Who We Are

The Arts Commission is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded
 in 1959 to foster Toledo’s heritage in the arts. The organization is the longest-standing arts commission in the state of Ohio, serving youth, artists, arts organizations, and the general public. Since 1977, The Arts Commission has managed the City of Toledo’s One Percent for Art program, the first in the state of Ohio and among the first in the nation, and maintains Toledo’s impressive collection of public art.

What We Do

The Arts Commission delivers innovative and influential programming to the community, including public events that support and drive our local economy. In addition, the organization offers educational and professional development opportunities for artists and area youth, advocacy on behalf of artists and cultural organizations, and access to arts and culture for all in the greater Toledo region.

Why We Do It

The Arts Commission is honored to serve the artists, cultural institutions, and creative community who make our city an inspiring place to live, work, and create. Arts and culture are at the core of strong and vibrant communities and artists play a vital role in both civic engagement and economic development. We believe the arts are for everyone, and we invite you to join us.

Expression is an essential need.

The Arts Commission is proudly supported by the Ohio Arts Council. By promoting the arts and connecting artists, the OAC makes the collective voice of the arts stronger for artists, for the public, for organizations, and for educators.

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Our Staff

Crystal Phelps

Momentum Festival Manager

David Ross

Creative Placemaking Coordinator

Emily Finkel

Office Manager

Jennifer Jarrett

Chief Operating Officer

Jordan Buschur

Artist Services Manager

Kelly Rose Hirsh

Donor Relations Manager

Liam Johnson

Creative Placemaking Coordinator

Lindsay Akens

Creative Placemaking Manager

Marc Folk

President & Chief Executive Officer

Marcia Culling

Financial Manager

Natalie Gray

Youth Services Manager

Natalie Tranelli-Jacobs

Art Loop Manager

Nathan Mattimoe

Art in Public Places Director

Ryan A. Bunch

Community Initiatives Director

Victoria Stegner

Creative Placemaking Coordinator

Board of Trustees

  • John Eikost
  • Rhonda Sewell
  • Julie Beckert
  • Kevin Kwiatkowski
  • Maribeth Nitschke Phibbs
  • Sarah Skow
    Past President
Greg Braylock, Jr.
Maureen Brown
Ramona Collins
Gretchen DeBacker
Michael Duket
Charlene Gilbert
Marcus Harrison
Dan Hernandez
Adam Jackson
Laura Jajko
Ardenia Jones Terry
Maggie Kaser
Kate Kelley
Claire Kirsner
Kristin Kiser
Jon Levine
Suzanne Lind
Shannon Loar
Bob Lubell
Robert Meeker, Jr.
Kathleen Merrill
Larry Meyer
Diane Phillips
Alecia Robinson
Kyle Sword
Reginald Temple
Josh Thurston
Mechelle Zarou
Gail Zimmerman
Robert Zollweg

Honorary Trustees

Paula Brown
Liz Cole
Sara Jane DeHoff
Arnold Gottlieb
Sue Hague-Rogers
Jeff Jaffe
Patricia Levey
Rita Mansour
Jim Moore
Diane Putnam
Susan Reams
Rory Shanley-Brown
Margy Trumbull
Peter Ujvagi
Tim Valko
Georgia Welles
Sandra Wiseley

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