In April of 2010 a vibrant and colorful new landmark was completed in the City of Toledo. This new work of public art, known as the Old South End Mural, is located at the I-75 underpass on Broadway. The underpass serves as a “gateway” from Downtown Toledo into the Old South End, a historic Latino neighborhood. The mural has transformed this dark and industrial underpass space into a bright symbol of the City’s rich cultural background and community spirit.
Visiting artist Mario Torero was brought to Toledo by Bowling Green State University to help organize and complete this project. Mario has worked as a mural artist for over 30 years and has received international recognition for his extensive mural work at Chicano Park in San Diego. He worked closely with the community to create a design that is unique and culturally significant to our area. He also shared his expertise by directing numerous artists and community members who volunteered their time to help paint the mural.
The mural project was spearheaded by Bowling Green State University with support from The Arts Commission, the Sophia Quintero Art and Community Center, El Tiempo and many other organizations, businesses and individuals in the area. It is a shining example of the important part public art plays in our city. Public engagement and community partnership projects like this encourage our citizens to feel a sense of pride and ownership in their surroundings. They also improve the quality of life by positively impacting the city’s aesthetic and cultural identity.
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