Partnership ACTs to leave a mark on the city, worldWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
Rachel Richardson hates when people speak badly about Toledo.
By founding Art Corner Toledo, she aims to revitalize Uptown and Downtown Toledo, and believes “a piece of art can be a cornerstone [for that.]”
All she sees in Toledo is beautiful people and opportunities, she said.
“We cannot help but want to change the world,” Richardson said.
Since it was formed in March 2010, ACT’s main goal is to create partnerships between artists and activists to promote Toledo. The organization creates visual depictions of the activism happening in the city.
This weekend, at the Manos’ Garden on Jackson Street, ACT’s first collaborative project will be unveiled. The project partnered artist Har Simrit Singh and Toledo GROWs, a community gardening outreach program.
Singh, known for his graffiti-style art, and Richardson met last spring at an art show. Richardson admired his many pictures of trees.
Richardson, with Toledo GROWs, then contacted Manos Garden, who “didn’t hesitate for half a second” in letting Singh paint on a wall at the garden.
He began painting last summer, and the unveiling was saved until now for weather reasons. This Saturday, guests are encouraged to see what the partnership came up with.
The event will be at Manos Garden and guests are encouraged to help work in the garden while there. There will be entertainment provided as well, Richardson said.
“People should come with a yearning to get their hands dirty,” Richardson said.
Other events are also planned, including a partnership between artist Anthony McCarty and Independent Advocates, a social change organization.
Richardson would not share what the mural looked like, because she wants people to attend the event to see it.
The unveiling will be April 30 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.