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Community Participation Wanted for New Art Installation at Main Library

Would you like to see a memento from your life, your community, or your business placed into an artwork permanently displayed at the Dayton Metro Library?

Michelle Stitzlein, an artist from central Ohio, has been commissioned to create a large art installation for the Park Reading Room in the Main Library in downtown Dayton. She is now seeking locally-sourced, found, reused and/or recycled materials that reflect the Montgomery County community to incorporate into the artwork.

“The piece I propose to create would primarily be composed of miscellaneous scrap, used household goods, and outdated technology hardware,” said Stitzlein. “As an added homage to Dayton, I would try to utilize a few familiar items from the industrial history of Montgomery County – possibly cash register components, bicycle and auto parts, as well as a few items from current residents, patrons and local manufacturers,” she said.

Donated items should be fairly small (between 1/2” to 12” in length) and can be broken, dirty, chipped, or otherwise tarnished but they should be durable (no paper, cardboard, Styrofoam, potato chips bags, etc.) and fairly light (no glass, stone, marble, rocks, slate, cast iron, etc.). Examples of items that could be incorporated into the piece include toy parts, clothes, buttons, keys/keychains, antique furniture parts, broken eyeglasses, game pieces, old pens/markers/crayons, appliance parts, costume jewelry, large beads, broken china plates/saucers, plastic fragments, or clock parts.

“My work brings awareness to the need for championing sustainability, innovation and recycling, as well as reducing our current need for raw resources,” said Stitzlein. “As an artist, I delight and entertain myself with the hope that a young child might see and experience my work and potentially be sparked to explore new concepts as a future naturalist, artist, writer, engineer, entrepreneur, or inventor.”

Please bring items for donation to the Main Library, 215 E. Third Street, and drop them in the red bin in the Opportunity Space @ Patterson. Stitzlein will pick up all donated items on Friday, December 14. Contact her at to arrange a pickup at your place of business on that day, if needed. There is no guarantee that donated items will be incorporated into the final artwork. There will be no compensation for donated items.

Examples of Stitzlein’s work can be viewed on her website:

For more information, contact Susan Anable, Project Manager for ReImagining Works, at 937.776,8590, or Jayne Klose, Dayton Metro Library Community Engagement Manager, at (937) 496-8508,

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