Join us in designing our new community mural!

Co-op Dayton, in partnership with the Gem City Market, is leading an initiative to create an artist-led, community mural on the Gem City Market. The mural will be located on the south facing wall of the market, with a scale of approximately 2,000 square feet. Building on the successful integration of artmaking and creative engagement alongside the development of the Gem City Market, the public artwork will be a permanent representation of the voices and activism of the community to create a solution to a significant challenge.

The public artwork will be conceived of, designed, and managed by artists living and working in the neighborhood: Yetunde Rodriguez, James Pate, and Glenna Jennings. The team will start with a cooperative principle: the inclusion of West Dayton residents and representation of GCM owner/member voices.  Yetunde Rodriguez, a printmaker and textile designer, who will be leading block printing workshops; James Pate, a painter and muralist who will share techniques and concepts from his own artistic practice; and Glenna Jennings, an artist rooted in  photography and socially-engaged practice, who will be documenting objects and photographs shared by residents in the trade area through Family Album Day events. 

Beginning in September 2021, Pate, Rodriguez and Jennings will lead community workshops at the Gem City Market, as well as in special workshops with Dayton Public School students and local youth. The interactions from this engagement will influence the mural design, created collaboratively by the artists, and which is scheduled for to be installed in late spring 2022. Collected workshop materials, Family Album Days, and event documentation will be featured in a series of rotating exhibitions in the Gem City Market exhibition vitrines.

Upcoming Community Events



Join artist Glenna Jennings and share your story!  Bring photos or items that reflect you and your experience to the upcoming Family Album Days! Your photos may be incorporated into our mural project, and will be kept in a living archive that holds the history of our GCM member community! We want to celebrate and commemorate our community through shared memories.


Here is how to share!
1. Bring your family photos to the Community Engagement Room at GCM on Family Album Days!
2. Send your family photos to:
3. Hashtag your photos on social media: #GCMfamilyalbum


Upcoming Family Album Days:
Sunday, October 17th 2-4 PM
Sunday, October 24th 2-4 PM
Wednesday, October 27th 5-7 PM
Gem City Market
Community Engagement Room
324 Salem Avenue
Dayton, OH 45406