Accelerator Grant Program

The Arts Commission values the many artists across disciplines who contribute vibrancy to Toledo. The Accelerator Grant is a competitive program offering financial support with quick turn-around for artists to advance their creative projects, thereby advancing their careers. Eligible categories of support for the pilot year of this program include: equipment, supplies, professional development and project support. Grant amounts are not to exceed $1500.

Recipients of the 2017 Accelerator Grant

MAY 2017

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Alan Iwamura to create a series of works exploring identity inspired by feudal Japanese prints, Jonie McIntire (Uncloistered Poetry) to fund travels for more literary artists to come to the area and offer payment to our area artists, Ian Welch (Pegboard Press) to give Toledo area artists the opportunity to develop an image, gain training and knowledge of various printmaking mediums, and then print and edition at no cost to the artist to be sold either through physical or online means, Violent Bloom (Kate Kokonecki, Kelly Thompson and Jon Zenz) to assist in the pressing of their debut self-titled album to vinyl, James (Jay) C. Dickerson to create, print, and frame a collection of short stories and images using 35mm film.

JUNE 2017

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Corry Fitchpatric to produce inspiring comic tales for a new generation, Amber LeFever to write and illustrate a children's book for early readers, Joanna Manousis to cover the shipping costs incurred to transport her work to the 2017 British Glass Biennale, held at The Ruskin Glass Center, England, Rachel McCartney to fund her project “Long Live the Roulet Dies”, an ongoing rescue, restoration, research and reimagining project involving a 60-ton stamping press, Jaci Riley to further explore processes in jewelry-making with hand-formed metal and metal etching, Adam L. Sanzenbacher to create a new body of work for a solo exhibition at River House Arts, Lindsay Scypta to fund her growing career in ceramics by fabrication of laser cut tools, stamps, and molds that she continues to challenge and apply to her work

JULY 2017

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David Cuatlacuatl to further his exploration of various media and materials, to create work that constructs narratives that exist between a line of fact and fiction, Loraine Lynn to fund her interest of working with methods and materials that are fluid, such as glass, fiber, video, and installation, Adrianne Lee to purchase a Wacom Intuos Pro digital drawing tablet to facilitate and quicken her creative process, Boonie Patch Co. to cover building costs for a new bigger office space on Jackson Street, Lisa Soltis to fund her works in 2-d disciplines: illustration, silk-screening, painting, and pattern making.


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Timothy Stover to purchase colored glass billets to incorporate into his work, Brien Strancar to outfit his cutting lathe with wheels for carving and polishing glass, Lauren Eastman Fowler will use Accelerator funds towards the purchase of a kiln, Bianca Garza to purchase a light kit to assist in color proofing photographic prints for future exhibitions


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Malcolm Cunningham will use funding for the productions costs of several projects: a photo essay along TARTA Route 22, Polaroids of Bancroft St. residents, and a podcast featuring interviews, soundscapes and oral histories from current and historic residents of Bancroft St., Ken Dushane will use funding to create a clothing brand that encompasses his style and aesthetic. The brand, "Creeps and Queens", will include a full line of men’s and women's apparel, Noel Welch to purchase industrial float glass as well as various glass color bar to pull into murrini.


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Anne Dearth to host a concert featuring works by exciting young composers Leah Asher, Adam Kennaugh and Lester St. Louis, and will highlight new classics by groundbreaking composers Francesco Filidei and John Cage, Albert Leland to purchase protective eyewear and larger graphite molds for use in making large borosilicate marbles, Sandra Rivers-Gill to cover the costs associated with producing Dopeless Hope Fiends a chapbook of poems written by eight women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse, Imani Lateef to further fund his creative pursuits including website specializing in digital comic books by Black comic book creators and publishers


From left to right:

Gail Christofferson for the purchase of substrates/adhesives for mosaic materials research, Ben Cohen for the purchase of a 16 Channel I/O digital/analog interface, Emily Rippe Desmond, for contributor stipends and assistants for self-published zine, Yusuf Lateef, for artwork framing, Mike Stevens, for lighting parts, glass color and blow slot fees


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Julie Draeger to purchase easels, making classes possible in her downtown Toledo studio, Elsa Furia to fund canvas reproductions and framing of original acrylic paintings made for show and sale, James Serda to improve and renovate his dance studio to accommodate more participants and allow dancers to grow in their technique and precision

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