Community-Focused Collaborations


Be the Street

Be The Street develops performance work with Ohio State graduate students and members of the Hilltop community to reflect upon the making and remaking of place. It was created by principal investigators Ana Puga (Departments of Theatre and Spanish and Portuguese), Harmony Bench (Department of Dance), Elena Foulis (Department of Spanish and Portuguese), Paloma Martínez-Cruz (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) and Shilarna Stokes (Yale University Theatre Studies). It is currently led by Professor Moriah Flagler (Post Doctoral Scholar, Departments of Theatre and Comparative Studies).

Bilingual Storybook Project

The Bilingual Storybook Project is a partnership between the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Salem Elementary (Columbus City Schools). Spanish-speaking first and second graders enrolled in ESL at Salem provide artwork and brief bios to Ohio State students enrolled in Honors Spanish Composition (3403H), who then write stories in Spanish and in English featuring the children and their artwork. At the end of the semester, each child receives a complete storybook at a school fiesta celebrating reading, writing and going to college. The project is coordinated by Jill Welch, senior lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Building Sustainable Worlds: Latinx Placemaking in the Midwest

This project is a collaboration amongst Ohio State, Michigan State and the University of Iowa, and it is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Humanities Without Walls consortium. It focuses on articulating how, why and when Latinx communities became part of the region. Ohio State's team of three contributing graduate students is led by Theresa Delgadillo (Department of Comparative Studies), 

Festival Latino and Día de los Muertos

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese participates in both Columbus area events each year. 

Public Narrative Collaborative

The Public Narrative Collaborative is a project within the Community Focus Area of the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme. Noting that narrative and storytelling was once thought to reside safely in the domains of literature, history and folklore, narrative is now recognized as significant in just about every sphere of human activity: in politics, medicine, religion, education, law, business, sports, the art world, and on and on. Its goal is to bring together Ohio State scholars and artists to promote teaching, research and creative work that explores the nature, functions and effects of stories and storytelling. The Public Narrative Collaborative is led by principal investigators Lisa Florman (Department of History of Art), Sarah Iles Johnson (Department of Classics), Jim Phelan (Department of English) and Professor George Ruse (Department of Art),