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Lindsay Akens

Creative Placemaking Manager

About Lindsay Akens

Lindsay Akens joined The Arts Commission in 2015 and serves Toledo’s neighborhoods through Creative Placemaking strategies and is passionate about collaborative and empowering programming. Before joining The Arts Commission Lindsay lived in Columbia, Missouri where she worked at organizations such as the Craft Studio and the CARE Gallery and sought to make the arts accessible to everyone. After moving to Toledo, Lindsay became involved with various organizations such as Toledo Soup, Spoken Toledo, and The Ohio Theatre. She co-organized the Glass City Film Festival and is a member of the Toledo International Film Festival planning committee. She earned her BFA from Bowling Green State University in darkroom photography and her MPA from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is a proud member of the Bubble Sharks, creates under the name ARTSSHARK, and is an avid composter. Ask her about crafts.