LISC AmeriCorps Member – Lindsay Akens

Apr 04, 16 LISC AmeriCorps Member – Lindsay Akens


Meet LISC AmeriCorps Member Lindsay Akens!



Photo by Deborah Orloff


Lindsay is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she studied Fine Arts, and of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received a Master of Public Affairs. Lindsay serves as an AmeriCorps Member with The Arts Commission and is facilitating resident engagement for the Old West End Neighborhood Initiatives (OWENI).

Lindsay calls the urban goat farm in the Old West End home, which allows her to combine her love of animals and passion for community development. As an AmeriCorps Member she is creating unique strategies to further involve residents. One stroke of genius she brought to fruition was converting the OWENI newsletter to hand delivery, drawing in youth and fostering neighborhood conversations in the process. Lindsay says she strives “to be a change agent in Toledo’s Old West End by interacting with my neighbors to promote positive change through artistic endeavors and volunteerism.”

Photo by Terri Provan

Photo by Terri Provan

Through her efforts, OWENI will partner with the CITE program, engaging youth and residents in the beautification of a water retention garden. Lindsay is excited about her recruitment of a University of Toledo class to photograph community development projects and is looking forward to seeing their finished work.

Lindsay’s AmeriCorps position is supported by the Toledo Community Foundation and she serves at the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo as part of their creative placemaking efforts. The Arts Commission is working in a number of neighborhoods engaging residents in creative solutions to strengthen and develop communities.

Jennifer Jarrett, Deputy Director of The Arts Commission said of Lindsay, her “wide range of skills and interests have made her an instant part of our creative placemaking team. She is willing to jump in wherever she sees a need and encourages when needed as well. She listens first to the residents in the OWENI neighborhood, offering many different options and

Photo by Breana Cousino

Photo by Breana Cousino

always seeking consensus for projects. It continues to be a pleasure to work with Lindsay, and we look forward to watching projects in the OWENI neighborhood develop into the summer.”

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