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

Cail Lininger

Art in Public Places & Creative Placemaking

Crystal Phelps

Momentum Coordinator

David Ross

Creative Placemaking Project Manager

Emily Finkel

Office Manager

Jennifer Jarrett

Deputy Director

Jordan Buschur

Artist Services Coordinator

Kelly Rose Hirsh

Donor Relations Coordinator

Liam Johnson

Community Engagement Specialist

Lindsay Akens

Creative Placemaking Facilitator

Malena Caruso

Marketing Coordinator

Marc Folk

Executive Director

Marcia Culling

Financial Administrator

Natalie Gray

Youth Services Coordinator

Natalie Tranelli-Jacobs

Event & Volunteer Coordinator

Nathan Mattimoe

Art in Public Places Coordinator

Ryan A. Bunch

Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Victoria Stegner

Community Engagement Specialist

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
Marcus Harrison
Dan Hernandez
Adam Jackson
Laura Jajko
Ardenia Jones-Terry
Maggie Kaser
Kate Kelley
Claire Kirsner
Kristin Kiser
Jon Levine
Suzanne Lind
Bob Lubell
Robert Meeker, Jr.
Kathleen Merrill
Larry Meyer
Diane Phillips
Rhonda Sewell
Jenn Stucker
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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