: Tim Ballard | Andrew Flachs

Picky Bars

Students: Ty Diringer '14

Since private sector startups provide a testing ground for the acquisition of meaningful entrepreneurial and life skills, I am interning at Picky Bars, a small start-up company in Eugene, Oregon. The company makes and sells gluten- and dairy-free snack bars. The internship is an ideal opportunity to learn about marketing a niche product within a year of its conception.  I have been tasked with improving the company’s marketing strategy and the website. My current goals are to cement the company’s personality, increase the number of hits the website receives, and heighten the name recognition of the company.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2011

Summer School Program in China

Students: Yinyu Zhan '15

Our summer school program is a one-month-long project that is supposed to take place this summer in Guangzhou, China. Xi Chen, Jie Sun, and I will be the three members principally in charge of the program’s operation. The end of this program is to equip disadvantaged emigrant students with the motive to learn and explore. We understand that interest is one of the most powerful forces that encourage learning. Therefore, by providing a series of eye-opening classes, we hope to prompt students to discover their academic or professional interests, and consequently, motivate them to achieve their academic goals.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2012

Yafo Harmony

Students: Zachary Resnick '15

My idea for this summer was to combine all my passions: social justice, music, and language learning into a program where I taught a combination of individual private lessons, and group classes to underprivileged residents of Yafo at the Arab-Jewish Community Center. I hoped my program offered much more than a standard music program: if I succeeded by the end of my three months teaching, students were able to view their instrument as a vehicle for social change, an opportunity to interact and create art with those from different backgrounds.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2013

Helping Oberlin Maintain Oberlin (H.O.M.E.)

Students: Poy Winichakul

Helping Oberlin Maintain Equity, Inc. (HOME) is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Oberlin residents access comprehensive foreclosure help resources.

Eco Internships

Students: Eliza Diop '14

I will be working with the Earth Rights Eco Village Institute, Senegal’s National Eco-Village Agency and Beyond Fair Trade to develop a trade model that empowers communities, expands existing trade networks and increases economic diversity and activity in eco-villages. We will ultimately be doing research to support a global Fair Trade initiative.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2011

Shiksha Offline

Students: Saksham Khosla '15 | Venkata Mandala '15 | Prakash Paudel '15

In the summer of 2013, we will develop a low-cost device to deliver video based educational content for a classroom-sized audience. It comprises of a mini PC attached to a projector, with data pre-loaded on a hot swappable memory card. The unit runs on a solar powered battery, and will be utilized to provide secondary education to environments lacking efficient formal teaching. Through this, we aim to provide the benefits of online tutoring to environments lacking the infrastructure to support internet access. 

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2013

Chamber Music in Italy

Students: Avery Waite | Lisha Gu | Yejin Lee

Wilder Voice: Building An Institution

Students: Heather Jones '09 | John West '09 | Louise Hanks '09 | Erika Hendrix '09 | Meena Hasan '09

Wilder Voice is a bi-annual student magazine devoted to long-form journalism and creative nonfiction. The magazine is unique in providing a forum for in-depth articles on culture, politics, travel, and issues at Oberlin, while fostering a closer relationship between editor and writer through a multiple-draft process over the course of a semester. As we enter our fourth year in print, we believe that we can transform Wilder Voice into a sustainable institution at Oberlin. In pursuit of this goal, we will double the number of print copies of our Fall 2008 issue, start a subscription program, and launch our website.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2008

HistoryTM

Students: Matthew Rubinstein '10 | James Dietz '10

HistoryTomorrow is an innovative, web-based educational solution that breaks down the barriers to teaching current events. Our product transforms students’ attitude towards the world around them by fusing compelling news narratives with social networking technologies. Our proprietary interface is packed with comprehension tools that ensure students get the most out of readings. Integrated assessments track student progress. By indexing our content to state standards, HistoryTomorrow offers teachers and administrators comprehensive reports about what students are reading and what content is giving them trouble. By unifying content, delivery, and evaluation, HistoryTomorrow is an indispensable tool for the social studies teacher.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2009

NU-DDEMsys and Automated Histology

Students: Vince Alessi

The Oberlin Creativity and Leadership fund has supported me in the production-prototyping of an innovative histological device, and the consultant-aided design of electrical componentry associated with the continued development of my concept for a Networked Utility Dynamic Demand Energy Management system, aka, the NU-DDEMsys.

Quartet Tour: A New Music Exchange

Students: Carrie Frey '15 | Myra Hinrichs '13 | Helen Newby '13

Chartreuse comprises violinists Myra Hinrichs and Francesca Fetten, violist Carrie Frey, and cellist Helen Newby.

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CISGIE Recipient, 2012

Bridgehampton Brewery

Students: Abigail Collier '14 | Sylvia Channing '14

The Bridgehampton Brewery will be the first Kombucha brewery in Long Island, New York. It will brew the live-cultured, probiotic drink to be bottled, kegged, and distributed to restaurants, small businesses, and catering companies across the East End. The Brewery will fit seamlessly within the South Fork, an area that takes pride in its agrarian history, and is home to a thriving local food movement and burgeoning wine scene. Located in the heart of its market, the Bridgehampton Brewery can bypass shipping and tax costs faced by rival companies, thus providing a highly competitive product cost. 

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2012

New Music; New Audiences

Students: Rafiq Bhatia '10

The New Music; New Audiences project is dedicated to developing a model for increasing access to jazz performances by simultaneously cultivating young audiences and ensembles.Working with presenters, schools, community organizations, and new media platforms, we will strive to create sustainable infrastructure in communities across America that reinvigorates enthusiasm for jazz among young people. By harnessing the available energy and capacity of emergent ensembles, we plan to provide the kind of spark that young audiences need to get interested in this music, as well as the connectivity necessary to sustain their interest over the long term.

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Creativity Fund, 2010
CIGSIE Grant Recipient, 2010

Make My Mural

Students: Kelsey Scult '14

Murals have transformed urban landscapes around the world. From Diego Rivera's revolutionary Mexican movement to the murals that emerged across post-apartheid South African city walls, murals have had massive social, cultural, and political impacts. However I believe they are under utilized as a community development tool within an NGO format. I will be spending the summer in Indonesia, a country with a blossoming street art culture, facilitating a mural project with local artists and community members. I will explore what models are successful in terms of initiating collaborative community mural projects in an international context.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2013

Kenya Reads

Students: Peterson K. Njamunge '14 | Shauna Godfrey '14

Kenya Reads is a literacy project that seeks to establish the first shared inter-school library in the remote Kiamaina slum of Kenya. This will improve the academic standards in the region and also enable deprived students to compete better nationally, opening them up to more educational opportunities such as high school scholarships. In Kenya, a single national examination score determines the pupils who get offered the limited secondary school places. The initiative will also be purging gaps between conflicting tribes by facilitating Pamoja reading sessions which will promote meaningful interactions between different ethnic groups.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2012

The Football BarN

Students: Vasil Zlatev

The Football BarN—Plovdiv’s first sports bar—takes care not only of its customers, but also of the environment.

Media Production and Marketing

Students: Michael Olson '12 | Theodore Anthony '12

We are in the process of laying the groundwork for a media production and marketing company. This company will specialize in video production and post-production, photography, image manipulation, web design, graphic design, consulting, marketing, branding and more. We are currently building the foundations for our company and legally formalizing our partnership so that we are in a position to pursue media production and marketing full-time following graduation. 

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2011

Entrepreneurship Scholars 2010

Students: Max Rivlin-Nadler

Queens Community Media Center promotes media literacy through the production of community journalism.

Composing Cities

Students: Danielle Koplinka-Loehr

LumenEd

Students: Prakash Paudel '15 | Venkata Shiva Mandala '15 | Saksham Khosla '15

LumenEd is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 looking to address the education deficit in India through digital content. Our mission is to provide an integrated education solution and a means of outreach to communities lacking access to internet or electricity. Our product combines a projector, mini-PC, speakers and solar power to display audio-visual content for a classroom-sized audience. This device, coupled with customized educational content, provides a primer learning platform in a low-cost, durable and sustainable package.

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Ignition Fund Recipient, 2013

The Tank Space for Performing Arts

Students: Alexander Christie '09

The goal is to experience the inner workings of non-profit organization management and arts production and programming. I'm hoping to open a similar performance space in the future. The venue I am interested in creating would function as a performance space and also a larger organization that would support ventures including touring concert series, recording projects, and educational extensions.

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Internship Recipient, 2008

Music Philology and Paleography in York

Students: Crispin Swank '13

This winter term, I will travel to York, United Kingdom in order to create a historically accurate transcription of a work from the Old Hall Manuscript.  I will work closely with the faculty at the University of York to build a vocabulary in early music notation and history.  I will work with NeumeMusic, a six-voice early music ensemble I direct, to create a concert performance of the transcription.

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CISGIE Recipient, 2012

Jazz Quartet Tour

Students: Chris Mees

Record Wreckers

Students: Kaitlyn Price '13 | Greg Schram '14 | Bridget van Breeman '12

“Record Wreckers” combines the gameplay of traditional tower defense games, one of the most popular game types on the mobile markets, with the ambience of the also very popular music game genre. The core mechanics of the game have been reimagined to focus on digital music layering, while still maintaining the concepts that make tower defense games popular in their own right. This game will be released for Android phones and iPhones. We will differentiate ourselves by creating a game that will combine two of the most popular genres of mobile games today (music and strategy) into a new, immersive experience for the average mobile gamer.

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Creativity Fund Recipient, 2011

Historical Spanish Organs in California

Students: Jennifer Bower '12

This January, I will travel to San Francisco to practice Baroque Spanish organ music on historic reproductions of appropriate Spanish organs in preparation for a summer trip to Spain.  The organs are tuned in meantone and feature brilliant trumpet ranks, drums and even bird sounds.

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CIGSIE Recipient, 2011