A partnership between ArtsConnect and ArtWorks, and grant funding from the Springfield Township Community Investment Corporation (CIC) and Hamilton County Planning + Development will brighten up a section of the Winton Road corridor this summer!

A colorful painting on the exterior of Brentwood Bowl will mark ArtsConnect’s first street mural project in the township. Trustee Gwen McFarlin couldn’t be more pleased. “We are so excited to see a mural come to life in Springfield Township. Not only will this generate excitement through the arts, but it refreshes a prominent gateway and a valued business in the community.”

Longtime business owner, Carol Provisor comments, “We were thrilled that ArtsConnect selected Brentwood Bowl for a mural site. My daughter and son-in-law both work in creative design fields, so we are familiar with what kind of transformation art projects like this make in a community.”

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 will not only include a mural, but will also add a landscaped pedestrian plaza in front of the bowling center at 9176 Winton Road in order to create an outside civic space. This space will be used for future lunchtime food truck concerts, which were introduced last year as ArtsConnect Cafe. The lunchtime events, held the last Friday of the summer months (May - September), will continue this summer on the front plaza of the Springfield Township Civic Center and Fire Station. They will move to their new home outside of Brentwood Bowl once the mural and plaza are complete.

ArtsConnect has selected Springfield Township resident and owner of the successful skateboard company Habitat, Joe Castrucci, as the artist for the mural design. “Joe’s style is mid-century modern: bold, geometric, graphic and clean. ” explains ArtsConnect Executive Director, Kimberlee Flamm. “Joe was selected for this project because if his deep connection to Springfield Township and because his work will reflect well on the diamond textured wall, which will be a considerable challenge of the project.” Joe will be working on concept designs over the next month, and submitting the designs to a committee for a final selection. The artwork will be revealed to the public in the spring.

ArtWorks, the award-winning non-profit organization responsible for the transformation of Cincinnati’s buildings with street murals, will facilitate the Township’s mural program, including the hiring of apprentice artists for painting the mural. Two lead artists and six apprentices will be hired for the Brentwood Bowl project. ArtWorks is currently accepting applications. Students attending Springfield Township schools are highly encouraged to apply for the project.

CALL TO ARTISTS: Apprentices (Ages 14-21)

ArtWorks is hiring passionate, young artists (must be between the ages of 14 – 21) who are eager to create art, make a difference in the city, work in diverse teams and build new skills. Apprentice wages start at $10.10. The majority or our projects start on or around June 4, 2018 and last for 4 – 8 weeks. Please note: In observance of 4th of July, there will be an unpaid, summer break week from July 2nd – 8th during which no project work will take place. A typical project schedule is from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Monday – Friday. Additional year-round after-school employment opportunities are available.

Have Questions? Email or call 513.333.3616. *ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN.

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, 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. Now named AJ’s Bar & Restaurant, customers can enjoy a completely renovated space with a delicious and affordable menu, along with 13 beers on tap - with the most popular craft beers!  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

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