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TIFFIN, Ohio – A new commission is working to beautify several parts of Tiffin.

The newly formed Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission was approved in September and is hosting its first community art competition. Commission Chairman Ryan Poignon said that since the first meeting was held in January, members have been busy building this group from scratch and already have lots of great ideas for the community going forward.

“Some projects will materialize quickly, and then some projects will take about five years to come together,” Poignon said. “But this commission is fully aware of the responsibilities and eager to see what lies ahead.”

The commission is accept applications for artwork by local artists, students, and anyone else who can contribute. The group is looking for artwork that can be displayed on downtown sign boxes.

Pignon says that initially only six boxes will be wrapped in the vinyl artwork, but he plans to hold multiple phases of this contest to slowly fill the city with vibrant color and imagery.

“It’s a cost-effective project that allows us to beautify our downtown just by adding artwork to something that already exists,” he said.

Citizens have until March 31 to submit their ideas. The winners will be announced on June 13 to kick off the first-ever Tiffin Art Week.

“[We’re doing this] through murals, sculptures and projects along the way, but also that they represent the community,” Poignon said. “So what we’re building here is a project that’s going to show our community pride and what Tiffin is capable of.

Aurora J. William