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Artist Opportunities

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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

Scrap4Art
Administrative Assistant

Scrap4Art Administrative Assistant - Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

This is a part-time, hourly position hired by and directly accountable to the Board President, Treasurer and Grant Writer, as representatives of the Scrap4art Board. Works in coordination with the Store Manager and other temporary store staff. Hours are approximately 28 per month at $20 per hour.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Prepare and make regularly scheduled deposits. Input deposit records in the agency bank account. Assure that cash receipts are reconciled and match the electronic Square record. Provide a deposit record to the Treasurer, detailing all funds deposited by type and source.

2. Open and route mail, looking for time-sensitive mailings to bring to the appropriate Board member’s attention

3. Gather documentation for all expenses, noting on receipts the funding source to be charged, if other than the general fund.

4. Issue thank you letters/emails for donations.

5. Maintain a database of customers, donors and event attendees for email purposes.

6. Answer emails directed to Scrap4Art

7. Recruit and manage volunteers by maintaining a database of contact information and roles, orienting new volunteers and tracking volunteer hours

8. Update the website store items for sale with new photos and prices sent to the website administrator

9. Contact businesses and individuals for donations

10. Maintain the Google electronic records according to established systems and develop as needed.

11. Maintain a record of registrations for workshops, camps and events and communicate

with the instructor and appropriate Board member(s) regarding all registrations.

12. Assist with fundraising efforts, including events, mailings and other activities as requested.

Please submit resume and statement of interest via email to jjarrett0628@yahoo.com by February 15, 2023.

Scrap4Art Website
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

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

The Toledo Zoo
Wild About Art

AUGUST 12 & 13, 2023

Join us for this uniquely wild, two-day art fair that takes place throughout Zoo grounds. This event features local and regional artists with a variety of mediums on display and for sale and includes live entertainment, hands-on art activities and of course animals!

Calling all artists! We are seeking creative artists and skilled makers to take part in Wild about Art.

Artists may sign up by visiting our application through ZAPP©.

Applications must be submitted online through ZAPP© by Monday, April 24.

Please note: art does not have to be animal related.

Questions, please contact artfair@toledozoo.org.

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Sylvania Community Arts Commission
Maple & Main Art and Music Festival

Each year over 6000 art and music enthusiasts fill downtown Sylvania to enjoy the Maple & Main Art and Music Festival The heart of Sylvania is filled with Artist’ booths, roaming musicians, a live music stage and terrific food trucks from around the region. Sylvania Arts is looking for artists for our annual street festival June 3-4, 2023.

Artists can apply for booth space through Zapplication beginning in early January, make sure to sign up soon to reserve your spot.

Fill out an application online or visit www.SylvaniaArts.org for more information.

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Midwest Sculpture Initiative
Call for Entries for the 2023-24 Spring Series of Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions

CALL FOR ENTRIES
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY FEBRUARY 28TH, 2023

The Midwest Sculpture Initiative is proud to be organizing 7 outdoor sculpture exhibits for the 2023-24 “Spring Series”. All exhibits feature the following benefits to the exhibiting sculptor:
o stipends of $1000. (paid to sculptor at time of installation);
o high visibility sites;
o year-long coordinated media promotions;
o most venues offer guided tours and brochures;
o exhibits posted on the MSI website (www.msisculpture.com) with links to and from the host websites;
o concrete pads and installation services;
o strongly encouraged sales (MSI has proven year after year that it can sell sculpture, ask the many happy sculptors);
o and MSI, with the ‘host’, will provide liability insurance (sculptor supplies damage and loss insurance).
o All spring exhibits begin approximately May 1st, 2023, and conclude April 15th, 2024

THE EXHIBITS

1. 18th Annual Sculpture on Ford Road in Canton (Michigan) an upscale, rapidly developing, western suburb of Detroit that is focused on involving the arts into the everyday life of its citizens. This year-long exhibition is sponsored by the Canton Downtown Development Authority with assistance from the Canton Public Art Committee. The exhibition will be comprised of sculptures along a three-mile stretch of Ford Road. Currently, 42,000 vehicles a day travel this site. This community wide exhibit exposes the artwork to the residents and the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors to Canton, Michigan. Stipend: $1000.

2. 18th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at the University of Toledo (Ohio). This campus wide exhibit exposes the artwork to 25,000 + students, faculty, staff and visitors over the year long exhibit. The University of Toledo has an active sculpture purchase program and a desire to grow the exhibit in scope and scale, therefore, some sculptors may be asked to exhibit their piece for two years with an additional stipend being paid. Stipend: $1000.

3. 16th Annual Art Trail Tecumseh the City of Tecumseh (Michigan) is a vibrant community, located 25 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, Michigan and 45 miles northwest of Toledo, Ohio. Tecumseh is home to 8,700 residents. Noted as one of the first three original settlements in Michigan. Tecumseh is proud of its past, this is clear in the historic downtown district. An interesting mix of specialty shops and dining options fill the buildings that have stood watch over Chicago Boulevard for over 150 years. Historic downtown Tecumseh provides an ideal setting for a public sculpture program. Stipend: $1000.

4. 14th Annual City of Hastings Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Hastings (Michigan) is a vivid example of a community that works to provide a quality of life for all citizens. Hastings has been rated as one of the "best" in the book “The Best Small Towns in America” by Norman Crampton. Hastings is a community that actively supports public art as exhibited by their rapidly growing permanent collection. Stipend $1000.


5. 11th Annual Fenton Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition the City of Fenton (Michigan) is conveniently located in lower mid-Michigan with access to the U.S. 23 expressway giving easy access to Ann Arbor, Flint, Lansing and Detroit within an hour drive. Since 1995, the City of Fenton has experienced a boom in both housing and business. With a trend in apartment and condominium living. The median age is 34 and the median income is $55,637. Many Fenton residents earn their livings in the field of education, health, social services and manufacturing. Stipend: $1000.

6. 10th Annual City of Belleville and Van Buren Township Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition the City of Belleville is nestled on beautiful Belleville Lake in the heart of Van Buren Township. From scenic parks to an all-American main street lined with shops and eateries, Belleville is a delightful waterfront community. The City and Township offer family friendly festivals, events and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Waterfront recreation, a traditional downtown, Van Buren Township's Belleville Road commercial corridor, plus easy access at the crossroads of I-94 and I-275, make the Belleville Area Community an outstanding place to live, work and play. Stipend: $1000.

7. 6th Annual Fostoria Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Fostoria, Ohio was established in 1854 and is located at the convergence of Hancock, Seneca and Wood Counties in Northwest Ohio. It is approximately 40 miles south of Toledo and 90 miles north of Columbus. Fostoria is best known for its famous glass production years and for its abundant rail traffic that continues today. Visitors travel from many different states and even countries, to visit out historic city. Train enthusiasts love our beautiful Iron Triangle Rail Park for panoramic viewing of 100+daily trains. Others visit the various museums that are dedicated to Fostoria Glass as well as namesake's Governor Charles Foster memorabilia and other notable pieces from Fostoria's history including a Fostoria-manufactured Allen Car and WWII-era Seagrave fire engine and more. Residents and visitors alike enjoy our seasonal Farmer's Markets from May-September. Stipend: $1000.


WHAT TO SUBMIT (AS MANY PIECES AS YOU WANT!)
o Work durable enough to withstand the harsh Michigan/Ohio/Indiana winters and suitable for public viewing;
o completed and signed entry form;
o JPEG digital images on a CD including: 1 or 2 views of each work, filenames must include: corresponding number to the image list, artist’s last name, title (03_Rodin_Thinker). Images must be at least 72 dpi; please DO NOT use all caps on the digital images’ filename or insert your information onto the image
o image list including image number, artist name, title, material(s), dimensions in feet, weight, retail price; (40% commission charged on sales) and installation requirements;
o current professional resume;
o one paragraph artist's statement (if you’re Irish and/or an English major it can be longer);
o resume, artist's statement, and image list must be in PDF format on the CD. Please do not email as an JPEG.
o no electronic signatures

Submission tip: Do not be afraid to re-submit pieces that may not have been accepted in previous years or that have been in previous MSI exhibits (example: just because it was in Canton last year doesn’t mean it can’t go to Toledo this year! Also, remember jurors are fickle!)

SUBMISSIONS SNAIL MAILED or HAND DELIVER TO:
Ken Thompson
Midwest Sculpture Initiative
11993 East U.S. 223
Blissfield, MI 49228
Questions: 517-486-4591 or msisculpture@netzero.net

SUBMISSIONS E- MAILED TO:
msisculpture@netzero.net

PLEASE NOTE: Total email size must be under 20MB, or the NetZero server will reject it. Please follow all the instructions above and 'attach' JPEG photos and PDF files of printed materials. We will send a confirmation email.

All Calls for Entries and previous Midwest Sculpture Initiative exhibits can be seen at www.msisculpture.com

Note: We can relocate your work from show to show, for a fee of course.
Call 517-486-4591 for more information.

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Sylvania Community Arts Commission
Townsend Bridge Project-Sylvania Ohio

The Sylvania Community Arts Commission (SCAC) is seeking local artist submissions to create artwork to enhance a portion of the Silica Road bridge structure crossing the Ottawa River near Sylvania Northview High School. The bridge reconstruction is to begin in early 2023 with a completion date in the fall of 2023.

The artwork will be placed on a stone pillar adjacent to a plaque honoring a long time art educator at Sylvania Northview, Don Townsend. SCAC suggests that works be constructed of ceramic, glass, metal or other materials that would be appropriate to the application and environmental conditions. However, all work will be considered. The placement of the artwork will be on a pillar inset measuring 24”wide x 48” tall with a depth of 1/2 inch. Two pieces of artwork will be applied to the face of the pillar, one on the north side, the other on the south side and should be similarly themed material.

A $5000 stipend will be awarded to the artist. Go to Sylvaniaarts.org for more information.

Deadline for applications: February 28, 2023

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The San Diego Watercolor Society
The San Diego Watercolor Society's 43rd International Exhibition

Enter the San Diego Watercolor Society’s 43rd International Show and Exhibition, featuring more than $20,000 in cash and prizes and a $5,000 first place award. Deadline May 7, 2023.

Now accepting all types of water-based media on stretched canvas, cradled panel board and paper. Framing optional. Online Entry only. Visit www.sdws.org for prospectus or call 619-876-4550 for more information.

Juror, Stephen Zhang, TWSA, WHS.

Exhibition runs October 1st- October 31st.

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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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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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Workshops and Resources

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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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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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.

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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.