Executive Director hired for newly named Sylvania Arts

by Jenifer Christiaanse

“What’s in a name?” Juliet asks in Romeo and Juliet. She implies that a name is just a convention, and a rose would smell just as sweet by any other. The Sylvania Community Arts Commission has changed its somewhat cumbersome name to Sylvania Arts—a trendy more direct name that accompanies a trend-worthy new executive director.

Kelly McGilvery

Kelly McGilvery, having accepted the position in March, has also announced a new logo designed by Dani Fuller of  Fuller Art House. And the rose still smells as sweet and is just as beautiful as it continues to promote arts in Sylvania.

McGilvery wants to involve the whole community and wants people to be immersed in art and beauty. Following the hibernation of the COVID-19 months, the rebranded group is shaking off its chrysalis and emerging reinvigorated.

McGilvery is a graduate of Northview High School and the University of Toledo. She formerly worked with the MarComm team at UToledo and has a passion for communications as well as community building and arts organizing. She also coordinated programs at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Sylvania Community Orchestra
Sylvania Arts inspires and oversees a variety of programs. Strike up the band and bring a blanket or chair to hear the Orchestra at Olander on Wednesday, Aug. 11. This 65-strong volunteer orchestra has been rehearsing outside at Olander where TOPS has generously provided space for the musicians to make music. The Sunset Serenade is from 7 to 9 pm and will be the first concert in more than a year.

Children’s Theatre Workshop
There is also something for the young—a Youth Theatre Program. It helps students hone their thespian skills. This summer camp has been a success for 15 years and will meet at the Franciscan Center. “The Adams Family” will be its fall production.

Street Banners
Sylvania students have added new beauty to the banners festooning the lamp posts in downtown Sylvania. The banner art was created by Kari Armstrong’s fifth-grade students at Stranahan Elementary School and was inspired by Andy Warhol’s pop art. Students dipped flowers into paint and used them as a template to create this cheer. Republic Services sponsors these banners and Sylvania Arts coordinates them.

Tree City Film Festival
Along with promoting awareness and interest in the performing arts, Sylvania Arts will again sponsor the Tree City Film Festival, a 50-hour film challenge encouraging participants to form teams of 10-15 to produce a short film. The film screenings will be Sept. 18 this year and awards will be given in October. A small registration fee of $45 is required.

More information about Sylvania’s Art’s mission and inspiring programs can be found at sylvaniaarts.org where the community can learn more about  programs. The programs are accessible and like the rose, sweet and brimming with beauty.


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