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Overview

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

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 include: equipment, supplies, professional development and project support. Grant amounts are not to exceed $1500.


Learn More About the Accelerator Program

MERIT AWARDS

DEADLINE - Monday, October 22

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 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.


Learn More about 2018 Program

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

Youth

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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Call For Artist

GFWC Swartz Creek Women's Club Annual Craft Show

All artists are welcome

The Craft Show is from 9 AM - 4 PM at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 6273 Miller Road, Swartz Creek, MI.

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

American Frame

Ongoing Opportunities

American Frame has a variety of open positions from hands on work to customer service.

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.

Workshops + Resources

Arts News and Commentary Resources

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

Workshops + Resources

BGSU Feature Performance: Sha Sha Higby

October 17 at 7pm

Sha Sha Higby performs with a complementary exhibition of her unique puppetry, masks, and dance inspired from Southeast Asia.

Workshops + Resources

BSGU Visiting Artist Lecture: Amze Emmons

October 15, 5-6 pm

Bowling Green State University hosts Associate Professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Amze Emmons for printmaking workshop and lecture.

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!

Call For Artist

Dayton Visual Arts Center Call for Entries

Ongoing calls for artist submissions

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.

Workshops + Resources

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

Fab Lab Maker Space in Bowling Green

Seeking members

BiG Fab Lab is an open­ access workshop­­ also 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

Findlay Art League 2018 Fall Juried Art Show

Exhibition Dates: November 3-30, 2018

Findlay Art League Juried Art Show. Judge: Kyle Park

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.

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

Graphite Design + Build is hiring

Production Artist and Painting Assistant

Graphite Design + Build is currently looking for a highly talented Production Artist and Painting Assistant to join our Toledo, Ohio team. At Graphite Design + Build, we do just that - design and build. We are a locally owned company that specializes in custom sculptures, models, signs, and spaces. From small-scale models to large-scale sculptures, Graphite Design + Build transforms ideas of any size into objects. With past clients that includes regional zoos, science museums, and the metroparks. Graphite Design + Build has the experience to create anything imaginable. We are the pursuers and builders that make dreams into a reality.

Call For Artist

Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards

Deadline September 1 Annually

​The Individual Excellence Awards program recognizes outstanding accomplishments by artists in a variety of disciplines. Awards give artists the resources to experiment and explore their art forms, develop skills and advance their careers, and receive affirmation and acknowledgment for outstanding work.

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

Ohio Percent for Art Commission

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) is inviting Ohio and national artists to submit up to nine (9) digital images of past work for the CSCC - Mitchell Hall Percent for Art Project commission.

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.

Call For Artist

River House Arts Submissions

Contemporary Gallery in Downtown Toledo

River House Arts accepts submissions from contemporary artists for consideration on an ongoing basis.

Workshops + Resources

Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center to Host Ceramic Classes at Jose Martinez Galeria

​The Ceramics Studio at the Jose Martinez Galeria is nearly complete. The first set of classes will be starting this April.

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

ToledoPoet.com

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.

Workshops + Resources

UT Youth and Adult Music Lessons - Group or Private

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

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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