Getting Creative

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.

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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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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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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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.


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Artist Vendors

How to Obtain a Transient Vendors License

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.


Application

Opportunities & Resources

Note: many organizations and venues have adjusted opportunity deadlines and formats due to Covid-19. Please check with each organization before applying. Use the Filter button the right to quickly navigate featured categories, or use the Search bar below to find specific words or phrases that meet your interests.

Employment Opportunities

American Frame

Ongoing Opportunities

American Frame has a variety of open positions from hands on work to customer service.

Employment Opportunities

Americans for the Arts Job Bank

Find arts administration listings across the nation.

Workshops + Resources

Anthony Wayne Area Arts Commission offers monthly class schedule

Continue your professional development and grow your skills

Workshops + Resources

Art Supply Depo offers a variety workshops

The Art Supply Depo offers a regular schedule of classes and workshops.

Grants + Funding

Artists with Disabilities Access Program

Application Deadlines: June 1 annually; December 1 annually

The Artists with Disabilities Access Program provides funding that gives individual artists with disabilities – and organizations that serve them – the resources they need to further their artistic development.

Grants + Funding

Arts Midwest GIG (Grow, Invest, Gather) Fund

Flexible support to help arts and culture organizations grow their capacity, fund artist engagements, and build community.

Grants + Funding

Artwork Archive

Unrestricted Grant Opportunity

Artwork Archive's Art Business Accelerator Grant provides visual artists with unrestricted funds, resources, and a curriculum to help establish, grow and manage their art careers. The grant is designed to arm artists with the necessary business skills to succeed as artists and entrepreneurs—and to make a living through their artwork.

Call For Artist

Call for Artists - 115 Gallery Windows at The Ann Arbor Art Center

Artists or artist-led teams are invited to submit site-specific installation proposals for The Ann Arbor Art Center’s 115 Gallery Windows.

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Call for Artists - Aquarium Gallery at the Ann Arbor Art Center

Artists or Artist-led teams are invited to submit site-specific installation proposals for the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Aquarium Gallery, an experimental micro gallery designed to showcase site-specific installations that engage with a street-level audience.

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Call for Artists - Holden Forests and Gardens, Cleveland Botanical Garden

Rolling Deadline though September 15, 2021

Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) is seeking artists to exhibit their work at the Cleveland Botanical Garden campus spring through fall of 2021 and beyond. The purpose of these art exhibits is to further our mission of connecting “people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.” The art exhibits present an opportunity for visitors to connect with the work of local artists while enjoying both the interior and exterior gardens. Work can be completed in any medium and can be either two or three dimensional.

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Call for Artists - 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.

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Call for Artists - Wild About Art at Toledo Zoo

Deadline April 26, 2021

Wild about Art is a two-day art fair on Saturday, August 7, and Sunday, August 8, 2021. This unique show, set in the wild beauty of the number one zoo in the nation, features local and regional artists with various mediums on display for thousands of Zoo visitors.

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Call for Artists in all Media: Gathered Glassblowing Studio

Featured Artist Opportunity

Gathered Glassblowing Studio is searching for a diversity of artists working in varied media to be considered for Featured Artist representation.

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Call for Artists: 2022 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Dance

Deadline: June 11, 2021

Three prizes of $50,000 will be given to young immigrant dancers, choreographers, and artistic directors whose work demonstrates a significant contribution to dance and movement arts in the United States.

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Call for Artists: Ottawa Hills High School Mural

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Students at Ottawa Hills High School seek a local artist to hire to paint a mural in the school's main hallway as the Senior Class Gift.

Employment Opportunities

Call for Models

Life Drawing at Tholepin Press and Studios

​Life Drawing at Tholepin Press and Studios are seeking male and female models of all body types and ages over 18 years old on Wednesday evenings. No experience required.

Workshops + Resources

Candid and Grantspace

National resources for artists and funding

Information and resources for nonprofits, organizations, and individuals, including some services such as webinars and workshops tailored specifically to artists.

Workshops + Resources

Cleveland Creative Compass

Find opportunities for artists, including calls, employment listings, and educational opportunities in and around the greater Cleveland area.

Workshops + Resources

Copper Moon Studio, Gallery and Gifts

Learn the art of fused glass and other skills

Copper Moon's popular fused glass art classes are available everyday, including evenings, for individuals or groups, children and adults.

Employment Opportunities

Culturesource

Programs Manager

CultureSource is a Detroit-based membership association that supports the vitality and sustainability of the Southeast Michigan creative community. Over 175 arts and culture nonprofits comprise our membership—your favorite organization in the region is more than likely a member—and we also use our expertise to serve artists, policymakers, and philanthropists striving to have creative and cultural expression benefit the public across the seven-county region.

Grants + Funding

Edith Franklin Pottery Scholarship

Presented by Toledo Community Foundation

Edith Franklin Pottery Scholarship - to assist promising or accomplished potters (who are current residents of northwest Ohio or Lenawee or Monroe Counties in Michigan) in obtaining additional education or training in the ceramic arts. Application deadline: February, annually.

Workshops + Resources

Emergency Grants

Offered by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts

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.

Workshops + Resources

Fab Lab Maker Space in Bowling Green

Seeking members

BiG Fab Lab is an open­ access workshop­­ also known as a “Maker Space”­­that provides a membership community with 24/7 access to powerful tools (access to a laser, C&C router, a full wood shop, ceramics studio, makerbots and more) and the knowledge to use them. Additionally, they offer rentable studio space for artists or others who want a place to work on their creations.

Workshops + Resources

Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Opportunities Database

The Artist Opportunities Database is a searchable listing of opportunities for artists throughout Ohio.

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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.

Grants + Funding

Ohio Folk and Traditional Arts Awards and Grant Opportunities

Application Deadline March 15 Annually

The Ohio Arts Council accepts applications annually for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program and nominations of Ohio folk and traditional artists for the Ohio Heritage Fellowship.

Workshops + Resources

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Artist-in-Residence

4 to 6 week residencies

The Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the refuge’s inspiring landscapes and wildlife.

Grants + Funding

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants for Artists

Rolling deadline

The program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories.

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River House Arts Submissions

Contemporary Gallery in Downtown Toledo

River House Arts accepts submissions from contemporary artists for consideration on an ongoing basis.

Workshops + Resources

Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center Classes & Programs

SQACC offers a host of community classes and programs focused on arts, health, heritage, and culture.

Workshops + Resources

Studio Space Available At Collingwood Arts Center

One of Toledo's most storied buildings and one of its greatest architectural feats is home to a wide range of studios for performing and visual artists.

Workshops + Resources

Tholepin Press and Studios offers 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.

Workshops + Resources

Toledo Artists Club

The Toledo Artists’ Club is dedicated to promoting the advancement and study of the arts. The Club, which has about 125 members, is housed in its own facility at the Toledo Botanical Garden.

Grants + Funding

Toledo Community Foundation

Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our service area.

Workshops + Resources

Toledo Lucas County Library Small Business Resources

For creative entrepreneurs, the Library offers small business and grants information.

Employment Opportunities

Toledo Lucas County Public Library Career Opportunities

Multiple Positions open

Learn about career opportunities within the Library system, including positions for librarians, administration, support staff, and more.

Employment Opportunities

Toledo Museum of Art

Ongoing opportunities

Start your career at Toledo's premier cultural institution.

Workshops + Resources

Toledo Museum of Art Classes and Workshops

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.

Workshops + Resources

ToledoPoet.com

Local Literary Enthusiasts

ToledoPoet.com is the site for Toledo Poets and literary fans, featuring events, resources, and more.

Call For Artist

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.

Workshops + Resources

University of Toledo Youth and Adult Music Lessons - Group or Private

Community Music programs offers training for grades 1-12, and adults.

Call For Artist

Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Toledo Sister Cities

For decades, Sister Cities International has leveraged the power that art has to transform societies and transcend cultural boundaries through the Young Artists and Authors Showcase, or YAAS. The Showcase has given youth worldwide the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original art and literature.

Have questions?

Contact Artist Services Manager, Jordan Buschur: jbuschur@theartscommission.org


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