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. Artists named the overwhelming loss of income due to art event cancellations, shuttered performing arts organizations or opportunities, and gallery closures as their primary motivation for seeking assistance.

The Arts Commission takes pride in serving and connecting local artists to funding opportunities, as well as professional development and employment opportunities, through our Artist Services Program. As COVID-19 changes the landscape for many working artists, we will continue to be a resource 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.

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