Celebrating over 50 years of arts leadership, The Arts Commission is a nonprofit organization based in Downtown Toledo, Ohio.
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.
The Arts Commission is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio, developing and promoting the arts in the community since 1959. The organization has administered the City of Toledo’s “1% for Art” ordinance since 1977, which uses a percentage of public tax dollars to commission, acquire, and maintain works of public art for the community.
In 2009, the Board of Trustees and Staff of the The Arts Commission completed an intense strategic planning process. During this process, the board and staff utilized community input to evaluate and tune the purpose, mission, philosophy, values and vision of the organization.
To strengthen our community, foster creativity and celebrate life through art.
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.
Access - We are inclusive, open and embrace diverse ideas, art forms and communities.
Advocacy - We champion the arts and artists in our community.
Collaboration - We are committed to working with others to bring together artists, patrons and communities. Partnerships lead to great accomplishments.
Creativity - We encourage freedom of expression, innovation and imagination.
Fun - It’s everywhere and a by-product of what we do. We pride ourselves on being an engaging and enthusiastic organization.
Professionalism - We pride ourselves on operating our organization with the highest level of excellence, integrity and responsiveness.
“Toledo is a nationally-known model for artistic & cultural community development”
1838 parkwood avenue | suite 120 | toledo, ohio 43604 | 419-254-ARTS (2787)
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