Supporting Local Artists Since 1959

Inspiring a Vibrant Toledo


  • Now Accepting Individual Artist's Applications for American Rescue Funds

    Application Deadline is March 25, 2024

    The portal for Cycle 3 of the Toledo Lucas County Rescue Plan Grants for Individual Artists is now open for artists. Artists should review the Cycle 3 Grant Guidelines and submit an application by 11:59PM on March 25, 2024.

  • 9th Congressional District Invitational High School Art Exhibition

    Presented by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur's Office

    The annual Congressional Art Exhibition for high school students in the Ninth Congressional District is on display NOW - March 31st at the Toledo Museum of Art, Robert C. and Susan Savage Community Gallery. The Arts Commission and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur are proud to celebrate the annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students in the Ninth Congressional District for 2024.

  • Apply now to join our 2024 Young Artists at Work Apprentices

    Apprentices' Applications are due March 15, 2024

    The Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program offers paid summer apprenticeships to area teens to learn creative skills and job skills alike and to connect to community through the creation of public art and salable works. Our program is a completely unique summer employment opportunity that provides access to an experience designed to impact for a lifetime. Join us to celebrate 35 years of this one-of-a-kind program!


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

Broadway Street Corridor

The Arts Commission, in partnership with City of Toledo Transportation Division, the Broadway Corridor Coalition and the Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center, seeks to commission artistically designed infrastructure enhancements for a new construction project along the Broadway Street corridor in the Old South End, Toledo.

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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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