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Jon Hendricks Mural Unveiling + Performance

Frederick Douglass Community Center

The Creative Placemaking Team celebrated Toledo native and international jazz music legend, Jon Hendricks at the Doug on November 6th with a mural unveiling and live jazz performance. Known for inventing the 'vocalese' singing style during the bebop era, and dubbed the "Poet Laureate of Jazz," Hendricks has gone on to be a heralded name and voice the world over. The new mural by artists Dominick Lloyd, Victoria Stegner, Jason Vahle, and David Ross commemorates Hendricks' influence in Toledo as well the Junction neighborhood's legacy in jazz and the home of African American culture in Toledo. The evening celebration included performances by the University of Toledo Vocalstra, poetry readings by Huntor Prey and LJ Hamilton, and additional contributions by community members.

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Creative Placemaking

Inspiring a Positive Sense of Place

The Arts Commission is the leading organization in Toledo driving creative placemaking efforts. Creative placemaking is defined by the National Endowment for the Arts as follows: "Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire and be inspired." Through this work The Arts Commission is engaging artists and organizations in six of Toledo's original neighborhoods to lead creative efforts that speak to building neighborhood community, culture, and revitalization.

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Ohio Theatre & Events Center

How can the revitalization of one of Toledo's last remaining historic neighborhood theatre's impact one of it's most iconic neighborhoods? That is the challenge that United North's Ohio Theatre has taken in Toledo's historic Polish Village. With a suite of diverse programming, including live concerts, local storytelling, and engaging films, the Ohio Theatre is becoming a destination for arts and culture in North Toledo.

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Strategic Plan for Arts & Culture

In 2015, a Strategic Alliance Partnership grant established a commitment between The City of Toledo and The Arts Commission to create a Strategic Plan for Arts and Culture (TSPAC) that will support cultural vibrancy, economic revitalization, to connect and grow the rich network of creative life that exists in Toledo. The planning process included more than one year of public engagement in 8 neighborhoods surrounding downtown Toledo: Cherry Street Area, Dorr Street Area, East Toledo, Olde North End, Old South End, Old West End, UpTown, and Warehouse District. The plan identifies 10 key objectives using the collective voices of residents, artists, and neighborhood leaders that will be adopted into the City of Toledo 20/20 Plan.

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