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Latino artists' murals brighten south Toledo

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Vibrant murals are bringing Broadway Avenue's little Mexico area to life.

A group of artists are painting permanent murals on south Toledo buildings, and they're not getting paid a dime.

Painters from the Organization of Latino Artists or OLA say each brush stroke helps bring pride to community.

But that's not all.

"We think in the long run it's going to take crime away, prostitution and drugs away," said artist Ricardo Quinonez Aleman. "We're trying to express to the kids that there is more to life than spray canning buildings. Let's come and do a positive."

For the past three years OLA artists have been slowly making their mark on south Toledo buildings.

This summer's mural is called ‘the Goddess of the Arts.'

Nearly 500 volunteers and BGSU students have chipped in over the years, helping to showcase Hispanic culture through murals.

Artists work for free, and they say they need the support of the community to keep the project going.

"We are a group of artists. We started with no money, we don't have any money, but we have the initiative to do this for the community," said Jose Martinez.

He says his inspiration comes from the heart.

"I just love painting and I remember when I was kid my mother used to say don't draw on the walls. Now it's second nature to me," he said.

The artists say if they can get more brushes in people's hands they can only imagine what stories these walls could tell.

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