Brentwood Bowl Mural
A partnership between ArtsConnect and ArtWorks, and grant funding from the Springfield Township Community Investment Corporation (CIC) and Hamilton County Planning + Development has brightened up a section of the Winton Road corridor. Over the summer of 2018, a colorful painting on the exterior of Brentwood Bowl was installed, marking ArtsConnect and ArtWork's first street mural project in the township.
Hamilton County Planning + Development awarded funding for five projects through its new Community and Economic Development Assistance Program. Springfield Township's "place making project" was one of the five selected for funding. The Brentwood Bowl project included the mural and landscaped pedestrian plaza in order to create an outside civic space. This space can be used for small community gatherings and programming.
ArtWorks, which has transformed Cincinnati with over 150 murals in 51 neighborhoods, employed a team of 8 local youth apprentices working under the guidance of local teaching artists, Thaddeus Williams and Ian Hermanns for the project. JPK Landscaping will follow with construction of the pedestrian plaza, landscaping and lighting in August.
More About the Artist:
Joe Castrucci is the owner and creative force behind Habitat Skateboards. Joe emerged into the skateboard world first by making amateur skate videos. He studied commercial art in high school, and shortly afterward, started working at the famed Alien Workshop skateboarding company in Dayton, Ohio, overseeing their video productions and refining his design skills. In 2000, Joe launched Habitat as an off-shoot of Alien Workshop and developed it into one of the leading skateboard companies in the United States. Joe's artwork on Habitat skateboards, apparel and accessories is seen in thousands of retail stores globally.
More About Habitat Skateboards:
Habitat Skateboards was founded in 2000 and introduced through the Alien Workshop video “Photosynthesis". Habitat produces skateboards, apparel and accessories. The brand is known for iconic art direction, creative product design and collaborations with artists and brands such as Charley Harper, Pink Floyd, the award-winning SHOWTIME television series - Twin Peaks, Animal Collective, Future Islands, Patagonia, Playmobile, Nike and Adidas. The Habitat team riders are both innovators and mainstays of modern street skating.
More About Brentwood Bowl:
The 48 lane bowling center has become an icon in Springfield Township, first opening its doors in 1960. Brentwood Bowl has been owned and managed by the Provisor family since 1984. Carol Provisor, President & Owner has continued to upgrade the facility over the years as part of her strategy to sustain the facility as the “go to” competitive bowling location within the city as well as to create a friendly entertainment option for friends and family. Most recently, the facility was equipped with 48 new synthetic lanes from Brunswick, 248 LED light fixtures, and new carpeting. As part of the ongoing efforts to enhance the customer experience, last spring Carol took over the full-service restaurant connected to Brentwood Bowl and re-named it AJ’s Bar & Restaurant. Carol made significant upgrades and renovations to the restaurant and kept the prices on the menu quite affordable. AJ's is open evenings, 4-10 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 4-Midnight on Fridays and 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. on Sundays.
More About ArtWorks:
ArtWorks is an award-winning non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through three strategic programming areas: Public Art, including an extensive mural program; an art therapy division, ArtRx; and an entrepreneurial arm, Creative Enterprise. ArtWorks is the largest visual arts employer in the region. To date, ArtWorks has hired over 3,300 area youth, 2,700 professional local artists, and trained nearly 600 creative entrepreneurs.
More About ArtsConnect:
Sharing a philosophy that where arts flourish, communities prosper and lives are enriched, the Springfield Township Board of Trustees passed a resolution, authorizing the creation of a 501(c)3 Arts and Enrichment Council. By establishing the Arts and Enrichment Council, the community benefits with better access to the arts, expanded public events, a renewed public image, a more connected community, and increased economic interest for development in the township. The organization, now operating under the name ArtsConnect™, is a sustaining resource for arts and enrichment opportunities. ArtsConnect™ hosts 25-30 events a year. In addition to events, ArtsConnect™ facilitates art classes, summer camps and community volunteer projects. More information on ArtsConnect can be found at www.TheArtsConnect.us
Mural Revealed Friday June 22, 2018
At the mural kick-off celebration held Friday, June 22nd, artist Joe Castrucci unveiled his design for the Brentwood Bowl mural titled "Creatress". He also shared an exciting announcement with the community. Trustee Mark Berning stated, "This signature project will become a landmark for Springfield Township and the Winton Road corridor."
Over 200 people attended the celebration marking the beginning of the mural project. Opening comments provided by the township, ArtsConnect and ArtWorks thanked the individuals and groups making the project possible; specifically, Hamilton County Planning + Development and the Springfield Township Community Improvement Corporation, which secured the funding of the mural, as well as for the pedestrian plaza.
Joe Castrucci shared his vision behind the mural. "Springfield Township is surrounded by nature with Winton Woods Park at its anchor. I wanted to create a symbol of mother nature that embraces the Township's new focus on the arts. People may not notice it immediately, but Creatress has a dancer's pose. The style of the artwork is Mid-Century Modern which is a tribute to the many homes in Springfield Township built in this style back in the 1960's."
Among the opening comments at the event, Joe made the exciting announcement that the mural design will also become a skateboard, soon to be available at several skateboard retailers around the United States. Joe showed a prototype of the board and announced, "A portion of the proceeds to sales of the Creatress skateboard will come back to the community to benefit the ArtsConnect Scholarship Fund." Scholarships are available to any child for half-price art classes and camps through ArtsConnect while funds allow. Habitat is now accepting pre-orders for the skateboard at https://habitatskateboards.com. Orders placed now will be delivered August 1st.
The celebration was topped off with professional skateboard demonstrations by Stefan Janoski, Marius Syvanen, Josh Matthews and Zac Coyne. Domino's provided free slices of pizza, Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers gave away free frozen custard, kids participated in a large paint-by-number mural and pulled their own silk screen commemorative poster of the mural. "Events like this bring the community together. It's another part of the fabric that we call Springfield Township."
For more information, call ArtsConnect at 522-2108 or visit www.theartsconnect.us