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.

Inspiring a Vibrant Toledo

“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.

We're Hiring

Accepting Applications Through December 4

NOW HIRING for two part time positions – one AmeriCorps member to serve as a Cultural Assets Research and Mapping Coordinator and one part time position for a Public Art Coordinator.

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Giving Tuesday

December 1

We’re proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. Join us and rally together to Inspire a Vibrant Toledo! Thank you to the artists in our community, partner organizations, sponsors, and private donors who have supported us during this unique year. We still need your help. The Arts Commission’s ability to provide innovative programming, public art, artist services, inclusive youth programs, and community events is made possible because of the support of our philanthropic community.

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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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2nd Edition Art Box


The 2nd edition Art Box showcases a NEW set of supplies and Featured Artists. Art Box is a specially selected set of premium art supplies - for all ages, skill levels, and interests - to create and learn with Toledo-area artists. While we are unable to gather to celebrate the arts, we can still stay inspired together. This initiative allows us to continue engaging with our community while also supporting local artists and businesses.

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