Gallery owner to start petition for ‘public wall’Written by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A public art wall in Toledo will liven up Downtown and bring more people to the area, according to Jerry Gray.
Gray, owner of Bozarts Fine Art and Music Gallery and a Toledo Free Press Star columnist, is circulating petitions of support for a public art wall in Downtown Toledo.
“The wall would develop a sense of community for younger artists and for the city it would be a very valuable, viable and inexpensive draw,” he said.
Gray circulated petitions for a public art wall in 2007 and decided to reestablish the idea.
“Last time I did it, it was mainly set out in a few places, kind of a one-man campaign. This time, there’s a lot more support and individuals that will be involved,” Gray said.
Gray wrote about his idea in a June 16 Star column, “An open wall could open minds.”
He wrote public murals exist in other towns throughout the country and are a tourist destination. Allowing for a legal public art wall, Toledo could lead the Midwest in an accepting contemporary way of life.
The petitions do not list a location for the wall, but are just to illustrate to the “powers that be” that the public is interested, Gray said.
“I’m not trying to violate any laws or pick the spot. It’s not about having control over it. [The petitions] show the folks who have the power that people want it,” he said.
Petitions will be available July 3 at Bozarts after 3 p.m. for circulation. Eventually, petitions may be found at area businesses as well, Gray said.
Gray said he hopes to collect 5,000 signatures by the end of the campaign, in the fall, he said. At the end of fall, Gray will send the petitions to the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, the Ohio Arts Council and the City of Toledo.
Individuals interested in helping, or businesses that would like petitions, can e-mail Gray at email@example.com.
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