Art Loop - October 19, 2017

Dancin' in the Streets

Bring your dancing shoes!

One of the Art Loops’ most popular annual events returns as Toledo’s dance community takes to the streets! Enjoy a wide array of contemporary, ethnic, traditional, and interactive dance performances throughout downtown. 

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Warehouse District

Huron to St. Clair

Toledo’s downtown home for arts and culture comes alive with movement as FAMED Studios, Rocket Dhamaka Bollywood-Fusion, Aegela Centers for Middle Eastern Dance, The Space, Paulette's Argentinian Tango, Ardan and Molly's Irish Dancers, and local breakdancers from WE R HIP HOP take to St. Clair Street at HENSVILLE along with high energy performances from the Bavarian Sports Club at PACKO'S AT THE PARK and Dance Factory Toledo at MADDIE & BELLA COFFEE ROASTERS. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

Salsa Class


SIGN UP for this free Salsa class with Michal T. Promotions LLC at the September Art Loop in Hensville. For first timers to seasoned dancers, join this energetic in-the-street Latin dance class, complete with spins, sharp movement, and crisp turns. Lessons 6-6:30pm, open dance 6:30-8pm. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn some moves and join the thriving Latin dance community in town!



Adams Street

Catch swing fever with BGSU's Falcon Swing Society as they jive around the hot rods of the Lucky Aces Car Club at HANDMADE TOLEDO, be sure to swing inside and check out the Battle of the Hands live art competition. Bars and restaurants like POCO LOCO, MANHATTAN'S, and WESLEY'S features live music and local artists. Be sure to stop by THE ATTIC ON ADAMS for the Art Loop After Party featuring Ben Stalets vs. The Troll.

Battle of the Hands

Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St | 6:00-8:30 pm

In this 2nd installment of Battle of the Hands, ten (10) local artists will create individual paintings on identical wooden art panels using provided ink, acrylic paint and/or spray paint. Their work will be inspired by the established Art Loop theme “Dancin' in the Streets” over a two and a half hour time period. The public will be encouraged to view the process and vote for their favorite piece during the competition and those votes will help crown the battle champion at the end of the night. In addition, all completed pieces will be for sale at the conclusion of the event. Partial proceeds from the event will benefit The Arts Commission’s existing public programs. Confirmed artists include: Ken Dushane, Bradley Scherzer, Yusuf Lateef, Daniel Mauk, Merce Culp, Dominique Lloyd, Matt Taylor, Caroline Jardine and John Cooper. . Battle of the Hands II is coordinated by Ken Dushane, Bradley Scherzer and John Eikost. Additional support is provided by Handmade Toledo, The Fowler Company, The Art Supply Depo and The Arts Commission. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Community Coloring Book

Artist Maura Amato invites all to help color Toledo

Local artist Maura Amato will lead Toledoans in a fun, participatory display celebrating Toledo's history in the invention of Paint-by-Numbers. Art Loop guests are invited to lend a hand to help color in a life-size image of downtown's beloved Sandpiper cruise boat. The outline will be displayed on several large-sized panels with colors and numbers ready to go! Right next to the large scale version, find a coloring station with selections from Amato's You Will Do Better in Toledo Coloring Book featuring iconic landmarks throughout the city. Jump in and make Toledo brighter! Free for all, kids and families welcome!

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Art Corner Toledo Community Photo Shoot

A Love Wall media campaign about intolerance

The Love Wall at Adams and 13th Streets in UpTown Toledo was painted by Mr. Taylor and MEDE in 2012 as a gift to Toledo’s LGBTQ community and in support of Marriage Equality. Since then, it has become a destination for creative expression and even a Love Fest. The message of The Love Wall is that Toledo loves all forms of love and all diversity of people that love. In response to a recent uptick of intolerant speech, with The Love Wall as a backdrop, Right Half Media will shoot a series of photographs and a video highlighting Toledoans who may feel marginalized or targeted. These will be incorporated into newspaper and television advertisements in a media campaign that will run from November 2017 through March 2018. Community members and grassroots organizations and the people they serve who may feel marginalized are welcome and encouraged to participate.

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