Twice a year, the Arts Commission hosts a gallery loop in Downtown Toledo. Buses take visitors – artists, creatives, potential patrons, and the general public – to a variety of galleries and studios featuring an even more varied collective body of work. All media is typically represented in the galleries, which curate their own shows to be featured on the Loop. The event is free and open to the public, including bus rides.
This biannual event is a favorite among Toledoans. Nearly 2,500 people come out in the spring and winter to be ushered around Downtown. More than 30 galleries and studios participate in this event. In 2012, The Arts Commission moved its fall loop into early winter to help promote and connect the many art and craft-based holiday-related events that have been taking place in recent years. Dubbed The Holiday Loop, the inaugural event featured more than 40 participating venues and nearly 100 participating artists. The event was geared around encouraging people to shop local, from local retailers, businesses, and artists, for the holidays.
The Gallery Loops are presented by The Arts Commission as an extension of its Live Work Create Toledo (LWCT) program, exploring economic development and revitalization through the arts.
The program is made possible through the generous support of the F.S. Upton Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Recovery Act, the University of Toledo SFC Graphics, Sans Nom, The Andersons and the Toledo Blade.
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