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The Arts Commission takes pride in serving and connecting the general public and local artists with information and opportunities. Below you will find opportunities for area artists of all ages and skill levels to further their education, advance their skill sets, connect with other creatives and and get involved in the community.

Support System

The Arts Commission offers additional tools, services, and consultation to those seeking a creative life in Toledo. From connecting with other creatives to accessing educational or professional development workshops to finding opportunities to show and sell artwork, we are here to help.

Accelerator Grant Program

2018 Deadlines will be Announced Soon

Accelerator Grant Program

The Arts Commission values the many artists across disciplines who contribute vibrancy to Toledo. The Accelerator Grant is a competitive program offering financial support with quick turn-around for artists to advance their creative projects, thereby advancing their careers. Eligible categories of support for the pilot year of this program include: equipment, supplies, professional development and project support. Grant amounts are not to exceed $1500.

Merit Awards

2018 Deadline to be announced

The Arts Commission commends local artists who dedicate many hours and personal resources to advancing their artform. The Merit Award program recognizes outstanding individual local artists – literary, performing and visual.

A panel of reknown artists and cultural leaders from other Midwest communities will be invited to review the submitted merit award applications.  The panel's collective expertise ranges across artistic disciplines.  The review panel will make recommendations for funding to the Arts Commission staff and board.

The Merit Award program not only presents the potential for monetary benefits for the artists applying, but also valuable exposure to the invited review panelists and the art communities they represent.

Creative Capacity Program

Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

The Arts Commission strives to help artists connect with resources in our community to advance their creative projects, thereby advancing their careers.  The Creative Capacity Program offers a structure whereby artists can meet with Arts Commission staff one on one to plan next steps for a creative goal.

Share your Artist Needs

The Arts Commission believes that honest conversations with artists are the basis for our staff to have the insight needed to best serve and elevate the creative community. We want to collaborate with artists to design and carry out impactful programming and work towards making more favorable conditions for creativity in Toledo. Please take a moment to share the current needs, successes and challenges in your creative work in the below survey.

Share Your Artist Needs in a Survey


The Arts Commission supports area teens through our Young Artists at Work (YAAW) and Congressional Exhibition programs. By creating opportunities to show work and fostering environments for learning and collaboration, we are dedicated to inspiring the youth of our city's future to dream big, create big, and become active and engaged artists in our community.

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Artist Vendors

How to Obtain a Transient Vendors License

For artists who are interested in selling goods at various shows and markets throughout the state of Ohio you will need to obtain a Transient Vendors License (TVL) for the legal collection of state sales tax. The State offers licenses for an initial fee of $25. There are both paper and online formats of the application. After setting up an Ohio Business Gateway account, you can use this portal to digitally apply for the TVL on the spot, in addition to finding details on how to collect, report and pay sales tax.

Download Paper Application

Street Performing

Juggling is hard, but doing it in public doesn't have to be.

For artists who are interested in busking - a.k.a. street performing - the City of Toledo offers an opportunity for official licensure. By obtaining an official City of Toledo Street Performing License, artists are legally allowed to collect tips for their performances on public/City property. The City offers licenses for an initial fee of $20, and just $5 to renew each following year. Licenses are valid from January through December each year.

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Opportunities & Resources

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Employment Opportunities

13 Essential Job Boards for Creatives

Mashable.com compiled an excellent listing of job boards for creatives seeking work.

Workshops + Resources

5 Opportunity Sites Every Artist Should Know About

Get greater access to calls for artists, workshops and residencies, grants, and much more.

Employment Opportunities

Americans for the Arts Job Bank

Find arts administration listings across the nation.

Workshops + Resources

Anthony Wayne Area Arts Commission offers monthly class schedule

Continue your professional development and grow your skills

Workshops + Resources

Art Supply Depo offers a variety workshops

The Art Supply Depo offers a regular schedule of classes and workshops.

Call For Artist

Artists with Disabilities Access Program

Application Deadlines: June 1 annually; December 1 annually

The Artists with Disabilities Access Program provides funding that gives individual artists with disabilities – and organizations that serve them – the resources they need to further their artistic development.

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Arts News and Commentary Resources

Keep informed with this recommended list of Arts News and Commentary links.

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Big Fab Lab Maker Space opens in Bowling Green

Seeking members

BiG Fab Lab is an open­access workshop­­also known as a “Maker Space”­­that provides a membership community with 24/7 access to powerful tools (access to a laser, C&C router, a full wood shop, ceramics studio, makerbots and more) and the knowledge to use them. Additionally, they offer rentable studio space for artists or others who want a place to work on their creations.

Call For Artist

Call for Artists: ​“Journey In Their Shoes”

Seeking shoe donations for exhibition

​“Journey In Their Shoes”, March 15-17 at HeART Gallery. . . a display of shoes, on loan from everyday Toledo folks.

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Call for Artists: 20 North Gallery presents ARToledo Emerging Artists Exhibition

Submission Deadline: March 31

Since its founding in 1993, 20 North Gallery has periodically hosted emerging artists exhibits, promoting the development of promising new talent in the Toledo art landscape.

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Call for Artists: Art in the Park Fine Art Festival

Accepting Applications: July 8, 2018 - August 25, 2018

Art in the Park Fine Art Festival is looking for artists interested in having booths at their one-day event.

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Call for Artists: Jose Martinez Memorial Galeria

The Jose Martinez Memorial Galeria is looking for Artists

Opportunity for new and established artists who are interested in showing and potentially selling their artwork through the Galeria

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Call for Artists: Toledo GROWs

Deadline for submission is February 26, 2018

Toledo GROWs Seeks Judges and Jurors for the Crosby Festival of the Arts

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Call for Artsits: Kent State University

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2018

Kent State University is looking for artists to submit proposals for a site-specific sculpture

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Call for Entries: Glass City Film Festival

Final Deadline: February 2

The 3rd Annual Glass City Film Festival (GCFF) has opened its Call For Entries to filmmakers and will accept short and feature-length films, including narrative, documentary, and animation. Filmmakers of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to enter their films, attend the 3-day festival, and enjoy Toledo, Ohio.

Call For Artist

Call for Entries: Ode to the Zip Code

3rd Annual Poetry Contest Seeks Poems Inspired by Local ZIP Codes

Your ZIP Code matters. It's not just an address, it's an identity. Entries accepted through March 7.

Call For Artist

Call for Female Veteran Artists

Heritage Made Hero, LLC is looking for female veterans with art and/or craft products to fill a gap in their product offering.

Employment Opportunities

Call for Models

Life Drawing at Tholepin Press and Studios

​Life Drawing at Tholepin Press and Studios are seeking male and female models of all body types and ages over 18 years old on Wednesday evenings. No experience required.

Call For Artist

Call for Sculptors: The Midwest Sculpture Initiative

Deadline: February 28, 2019

The Midwest Sculpture Initiative is looking for entries for 2018-2019 exhibitions.

Employment Opportunities

Center for Nonprofit Resouces Job Listings

Toledo's Center for Nonprofit Resources is an excellent source for employment opportunities in the region's nonprofit sector.

Workshops + Resources

Cleveland Creative Compass

Find opportunities for artists, including calls, employment listings, and educational opportunities in and around the greater Cleveland area.

Employment Opportunities

Cleveland Creative Compass Employment Listings

CCC lists all part-time, full-time, temporary, internship and apprentice experiences for individual artists, designers, performers, writers and all other creative professions.

Workshops + Resources

Collingwood Arts Center seeks artists for open studio space

One of Toledo's most storied buildings and one of its greatest architectural feats is home to a wide range of studios for performing and visual artists.

Workshops + Resources

Copper Moon Studio, Gallery and Gifts

Learn the art of fused glass and other skills at Holland's premier gallery

Ready for Fusing Fun? Copper Moon's popular fused glass art classes have become an everyday occasion at the studio. Classes are available everyday, including evenings, for individuals or groups, children and adults! Easy to learn and endless ideas to try!

Grants + Funding

Edith Franklin Pottery Scholarship

Presented by Toledo Community Foundation

Edith Franklin Pottery Scholarship - to assist promising or accomplished potters (who are current residents of northwest Ohio or Lenawee or Monroe Counties in Michigan) in obtaining additional education or training in the ceramic arts. Application deadline: February, annually.

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Emergency Grants

Offered by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,500.

Workshops + Resources

Foundation Center and Grantspace

National resources for artists and funding

Information and resources for nonprofits, organizations, and individuals, including some services such as webinars and workshops tailored specifically to artists.

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Gathered Glass Studios

Learn to create your own original glass art creations at Downtown's premier artist-led glass studio.

Workshops + Resources

Global Art Exchange seeks artists for online gallery

Global Art Exchange represent artists through our International online gallery for Fine Art. Artists may list their art for sale with no entry fees.

Employment Opportunities


Individual needs to have strong measuring skills. An eye for accuracy and an appreciation for Art. The hired individuals would be printing individual prints, cutting picture mats for each print and/or cutting/assembling frames or each order. Hours are from 7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Workshops + Resources

No Mic Night Reunion

March 13, 6:30 - 8pm at Gathering Volumes Bookstore

PRIZM Creative Community is sponsoring a “No Mic Night Reunion” for area authors to enjoy an evening of comradery and peer review.

Grants + Funding

Ohio Arts Council

Grants for individual artists, educators, organizations, and more.

The Ohio Arts Council's current grant programs are grouped into four categories. Explore below to learn more about available grant programs, including deadlines, staff contacts, review criteria, and more.

Workshops + Resources

Ohio Arts Council offers Individual Artists Opportunities Database

The Artist Opportunities Database is a searchable listing of opportunities for artists throughout Ohio.

Employment Opportunities

Ohio Means Jobs

​Job postings throughout Lucas County and Ohio are available on the statewide job system at Ohio Means Jobs.

Call For Artist

Open Call- Neon Heater Art Gallery

Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Neon Heater Art Gallery in Findlay, Ohio is accepting submissions for exhibitions and projects to take place September 2018- May 2019.

Workshops + Resources

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Artist-in-Residence

4 to 6 week residencies

The Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the refuge’s inspiring landscapes and wildlife.

Grants + Funding

Palmer Travel Scholarship

Presented by Toledo Museum of Art

This scholarship provides funding for travel to pursue independent study in an art-related field.

Employment Opportunities

Philanthropy News Digest Job Board

National nonprofit employment listings.

PND's job board provides listings of current full-time job openings at tax-exempt organizations.

Workshops + Resources

PRIZM Creative Community

PRIZM Creative Community offers a variety of workshops, reading and exhibition opportunities, and networking opportunities for local artists, writers, and creatives.

Speakers + Lectures

Profit from Your Talents - Etsy Makes Dollars and Sense

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Do you make something unique? A program of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library will explore the opportunity of creating your own Etsy store for your future.

Call For Artist

Sylvania Community Arts Commission seeks youth and adult participants for the Tree City Film Festival

Multiple Opportunities and Deadlines, Feb 9 and March 1

Sylvania Community Arts Commission (SCAC) seeks youth and adult participants for two individual film-creating programs this spring: Shorties U, SCAC’s youth filmmaking workshop is scheduled for Saturdays, Feb. 24 and; March 3 from 9-12 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 from 9-2 p.m.

Workshops + Resources

Tholepin Press and Studios offers life drawing courses

Ongoing opportunity

Come and draw the undraped model in an environment that feels like a New York City Loft.

Workshops + Resources

Tholepin Press and Studios offers Studio Space

Tholepin Press offers Toledo's most professional space for printmakers, as well as drawing classes and more.

Workshops + Resources

Toledo Artists Club

The Toledo Artists’ Club is dedicated to promoting the advancement and study of the arts. The Club, which has about 125 members, is housed in its own facility at the Toledo Botanical Garden.

Grants + Funding

Toledo Community Foundation

Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our service area.

Workshops + Resources

Toledo Lucas County Business Technology Center

For creative entrepreneurs and others, the Library offers small business and grants information in both an individual and group setting.

Employment Opportunities

Toledo Museum of Art

Ongoing opportunities

Start your career at Toledo's premier cultural institution.

Workshops + Resources

Toledo Museum of Art Classes and Workshops

Explore your creativity for the first time—or the first time in years—at the Toledo Museum of Art. For more than a century, this community resource has offered classes for every age, every experience level, and every schedule.

Grants + Funding

Toledo Museum of Art Scholarships

TMA Scholarships are intended to provide an understanding and appreciation of the arts to a wide demographic range who might not otherwise be financially able to attend Museum classes, and to recognize and encourage artistically gifted students.

Employment Opportunities

Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo offers employment opportunities in a wide range, from administrative and hands on to maintenance and service.

Workshops + Resources


Local Literary Enthusiasts

ToledoPoet.com is the site for Toledo Poets and literary fans, featuring events, resources, and more.

Call For Artist

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

Application Deadline: March 15 (annually)

The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program provides support for master artists to work with apprentices to build understanding and proficiency in folk and traditional art forms.

Call For Artist

UT Student Composer Competition

Entry Deadline: March 12

30th Annual Competition, presented by the University of Toledo and Craig's Piano & Keyboards

Workshops + Resources

UT Youth and Adult Music Lessons - Group or Private

Community Music programs offers training for grades 1-12, and adults.

Speakers + Lectures

WGTE Presents: Endeavour on Masterpiece at Toledo Library!

Multiple Dates

WGTE Public Media's Cathy Kamenca will provide an evening filled with behind-the-scenes clips from PBS.

Call For Artist

Wild About Art Call for Artist

Application Deadline: March 31, 2018

Call for Artists! The Toledo Zoo is seeking all the creative minds and skilled craftsmen in the area to take part in our art fair - August 4-5, 2018.

Have questions?

If you have questions or need support please contact Artist and Youth Services Coordinator, Michelle Carlson at mcarlson@theartscommission.org.

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