What is Artomatic 419!?
Artomatic 419! is the region’s largest non-juried, multi-media arts event. Held every-other year, the 2015 event saw more than 800 visual, performing, and literary artists participate, and nearly 12,000 people attend over the course of three consecutive Saturdays.
Artomatic 419! seeks to activate under-utilized space and the local arts community by enlivening buildings in and around downtown Toledo with art, music, poetry, dance, and more. Artomatic 419! is open to any Toledo-area artist on a first-come, first-served basis.
About Artomatic 419!
Artomatic 419! aims to highlight, connect, and promote Toledo's creative community by creating an atmosphere for artists to network and interact while providing an open-to-all opportunity for artists to exhibit their work. In turn, Artomatic 419! helps to showcase to the community and general public the wide array of artists and styles and the vast amount of talent that Toledo-area creatives have to offer. Artomatic 419! is inspired by the original Artomatic held annually in Washington D.C., founded by Bowling Green native, George Koch.
Since 2006 when the program was established, Artomatic 419! has contributed to a coherent, cohesive arts scene in Toledo, encouraging boundary-pushing experimentation, along with networking and professional development. Artomatic 419! is a biennial event, being held every other year in a different location, primarily is un-used, or under-used buildings that can benefit from public exposure. Artomatic 419! offers opportunity and space for local artists to showcase their talents, new ideas, current projects, or artistic collaborations to their community. The event is open to any artist of any caliber, and in any stage of their career. Artomatic 419! hopes to engage a larger audience for the arts as well as to provide a forum for continuing to build the Toledo arts community.
Artomatic 419! is a program of The Arts Commission's Live Work Create Toledo initiative, which helps drive cultural tourism in Toledo while fostering economic development and revitalization through the arts.
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