Neighborhood Watch: v.1 Old West End, Toledo, Ohio

Earlier this year, I contacted Chelsea Cossu about doing Neighborhood Watch in Toledo. Shortly after, she gave me the go ahead and we are just over 24 hours away from Toledo’s first Neighborhood Watch in the Historic Old West End (OWE). There was no question in my mind where Neighborhood Watch was going to be held. I love the character of the Old West End, the neighborhood, and the energy. We have had a great amount of support from the residents of the OWE and I am very humbled by their kindness and generosity.

Residents and followers can expect to see a wide range of work based on the theme public and private space. I know a lot of people are going to be questioning, “what did I just see and why is this art?” and that’s what this event encourages: casual dialogue and engaging the community in public art.

A special thank you to the residents who volunteered their homes for this project and to the artists for your participation.

Participating Artists:

  • Michael Todd Arrigo
  • Alex Dartt
  • Heather Elliot-Famularo
  • Robb Fladry
  • Michael Fox
  • Timothy Gaewsky
  • Tina Gionis
  • Allen Leper Hampton
  • Charles Kanwischer
  • C.R. Kasprzyk
  • Vince Kral
  • Lou Krueger
  • Justin Martin
  • Maura Meyers
  • Ellen Mueller
  • Michael Noss
  • Crystal Gale Phelps
  • Cory Scheerer
  • Kyle Tate
  • BGSU Mural Project






















Welcoming Kimberly Adams

Kimberly Adams will be hosting NHW Project in 2012 from Toledo, OHIO in the Old West End during the festival. I met Kim in Tampa, Florida at USF when we shared a studio building. She has recently relocated to Toledo, and currently teaches at Bowling Green State University and Eastern Michigan University.

Everyone, give her a hand!

We’re missing some posts from the Previous NHW

While I find some documentation that we could post to document the projects and artists who made this happen in their own communities… I have a really exciting announcement to distract you with!

TOLEDO, OHIO will host a Neighborhood Watch: Projection Walk this summer.
Artist Kimberly Adams will be manning the blog, and I know she’s going to do something very interesting over there.

Call For Neighborhood Watch: a projection walk 2010

This is a call for participating cities to join in and Host an international “Neighborhood Watch: a projection walk”. Please feel free to pass this information on to those who might be interested. We would like to open this up to as many different countries as possible, to continue to have a global perspective of art!

AUGUST 21st, 2010

Confirmed cities:

Chicago, ILLINOIS, USA –  Chelsea Goodwin  seagood (at) gmail (dot) com
El Paso TEXAS, USA – Andres Payan andres (dot) payan (at) live (dot) com
Thimphu, BHUTAN – Xochitl Rodriguez xochrodri (at) gmail (dot) com
Seattle WASHINGTON, USA – Elsa Perez
Austin TEXAS, USA – Kaletia Roberts   kaletia (dot) roberts (at) gmail (dot) com
San Antonio TEXAS, USA – Adriana Corral
Tampa, FLORIDA, USA – Kaletia Roberts kaletia (dot) roberts (at) gmail (dot) com
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA – Fregmonto Stokes
Oslo, NORWAY – Rebecca Shirin Jaffari
COLORADO, USA – Jaime Carrejo jcarrejo (at) gmail (dot) com

Feel free to contact me for any questions or more information!

Version Fest NFO XPO Chicago,IL

We had a booth at Version fest, and we were taking names. After two successful years of NHW in Tampa, and with the artists and participants dispersing around the world, it seemed like a good idea to round up support in Chicago. There were several interested parties, and so many other great projects to see.

Here’s our name in print!

Interview with Chelsea and Jaime

(These are stills from the introduction video we made for Version Fest 2008. The Video will be posted soon!)

How does one start a Neighborhood Watch: Projection Walk?
1. Press Release 2. Artists 3. Neighbors 4. Ideas/Technology 5. Enjoy!
How does it work?
This project involves a lot of negotiation. Space, Work, Neighbors, and really everyone has a vital role. If you want to start one, it takes more than just a coordinator, and is so much better when everyone can play a small part.
Who is part of Neighborhood Watch: Projection Walk?
I would like to use this hub to connect to all of the people who dedicate their time and energy to their own version of this project. Here is a great space to share your vision of what NHWproject could become. It doesn’t happen without you!

Take 2


The Card Reads:
Neighborhood Watch: Projection Walk
take two: April 12, 2008

The press release was was considerably more polished, and this time we tried collaboration!  Jaime had moved to El Paso, Texas and we hoped that trading work with a sense of place could connect the two neighborhoods we were living in.

Neighbhorhood Watch Project
Seminole Heights, Tampa, FL
Saturday, April 12th, 2008 (rainday April 13th)
Meet where posters in the neighborhood direct,
at Dusk (6:30 pm) for this ephemeral art project.

Neighborhood Watch: Projection Walk is an interventionist style art project that combines a noctournal walk through residential neighborhoods with illuminated installations, performances, and video projections.  Art is integrated within the neighborhood, on houses, garages, windows and fences where neighbors and visitors are invited to watch.  The project as a whole is an effort to promote discussion about the sense of place, public and private space, as well as home within the context of the neighborhood.

To begin the project, artists propose videos, installations, and site specific performances or sculpture.  We delve into the neighborhood, and with the collaboration of artists and residents (many are one and the same) create an ephemeral event.  We invite strangers onto our lawns with the purpose of watching, and simultaneously meet neighbors we didn’t know.  To complete this project we need neighbors to share their homes, lawns, and a little about themselves.

This year’s project connects experiences in the historic neighborhoods of Seminole Heights in Tampa, FL with Sunset Heights in El Paso, TX.  We hope to present this project in Chicago, IL as well.

Tampa, FLORIDA artists include

El Paso, TEXAS artists include

  • Jaime Carrejo
  • Elija Fernandez
  • Monica Pedregon
  • Kalitia Roberts
  • Xochichi Rodriguez
  • Daniel Szwaczkowski
  • And THEM.

Chicago, ILLINOIS – NFO XPO presentation team

  • Michael Clarke
  • Chelsea Goodwin
  • Kally Goodwin

March 31, 2006 9:00 pm GO.

Participating Artists had work projected onto various homes in the neighborhood. At the close of the show, the remaining neighbors, friends and artists gathered around the grill and voted on prizes to present all of the artists. The prizes ranged from “Projector D’or” to “Squirell Award” and were invented, designed, and hand made by Artist Participant Alex Costantino.

wendy babcox, rozalinda borcila, deon blackwell, jaime carrejo, shawn cheatham, alex costantino, chelsea goodwin, allen hampton, kara holland, adam kitzerow, vince kral, caleb larsen, yoko nogami, greg slimko, brett walker

We didn’t know until moments before dusk, which homes would actually work, and how many volunteers would show up to man the projectors. So, we waited until just before 9:00pm to pencil in a blank google map, and make photocopies to distribute at the local Publix.
We estimate there were about 200 visitors, even if they were incidentally passing through….