arts commission logo


Return to the Riverfront

Return to the Riverfront

The Arts Commission is pleased to announce the 2021 Momentum Festival, returning in-person along the Maumee riverfront. Join us on September 16, 17, and 18 with community partners and friends to enjoy art, music, film, poetry, dance, and more!

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 promises to capture your imagination and encourages curiosity. Do as much or as little as you want–there is something that will spark a little creativity in everyone! Stay tuned for a complete list of activities and schedule for the festival.

September 16th – 18th

Celebrating our vibrant community through arts and culture.

The Arts Commission’s 2021 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 Blade, Toledo Museum of Art, BCAN, Buckeye Broadband, Huntington Bank, 13 ABC, City of Toledo, Erie Construction, Imagination Station, O-I, Mansour Wealth Management - McDonald Partners, The Ability Center, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Communica, La-Z-Boy, Ballas Buick GMC, Mainstreet Ventures, Spengler Nathanson, Adams Street Publishing, 2 Scale, Metroparks Toledo, Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, Kengo Sushi & Yakitori, Balance Pan-Asian Grille, The Andersons,, Destination Toledo, Madhouse, Stevens Disposal, and private donors.

Current Projects

Supernova Regeneration

Denver Digerati has crafted two special programs of digital animation to present to the public at Toledo’s Momentum Festival, celebrating the return to an in-person experience. This engagement represents the second time Momentum has collided with the annual Supernova Digital Animation Festival hosted in Denver, Colorado each September.

Learn More

Poetry Readings

Enjoy a selection of readings curated by Jonie McIntire featuring Audamatik, Dan Denton, Della Della, Lydia Horvath, Huntorprey, and Jodie Summers.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

The Toledo Alphabet Project

This project reimagines the typography of Toledo history with powered and illuminated letters. Twenty-six sculptures are installed around downtown Toledo through September 15. Can you find them all?#MyVibrantToledo

Learn More

Sons of Toledo

SONS OF TOLEDO - After waking up to an early morning phone call giving him the news his brother was killed, a Toledo barber navigates the obstacles of his day before going to the funeral home that night to give the young man his final cut.

Learn More

Live Painting

Celebrate local artists who will be live painting pop up murals to punctuate the landscape. Featured artists include Mercé Culp, CON TRON, Ken Dushane III aka Phybr, Camille Isaacs, Michael Osborne aka Abstract Overspray, Maude, Chilly Rodriguez, and Matt Taylor. Be sure to stop by on Saturday from 12PM - 5PM to cast your vote for the "People's Choice" award!

Learn More

Zot Artz - Make Your Mark!

No matter your age or ability, you can be a part of a community art project and have a piece of your own to take home with Zot Artz! Presented by The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, we are excited to offer a one-of-a-kind art opportunity on Saturday, September 18. Zot Artz has accessible tools that allow people of all abilities to enjoy painting and printmaking processes in a fun, friendly environment.

Zot Artz

Artist Market

Explore and purchase from a selection of handmade goods by Rose & Perry Co, streetspun, Seed of Life Farms, paperDENIMart, Mango and J Plush, DurdtPile, Avert Adornments, Sage Kimani Co., Just Josephine, Jackdaw Trades, Toledope, Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery, Nadine A Bower Art, SRS Studios LLC, Earth Fire Flowers, Rocky Moon, 419 Fiber, The Arts Commission’s Young Artist at Work Program, and Handmade Toledo.

Learn More

The Holding Project

The Holding Project is a living artwork that includes community voices focused on feelings about safety. At Momentum, the artists will ask people to participate in this project by writing, drawing or doodling responses to questions about perceptions of safety.

Learn More

Peace Flags

With a desire to put out some good vibes after a complicated and painful year, Faesthetic invited a group of 14 US-based artists and designers to create 16 "Peace" themed flags for the 16th issue. The collection will be on view from Festival Park, hung from the second floor of Imagination Station.

Read More