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Getting Creative


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 all 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.

Artomatic 419

What's going on with Northwest Ohio's Largest Non-Juried Art Event?

As we move into 2017, The Arts Commission is thinking hard about the ways Artomatic 419! can evolve to stay fit and relevant to serve Toledo's artists in coming years. With seven great Artomatic events behind us, and unprecedented growth and development in both Toledo and our creative community, the Artomatic 419 Committee and the Board and Staff of The Arts Commission have decided to postpone the next event in favor of learning how the program can continue to grow to impact artists, creatives, and the broader Toledo community.

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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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Tools for Artists

Arts Entrepreneur Initiative

The UpTown Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative (AEI) is a small business development program designed for creative entrepreneurs in need of training and capital to launch or sustain arts enterprises and creative businesses. The workshop and panel series is designed to offer insights and business start-up training for a range of audiences – from those considering building their hobby or art form into a business, to those already managing their own business seeking more informed and efficient models for operation. Stay tuned for fall workshops.

Resources & Listings

The Arts Commission gathers listings of Calls for Artists, Employment Opportunities, Workshops, Professional Development, and Networking Opportunities for artists. Search our directory below to find everything from jobs to studio space to exhibition information, and more. 

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 for the legal collection of state sales tax. The State offers licenses for an initial fee of $25. Once you've filled out the application you will need to set up an Ohio Business Gateway account, where you can find details on how to collect, report and pay sales tax.

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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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Speakers + Lectures

"Spontaneous Prose" Creative Writing Workshop

March 2, 2017 7pm-9pm

PRIZM Creative Community and The Way Public Library in Perrysburg are pleased to announce a FREE and Open to the Public Creative Writing Workshop. Writers will explore beyond the mechanics of writing using orthodox grammar, style, and revision, to find raw dimension to writing by seeking to write from their gut as opposed to the mind.

Employment Opportunity

13 Essential Job Boards for Creatives

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

Artist Tools

5 Opportunity Sites Every Artist Should Know About

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

Employment Opportunity

Americans for the Arts Job Bank

Find arts administration listings across the nation.

Artist Tools

Anthony Wayne Area Arts Commission offers monthly class schedule

Continue your professional development and grow your skills

Speakers + Lectures

Art Educator Workshop: "Transforming City Schools Through Art"

March 11, 2017 10am-3pm

The Ohio Art Education Association is presenting a free teacher workshop providing hands-on art experiences, curriculum integration activities, and an inspirational interactive session focused on the book, "Transforming City Schools Through Art: Approaches to Meaningful K-12 Learning" written by Dr. Karen Hutzel.

Call For Artist

Art in the Park Fine Art Festival

Juried Art and Fine Craft Show in Swartz Creek, Michigan. Early application deadline: July 10, 2017

Artist Tools

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.

Artist Tools

Arts News and Commentary Resources

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

Speakers + Lectures

Authors! Authors! Juan Felipe Herrera

Toledo Lucas County Public Library series

Lecture with noted poet, performer, writer, cartoonist, teacher, and activist.

Artist Tools

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.

Employment Opportunity

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.

Employment Opportunity

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.

Artist Tools

Cleveland Creative Compass

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

Employment Opportunity

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.

Artist Tools

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.

Artist Tools

Community Art Workshops

The Lourdes University Department of Art is offering eight art workshops for current and budding artists. The six-week workshops are taught once a week by well-known artists at the Canticle Center.

Call For Artist

Cooper Hewitt National High School Design Competition

Entry Deadline: March 20, 2017

Interested in using design to improve a community's access to healthy, fresh food? Cooper Hewitt’s second annual National High School Design Competition: Good For All is now open!

Artist Tools

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!

Artist Tools

Emrgency 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.

Artist Tools

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.

Call For Artist

Free City 2017: Ecology + Technology Call for Proposals

Deadline March 1, 2017

In August 2017, the fifth annual Free City festival will address themes of ecology and technology, inviting collaborations between artists, designers, scientists, ecologists, and engineers that explore environmental remediation, interactive installations, citizen science, organizing tools, wearable technology, DIY robotics, and other emerging fields at the intersection of art, ecology, and technology.

Artist Tools

Gathered Glass Studios

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

Call For Artist

Glass City Quilt Commission Seeking Vendors for Quilt Show

The Glass City Quilt Commission is seeking vendors for their merchant's mall during Kaleidoscope of Quilts 2017, their 18th bi-annual quilt show on July 21st and 22nd. The show will be held at The Exhibition Center at Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter.

Artist Tools

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 Opportunity


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

Speakers + Lectures

Lourdes University W.A.V.E. Festival

Saturday, March 18

Lourdes celebrates National Women’s History Month by recognizing the diversity and vision of area women artists and business women. This celebration of women festival is an indoor exhibition and sale of fine arts, crafts and other creative expressions.

Call For Artist

Maple and Main Art Fair Call for Artists

Submission Deadline: April 12

Maple and Main Art Fair invites you to submit artist’s entries to this one-of-a kind juried art fair in historic downtown Sylvania, Ohio.

Call For Artist

Midwest Sculpture Initiatives

­­­­­Fourteen outdoor sculpture exhibitions for 2017-18

The Midwest Sculpture Initiative is proud to be organizing ­­­­­fourteen outdoor sculpture exhibits for 2017-18. Deadline is February 28, 2017.

Call For Artist

Ode to the Zip Code

Poetry Contest

Calling all poets! The second annual Ode to the Zip Code poetry contest is open- we want to hear your creative words about your neighborhoods. 

Artist Tools

Ohio Arts Council offers Individual Artists Opportunities Database

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

Employment Opportunity

Ohio Means Jobs

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

Call For Artist

Ohio State Fair Creative Arts Competition

Deadline: June 20th

The 2017 Ohio State Fair is seeking creative Ohioans for their creative arts competitions. Including more than 250 competitions in traditional skilled arts as well as emerging arts that include fashion, photography, handcrafted arts, needle arts, and recycled/up-cycled art. Additionally, more than 100 competitions offered in culinary and baking arts.

Call For Artist

Ohio State Fair FIne Arts Competition

Entry Deadline: May 29, 2017

The 2017 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition is presenting a fine arts competition for professional and amateur artists.

Call For Artist

Ohio State Fair Youth Arts Competition

Deadline: June 20th

The 2017 Ohio State Fair is seeking creative youth 1st to 12th grade for their youth arts competitions.

Artist Tools

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.

Employment Opportunity

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.

Call For Artist

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Accepting Applications for Student Films

Deadline June 1, 2017

Annual program awarding scholarships in support of student thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Employment Opportunity

Promotions, Special Events & Hensville Entertainment

Game day experience manager sought

This is an entertainment position for a growing entertainment district in Downtown Toledo.

Call For Artist

Save the Date--BuskerFest 2017

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

The Whitehouse Arts Advisory Board will host the annual BuskerFest at Whitehouse Village Park.

Call For Artist

Save the Date--WAAB Holiday Art Show 2017

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

The Whitehouse Arts Advisory Board will host the annual Holiday Art Show on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at the Hope United Methodist Church.

Call For Artist

Sylvania Compassion Film Festival Contest

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017 5pm

The Sylvania United Church of Christ, Sylvania Baha'i Community, and the MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio have come together to create the Sylvania Compassion Film Contest. This contest is intended to bring together area film makers/producers in the making of a 3-minute video that shows "what compassion looks like" featuring local talent and props. A monetary prize will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Call For Artist

The Mastheads Writing Residency

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Call for 5 writers across disciplines (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translation) to participate in a one-month residency program in July in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Artist Tools

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.

Artist Tools

Tholepin Press and Studios offers Studio Space

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

Artist Tools

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 Opportunity

Toledo Museum of Art

Ongoing opportunities

Start your career at Toledo's premier cultural institution.

Artist Tools

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.

Employment Opportunity

Toledo Zoo

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

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

Wild About Art Call for Artist

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Toledo Zoo and Aquarium is looking for artists to participate in Wild About Art, a two-day art show on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6, 2017. This unique show, taking place at the Toledo Zoo, will feature local and regional artists with various mediums on display for thousands of Zoo visitors!

Interested in being part of the Art Loop?

If you are new venue or artist looking to be Loop submit your information below and we'll be in touch very soon!

If you are new venue or artist looking to be a part of the Art Loop submit your information below and we'll be in touch very soon!

Have questions?

If you have questions or need support please contact Programs Coordinator, Michelle Carlson at mcarlson@theartscommission.org.

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