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Become an Arts Hero

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of radical generosity to transform communities and the world. Please consider a gift to The Arts Commission today! Your gift is an investment in critical local arts and cultural programming.

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Third Edition Art Box: Pattern & Repetition

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Art Box is a specially selected set of quality art supplies for all ages, skill levels, and interests. This packaged creative experience allows the community to experiment at home, providing lessons to create and learn with Toledo, OH regional artists.

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Support Your Local Artist T-Shirt

On Sale through November 30

Check out the new edition of the popular "Support Your Local Artist" t-shirt by JupMode! For the month of November, $5 from every purchase of the limited edition Community Shirt will be donated to The Arts Commission. Get yours today by visiting one of the JupMode locations or ordering online.

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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

GivingTuesday

Grassroots generosity and community action are powerful forces for good, especially in turbulent times. Please consider a gift to The Arts Commission today. Your investment is needed to support local artists and arts organizations that have been greatly impacted by the pandemic.

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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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Art Box 3rd Edition

Art Box is a specially selected set of quality art supplies for all ages, skill levels, and interests. This packaged creative experience allows the community to experiment at home, providing lessons to create and learn with Toledo, OH regional artists. Supplies are curated by Art Supply Depō to align with materials and techniques used by the featured artists. The public is encouraged to share their creations on social media throughout the season using the hashtag, #MyVibrantToledo.

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Murals

As part of the continued investment in downtown Toledo's infrastructure, there are ten new murals that were completed in the summer of 2021 and the fall of 2020. Three of the murals are located in the Toledo Citiwalk Concourse system of tunnels that run from the Vistula Parking Garage to Imagination Station. Artists include Ken Dushane (Toledo, OH), Timothy Smith (Los Angeles, CA), Leah Tumerman (Vallejo, CA). Seven of the murals are located along Water St. and feature work by Maya Hayuk (Brooklyn, NY), Louise Jones (Detroit, MI), JUURI (Oklahoma City, OK) Yusuf Lateef (Toledo, OH), Arelindo do Oliveira (New York / São Paulo), Bradley Scherzer + Jacob Parr (Toledo, OH), and Tony Touch (Toledo, OH).

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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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