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Overview

The Arts Commission takes pride in serving and connecting local artists through funding, services, and a variety of platforms to share artwork. On this page, we have compiled opportunities for area artists of all ages and skill levels to further their education, advance their skill sets, connect with other creatives, and get involved in the community.

Support System

The Arts Commission offers tools, services, and consultation to those seeking a creative life in Toledo. From connecting with other artists to accessing educational or professional development workshops to finding venues to exhibit and sell artwork, we are here to help.

The Arts Commission offers tools, services, and consultation to those seeking a creative life in Toledo.

Employment Opportunities

American for the Arts
Job Bank With Listings

American for the Arts is the national advocacy group for the National Endowment for the Arts. They feature a job bank on their site with listings of arts administration-related positions available across the nation.

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Toledo Museum of Art
Ongoing Opportunities at Toledo Museum of Art

The Toledo Museum of Art has several positions available, from administrative and specialty to maintenance and service staff. For up to date listings and information about individual postings, click below. 

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American Frame
Ongoing Opportunities at American Frame

American Frame has several positions available. For up to date listings and information about individual postings, click below. 

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Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Career Opportunities at The Toledo Lucas County Public Library

MULTIPLE POSITIONS OPEN

The origin of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library dates back to 1838, making it the first public library funded by tax dollars in the state of Ohio. In 1970, three Library systems merged to form the current countywide Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. In subsequent years, the logic of that merger has been demonstrated repeatedly in improved service, increased usage, and more effective use of tax funds. The system now claims a Main Library with 19 neighborhood branch locations and one of the oldest bookmobile services in the country.

Various positions throughout the library system are posted at the link below. Click to browse opportunities, view application deadlines, and apply.

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Grants and Funding

New York Foundation for the Arts
Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants, a new emergency grant program for professional dancers. Robert Rauschenberg was committed to assisting fellow artists in need of emergency aid, ultimately establishing the nonprofit foundation Change, Inc. in 1970. Recognizing the particularly extreme impact the pandemic and its ongoing effect has had on dancers, the Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants have been created.

This program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers* in need,** who are in dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. “Dire financial emergencies“ include the lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine/healthcare, utilities, and food. If you were displaced due to COVID-19, expenses to enable you to return to your working home base are eligible. You must demonstrate an urgent and critical need for emergency support in your application.

*Professional = You have recent and sustained activity as a paid dancer (in any stage/performance style, including aerial, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern, tap, and traditional/folk) over at least the last 3-4 years in public-facing performances (outside of academic settings). Inactivity, or online/streaming activity, during COVID is allowable. Self-produced online presentation and/or performances shared solely through Instagram or Facebook are not eligible.

**To be eligible to apply, your average adjusted gross income for the last two years you’ve filed tax returns must be no greater than $75,000 ($150,000 for joint filers).

You may request funding for eligible essential expenses for up to a three-month period, ranging from four months before the grant deadline through four months after the grant deadline. Expenses can be already paid; can be owed; or can be coming up in the near future. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Rental Housing (deposits, rent, utilities)

  • Medical/dental/vision insurance premiums

  • Essential medical/dental/vision/mental health care

  • Food

  • Transportation (car payments, insurance, ride shares/taxis, mass transit)

  • Legal expenses (only for dire emergencies such as fighting eviction, or visa renewals)

  • Other essential expenses which you can specify

Ineligible expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Mortgage payments

  • Expenses related to other family members – e.g. food, healthcare, child/parent-care

  • Non-essential expenses including credit card debt or student loans

While housing and utilities expenses may be requested for your general household, other eligible expenses may only be requested for your own individual purposes. If you receive a grant, you will be required to certify your use of the funds for the expenses itemized in your application, and provide copies of your tax returns for the last two years you have filed.

GRANT CYCLES

Cycle 5 is open September 13, with a deadline of October 14. for essential expenses between May 1, 2022 and February 28, 2023. Cycle 6 will open on November 9 with a deadline of December 9, for expenses between May 1, 2022 and February 28, 2023.

Please check back here, or sign up for our newsletter, to receive updates on future cycles. If you have questions, contact the Rauschenberg Grants Coordinator at emergencyfunds@nyfa.org, or 212-366-6900 x 239.

ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

NYFA is committed to supporting artists from every background, and at all stages in their creative careers. We strongly encourage artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, artists with disabilities, and artists living outside of the East and West coasts to apply.

To request an accommodation or assistance in applying, please email emergencyfunds@nyfa.org or call 212-366-6900 ext. 239. We ask that requests for accommodation be made as soon as possible, preferably two weeks prior to the deadline, to allow adequate time for staff to support you in submitting an application on time.

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New York Foundation for the Arts
Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants. Robert Rauschenberg was committed to assisting fellow artists in need of emergency medical aid, ultimately establishing the nonprofit foundation Change, Inc. in 1970. In this spirit, this program is designed to serve artists in financial need who otherwise may delay critical treatment or incur substantial and perhaps overwhelming debt. We recognize the urgency of caring for and helping one another and, while artists are famously self-sufficient, we encourage you to ask for support when needed.

This is a competitive grant program. Please review our eligibility requirements and the eligible types of expenses to determine that you are eligible before applying. If you have questions, please contact the Grants Coordinator at emergencyfunds@nyfa.org. This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Please note: Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants are not for lost wages, living expenses or medical care for individuals other than the artist. Visit NYFA’s Emergency Grants page for a regularly-updated list of emergency resources.

CYCLE DATES

Cycle 15 will open September 27 through October 28, for emergencies occurring February 1, 2022 and later. Cycle 16 will open November 29, with a deadline of January 13, for emergencies occurring April 1, 2022 and later.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-in-a-lifetime grants of up to $5,000 for one-time, unexpected medical, dental, or mental health emergencies that have occurred in the last six months for artists in financial need.*

Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, these out of pocket costs to the artist:

  • Provider (hospital/doctor/dentist/clinic) bills, including co-pays

  • Tests/diagnostics/assessments/consultations to determine necessary treatment

  • Physical/occupational therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic

  • Prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition

  • Emergency dental work

  • Transportation expenses to/from appointments/treatments

Grantees will be required to submit copies of paid bills/receipts.

Grants cannot be requested for non-emergency medical conditions, ongoing medical/psychological/psychiatric treatment; wellness visits; regular check-ups, annual exams or procedures; standard vision care or eyeglasses, or hearing aids (unless required as a direct result of an emergency injury/surgery/condition); elective procedures; insurance purchase/premiums, or any non-medical expenses, even if the result of an emergency. 

Grants cannot be requested for treatment, prescriptions, or other expenses related to a chronic condition, or, generally, for eyeglasses, hearing aids or equipment.** Extenuating circumstances which cause an unexpected and severe worsening of the condition may be considered at the discretion of the review panel. Example: A recent traumatic incident triggered a flareup of an existing mental health condition.

Funds go directly to the artist, not a medical provider, vendor, or any individual on the grantee’s behalf. Grant awards are routinely paid via direct deposit.

Period covered: Related, eligible expenses incurred for up to 12 months from the date of the emergency. 

If funded, you may be required to submit a copy of your two most recently filed tax returns, demonstrating your adjusted gross income.

*To be eligible to apply, your average adjusted gross income for the last two years you’ve filed tax returns must be no greater than $75,000 ($150,000 for joint filers).

** Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical, dental, or mental health attention or limit activities of daily living or both.

ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT:

NYFA is committed to supporting artists from every background, and at all stages in their creative careers. We strongly encourage artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, artists with disabilities, and artists living outside of the New York area to apply.

To request an accommodation or assistance in applying, please email emergencyfunds@nyfa.org. We ask that requests for accommodation be made as soon as possible, preferably two weeks prior to the deadline, to allow adequate time for staff to support you in submitting an application on time.

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Ohio Arts Council
Artists with Disabilities Access Program

The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) provides funding that gives individual artists with disabilities – and organizations that serve them – the resources they need to further their artistic development. Creative expression by artists of all abilities is essential to building dynamic and diverse communities throughout Ohio, and developing an artistic career is a long-term process. ADAP awards help artists with disabilities advance their artistic practices, making Ohio a more accessible and inclusive place to build an artistic career.

Grant Awards

Grants are awarded to individual artists at both the emerging artist level ($500) and professional artist level ($1,000), with no match required. Organizational applicants may request between $1,000 and $3,000, a 1:1 cash match is required.

Note: For the purposes of the ADAP program, emerging artists are individuals who have consistently worked in their chosen art form for more than three years, have demonstrated strong artistic potential, and want to develop their careers. Professional artists are individuals who devote a major portion of their time to creating, practicing, performing, or teaching any of the arts.

Eligibility

All applying artists must:

  • Be an Ohio resident (the OAC defines an Ohio resident as someone who spends at least eight months of the year living and working in Ohio), and, if awarded funding, remain a resident during the grant period

  • Have exhibited, performed, or published work as an artist within the past five years

  • Have a disability (per Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) guidelines)

  • Not be a student enrolled in any degree- or certificate-granting program

Both creative and performing artists who have a disability and are residents of Ohio may apply to this program. The OAC uses the definition of disability contained in Sec. 12102 of the ADA, as amended by the ADA.

Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325), which went into effect on January 1, 2009. This act is available online: ada.gov/pubs/ada.htm.

All applying organizations must be based in Ohio, serve Ohio artists, and possess nonprofit status or nonprofit intent. Applicants need not be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Application Deadlines

June 1 annually (for activities taking place July 15—next June 30) and, if program funds are not expended, December 1 annually (for activities taking place January 15—June 30)

Staff Contacts

Brianna Dance
Organizational Investment Coordinator
for organizations in the Eastern Region
brianna.dance@oac.ohio.gov
614-728-4427

Jim Szekacs
Organizational Investment Coordinator
for organizations in the Western Region, and
Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain
counties
jim.szekacs@oac.ohio.gov
614-728-4449

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Artists with Disabilities Access Program
ADAP Funding

The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) provides funding that gives individual artists with disabilities – and organizations that serve them – the resources they need to further their artistic development. Creative expression by artists of all abilities is essential to building dynamic and diverse communities throughout Ohio, and developing an artistic career is a long-term process. ADAP awards help artists with disabilities advance their artistic practices, making Ohio a more accessible and inclusive place to build an artistic career.

GRANT AWARDS: Grants are awarded to individual artists at both the emerging artist level ($500) and professional artist level ($1,000), with no match required. Organizational applicants may request between $1,000 and $3,000, a 1:1 cash match is required.

NOTE: For the purposes of the ADAP program, emerging artists are individuals who have consistently worked in their chosen art form for more than three years, have demonstrated strong artistic potential, and want to develop their careers. Professional artists are individuals who devote a major portion of their time to creating, practicing, performing, or teaching any of the arts.

ELIGIBILITY: All applying artists must:

  • Be an Ohio resident (the OAC defines an Ohio resident as someone who spends at least eight months of the
    year living and working in Ohio), and, if awarded funding, remain a resident during the grant period

  • Have exhibited, performed, or published work as an artist within the past five years

  • Have a disability (per Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) guidelines)

  • Not be a student enrolled in any degree- or certificate-granting program


Both creative and performing artists who have a disability and are residents of Ohio may apply to this
program. The OAC uses the definition of disability contained in Sec. 12102 of the ADA, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325), which went into effect on January 1, 2009. This act is available online: ada.gov/pubs/ada.htm.

All applying organizations must be based in Ohio, serve Ohio artists, and possess nonprofit status or nonprofit intent. Applicants need not be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

APPLICATION DEADLINES: June 1 annually (for activities taking place July 15—next June 30) and, if program funds are not expended, December 1 annually (for activities taking place January 15—June 30)

STAFF CONTACTS
Brianna Dance
Organizational Investment Coordinator
for organizations in the Eastern Region
brianna.dance@oac.ohio.gov
614-728-4427

Jim Szekacs
Organizational Investment Coordinator
for organizations in the Western Region, and
Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain
counties
jim.szekacs@oac.ohio.gov
614-728-4449

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Ohio Folk and Traditional Arts
Awards and Grant Opportunities

APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 15 ANNUALLY

APPLY

The Ohio Arts Council is excited to share two opportunities aimed at supporting and celebrating Ohio's folk and traditional artists.

The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program provides awards that allow dedicated apprentices to follow a time-honored method to develop skills in valued art forms. Apprentices and traditional arts masters should submit a joint application.

Master artists may request up to $4,000 to work with one, and if appropriate, two, apprentices. At least 50 percent of the request must be used for master artist honoraria. No match is required.

Application Deadline: March 15 annually

Application Draft Deadline (for feedback prior to submission): March 1 annually

NOMINATE

The Ohio Heritage Fellowship program recognizes and supports Ohio folk and traditional artists who are the most influential masters of their particular traditions and whose work in the folk and traditional arts has had a significant impact on their communities.

Each year, the Ohio Arts Council will award one Ohio Heritage Fellowship to an individual or group whose work in the folk arts has had a significant impact on the people and communities of the state. The folk and traditional arts grow out of particular cultures and are recognized as the artistic expressions of ethnic, linguistic, occupational or regional groups. The recipient will receive a commemorative plaque plus a $5,000 award at a public award ceremony.

Nomination Deadline: March 15 annually

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City of Toledo
Facade Improvement Grant Program

CITY OF TOLEDO FIG PROGRAM INCLUDES NON-COMMERCIAL MURALS

The Facade Improvement Grant (FIG) program helps property owners transform the facade of commercial, industrial, and mixed-use buildings located in low-to-moderate income census tracts by providing a 50% matching grant to reimburse expenses incurred during a comprehensive facade improvement. The minimum grant amount is $10,000 and the maximum grant amount is $40,000.

The FIG program is funded by Federal Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) dollars. Therefore, grant funds are subject to federal requirements. The program is subject to a two-year period of compliance, reporting, and annual inspection by the City of Toledo. The grant is collateralized by a promissory note that is secured by a mortgage on the property for two years. Applications will be processed in the order they are received and grants will be awarded as funding is available.

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants, whether individual or entity, meet the following criteria:

  • *Applicant owns the building for which they are applying

  • Applicant is in good standing with governmental entities (i.e. current on income tax, property tax, utilities, code violations, fees).

*If the applicant does not own the building for which they are applying but does have the building under contract, the applicant is eligible to apply for the grant. However, grants will not be awarded until the applicant owns the building for which they are applying.

Eligible Buildings

Eligible buildings must:


A building's eligibility is determined by use, not zoning.

Eligible buildings include:

  • Commercial use (non-residential)

  • Industrial use

  • Mixed-use (integrated commercial and residential uses)

A building is ineligible to receive the grant if it contains businesses in the following industries:

  • Payday loan businesses

  • Liquor and tobacco stores

  • Pawn shops

  • Firearm or other weapons dealers

  • Adult entertainment

  • Passive real estate investments

Buildings with vacancies are required to provide a marketing plan that demonstrates their intention to actively market the property for commercial, industrial, or mixed-uses, a letter of intent from a business to occupy the space, or a statement of self-occupancy by the building owner. Buildings with an exclusively single-family residential or multi-family residential use are not eligible. A building may not receive more than one Facade Improvement Grant in its lifetime.

Eligible Expenses

The Facade Improvement Grant provides funding for a comprehensive enhancement to a building's facade. A facade is defined as the side of a building that faces a public street and contains a customer or primary entrance. Eligible projects include replacement, repair, or addition of at least two of the expenses below.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Building facing materials

  • Windows

  • Doors

  • Gutters and down spouts

  • Stairs

  • Ramps

  • Sidewalks

  • Permanent deck

  • Permanent patio

  • Exterior lighting (including lighting directed on the building, but not attached to it)

  • Exterior painting

  • Awnings

  • Canopies

  • Non-commercial artist mural approved by The Arts Commission

  • Walk-up service window

  • Permanent patio or deck

  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) assessment recommendations for the building facade.

  • Roofing expenses are eligible, but non-reimbursable expenses, which are applicable toward an applicant's match amount and must be accompanied by at least two of the expenses listed above to be eligible for the FIG.

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Paving

  • Landscaping

  • Fencing

  • Sidewalks located on public property

All enhancements must be located on private property and comply with zoning and building codes to be eligible for the Facade Improvement Grant. Any eligible expense incurred prior to the execution of the Facade Improvement Grant Agreement, or work performed without required permits, is ineligible.

A minimum of three quotes is required for each eligible expense, listed as a separate line item. Quotes must confirm adherence to Davis Bacon requirements, be on contractor letterhead, have individual line items for each eligible expense, and clearly identify the scope of work and estimated cost. Contractors shall have required licensing, bond, and insurance, and all work shall be performed according to applicable codes (i.e. Ohio Revised Code and Toledo Municipal Code).

Projects shall be completed within 12 months of the Effective Date of the Facade Improvement Grant Agreement.

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Call for Artist

Ohio Arts Council
Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15 (ANNUALLY)

The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program provides support for master artists to work with apprentices to build understanding and proficiency in folk and traditional art forms. By pairing exemplary practitioners of traditional art forms with dedicated apprentices, this program allows for concentrated study and cultural exchange. Traditional Arts Apprenticeship awards support the teaching and sharing of important cultural traditions, and enrich the lives of people throughout the state.

GRANT AWARDS: Master artists may request up to $4,000 to work with one, and if appropriate, two, apprentices. At least 50 percent of the request must be used for master artist honoraria. No match is required.

ELIGIBILITY: Apprentices must live in Ohio; master artists may live in another state if there is no suitable artist in Ohio. Both masters and apprentices must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens, and must have lived in the country for at least eight months prior to the deadline.
Applicants are eligible for only one award per year. Applications are accepted for apprenticeships in all forms of traditional arts, including traditional music and instrument making, sacred and secular crafts, occupational traditions, folk and ethnic dance, and traditional arts associated with annual celebrations.

STAFF CONTACT
Kathy Signorino
Individual Artist/Percent for Art Program
Coordinator and Traditional Arts
Apprenticeships Program Coordinator
kathy.signorino@oac.ohio.gov
614-728-6140

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Ohio Arts Council
Individual Excellence Awards

DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1 ANNUALLY

The Individual Excellence Awards program recognizes outstanding accomplishments by artists in a variety of disciplines. Awards give artists the resources to experiment and explore their art forms, develop skills and advance their careers, and receive affirmation and acknowledgment for outstanding work. Competitive applications focused on the merit of past artistic work, combined with an open panel review conducted by nationally recognized professionals, ensure that only the most exceptional individuals receive funding.

GRANT AWARDS: Individual Excellence Awards are $5,000.

Odd-numbered years (e.g. 2017, 2019): choreography, criticism, fiction/non-fiction, music composition, playwriting/screenplays, and poetry.
Even-numbered years (e.g. 2018, 2020): crafts, design arts/illustration, interdisciplinary/collaborative & performance art, media arts, photography, visual arts 2D, and visual arts 3D.

STAFF CONTACT
Kathy Signorino
Individual Artist/Percent for Art Program
Coordinator and Traditional Arts
Apprenticeships Program Coordinator
kathy.signorino@oac.ohio.gov
614-728-6140

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The Contemporary Dayton
Call for Artists at The Contemporary Dayton

ONGOING CALLS FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS

The Contemporary Dayton considers proposals from both artists and curators that expand the public’s understanding of the visual arts and represent the diversity and breadth of fine art and fine craft being made today. The gallery space is 210 running feet and 1,810 square feet on street level in downtown Dayton’s Bindery Building at 118 N. Jefferson Street, between First and Second streets.

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Ann Arbor Art Center
Call for Artists at Aquarium Gallery

Artists or Artist-led teams are invited to submit site-specific installation proposals for the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Aquarium Gallery. The Aquarium is an experimental micro gallery designed to showcase site-specific installations that engage with a street-level audience. The street-facing gallery is comprised of a large window space measuring approximately 72” h x 72” w x 12” d located on the West side of the building, off the corner of S. Ashley and W. Liberty St. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed by the Art Center’s Gallery team each month. Works must be original within the previous year and must not have been previously shown in any exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center.

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Ann Arbor Art Center
Artist Opportunities

The Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is committed to providing accessible opportunities for artists at every stage of their careers providing invaluable space and time to explore, experiment and enrich their creative practice.

Located in the heart of Ann Arbor’s emerging creative district, A2AC is the premier venue for artists to sell, exhibit and teach.

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River House Arts
Artist Submissions For Gallery Display

CONTEMPORARY GALLERY IN DOWNTOWN TOLEDO

River House Arts accepts submissions from contemporary artists working in all types of media, including video, for consideration on an ongoing basis. Visit link for submission details. 

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Poco Piatti
Display Opportunity

Poco Piatti is seeking artists to display their work at the downtown location at 329 N. Huron St. Interested parties should contact Al Ashby for details, 517-420-0932.

Poco-Piatti
University of Toledo
Art on the Mall

2022 Art on the Mall — Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Be part of The University of Toledo Alumni Association's one-of-a-kind, outdoor juried art fair.

Art on the Mall has been a Toledo tradition for 29 years. It is one of the area's best-known and most eagerly anticipated annual art events. 

Art on the Mall is known for its diverse collection of artwork. Will you join us? 

2022 IMPORTANT DATES

  • April 30 - Application due

  • July 1 - Booth fees due

  • July 31 - Art on the Mall

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Visual AIDS
Postcards from the Edge

Postcards From The Edge is an exhibition and benefit sale of original, postcard-sized works on paper by established and emerging artists. All the artwork is exhibited anonymously, and the name of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased. This means that you can not sign the front of your submission, only the back. All proceeds support the programs of Visual AIDS.

Postcards from the Edge will take place from January 5th through 8th both in-person at Ortuzar Projects in New York City and online. All submitted artworks will be exhibited at Ortuzar Projects and available for purchase online.

Any and all artists over 18 years old are encouraged to donate a 4" x 6" original work on paper for our Postcards From the Edge exhibition and benefit sale. Download instructions and submission forms here. All submissions must be accompanied by a form.

Postcard sized artwork can be in any medium, including drawings, photographs, paintings, printmaking, textile, sculpture and mixed media, as long as it is 4" x 6" inches - horizontal or vertical format are fine. There are no limitations to theme or subject matter, however work should be original. For example, a pre-printed or mass produced postcard or a 4 x 6” print of a larger original work are not eligible to be included.

The exhibition and sale is not juried. All work that arrives by deadline and meets the submission criteria will be displayed.

Our mailing address is: 526 W 26th St. #309, New York, NY 10001. The postmark deadline for Postcards from the Edge 2023 submissions is November 21, 2022. This is when you must put the artwork in the mail, not when we need to receive it. You may also hand deliver artwork to the Visual AIDS office M-F 10:30am-6pm.

Please email postcards@visualaids.org with any unanswered questions.

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Workshops and Resources

The Arts Commission and Metroparks Toledo
Field of Histories Community Engagement Event

On Sunday October 30th, Metroparks Toledo and The Arts Commission will be hosting a community event at Glass City Metropark from 12pm-4pm to inform the incoming art piece, Field of Histories, to be installed by late 2023. The piece is being created by artist Bryony Roberts who was selected from five finalists following a call to artists from all over the country in the winter of 2021.

Project Description 

Field of Histories will consist of 175 glass orbs on posts, in which significant objects provided from the community will be scanned and laser engraved inside. The project will also link to an online catalog of audio and/or written recordings of personal histories gathered at the workshops. 

We’re inviting community members to bring up to two objects that have personal significance and that represent part of the history of Toledo. What object expresses a unique story about the history of the Glass City? What object captures some of the cultural experiences of your neighborhood or your community? This could be an object from the industrial history of glass manufacturing or a decorative object particular to your cultural community or a homemade object that expresses personal craft. We’re particularly interested in stories about Toledo that haven’t been told yet, and that help this project reflect the full breadth of experiences in the Glass City. 

Field of Histories will offer a destination for exploring the past, present, and future of glass in Toledo through an immersive public art piece that is integrated into the landscape. Beginning with an in-depth community engagement process, the project will reflect the many stories of glass in Toledo, as told by individuals who have lived and worked in the city. In a series of community workshops, individuals from Toledo will bring objects that they feel are significant to local history and to cultural identity, which will offer a launching point for discussion about the history of glassmaking in the city.  

Community Engagement Event Details

What: Field of Histories, Metroparks Toledo Art Project: Community Engagement Event

Community members may bring up to 2 objects of personal significance to be considered for inclusion in the Field of Histories installation. Participants will allow volunteers and staff of The Arts Commission and Metroparks Toledo to handle and photograph their object and record (in writing or audio recording) information about the object provided by each participant. Some objects submitted and recorded may not be included in the final project.

Object Criteria:

  • No taller than 16 inches. 

  • No bigger than 12” wide or 12” long. 

  • Rigid objects made of a hard material (such as glass, metal, ceramic, concrete, plastic, or wood). 

  • No soft objects made of materials such as fabrics, paper, plants, or food. 

Art and park activities for families will be included while participants wait to document their stories.

When: Sunday, October 30th, 2022. 12-4pm

Where:  Glass City Metropark Pavilion, 983 Front Street, Toledo, 43605

Who: All are welcome, East Side residents are strongly encouraged to attend

Presented by Metroparks Toledo, Bryony Roberts Studio, and The Arts Commission.

FilmToledo
The Actors' Workshop

Partnered with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, The Actors’ Workshop is a monthly event featuring studies of film acting techniques, interactive improv exercises, and discussion of the local film scene.

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Bowling Green State University - Center for Regional Development
Greater Toledo Digital Equity Community Needs Survey

Community members from the Greater Toledo area are invited to complete this brief, 5 minute, survey to help us understand the ways in which access to technology and broadband impact Lucas County residents. We want to understand how individuals and families use the internet, what devices (laptops, tablets, phones, etc.) are being used to get online, and what kind of access is available for residents in their homes. Through this, we hope to determine what the community needs related to internet access, device availability and digital skills.

Take the Survey
Toledo Poet
Local Literary Enthusiasts

ToledoPoet.com is the site for Toledo Poets.  View our Calendar of Events, join our Email group to get notification and reminders of events, and check out our Local Publishers Accepting Submissions page. Be sure to sign up for the email list!

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Tholepin Press and Studios
Life Drawing Venue

ONGOING OPPORTUNITY

Tholepin Press and Studios, Toledo's longest running life drawing venue, has been offering life drawing courses every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 6 - 9 pm for twenty five years. $10 for adults. $7 for college students with ID. $5 for high school students with parental approval. Poses from two minute gestures to two hours. Wine, soda and snacks served during the break. Located along the Maumee river, at 210 Elm Street, just North of Downtown Toledo. Free parking in the street below. All you need to bring is paper and pencils. Visit Life Drawing at Tholepin Press & Studios on Facebook or call/text 419-243-4944.

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Ohio Arts Council
Individual Artists Opportunities Database

The Artist Opportunities Database is a searchable listing of opportunities for artists, managed by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), and is free and open to the public for browsing and searching. The purpose of the database is to announce opportunities available to artists.

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National Resources for Artists and Funding
Candid and Grantspace

Candid houses a wealth of information for nonprofits, organizations, and individuals, including some services such as webinars and workshops tailored specifically to artists. In short, it is a great organization to be aware of with comprehensive search options for grants and other financial resources. Individuals and organizations can purchase a membership to find funding online ($50/month) or can visit the Toledo Lucas County Public Main Library and access the portal (with training) for free.

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
Business Technology Department
325 N Michigan St
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-259-5209
Main URL: https://www.toledolibrary.org/business


Grantspace
 is a service of Candid with a honed mission around grantmaking and services.

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Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center
Classes and Programs

From cardio drumming to salsa lessons to pottery and cooking classes to cultural tours, SQACC offers a host of community classes and programs. 

For more information or to sign up for a class follow the link below.

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Collingwood Arts Center
Studio Space Available

The Collingwood Arts Center facility houses over 25 visual arts studio spaces of varying sizes, as well as nine music studios and one dance studio. Studio leases are written for 6 month periods only, with the contract reverting to a month to month basis after the original 6 months. Restrictions: these spaces are for studio work space only. They may not be used as residential spaces. Utilities are included in rental rate. Click here to download the application. Return completed application and $25 application fee to: Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Ave., Toledo OH 43620. For detailed information, photos, dimensions, and pricing, visit the CAC's website

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BiG Fab Lab • Bowling Green
Memberships

Join the BiG Fab Lab and gain access to our woodshop, metalshop, pottery studio, 3D printers and scanners, laser engraver and more! Schedule a tour now!

Once you become a member and pass basic tool safety training, your creativity can have full reign!

Members are expected to work in a safe manner, treat others with respect, clean up after themselves, and care for the equipment. Memberships will be revoked if these guidelines are not followed. Check out our Member Handbook to understand your responsibilities as a member.

Each member will be issued an RFID swipe picture ID. This card will be necessary to access various areas of the Lab. Soon, our swipe system will allow us to control tool access, monitor usage, and monitor scheduling.

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Toledo Lucas County Library
Small Business & Nonprofit Assistance

The library offers free small business resources for those looking to get an idea off the ground. Topics include: learn about the business you're interested in, know your competition, define your overall goals, create a business plan.

The library also has a WorkSpace for individuals and organizations to establish a home base for up to 3 months.

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University of Toledo
COMMUNITY MUSIC PROGRAM

The University of Toledo Community Music Program offers group and private music lessons to members of the community. You do not need to be a UToledo student to participate. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not holding GROUP lessons at this time. We hope to hold GROUP LESSONS in the future when the pandemic is passed. Any decision will be announced here on the website.

Private lessons will be conducted virtually if a student teacher is available in the desired instrument or in voice. Please complete the inquiry form below and someone from the Music Department will get back with you.

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Anthony Wayne Area Arts Commission
Current Events & Artist Opportunities
Toledo Museum of Art
Classes and Workshops

TMA offers an assortment of virtual and in-person art classes for youth and adult audiences in a range of media.

Explore your creativity for the first time—or the first time in years—at the Toledo Museum of Art. For more than a century, this community resource has offered classes for every age, every experience level, and every schedule. All classes and workshops are related to works of art in the TMA collection.

Students will visit the galleries virtually, learn about some of the iconic works of art, then combine that inspiration with their own creativity at home. Looking for a creative outlet for the kids, wanting to try something new or seeking an opportunity to refine your skills? You’ll find it here.

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Copper Moon Studio
Classes & Projects

Copper Moon teaches you the basics of fused glass to assemble a project designed by you. Using a variety of fused glass techniques, you'll choose the colors and patterns. After you design the piece, we'll fire the design in our kiln and have it ready for pick up at our studio one week from the day of your class.

A great option for birthday parties, corporate events, troop activities, or a family fun day! Do you need a quiet afternoon to create? Come by yourself and work independently. Call 419-867-0683 for more information.

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Toledo Artists' Club
Classes & Workshops

The Toledo Artists’ Club has made it a priority to offer classes and workshops for both children and adults.

All classes held at the Toledo Artists' Club, in the Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, Ohio

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Cleveland Creative Compass
Educational Resources

Cleveland's Creative Compass organization is an education resource for Cleveland area artists with some opportunities available to a wider audience. Visit their page for Calls for ArtistsAuditionsGrantsClasses / Workshops & Events, and Employment

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The Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Emergency Grants

Emergency Grants, offered by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, provide prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding and/or artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,500. Applications are reviewed once per month by a volunteer committee of established artists. The FCA recommends applying within 6-8 weeks of the artist's performance or exhibition date. Apply no sooner than 8 weeks prior to when funding is needed.

Additional Emergency Grant funding can be applied for via the Gottlieb Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

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Current Projects

Accelerator Grant Program

The Arts Commission values the many artists across disciplines who contribute vibrancy to Toledo. The Accelerator Grant is a competitive program offering financial support with quick turn-around for artists to advance their creative projects, thereby advancing their careers. Eligible categories of support include: equipment, supplies, professional development and project support. Grant amounts are not to exceed $1500.

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Merit Awards

The Arts Commission commends local artists who dedicate many hours and personal resources to advancing their artform. The Merit Award program recognizes outstanding individual local artists – literary, performing and visual. A panel of renowned artists and cultural leaders from other Midwest communities make recommendations for funding to the Arts Commission staff and board. The Merit Award program not only presents the potential for monetary benefits for the artists applying but also valuable exposure to the invited review panelists and the art communities they represent.

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Artist Vendors

For artists who are interested in selling goods at various shows and markets throughout the state of Ohio you will need to obtain a Transient Vendors License (TVL) for the legal collection of state sales tax. The State offers licenses for an initial fee of $25. There are both paper and online formats of the application. After setting up an Ohio Business Gateway account, you can use this portal to digitally apply for the TVL on the spot, in addition to finding details on how to collect, report and pay sales tax.

Application

Street Performing

For artists who are interested in busking - a.k.a. street performing - the City of Toledo offers an opportunity for official licensure. By obtaining an official City of Toledo Street Performing License, artists are legally allowed to collect tips for their performances on public/City property. The City offers licenses for an initial fee of $20, and just $5 to renew each following year. Licenses are valid from January through December each year.

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Toledo and Lucas County Arts Relief Grants

In January 2021, The Arts Commission, with funding from the City of Toledo and Lucas County, distributed approximately $425,000 in grants to local artists and small arts organizations through the City of Toledo and Lucas County Arts Relief Grants program. This economic relief funding was aimed at supporting artists and organizations whose ability to earn income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This investment provided relief for 14 arts and culture organizations and 190 individual artists.

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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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For Youth

The Arts Commission supports area teens through our Young Artists at Work (YAAW) and Congressional Exhibition programs. By creating opportunities to show work and fostering environments for learning and collaboration, we are dedicated to inspiring the youth of our city's future to dream big, create big, and become active and engaged artists in our community.