October Accelerator Grantees Announced

Posted Nov 6th, 2017 by Michelle Carlson  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Community Interest


TOLEDO, OH – The Arts Commission is pleased to announce the sixth group of recipients of the Accelerator Grant. This program offers financial support with quick turn-around for local individual artists or artist collectives advancing creative projects and thereby advancing their careers. This grant is available on a monthly application cycle, with deadlines posted on A committee comprised of members of the visual, performing and literary arts communities meets to review
applications and make recommendations for funding to the Arts Commission staff and board. The October grantees are Anne Dearth (N/A Ensemble), Sandra Rivers-Gill (Naomi Inc.), Imani Lateef, and Albert Leland.

N/A Ensemble (Anne Dearth and Jesse Diener-Bennett) is a chamber group dedicated to bringing experimental and avant-garde music from the last half-century to the wider Toledo area. N/A Ensemble’s debut concert, made possible in part by The Arts Commission, will feature works by exciting young composers Leah Asher, Adam Kennaugh and Lester St. Louis, and will highlight new classics by groundbreaking composers Francesco Filidei and John Cage.

Imani Lateef is an award-winning graphic designer, specializing in newspaper/editorial design and logo design. He is the owner of, an e-commerce website specializing in digital comic
books by Black comic book creators and publishers. In 2016, he won second place in the University of Toledo’s Pitch and Pour business pitch competition for his e-commerce business. He has recently sponsored Toledo’s first Black Comic Book Festival in partnership with The Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Imani and his wife Megan Davis are the parents of seven wonderful

Albert Leland was born in California and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts focusing on glass and sculpture. Currently he works at the Toledo Museum of Art in the Glass Pavilion as a studio technician. The funds supplied from the Arts Commission Accelerator Grant will be used to purchase protective eyewear and larger graphite molds for use in making large borosilicate marbles.

Dopeless Hope Fiends is a chapbook of poems compiled by Sandra Rivers-Gill and written by eight women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse, who have successfully completed an abstinence program at Naomi,Inc. During their residency at the non-profit treatment facility the women took part in poetry workshops which offered a creative outlet in which to express their unsung voices. The chapbook is a sharing of disappointment, pain, tears, acceptance and hope through the power of poetry. The Arts Commission’s Accelerator Grant funding will be utilized to cover the costs associated with producing the book.

The Arts Commission Accelerator Grant program is generously sponsored by ProMedica, ECDI, The Kresge Foundation, Surdna Foundation and Fifth Third Bank.

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