Who We Are

The Arts Commission is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded
 in 1959 to foster Toledo’s heritage in the arts. The organization is the longest-standing arts commission in the state of Ohio, serving youth, artists, arts organizations, and the general public. Since 1977, The Arts Commission has managed the City of Toledo’s 1% for Art program, the first in the state of Ohio and among the first in the nation, and maintains Toledo’s impressive collection of public art. 

What We Do

The Arts Commission delivers innovative and influential programming to the community, including public events that support and drive our local economy. In addition, the organization offers educational and professional development opportunities for artists and area youth, advocacy on behalf of artists and cultural organizations, and access to arts and culture for all in the greater Toledo region. 

Why We Do It

The Arts Commission is honored to serve the artists, cultural institutions, and creative community who make our city an inspiring place to live, work, and create. Arts and culture are at the core of strong and vibrant communities and artists play a vital role in both civic engagement and economic development. We believe the arts are for everyone, and we invite you to join us.

Expression is an essential need.

The Arts Commission is proudly supported by the Ohio Arts Council. By promoting the arts and connecting artists, the OAC makes the collective voice of the arts stronger for artists, for the public, for organizations, and for educators.

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Our Staff

Emily Finkel

Office Manager

Jennifer Jarrett

Deputy Director

Jordan Buschur

Marketing Coordinator

Lindsay Akens

Community Engagement Specialist

Marc Folk

Executive Director

Marcia Culling

Financial Administrator

Michelle Carlson

Artist and Youth Services Coordinator

Natalie Tranelli-Jacobs

Event & Volunteer Coordinator

Nathan Mattimoe

Art in Public Places Coordinator

Ryan A. Bunch

Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Tanasio Loudermill

LISC AmeriCorps Community Engagement Specialist

Board of Trustees

  • Sarah Skow
    President
  • John Eikost
    President-Elect
  • Julie Beckert
    Vice-President
  • Kevin Kwiatkowski
    Treasurer
  • Laura Jajko
    Secretary
  • Edward Zraik
    Past President
Adrian Acebedo
Libbey Call Best
Nicole Brandstrup
Maureen Brown
Jane Bruss
Sandra Blackstone-Carman
Mary Dawson
Gretchen DeBacker
Troy Dowling
Michael Duket
Deborah Ernsthausen
David Guip
Marcia Helman
Dan Hernandez
Adam Jackson
Tony Jayne
Ardenia Jones-Terry
Maggie Kaser
Sharon Kerstetter
Claire Kirsner
Joel Lipman
Bob Lubell
Robert Meeker, Jr.
Larry Meyer
Jim Moore
Maribeth Nitschke Phibbs
Dennis Norman II
Diane Phillips
Katerina Ruedi Ray
Aly Sterling
Reginald Temple
Margy Trumbull
Mechelle Zarou
Gail Zimmerman
Robert Zollweg

Honorary Trustees

Paula Brown
Liz Cole
Sara Jane DeHoff
Arnold Gottlieb
Sue Hague-Rogers
Jeff Jaffe
Patricia Levey
Rita Mansour
Diane Putnam
Susan Reams
Rory Shanley-Brown
Peter Ujvagi
Tim Valko
Georgia Welles
Sandra Wiseley
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