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Inspiring a Vibrant Toledo

The Arts Commission

UpLift Uptown Grant

September 10 - October 8, 2021

We are working with our partners at ProMedica's Ebeid Neighborhood Promise to fund and support inclusive and impactful projects that take place in the 43604 zip code.

Uplift Uptown

Accelerator Grant

Next Deadline: September 27

This is the final round of Accelerator Grand funding available for 2021. Toledo area artists can receive up to $1,500 in support.

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Art Loop Haunted Harvest

October 16, 2021

Enjoy the onset of autumn with a spooky celebration of fall favorites. Visit the Handmade Toledo Mini-Makers Mart, family friendly Trick or Treating, pumpkin painting, creative spaces, pop-up performances, interactive experiences, music, and lots of scary fun!

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Arts Commission Offices Closed this Week

The Arts Commission will be closed from September 27 - October 1.  As we ramp up for our fall programming, the need for rest and self care becomes even more important and our team will be taking a shared pause.  We thank you in advance for helping us observe this intentional period of rest and for your patience with our team upon our return to work on October 4.


The Arts Commission advocates to Inspire a Vibrant Community in Toledo. We believe support for artists and creatives in our region is essential to the greater Toledo area's revitalization, sense of place, and commitment to a brighter future. Through collaboration and community conversation we achieve innovative resources and programming that serve Toledo.


The arts are the heart and soul of our community. By fostering access to arts, creativity, and professional development for all artists and creatives in our area, at all skill levels, and from all walks of life, we encourage a more honest, diverse, and engaging interaction with our city, for residents and guests alike.


Our work is vital to helping build a new and better future for our city. From creating a more fertile ground for the arts to grow and develop, to providing access to fun, creativity, and new opportunities, Toledo's art and artists are at the center of driving a sense of community and enriching our neighborhoods, while fostering a creative economy that contributes to our sense of revitalization.

The Arts Commission strengthens our community, fosters creativity and celebrates life through art.

Featured Projects

Momentum | Intersection

The Momentum | Intersection glass program is a collaboration of industry, design, and art. Inspired by the studio glass movement, The Arts Commission seeks to provide new collaborations between applications of glass as an artistic medium and manufacturing processes. The program is a partnership with NSG, Pilkington North America.

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Uplift Uptown

The Arts Commission is excited to partner with ProMedica's Ebeid Neighborhood Promise on the community granting program "UpLift UpTown." Funded projects promote inclusive communities, address safety concerns, positively enhance public spaces, or enhance the sense of safety and belonging. The organizations receiving funding include The Ability Center, Bike Rides Matter 419, St. Paul’s Community Center, Village on Adams, Sandy's Sandbox, and Handmade Toledo. Stay tuned for project updates!

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The ABC's of Public Art Book & Field Guide

As part of continued education efforts The Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program two new books have been published and are now available for public request and pick up. Both books are available for free to the public as both printed and digital versions. The Art in Public Places Field Guide, designed by Madhouse Creative, features nine zones and over eighty works of art to explore. The ABC’s of Public Art, illustrated by Merrill Rainey, is geared toward ages 3-5 as they follow Artimus the Owl throughout Northwest Ohio from A-Z. This is the second edition of the popular book. Both editions have now been distributed to over 15,000 children in the area.

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Pandemic Relief Resources for Artists

As COVID-19 changes the landscape for many working artists, we have compiled a list of relief funding and resources.

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