Empower communities, support neighborhood identities, and beautify public spaces through the common language of art.

About Creative Placemaking

The Arts Commission is the leading organization in Toledo driving creative placemaking efforts. Creative placemaking is defined by the National Endowment for the Arts as follows: "Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire and be inspired." Through this work, The Arts Commission is engaging artists and organizations in six of Toledo's original neighborhoods to lead creative efforts that speak to building neighborhood community, culture, and revitalization.

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Engagement to Inspiration

Creative resident-led engagement drives civic change that inspires reuse of public spaces, creates healthier, safer environments, and increases the vibrancy of our greater community.

The Arts Commission asks to be guests in neighborhoods to work alongside residents, community leaders, and stakeholders. We partner with local artists to celebrate and elevate neighborhood cultural identity while working to identify and address needs with dynamic cross-sector solutions. Through this process, we beautify spaces, increase programming, and inform opportunities for residents to impact economic and service systems that deliver sustainable change.


Strategic Plan for Arts & Culture

In 2015, a Strategic Alliance Partnership grant established a commitment between The City of Toledo and The Arts Commission to create a Strategic Plan for Arts and Culture (TSPAC) that will support cultural vibrancy, economic revitalization, to connect and grow the rich network of creative life that exists in Toledo. The planning process included more than one year of public engagement in 8 neighborhoods surrounding downtown Toledo: Cherry Street Area, Dorr Street Area, East Toledo, Olde North End, Old South End, Old West End, UpTown, and Warehouse District. The plan identifies 10 key objectives using the collective voices of residents, artists, and neighborhood leaders that will be adopted into the City of Toledo 20/20 Plan.

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UpTown Grant Opportunity

Safety & Beautification Grant

UpLift UpTown supports projects, programs, events, and other approaches that address safety, blight reduction, greening, and beautification efforts in Toledo’s UpTown neighborhood. Successful applications will address a specific need or area concern that contributes to increased perceptions of safety, reduce opportunities for crime, and contribute to enhancing the look, feel, and experience of the neighborhood. Resident-driven projects are preferred, however, neighborhood partners, stakeholders, and others leading projects are welcome to apply, so long as the project takes place within the neighborhood borders as depicted below and has a clear benefit to the Uptown neighborhood. Projects that include an artistic or creative element are encouraged.

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