Upper Arlington Neighbors to Unite through Shared Stories
Leadership Upper Arlington Spearheading Six-Word Project
Over the next month Upper Arlington residents, employees and friends will have the opportunity to share their personal love stories about Upper Arlington in just six words, an initiative coordinated by the 2017 Class of Leadership Upper Arlington, in collaboration with Larry Smith’s “Six In the City: Columbus” project (sixwordmemoirs.com/cbus).
The program will be hosted within schools, libraries, and businesses across the city.
“We are excited to see what our neighbors and friends share,” said Chelsea Rubin, a member of the 2017 Leadership Upper Arlington class. “I am hopeful that the six-word story initiative allows us to unify in a new way and be reminded of all the reasons we choose to live in this amazing community.”
Leadership Upper Arlington classmates were inspired to host the six-word story initiative throughout the neighborhood based on the Six-Word Memoirs concept created by Larry Smith, a Columbus resident. Smith’s Six-Word Memoirs has been utilized by local and national groups alike from Pelotonia and the Columbus Museum of Art to the ACLU and Volkswagen’s MINI Cooper. The initiative is a way for individuals to express themselves around a positive unifying concept- in this case the community of Upper Arlington.
The 2017 Leadership Upper Arlington class envisions this project as a way for community members to build a closer connection and become part of something larger than themselves.
“We recognize that Upper Arlington is a small community,” shares Tracy Harbold, Executive Director of the Upper Arlington Community Foundation, “but we also recognize that small communities can make a big impact. We feel the six-word initiative will open up the hearts and minds of UA residents, and we’re eager to see the output.” Both the Upper Arlington Community Foundation and the City of Upper Arlington are sponsoring the Leadership Upper Arlington Six-Word project.
Individuals of any age can participate by creating and posting their six-word personal love story about Upper Arlington at the following locations through March 12:
- Alfred’s Barber Shop
- Colin’s Coffee
- Crimson Cup
- Graeter’s Ice Cream
- Huffman’s Market
- Edward Jones – Joseph Lotozo’s Office
- Municipal Services Center
- The Old Bag of Nails Pub – Tremont Center
- Upper Arlington High School
- Upper Arlington Public Library, Main Branch – Tremont Road
- Upper Arlington Senior Center
- Whole Foods Market
The 2017 Leadership Upper Arlington class looks forward to reporting out on the stories after the month-long project. Participants are encouraged to share their stories beyond the local business walls and share on social media, including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter #ILoveUA.
Leadership UA – where leaders grow!
Leadership UA educates, engages and inspires current and emerging leaders to take an active, effective role in our community. Established in 1988, Leadership UA provides programs that strengthen leadership skills, broaden understanding of local issues, and connect participants with others in the community.
Leadership UA offers two courses: an Adult Program and a Youth Program. Each course provides community information and leadership skill development.
Leadership UA also recognizes individuals for their outstanding community service through our two annual service awards: our Exceptional Leader Award and our Distinguished Alumni Leader.
Leadership UA sponsors events designed to encourage open community dialogue and community participation such as Meet the Candidates Night, Community Night, Leadership Panel, and Conversation Arlington.
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