Current Projects

Momentum Link

Toledoans were invited to take part in a collaborative art installation as part of Momentum and the Art Loop in partnership with Creative Placemaking. Local artist Caroline Jardine designed an “art-by-number” piece broken into 6x6 inch squares that were completed by 200 individuals. Once the pieces were returned they were reassembled and put on public display. Participants were given acrylic paints or oil pastels, but additional materials such as feathers, pompoms, glass, candy wrappers, sequins, and other ephemera were used to complete the piece.

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Art Kits for the Community

Our community partners helped our team distribute nearly 200 Art Kits to residents free of charge. These kits included a variety of art supplies and a “Let’s Create” booklet of prompts and instructions put together by local artists.

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Flora & Fauna Mural

Overlooking the neighborhood park UpTown Green, this mural will highlight the importance of the Maumee River watershed by showcasing some of northwest Ohio’s native flora and fauna. Designed and implemented by Graphite Design + Build, this softening of the landscape will act as a catalyst to promote safe routes for pedestrians and address blight. The installation will provide opportunities to engage community members, both during its execution and in a celebration at its completion.

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2019 + 2020

Vistula Neighborhood Mural Board Up

Generous support from First Federal Bank made it possible to address a blighted and vacant property in the Historic Vistula Neighborhood. Volunteers painted and installed a mural board up over the course of a week lead by local artist Caroline Jardine.

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Mari Evans Mural

Youth and elders in the Junction neighborhood collaborated to enhance and restore the history of the neighborhood by honoring Mari Evans, a Junction native and legendary Black Arts poet and activist. Local artist Harry Terrell compiled resident input into a mural that was installed at Powell's Beauty Supply at 907 Nebraska. Mari Evans passed away at 95 years old in 2017 her works and passion will resonate in the community.

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Food Truck Fest

A survey of UpTown residents revealed that there was a lack of outdoor activities for families, and in response the Placemaking team worked with local artists and business owners to create a series of events taking place in UpTown Green. The Food Truck Fest highlighted local business owners and provided a family friendly atmosphere in the heart of the neighborhood.

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Jon Hendricks Mural: Frederick Douglass Center

Created in a partnership between The Junction Coalition, Frederick Douglass Community Center, and The Arts Commission, this mural honors the legacy of Toledo native and jazz legend Jon Hendricks. Completed by artists Dommo Lloyd, Victoria Steger, Jason Vahle, and David Ross (who also coordinated the mural effort), Hendricks’ likeness can be seen through the front entrance windows of the Frederick Douglass Center, looking out over the Junction neighborhood. The mural’s completion culminated in a community celebration featuring performances by the University of Toledo Vocalstra and some of Toledo’s leading jazz musicians.


How to Board Up A House (II)

As part of a series of placemaking efforts to beautify the neighborhood, promote safety, and encourage resident engagement, the placemaking team worked with members of the resident group Old West End Neighborhood Initiatives (OWENI) to select a blighted property that would be transformed into a mural. Designed by Natalie Lanese, the pieces were painted with the assistance of youth volunteers at the Kent Branch library as well as OWENI members. After the piece completed its first life-cycle on a house on Detroit Avenue, it was deinstalled, touched up, and reinstalled on a second home just down the street. This vibrant graphic treatment secured the vacant homes while they awaited demolition and provided paid opportunities for area youth.



Throughout 2017, The Arts Commission led a temporary artistic board up of the historic Art Tatum home at 1121 City Park Ave in Toledo’s Junction neighborhood. With support from Lucille Johnson, Tatum’s niece and the property owner at the time, the creative board-up project served to secure the home and inspire conversations about future use.

Mural artist Maura Amato and Assistant Artist Victoria Stegner worked on the project with Student Leaders in Action at Jones Leadership Academy, Toledo Public Schools. Students responded to the history of Tatum and the neighborhood to create a colorful and complex design. Residents participated in the design process and painting of the boards through partnerships with the Junction Coalition and the Frederick Douglass Community Center. The project was installed and completed with assistance from The Tabernacle Church, who has since assumed ownership of the property.