The Arts Commission Welcomes New Staff Members

Posted Dec 22nd, 2016 by Jordan Buschur  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Community Interest,


Toledo, OH – The Art Commission is pleased to announce a staff expansion with the transition of Lindsay Aken, formerly Community Engagement Specialist, to the new role of Creative Placemaking Facilitator and the appointments of Jordan Buschur as Marketing Coordinator and Tanasio Loudermill as Community Engagement Specialist. These changes signal new growth for the organization. “These additions to our team represent our commitment to elevate the awareness of and access to the arts for all members of our community” said Executive Director Marc Folk.

Lindsay Akens joined The Arts Commission as a LISC/AmeriCorps Member in 2015 and moved into the new position of Creative Placemaking Facilitator in late 2016. In her previous role as Community Engagement Specialist, Akens worked closely with neighborhoods in the central city to provide artistic opportunities for residents, and to increase volunteerism through event planning and creation of new community partnerships. Akens furthers that work in her new position, using art to build bridges between local organizations and communities. She states “a wide range of community needs can be met through creative placemaking, especially when we share resources.”

Akens earned her BFA from Bowling Green State University and MPA from the University of Missouri. She serves as a committee member at the Ohio Theatre, and is actively involved in both the Toledo International Film Festival and the Glass City Film Festival. Akens spends part of her time at Handmade Toledo, where her creative work can be found under the name Artsshark.

Marketing Coordinator Jordan Buschur comes to the Arts Commission with a strong background in arts administration and education. Most recently, she directed the Eisentrager-Howard Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and the Prescott Gallery, a commercial exhibition space in Lincoln. At each gallery, Buschur cultivated and enhanced relationships with both the broader academic community and local residents to increase the visibility of the arts in diverse audiences.

With an M.F.A. in painting from Brooklyn College, the City University of New York, Buschur exhibits her paintings nationally. As a curator, she has organized exhibitions in Lincoln and New York City. Buschur grew up in Northwest Ohio and is excited about returning to the area to contribute to the arts culture in Toledo. “The Arts Commission has a dynamic mission to support the arts in Toledo communities,” she said. “I am thrilled to participate in that initiative”.

Tanasio Loudermill is the new LISC Americorps member for The Arts Commission. As a Community Engagement Specialist, Loudermill will provide support for the Old West End Neighborhood Initiatives (OWENI) by developing creative programming with the goals of beautification, increased safety, and resident engagement in the neighborhood.

A documentary filmmaker, Loudermill obtained a BA in Film and Video from the University of Toledo in 2016. With a strong passion for promoting equality and community building, he hopes this new position will “use his skills as a form of activism to build strong relationships with people and help promote positive social change in the community” he stated.

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