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Celebrate the Glass City

Celebrate the Glass City

The Arts Commission hosted the 2022 Momentum Festival along the Maumee riverfront on September 15, 16, and 17, 2022. This year's festival was a celebration of the International Year of Glass in the Glass City itself. You can continue to enjoy the Momentum | Intersection Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion through October 16, 2022.

If you're interested in other opportunities to celebrate the International Year of Glass, The Libbey House Foundation is sponsoring a lecture series throughout 2022 that will highlight the rich history that has made Toledo “The Glass City.” Each of the planned lectures will focus on a different aspect of glass in Toledo.

Speakers will include historians, glass industry executives, researchers, curators, and collectors. The series will focus on Toledo’s unique role in fostering the development of both industrial glass and art glass. The series is grouped into three themes: The Roots of Toledo Glass, Toledo Glass Innovation, and Toledo Glass and American Aesthetics. The Roots of Toledo Glass

The cost is of each lecture is $10, which includes a wine and cheese reception. All lectures will begin with a reception at 6:30p.m. and lecture at 7:00 p.m. in the first floor parlor of the Libbey House, located in Toledo’s Historic Old West End at 2008 Scottwood.

Something for Everyone

Started in 2017, Momentum is a three-day festival that celebrates our vibrant community through arts and culture. Generously presented by ProMedica, this year’s festival is a celebration of Toledo's status as the Glass City during the International Year of Glass. Do as much or as little as you want–there is something that will spark a little creativity in everyone! Scroll for a complete list of activities and schedule for the festival.

Celebrating our vibrant community through arts and culture.

The Arts Commission’s 2022 Momentum Festival brought three days of free arts and cultural experiences to downtown Toledo. We could not offer this innovative programming without the help of our generous sponsors. Together, we are strengthening our community, fostering creativity, and building a new and better future for our City. Thank you to our sponsors; ProMedica, Owens Corning, NSG / Pilkington N.A., University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, KeyBank National Association Trustee for the Walter E. Terhune Memorial Fund, the Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, The Blade, Toledo Museum of Art, BCAN, Lucas County Commissioners, Buckeye Broadband, 13 ABC, City of Toledo, Erie Construction, The Lathrop Company, Imagination Station, O-I, Mansour Wealth Management - McDonald Partners, Greater Toledo Community Foundation, Hollywood Casino, Louisville Title, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Communica, La-Z-Boy, Mainstreet Ventures, Spengler Nathanson, Adams Street Publishing, Metroparks Toledo, First Hospitality Group - Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, Creadio - A Will Lucas Company, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Aly Sterling, Hylant, Kengo Sushi & Yakitori, Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, The Andersons,, Destination Toledo, Madhouse, First Energy - Toledo Edison, Crane Development, Karp Associates - BuildTech, Stevens Disposal, and private donors.

Current Projects


Canopy is a grove of illuminated tree-like sculptures that continuously transform, illuminating and expanding as participants power them with bike-driven generators. This highly interactive artwork is a collaboration between the artist group Pneuhaus and the bicycle event design collective Can-duit.

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Clearly Hidden!

Join us for a free scavenger hunt along the Maumee Riverfront! Four local glass artists have contributed 60 glass ornaments to be hidden at Promenade Park and Festival Park. Find an ornament and it's yours! We ask that all guests please only take one ornament so others can enjoy the scavenger hunt as well. The hunt starts at 1PM, September 17!

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Giant Light Box

Guests can create their own temporary artwork by moving glass pegs on a backlit board. Created by local artist Adam Sanzenbacher, and inspired by nostalgic toys, the Giant Light Box is a chance for kids of all ages to play and explore their creative side!

The Holding Project

The Holding Project is a living artwork that includes community voices focused on feelings about safety. The project is both a participant-activated social artwork and the creation of an artifact and archive of community responses to contemporary culture.

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Momentum | Intersection

The Momentum | Intersection glass program is a collaboration of industry, design, and art. Inspired by the studio glass movement, The Arts Commission seeks to provide new collaborations between applications of glass as an artistic medium and manufacturing processes. The program is a partnership with NSG, Pilkington North America.

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Oscillation is an interactive installation that uses sight, sound, and movement to spark community activity and social interaction through play. The project is installed at the Hilton Garden Inn Pocket Park from September 12 - 17. Creator and owner: The Urban Conga Tour producer: Creos Image: Oscillation, a creation of Urban Conga (Photo: Adam Luto Photography)

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Patti LaBelle

We’re bringing back the Friday night concert for this year’s Momentum Festival! ProMedica Live is hosting the “Godmother of Soul”, Patti LaBelle, in Toledo on Friday, September 16, as a part of The Arts Commission’s annual Momentum weekend (September 15 to 17). Enjoy soulful tunes, Toledo’s best food trucks, and beverages - including beer for the 21+ crowd - along the river in Promenade Park.

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Whitman on Walls!

Celebrate local and global poetry on Saturday, September 17, with Whitman on Walls! (WoW!) by Compagnia de' Colombari, featuring Toledo poets live! Set outdoors, the WoW! experience is meant to provide the experience of a drive-in movie and poetry slam combined.

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Toledo Alphabet Project

This project reimagines the typography of Toledo history with powered and illuminated letters.

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International Year of Glass

Toledo has earned the title of The Glass City through its long history of innovation in all aspects of the glass industry. In celebration of the United Nation’s International Year of Glass, more than a dozen local organizations have joined forces to highlight our region’s rich history in glass and manufacturing, to showcase the birthplace of the Studio Glass Movement and our vibrant art scene today, and to celebrate Toledo as the epicenter of the glass industry. Dozens of events including lectures, tours, workshops, and a dynamic art & music festival are planned to take place throughout 2022 in celebration of the International Year in Toledo.

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