artists: 20 participating artists
project date: Sept. 26 – Dec. 26, 2020
(some artworks still on view)

location: 16 new artworks in nine Dublin, Ohio parks

Can you find them all? You can download a Challenge Booklet and New Artwork checklist here, with clues to the locations, creative prompts and more. Then grab something with which to write and draw and begin your exploration!

Dublin Arts Council has partnered with the City of Dublin to install five ARTboxes, which include the Connect challenge booklets and supplies. These permanent, accessible vessels will serve as ongoing community art boxes where residents and visitors can connect with free arts education activities, information about Dublin’s public art collection and invitations to participate in creative community programming. Check out the map below to find the ARTbox nearest you.

Public Art & Wellness Challenge
Self-guided tour and activity booklet
through Dec. 26, 2020

Connect to the outdoors and explore Dublin’s public art and city parks while promoting community wellness.

Dublin Arts Council has teamed up with artists to create new artworks inspired by RiverboxesTM and the hobbies of geocaching and letterboxing. A challenge booklet serves as a guide, with location clues, wellness activity prompts and resources from community partners. In all, 20 artists and nine community partners are involved in the project.

This project is part of Dublin Art Council’s ongoing Art & Wellness Initiative, which deeply explores how art can nurture personal and community well-being.


New artwork inspired by the Riverboxes public art collection
Dublin Arts Council is collaborating with 16 Ohio artists to create new artworks inspired by existing Riverbox vessels.

Tony Bible
Erin Canales
Sharon Dorsey
Helma Groot
Dublin City Schools student / emerging artist Karissa Jorat
Julia LaBay Darrah
Jean Magdich
Eric Marlow
Margaret McAdams
Kristin Morris
Clare Murray Adams
Andrea Myers
Char Norman
Katlin Shae
Mark Soppeland
Michelle Stitzlein

Challenge Booklet Artists
To support community wellness, Dublin Arts Council has commissioned three artists to create prompts to inspire participants to draw, write, listen, move and reflect upon each new artwork and its natural surroundings. Participants can use the Challenge Booklets to:

  • Experience journaling in nature with prompts from Jenny Patton,
  • Become inspired to creative response from visual artist Hilary Frambes, and
  • Try exercises for listening and reflecting from composer, field recordist and listener Rich Bitting.

Ralph Helmick – Celebrating Leatherlips
Connect also commemorates the 30th anniversary of Leatherlips, Dublin Arts Council’s first Dublin Art in Public Places project, installed in Scioto Park in 1990. Boston sculptor and Leatherlips’ creator Ralph Helmick celebrates his 12-foot high limestone portrait of the Wyandot Native American Chief Leatherlips with a message to the community in the Connect challenge booklet.

Dublin Arts Council would like to thank this initiative’s community partners, which include Washington Township EMS, Syntero Counseling Centers, Dublin City Schools, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, OhioDance, Japan-America Society of Central Ohio, Dublin Bridges, Cardinal Health and several City of Dublin departments, including Police, Human Resources, Recreation Services and Parks and Recreation.

This project is an element of a multi-year Art & Wellness initiative, realized with the support of grants from the City of Dublin, Ohio Arts Council, Cardinal Health Foundation, The Dublin Community Foundation, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Dublin Arts Council would also like to extend gratitude to the 2020 corporate sponsors who have directed their sponsorship to support our general operating budget, including Cardinal Health, CityScene Media Group, Fifth Third Bank, Hidaka USA, Inc., IGS Energy, Keeler & Nadler, The Keenan Agency/Grange Insurance, The Medsker Khalaf Group and Strip, Hoppers, Leithaf, McGrath & Terlecky.  Their investment in the arts provides critical support for community programming, and is deeply appreciated.