ABOUT


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Rake's End is a meeting place for the DIY-minded, artists, any variety of strange creatures perhaps misunderstood or ignored by Cincinnati's more commercially-driven venues.

The Rake's End is located in the historic Mohawk-Brighton district of Cincinnati, now known as Cincinnati's West End neighborhood. Brighton is home to several art galleries including Semantics, Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum, Synthetica, Third Party, as well as the Mockbee, the state of Ohio's oldest hardware store Hartke Hardware, the historic Sterling Ice Cream factory building (now home to a moped shop and artist studios) and The Brush Factory custom clothing and furniture design studio.

Brighton is home to the Ohio region's first bicycling club, the Brighton Cycling Club, which was established in 1878. Brighton is the reason Cincinnati is known as "Porkopolis" - the city's pork slaughtering and meat packing industry was historically located here. Cincinnati legend Bootsy Collins grew up in Brighton on Baymiller Street. Brighton is home to the historic Bellevue Brewery, once the 4th largest brewery in the United States, now called the Mockbee. Brighton is known for having the nation's first large scale implementation of Community Organizing; the Mohawk-Brighton Social Unit Experiment took place here from 1917-1920. Brighton is the place where many of Cincinnati's long gone streetcars used to converge, where the Brighton Approach meets Central Avenue, and this district was once known as "Brighton Corner", one of the most thriving commercial areas in the city of Cincinnati. Steeped in history, today Brighton is a dense, close knit community of artists, musicians, designers, builders and activists who embrace the DIY ethic, pursue their creative interests, and together weave the fabric of a community.


Brighton is the halfway point between Northside / Camp Washington (via Spring Grove Avenue) and OTR / downtown (via Central Parkway)

TODT art collective (http://todt.us/) - Much of the Rake's decorations are dismantled components of past installation exhibits, shown around the world over the years!




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