Artist: Madhouse
Artist: Madhouse
Artist: Madhouse
Artist: Madhouse

In response to COVID-19, The Arts Commission staff will be working remotely until further notice. We're doing our part to be safe and "flatten the curve." While you won't be able to visit us at the office, the team remains on the job and working as hard as ever. Should you need to contact one of us, please visit our Staff Directory.

During this time, we remain focused on working on our events, programs and services. When this passes, and it will, we look forward to joining together to celebrate life through art.

The arts commission strengthens our community, fosters creativity and celebrates life through art.

Who We Are

Since 1959, The Arts Commission has provided quality arts programming and services to the metropolitan Toledo area. The Arts Commission is the longest-standing arts commission in the state of Ohio. Since 1977, The Arts Commission has managed the City of Toledo's One Percent for Art ordinance, the first public art program of its kind in Ohio and the inspiration for the state's own program. The Arts Commission works to build a creative and cultural community in Toledo, inspire vibrancy in our neighborhoods, and to celebrate life through art.

What We Do

The Arts Commission supports, promotes and connects visual, performing, and literary artists, arts organizations and businesses; and administers the City of Toledo’s One Percent for Art ordinance. We take pride in serving and connecting regional artists and the general public to information and opportunities that inspire a creative life. Through innovative programming, public art, artist services, inclusive youth programs, and community events – we aim to inspire a vibrant community in Toledo.

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“The most meaningful part of yaaw was being able to contribute to a struggling community by making it more beautiful.”


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.

Inspiring a Vibrant Toledo

Resources for Artists During COVID 19 Pandemic

A List of Emergency Resources for Creatives

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

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Art in Public Places

A Legacy of Celebrating Place

Toledo is home to Ohio's first One Percent for Art program and boasts an impressive collection of more than 50 large-scale public artworks from both local and internationally recognized and acclaimed artists. The Arts Commission has managed the City of Toledo's public art collection since 1977 and continues to offer innovative opportunities for local artists and oversee large-scale infrastructure installations, sculptures, and more. Check out our interactive public art map and learn more about the history of this landmark program.

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