Community Initiatives Director
Ryan A. Bunch is the Community Initiatives Director at The Arts Commission. Ryan manages the Creative Placemaking Program, focuses on community programs, performing and literary arts, and strategic implementation and partnerships. He has proudly served and presented on panels for the American for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Community Development Association, and Cleveland’s Community Partnership for Arts and Culture’s Creative Workforce Fellowship. With more than fifteen years experience coordinating and organizing community events in the area, Ryan serves on the City of Toledo’s Human Relations Commission, Community and Neighborhoods Committee, the Toledo Design Collective, and has served as the Vice President of the UpTown Association CDC, co-founder of Toledo SOUP microgrant program, co-founder of Spoken Toledo storytelling program, trustee at Toledo's Frederick Douglass Community Association, committee member at the Ohio Theatre, trustee at the Village on Adams, founder of the Adams Street Zombie Crawl, and volunteer organizer, event planner, and MC for a number of other programs and events. Ryan has worked to elevate and promote local arts and artists as the former Arts & Entertainment Editor at Toledo City Paper and Music Editor at Toledo.com and was a 2016 recipient of Toledo's '20 Under 40' Leadership Award. Ryan studied nonprofit administration through The Washington Center program in Washington D.C. and creative writing and humanities at the University of Toledo. He is a poet, writer, and spoken word performance artist whose works have been published both in print and online nationally and internationally, and has been featured at numerous regional arts events. In his free time, he is (very) slowly restoring a 1964 Chrysler Imperial named Pricilla.