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Springfield Township's Mural Design And Surprise Announcement Revealed

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. Brentwood Bowl owner, Carol Provisor was also commended by Trustee Berning for being a gracious host and forward-thinking business owner. "Not only has she allowed the project to take shape on her front doorstep over the next few months, she understands the impact that reinvestment can have on a community. Carol has taken ownership of AJ’s restaurant, which is now open for business in the evenings, and has agreed to additional exterior improvements such as painting the perimeter of the bowling center", Berning said.

ArtsConnect, Springfield Township's non-profit arts organization, has managed the project since the grant awards were received. Executive Director Kimberlee Flamm explained, "ArtsConnect entered into this project with a specific artist and theme in mind. We wanted to introduce the community to a successful, professional artist who lives in Springfield Township and we wanted a design that would capture the essence of the arts and nature – which is signature of Springfield Township." ArtsConnect selected Joe Castrucci as the artist, who is the founder and owner of Habitat Skateboards. They then formed a mural committee to coordinate the design process with ArtWorks. "Joe not only met our expectations, he exceeded them," said Flamm. 

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." 

ArtWorks, which has transformed Cincinnati with over 147 murals in 51 neighborhoods, has 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. The site is expected to be complete by the September 28th ArtsConnect Cafe event, which will be held on the new plaza. 

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 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."