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Inspiring a Vibrant Toledo

The Arts Commission

Artist & Volunteer Info Session

May 3

We're combining our Artist and Volunteer info session into one great Mix & Mingle event on May 3, 6-7:30pm at Handmade Toledo. We'll be sharing granting opportunities, artist services, and how to get involved with The Arts Commission.

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The Mix

May 13

Find joy, hope, and a deep sense of optimism as we blend paint, pixels, energy, sound, culture, and expression. We’re bringing together the best of everything for a feel-good night of music, food, and dancing. Online ticket sales have ended. You may purchase tickets at the door.

Uptown Green Shade RFQ

Submit by May 17

Through an effort to develop the skill sets of local artists in the public art sector, while enhancing public space, Art in Public Places is working in collaboration with The Arts Commission’s Place Making team to develop a public art project for Uptown Green Park.

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Inspired

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.

Creative

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.

Relevant

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

The Mix

Find joy, hope, and a deep sense of optimism as we blend paint, pixels, energy, sound, culture, and expression. We’re bringing together the best of everything for a feel-good night of music, food, and dancing.

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UpTown Green Shade Project

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Public Places and Creative Placemaking Programs are soliciting qualifications from three artists to develop proposals for an artistically designed shade system that can be integrated into the existing columns in the park. One winning proposal will be further developed, engineered and fabricated for installation.

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International Year of Glass

Toledo has earned the title of The Glass City through its long history of innovation in all aspects of the glass industry. In celebration of the United Nation’s International Year of Glass, more than a dozen local organizations have joined forces to highlight our region’s rich history in glass and manufacturing, to showcase the birthplace of the Studio Glass Movement and our vibrant art scene today, and to celebrate Toledo as the epicenter of the glass industry. Dozens of events including lectures, tours, workshops, and a dynamic art & music festival are planned to take place throughout 2022 in celebration of the International Year in Toledo.

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American Rescue Plan Grant

The Arts Commission has been selected to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. The Arts Commission is receiving $500,000 to save jobs and to fund operations in arts and cultural sectors which have been the first to close and last to open as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Call for Photographs

Artist Cable Griffith is developing a series of illuminated artworks for the Toledo Glass City Convention Center and is looking for photo submissions from residents of Lucas County. Each of the six artworks will feature a different Toledo Metropark and will be based on photos submitted by the public. These photographs will be combined and reinterpreted through a process of pixelation and abstraction. All participating photographers will receive an acknowledgment of their contributions associated with the final artwork.

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