Thursday Art Walks are a great opportunity to browse and purchase affordable local art, while getting to know the artists and galleries of the Arts Zone, the Warehouse District, UpTown, and surrounding Downtown neighborhoods. The Art Walk series, presented by The Arts Commission in partnership with the artists, galleries, businesses, and arts enthusiasts of Downtown Toledo, features nearly 30 arts-related venues opening their doors to hundreds of community members who attend the event each month.
The 2013 Thursday Art Walk series celebrated the 6th year of the program and took place on the 2nd Thursday of each month, June through September. 2013 Art Walk dates were June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 12. Art Walks are free to attend and open to the public. There is no official starting point for Art Walks, guests are invited to come Downtown, download a map in advance or pick one up at a participating venue, and then walk, bike, or drive to explore the wealth of creativity and great local businesses that make Toledo a vibrant arts center.
Maps and information about participating venues, artists, and exhibitions will be available online on this page in advance of each event.
The Thursday Art Walk is a program organized as collaboration with neighborhood artists and arts enthusiasts by the The Arts Commission's Live Work Create Toledo initiative, embracing economic development and revitalization through the arts. In August 2007, an "Arts Zone" was identified as a geographic point of focus because of the many existing galleries and art studios in the neighborhood. The Art Walk program began that same year to highlight, promote, and elevate existing arts studios, galleries, and supporting local businesses in the area. The Art Walk program has grown significantly in a short time, with the first Art Walk in May 2007 featuring just a few venues and an attendance of about 50 guests to regularly featuring nearly 30 venues with an attendance of several hundred guests, and growing to include live street performers, street vendors, and musicians each month throughout the programs 5th season.
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