Plan your trip to Artomatic 419!
There is always something new to discover at Artomatic 419! Check out our Happenings section to see a listing of special events and activities taking place throughout the month. Or, take a look at our Performing Arts Schedule to see when you can catch you favorite live music, poetry, or other performances at Artomatic 419! Looking for a visual artist? We've got you covered. Check out the listings here.
Worried about parking? We've got you covered!
Take TARTA to Artomatic 419! We're just one block from the main TARTA hub downtown, which means nearly any TARTA bus in the region will take you right to Artomatic 419! Click here for a bus route map.
Or, visit Park Smart online to find a parking garage or a spot nearby. All street parking is free on weekends (and after 5pm on weekdays)
The Port Lawrence Garage and Superior Street Garage will be most convenient for Artomatic 419! and will feature special event rates.
*Please note: Parking near the Artomatic 419! venue will be limited due to its location in the middle of Downtown Toledo and proximity to attractions such as Huntington Center and Fifth-Third Field. This is a posative challenge faced by a growing city. You should plan to pay for parking or to walk a few to several blocks to the event. We encourage guests to familiarize themselves with free parking up the UpTown area and to take the TARTA buses featured in the link above. With specific questions or concerns, please contact us at 419-254-2787.
What is Artomatic 419!?
Artomatic 419! is the region’s largest non-juried, multi-media arts event. Held every-other year, the 2013 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.
Artomatic 419! 2015 will take place at One Lake Erie Center in the former Lamson’s Department Store Building. All Toledo-area artists are encouraged to sign up to take part in this community event. Artomatic 419! is presented by The Arts Commission in partnership with the local arts community. More than 100 volunteers pull together to make the event a success.
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. Learn more about the history of Artomatic 419! here.
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. Additional Live Work Create Toledo programs include 3rd Thursday Loop, and SoundTrek Live Music Experience.
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