About this project

How do Scioto Countians create a sense of place in a changing environment? How can place-based curriculum support existing placemaking practices?

During summer 2020, an Educator Committee–made up of local teachers and after-school program leaders in Scioto County–drew on the Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio traveling exhibit to create place-based K-12 curriculum that will be able to be used throughout the 2020-2021 school year (and beyond!). The Educator Committee focused especially on developing adaptable lesson plans that engage students’ local environments during the Covid-19 pandemic but can be applied to other pedagogical contexts. One outcome of Placemaking 2.0 is this website, which features lesson plans prepared by the Educator Committee as well as educational resources compiled by the team.

The Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio traveling exhibit explores how residents of Scioto County create a sense of place in a changing environment by engaging everyday cultural practices that respond to and transform their communities. These nine banners showcase innovative action in Scioto County that responds to change. Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio launched in September 2018 and banners were hosted across the county throughout the 2018-2019 year.  Based on input from our Ohio Field School Community Partner Advisory Committee, Placemaking 2.0 was created in order to continue our engagement with the exhibit by donating it to the community and developing locally-designed place-based curriculum designed for Scioto County educators by Scioto County educators.

There are four major components of the Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio traveling exhibit:

  1. Pop-up Banners
  2. Exhibit Field Guide
  3. Website & social media
  4. Public programming

Visit go.osu.edu/sciotoplacemaking to access exhibit components!

Placemaking 2.0 Educator Committee

Amy Barnhart, Portsmouth STEM Academy & Portsmouth Area Arts Council and Children’s Theater
Bridgette Compton, Northwest Middle School and Future Farmers of America Advisor
Sue Eleuterio, Freelance Folklorist & Faculty Member in the Masters in Cultural Sustainability program at Goucher College
Kinsey Hall, Shawnee State University’s Children’s Learning Center
Marcia Harris, Executive Director of Time Out for Me & Psychology and Communication departments at Shawnee State University
Robin Hileman, Portsmouth West Middle School
Cassie Patterson, Center for Folklore Studies at Ohio State University


The exhibit is a collaboration between The Center for Folklore Studies at Ohio State University, Shawnee State University, and community partners throughout Scioto County, including Barbara and Kevin Bradbury (Hurricane Run Farm),  Andrew Carter (World Sound Entertainment, 14th Street Community Center and Watch Me Grow), Dr. Andrew Feight (Professor of History, Shawnee State University), Dr. Janet Feight (Professor of English, Shawnee State University),  Charlie Haskins (Haskins House), Jody and Martin McAllister (Friends of Scioto Brush Creek), Jenny Richards (Shawnee State Park), and Treva Williams and Grace Peach-Storey (OSU Extension-Scioto County).

Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio is an initiative of the Ohio Field School program at the Center for Folklore Studies at Ohio State University. Questions, suggestions, or edits can be sent to patterson.493@osu.edu. For more information about the exhibit and public programming, or to request an exhibit field guide, email Cassie at patterson.493@osu.edu.

Exhibit and banner designs by Molly Kime for OSU Arts & Sciences Marketing and Communications.