June 2 – July 9, 2017
Public Reception, Friday, June 2, 5-7pm

In the ongoing changing views of the city this exhibition offers a comprehensive look at YSU’s NEA funded Our Town Grant, INPLACE, an Innovative Plan for Leveraging Arts through Community Engagement.

On view in the galleries are videos and presentation boards for all fifteen proposed projects. Featured are the five final projects selected for implementation including interviews with team members and documentation of their progress toward completion.

Authored and managed by a core support group made up of Urban Planners, Art Professionals, Architects, Designers and Public Art Consultants, INPLACE came together over the course of three years through a unique blend of community stakeholders and new leadership. It focuses current planning initiatives and resources in targeted locations compounding the effect of well-coordinated action. It is directed toward community driven
public art projects that combine storytelling with placemaking. Placemaking is a dynamic approach to the planning, design and utilization of public spaces–capitalizing on a community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating authentic public spaces that promote health, happiness, and well being. This exhibiton celebrates the successful placemaking efforts of our community and invites the public to imagine pathways to furthering opportunities like INPLACE.

Following five placemaking project themes, the five projects funded by the NEA Our Town Grant are well underway. Come to the show and find out more about the projects, the teams that created them, and their processes and challenges toward implementation. All locations are in Youngstown, Ohio.

Project: Shipping Container to Bus Shelter Location: 120 Market Street
Theme: Parking/Mobility Team: Tony Armeni, Ed Macabobby, Daniel Newman

Project: Light the Community Location: 9 West Front Street Theme: Lighting
Team: Angelo LaMarca and 7th Grade Lewis School, Rick Blair, Kaydin Brown, Vito Colella, Grace Cummings,Pendleton Evans, Gabby Johnson, Pat Kelly, AJ Morris, Katie Murray, Elion Oliver, Ian Scheetz

Project: Mahoning Avenue Archway Location: 604 Mahoning Avenue Theme: Lighting
Team: David Tamulonis, Eric Carlson, Ian Beniston

Project: Solar Screen Location: 107 Vindicator Square Theme: Technology
Team: Brian Peters, Daphne Peters, Missy McCormick

Project: The Wedge at Hazel Hill Location: 151 W. Wood Street Theme: Green Infrastructure Team: Annissa Neider, Courtney Boyle, Joshua Boyle, Sarah DelliQuadri, Gabriella Gessler, Tyler Miller Gordon, Andrew Boyle, Katy Collins, Michael Pontikos, Stephanie Weigel, Austin J. Hilt, Leigh A. Greene, Julius Oliver, Brendan Boyle

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

Our Town grants fund arts engagement, cultural planning and design projects. Their programs support creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.

This project would not have been possible without funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition,the INPLACE support group and the McDonough Museum of Art wish to recognize all of the financial and in-kind partners listed.

FUNDERS: The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Youngstown Live, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, The Youngstown Foundation, The College of Creative Arts and Communication and the McDonough Museum of Art.

PARTNERS: The City of You, YSU’s Regional Economic Development Initiative, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Kent State University and WYSU 88.5.