Getting Creative


The Arts Commission takes pride in serving and connecting the general public and local artists with information and opportunities. Below you will find opportunities for area artists of all ages and skill levels to further their education, advance their skill sets, connect with other creatives and and get involved in the community.

Support System

The Arts Commission offers additional tools, services, and consultation to those seeking a creative life in Toledo. From connecting with other creatives to accessing educational or professional development workshops to finding opportunities to show and sell artwork, we are here to help.


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.

Learn More About the Accelerator Program


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.

Learn More about the Merit Awards

Share your Artist Needs

The Arts Commission believes that honest conversations with artists are the basis for our staff to have the insight needed to best serve and elevate the creative community. We want to collaborate with artists to design and carry out impactful programming and work towards making more favorable conditions for creativity in Toledo. Please take a moment to share the current needs, successes and challenges in your creative work in the below survey.

Share Your Artist Needs in a Survey


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.


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.


Opportunities & Resources

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Call For Artist

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.

Workshops + Resources

5 Opportunity Sites Every Artist Should Know About

Get greater access to calls for artists, workshops and residencies, grants, and much more.

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

Call For Artist

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.

Workshops + Resources

Art Supply Depo offers a variety workshops

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

Call For Artist

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.

Workshops + Resources

Arts News and Commentary Resources

Keep informed with this recommended list of Arts News and Commentary links.

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Call for Artists - Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

Open call for solo and group exhibitions in 2021

Marathon Center for the Performing Arts (MCPA) is Northwest Ohio’s premier destination for diverse arts programming, education and entertainment. The Fisher/Wall Gallery is located on the second floor of the MCPA, and is visible from the grand foyer through a curved wall of windows in the gallery. The gallery committee for the Fisher/Wall Gallery seeks to spotlight a wide variety of artists, both established and emerging, working in any media.

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Call for Artists - Public Art Project

Deadline January 10, 2020.

Ohio Percent for Art Commission announces a call for public art for Miami University's (MU) Pearson Hall in Oxford, Ohio.

Call For Artist

Call for Artists - Sylvania Franciscan Spring Art Festival

Deadline February 24, 2020

The Sylvania Franciscans welcome artists and crafts people to apply for inclusion in the Second Annual Sylvania Franciscan Spring Art Festival, March 28, 2020.

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Call for Artists - The Sculpture Center

Deadline: January 6, 2020

The Sculpture Center is seeking applicants for its 2021 Revealed Emerging Artist Series (formerly Window to Sculpture or W2S) with an open Call to Artists. Founded in 1989 The Sculpture Center fosters and promotes the careers of exceptional sculptors during the first ten years of their profession.

Call For Artist

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 during The Arts Commission Art Loops from the months of July-December 2019.

Call For Artist

Call for Female Veteran Artists

Heritage Made Hero, LLC is looking for female veterans with art and/or craft products to fill a gap in their product offering.

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.

Call For Artist

Call for Mural Artists

Deadline: December 13, 2019

MidTown Cleveland and LAND studio are seeking portfolios from artists or team of artists interested in painting murals as part of POW! WOW!. The international mural arts festival coming to Cleveland in June 2020.

Call For Artist

Call for proposals - THE Modern Dance Co.

seeking proposals from local artists in all mediums

THE Modern Dance Co. seeks guest artists for the upcoming showcase season.

Employment Opportunities

Center for Nonprofit Resouces Job Listings

Toledo's Center for Nonprofit Resources is an excellent source for employment opportunities in the region's nonprofit sector.

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

Collingwood Arts Center seeks artists for open studio space

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

Copper Moon Studio, Gallery and Gifts

Learn the art of fused glass and other skills at Holland's premier gallery

Ready for Fusing Fun? Copper Moon's popular fused glass art classes have become an everyday occasion at the studio. Classes are available everyday, including evenings, for individuals or groups, children and adults! Easy to learn and endless ideas to try!

Grants + Funding

Crowdfunding Match Opportunity for Community-Minded Artists

Funding through Summer 2020

Artists Lead! supports creative people with great ideas for collaborative solutions to community needs. This unique opportunity gives one-on-one fundraising support and up to $15,000 in match funding to bring your creative project to life.

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

Foundation Center 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

Global Art Exchange seeks artists for online gallery

Global Art Exchange represent artists through our International online gallery for Fine Art. Artists may list their art for sale with no entry fees.

Call For Artist

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.

Workshops + Resources

Ohio Arts Council offers Individual Artists Opportunities Database

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

Employment Opportunities

Ohio Means Jobs

​Job postings throughout Lucas County and Ohio are available on the statewide job system at Ohio Means Jobs.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Philanthropy News Digest Job Board

National nonprofit employment listings.

PND's job board provides listings of current full-time job openings at tax-exempt organizations.

Call For Artist

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.

Grants + Funding

The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant

Deadline December 15, 2019

The Foundation recognizes and supports the serious, fully-committed artists at a mature stage of their careers with grants of $25,000.

Workshops + Resources

Tholepin Press and Studios offers life drawing courses

Ongoing opportunity

Come and draw the undraped model in an environment that feels like a New York City Loft.

Workshops + Resources

Tholepin Press and Studios offers Life Drawing Venue

Ongoing Opportunity

Life Drawing at Tholepin Press and Studios is Toledo's longest running Life Drawing venue and has been meeting 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 Business Technology Center

For creative entrepreneurs and others, the Library offers small business and grants information in both an individual and group setting.

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.

Grants + Funding

Toledo Museum of Art Scholarships

TMA Scholarships are intended to provide an understanding and appreciation of the arts to a wide demographic range who might not otherwise be financially able to attend Museum classes, and to recognize and encourage artistically gifted students.

Employment Opportunities

Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo offers employment opportunities in a wide range, from administrative and hands on to maintenance and service.

Workshops + Resources

Local Literary Enthusiasts 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

UT Youth and Adult Music Lessons - Group or Private

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

Have questions?

Contact Artist Services Coordinator, Jordan Buschur,

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