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Dayton, Ohio: You Are Here!


Dayton, Ohio: You Are Here!, a program of Involvement Advocacy, is a citizen-driven initiative to spark the imagination about what it means to be here in Dayton, in this moment. The Greeks called this “Kairos Time.”

For too long now, Dayton has been stuck in the past, celebrating the late 19th- and early 20th-century achievements of the Wright Brothers, Patterson and Kettering. Or we are worrying about the future. When the real question we all need to be asking ourselves is, “what am I doing today?”

You Are Here Dayton OH logoThe genesis of Dayton, Ohio: You Are Here! is local artist Terry Welker, who while walking to a meeting one evening last summer, saw in the Old Courthouse not just a piece of Dayton history, but the opportunity to reshape it. As invention is so often the combining to two disparate concepts, so it was in this case, 1) use contemporary architectural lighting to visually transform the building’s appearance, and 2) top it off with the “ubiquitous red arrow” that one finds on informational maps in urban centers and shopping malls, that says “You Are Here.”


And what better place to say Dayton, Ohio: You Are Here! than Courthouse Square, at the very heart of our city.


Dayton, Ohio: You Are Here! emerged on Urban Nights, May 11, 2012 with a small installation at the Dayton Circus Sideshow and the initial handing out of our Dayton, Ohio: You Are Here! stickers. We will be slowly rolling out over the summer, leading to our formal launch September 8 – 9 in partnership with the Downtown Dayton Revival Festival and September 14 on Urban Nights, with the realized transformation of the Old Courthouse.

Two Components

As one can see from the two images, Dayton, Ohio: You Are Here! has two components, one that is literal and defined by the logo mark, the other expressive/interpretive, and not defined.

In the case of the former, we envision an incredible social marketing opportunity to engage the entire community across all sectors: economic, retail, arts & entertainment, travel & tourism and regional promotion. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a Dayton, Ohio: You Are Here! pop-up store where we sold locally produced products, music, arts, etc… One can only begin to imagine the possibilities!

And in the case of the latter, because Dayton, Ohio: You Are Here! is an open-source initiative, we want to engage everyone who was something to say about what it means to be here, physically and metaphysically.

Two Ways to Get Involved

We Need Your Time and Ideas

We currently have two Action Groups:

1) The expressive/artistic piece—do you want to offer your interpretation of Dayton, Ohio: You Are Here! through your creative discipline or help with the Urban Nights installation?

2) The literal/marketing piece—how does the larger concept manifest itself?

Please fill out the form below and let us know how you want to be involved and how we can contact you.

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We Need Your Money

Donations are also appreciated. Involvement Advocacy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. Make a secure online donation or mail a check to:

P.O. Box 10506
Dayton, Ohio 45402

NOTE: Please be sure to specify “You Are Here” in your check memo or in the “Designate My Donation” box, if donating online.


In the News

Shayna McConville’s original article from the Dayton City Paper can be found on her blog:


Office: Involvement Advocacy, Courthouse Crossing, 33 North Main Street, Dayton, OH 45402

Mail: Involvement Advocacy, P.O. Box 10506, Dayton, OH 45402-7506
Phone: (937) 732-5123

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