Akron Stories
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by Mac Love
3M ago
In 2019, Art x Love was engaged by a community of passionate Akron residents to help advocate for a statue dedicated to the people who made Akron the “Rubber Capital of the World.” We refined their strategic plan, and helped secure funding from the City of Akron to commission and install the statue by famous Zanesville (OH) sculptor, Alan Cottrill. Art x Love created the Akron Stories website, all marketing materials, managed community events, and coordinated commemorative brick sales to fund an oral history project dedicated to preserving the stories of Akron’s rubber workers. To date, we hav ..read more
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@PLAY Akron
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by Mac Love
3M ago
In 2017, Art x Love was awarded a $240,000 Knight Cities grant for @PLAY Akron, an 18-month, 24-neighborhood, interactive art project designed to bring diverse people together and encourage deeper community connections. Our team walked and biked every street in the city, conducted thousands of street intercept interviews with residents and stakeholders, and produced more than 100 murals and 50 placemaking transformations across the city. Explore @PLAY Akron @PLAY Akron has inspired millions of dollars of new investment and systemic change across the City of Akron, and fundamentally changed th ..read more
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Buckeye-Shaker GIS
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by Mac Love
3M ago
Charting a course for systemic change. Art x Love taught students and residents geospatial analysis (ArcGIS) and mapped every sidewalk and intersection in Cleveland’s Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood. We assessed the condition of roadways, sidewalks, structures, greenery, litter, visibility, perception of safety, and pinpointed ideas for improvement. This data has mobilized residents, guided new partnerships, and is informing transformational investments. Steps to Equity was selected as the opening presentation on Equity & Social Justice at the 2022 Esri User Conference in San Diego, CA. Explor ..read more
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Together for Akron
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by Mac Love
4M ago
On January 6, 2024, Shammas Malik was publicly sworn-in as Akron’s 63rd Mayor, and a community celebration followed at House Three Thirty. Art x Love was engaged to create a collaborative mural for the occasion, using Mac Love’s design for Akron Speaks: Community Conversations. Akron leaders and residents were invited to answer the question: What does “Together for Akron” mean to you? This mural is entirely composed of their responses, and was completed by Mac Love as a signature holographic painting. A work-in-progress glimpse of the “Together for Akron” mural ..read more
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Soap Box Anniversary
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by Mac Love
4M ago
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Land of OpportUNITY
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by Mac Love
4M ago
Video and case study currently in development ..read more
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Dragonfly Fountain
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by Mac Love
4M ago
We were engaged by the Akron Zoo to create a mural for the fountain in the Lehner Family Zoo Garden, a beloved local landmark and sanctuary that first opened to the public in 2003. Art x Love inspected the fountain, researched materials, explored several creative directions, and developed a series of mural concepts that were refined and expanded with the executive team’s feedback. We aligned on the concept of the dragonfly for its crucial role in pollination and cross-cultural symbolism. Dragonflies have been around for more than 325 million years, have 360º vision, can fly in any direction, m ..read more
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Kaleidoscope
Art x Love Blog
by Mac Love
4M ago
Kaleidoscope is an art exhibition featuring the creative work, reflections, and stories of more than 90 local artists and individuals whose healing journeys have been transformed through art. The exhibition takes its name from a gathering of butterflies, which is called “a kaleidoscope.” More than 150 people filled the halls for the opening exhibit, which also served as inspiring introduction to Stewart’s Caring Place’s facility and services. Art x Love managed all art submissions, curated and hung the exhibition, and created all marketing collateral and supporting materials for the ..read more
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Norwell Street Park
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by Mac Love
4M ago
In 2022, we produced the Norwell Street Park Activity Booklet to source ideas from the community and enhance participatory design of this new park in Boston (MA). Art x Love was able to produce the booklet in one week, including several rapid rounds of refinement to copy and design, optimizing opportunities for community collaboration and input ..read more
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Libation
Art x Love Blog
by Mac Love
4M ago
In 2022, Mac was commissioned to paint a new mural for R. Shea Brewing’s location in Canal Place. He presented the owner with a range of stylistic options, and then developed the preferred concept as a black-and-white rendering with a range of color options for their preferred budget. Mac worked on the mural during off-business hours to avoid disrupting customers, and completed the mural in 14 days over a span of 10 weeks. The final design is fully hand-painted, and extends from edge-to-edge across the three walls of the entrance, including around pipes and hardware. “This kitchen is ..read more
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