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The Arts Commission hosts two signature fundraising events annually. 

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If your vision for the future of our City includes a rich and vibrant arts community, consider making a gift to The Arts Commission’s endowment fund or a planned gift.

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Toledo’s arts community needs outspoken advocates to step up and speak loudly on behalf of the arts.

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Experience Toledo Arts at Artomatic 419!

NW Ohio's largest non-juried multimedia arts experience return in April as 400+ artists and performers transform the former Lamson's Department Store into a vibrant creative showcase.

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Community Celebration for Toledo Strategic Plan for Arts & Culture

You're invited to join us for the community arts plan launch at the closing party of Artomatic 419! from 4:30-7pm on April 30th!

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UpTown AEI Community Info & Input Session

Interested in opening a creative small business in Toledo? We want to hear from you! Join us April 13 and May 11 at the Main Library. Click for details.

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Calls for Artists

Area artists seeking opportunities to submit or show work should stay tuned to our Calls for Artists page, featuring submission info and classes and workshop listings

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Learn about The Arts Commission

Celebrating more than 50 years of 'Inspiring a Vibrant Toledo,' The Arts Commission is the longest-standing organization of its kind in Ohio. Learn more about us here.

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Support The Arts Commission

There are many ways to help support The Arts Commission and to make an impact on Toledo's vibrant creative community. Click to learn more or make a donation.

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Sponsors

The Arts Commission is proudly supported by the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Arts Commission

Welcome

Celebrating over 50 years of arts leadership, The Arts Commission is a nonprofit organization based in Downtown Toledo, Ohio.

Founded in 1959, The Arts Commission is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio. The organization has administered the City of Toledo’s “1% for Art” ordinance since 1977. This public art program was the first of its kind in Ohio and among the first in the nation. 

The Arts Commission serves Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan to develop and promote visual, performing, and literary arts. The organization's mission includes youth programing, and programs that explore opportunities for economic development and revitalization, among other artist and community resources.

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Did You Know

Did you know?
Our award-winning Young Artist at Work (YAAW) program began in 1994
The Arts Commission was founded in 1959
The studio glass movement started in a garage at the TMA in 1962
Toledo is internationally known as "the birthplace of the studio glass movement"
The arts industry in NW Ohio employs more than 2500 people
A recent study showed that there are nearly 450 arts-related businesses in Toledo proper
In a recent study, UCLA pinpointed "the arts" as one of the major factors in Toledo's economic recovery
Well over 100 artists live and work in the Downtown Toledo area
Hot Glass is Toledo's largest biennial studio glass exhibition & auction
Toledo's Public Art Collection features more than 40 local, national & international artists
The first Artomatic 419! event was held in 2006
More than 800 artists and nearly 12,000 visitors participated in Artomatic 419! 2013
The Arts Commission has partnered with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur since 1983 to present the Congressional Art Exhibition
The Mix started in 1993 as the Black & White Ball and was held at the Toledo Museum of Art
Our popular Mix series fundraiser has been called "the party of the year" and "a can't-miss event"
Toledo's 1% for Art program is one of the first in the nation, founded in 1977
The summer Art Walk series features nearly 30 galleries, artist studios, and other local businesses in Downtown Toledo each month
Artomatic 419! is Northwest Ohio's largest non-juried, multi-media arts exhibition
The Arts Commission is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio.

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