Teens participating in the Weinland Park Story Book project Photo: Jay LaPrete
We are thrilled to be collaborating with local teens, artists, social-service agencies, and the Weinland Park Community Civic Association to create the Weinland Park Story Book. The result of a longterm relationship with the campus-area neighborhood, this hand-illustrated, limited-edition publication will tell some of the joyful, funny, heartbreaking, and poignant stories and impressions of this emerging and vibrant area as it experiences both the benefits and challenges of rapid change and gentrification. Culled from dozens of visits and interviews conducted by a team of teen interns and Wex staff, the book will feature more than 100 hand-drawn illustrations by youth interns and local artists—as well as portions of the book The Haygoods of Columbus by prize-winning Washington Post journalist Wil Haygood (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and a page contributed by Marvel Comics artist Sandy Plunkett. Members of the Weinland Park Community Civic Association and the Weinland Park Community Dialogue Circles have been involved in and served as advisers on the project.
The book will be distributed free of charge to interested people who live and work in Weinland Park. Copies of the book will also be donated to the Ohio Historical Society, the Columbus Historical Society, Columbus Metropolitan Library branches, and area high schools, with the original drawings donated to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State.
To celebrate the book's publication, we will host a free family-friendly celebration and salon-style exhibition of the Weinland Park Story Book original artwork at Godman Guild. Weinland Park residents and contributing artists will be able to pick up their free copy of the book (one per household). Learn more about the book release party and celebration.
The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s power2give campaign helped to fund the printing of the book.
The Weinland Park Story Book Project is made possible by lead support from the Cardinal Health Foundation.
Additional support provided by The Columbus Foundation.
Support for the printing of the book provided via Greater Columbus Arts Council’s power2give campaign, including generous donations from: Donald P. Barton, William Casto, Michael Casto, Daniel Crane, Jerry Dannemiller, Jerome Friedman, Ben Gibbons, Liv Gjestvang, Nancy Varga Goodall, Roy Gottlieb, Susan Henderson, Kay Bea Jones, Sarah Kay, Michael Mercil, Shay Myers, Jean Pitman, Amanda Potter, Michael Spino, Doreen Uhas-Sauer, Karen Simonian, Lisa Wente, Michael Wilkos, and Ellen Williams. Matching funds were provided by The Columbus Foundation.
Special thanks to the Godman Guild Association, the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s power2give program and its donors, Short North Alliance, Weinland Park Community Civic Association, lead artist Julian Dassai, the people of Weinland Park, and Weinland Park Story Book Project youth interns Joleah, Hannah, Jasmine, Amin, Josiah, DeRico, and Andrea.