From PL to CP II: Reflections from Resident Alum Marcus Donaldson

Hi, friends! 

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My time at Chase Public has drawn to a close, and I’ve been thinking more on all I’ve learned these past few months. Chase Public was one of the first places I found when I moved back to Cincinnati in February 2017. After a challenging first few months following the move home, I stumbled into Chase Public. I immediately started showing up to readings, volunteering to write Short Order Poetry, and participating in other programming.

One of my goals throughout my entire time working with both People’s Liberty and Chase Public was to learn more about Cincinnati and its neighborhoods. I’ve been so fortunate to meet some of the personalities of Camp Washington during my post at Chase Public, and it’s truly been one of my favorite parts about working in this neighborhood. It’s not every day you’re greeted by someone playing bass guitar on their front porch on your walk to the gas station, but it’s a welcome surprise.

Working in the arts has been the actual best. Having a front lens (I recorded a ton of video for the Chase Public archive) view of so many insightful, hilarious, and strange performances was the most joyful bonus to this experience. Then, I got to see them twice! I edited some of the footage for Chase Public’s YouTube channel. I enjoyed building on some basic video editing knowledge in order to recapture pieces of performances the artists can share with their audiences. 

In addition to learning what I loved about working at Chase Public, I’ve also learned I don’t ask for help as often as is probably needed. I’m working on it. I hope I haven’t overshared. I’m working on that, too. 

I’m not sure what’s next, but I hope it will be as unforgettable as these past eight months have been. I have a lot of feelings a lot of the time, but right now, I feel mostly lucky and grateful for having been a part of Chase Public for all it’s given to me and the friends I’ve made in its spaces. To Scott, Mike, Nathan, Elese, and the entire PL team: thank you for taking a chance on me. 

All my love and gratitude,
Marcus

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