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The arts commission strengthens our community, fosters creativity and celebrates life through art.

Who We Are

For more than 55 years, The Arts Commission has provided quality arts programming and services to those in the metropolitan Toledo area. Founded in 1959, The Arts Commission is the longest-standing arts commission in the state of Ohio. Since 1977, The Arts Commission has managed the City of Toledo's 1% for Art ordinance, the first public art program of its kind in Ohio and the inspiration for the state's own program. The Arts Commission works to build a creative and cultural community in Toledo, inspire vibrancy in our neighborhoods, and to celebrate life through art.


What We Do

The Arts Commission supports, promotes and connects visual, performing, and literary artists, arts organizations and businesses; and administers the City of Toledo’s 1% for Art ordinance. We take pride in serving and connecting regional artists and the general public to information and opportunities that inspire a creative life. Through innovative programming, public art, artist services, inclusive youth programs, and community events – we aim to inspire a vibrant community in Toledo. 


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“The most meaningful part of yaaw was being able to contribute to a struggling community by making it more beautiful.”

Inspired

The Arts Commission advocates to Inspire a Vibrant Community in Toledo. We believe support for artists and creatives in our region is essential to the greater Toledo area's revitalization, sense of place, and commitment to a brighter future. Through collaboration and community conversation we achieve innovative resources and programming that serve Toledo.

Creative

The arts are the heart and soul of our community. By fostering access to arts, creativity, and professional development for all artists and creatives in our area, at all skill levels, and from all walks of life, we encourage a more honest, diverse, and engaging interaction with our city, for residents and guests alike. 

Relevant

Our work is vital to helping build a new and better future for our city. From creating a more fertile ground for the arts to grow and develop, to providing access to fun, creativity, and new opportunities, Toledo's art and artists are at the center of driving a sense of community and enriching our neighborhoods, while fostering a creative economy that contributes to our sense of revitalization.

Inspiring a Vibrant Toledo

Art Loop

Dancin' in the Streets | August 18

Put on your dancin' shoes and hit the streets for the August Art Loop! This month we celebrate the art of movement at Toledo's signature monthly arts event. Come explore Downtown Toledo and experience live performances from local dance groups and organizations, including traditional, ethnic, and folk dancing, hip-hop, swing, and contemporary routines, and a special participatory dance/fitness routine from special guests, BollyFit. The August Loop celebrate's Toledo's dance culture and heritage, and will also feature a variety of great exhibitions, performances, special events, eats, drinks, and more! Don't miss out!


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Hot Glass

Celebrating the Glass City's Legacy

Hot Glass is The Arts Commission’s signature fall fundraiser and the region’s largest exhibition and auction event for original glass art. Celebrate Toledo’s heritage as “the birthplace of studio glass” as we celebrate with a Month of Hot Glass and Cool Music throughout September and October, culminating in our Hot Glass Gala on October 20.


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Gathered Glass Studio

Art in Public Places

A Legacy of Celebrating Place

Toledo is home to Ohio's first 1% for Art program and boasts an impressive collection of more than 50 large-scale public artworks from both local and internationally recognized and acclaimed artists. The Arts Commission has managed the City of Toledo's public art collection since 1977 and continues to offer innovative opportunities for local artists and oversee large-scale infrastructure installations, sculptures, and more. Check out our interactive public art map and learn more about this history of this landmark program.


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