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Overview

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 all 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.

Accelerator Grant Program

Next Deadline Monday, September 25, 2017

Accelerator Grant Program

The Arts Commission values the many artists across disciplines who contribute vibrancy to Toledo.  The Accelerator Grant program offers financial support with quick turn-around for artists to advance their creative projects, thereby advancing their careers.  Eligible categories of support for the pilot year of this program include: equipment, supplies, professional development and project support.  Grant amounts are not to exceed $1500.


Merit Awards

Deadline Monday, October 9th, 2017

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.

For 2017, there is one deadline - Monday, October 9th, 2017 - to be considered as the recipient for one of  four awards a $2500 award, two separate $1000 awards and another $500 award.

A panel of reknown artists and cultural leaders from other Midwest communities has been invited to review the submitted merit award applications.  The panel's collective expertise ranges across artistic disciplines.  The review panel will 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.


Creative Capacity Program

Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

The Arts Commission strives to help artists connect with resources in our community to advance their creative projects, thereby advancing their careers.  The Creative Capacity Program offers a structure whereby artists can meet with Arts Commission staff one on one to plan next steps for a creative goal.

Share your Artist Needs

The Arts Commission believes that honest conversations with artists are the basis for our staff having 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 to 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

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.


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Street Performing

Juggling is hard, but doing it in public doesn't have to be.

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.


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Opportunities & Resources

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Employment Opportunities

13 Essential Job Boards for Creatives

Mashable.com compiled an excellent listing of job boards for creatives seeking work.

Workshops + Resources

5 Opportunity Sites Every Artist Should Know About

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

Grants + Funding

Accelerator Grant Program

Deadline on the last Monday of the month

The Arts Commission's new artist grant program offers up to $1500 each month through December for local artist projects and supplies.

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.

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.

Workshops + Resources

Big Fab Lab Maker Space opens in Bowling Green

Seeking members

BiG Fab Lab is an open­access workshop­­also 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.

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.

Call For Artist

Call for Jewish Artists

2017 Jewish Arts Festival, Sunday October 8

The Toledo Jewish Arts Festival presents the 2017 Jewish Arts Festival Sunday, October 8 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Toledo, Ohio

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.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Cleveland Creative Compass Employment Listings

CCC lists all part-time, full-time, temporary, internship and apprentice experiences for individual artists, designers, performers, writers and all other creative professions.

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

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

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

Gathered Glass Studios

Learn to create your own original glass art creations at Downtown's premier artist-led glass studio.

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.

Employment Opportunities

LOCAL FAMILY BUSINESS SEEKS EMPLOYEES FOR ART FRAMING

Individual needs to have strong measuring skills. An eye for accuracy and an appreciation for Art. The hired individuals would be printing individual prints, cutting picture mats for each print and/or cutting/assembling frames or each order. Hours are from 7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Grants + Funding

Ohio Arts Council

Grants for individual artists, educators, organizations, and more.

The Ohio Arts Council's current grant programs are grouped into four categories. Explore below to learn more about available grant programs, including deadlines, staff contacts, review criteria, and more.

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.

Grants + Funding

Palmer Travel Scholarship

Presented by Toledo Museum of Art

This scholarship provides funding for travel to pursue independent study in an art-related field.

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.

Workshops + Resources

PRIZM Creative Community

PRIZM Creative Community offers a variety of workshops, reading and exhibition opportunities, and networking opportunities for local artists, writers, and creatives.

Employment Opportunities

Promotions, Special Events & Hensville Entertainment

Game day experience manager sought

This is an entertainment position for a growing entertainment district in Downtown Toledo.

Call For Artist

Save the Date--WAAB Holiday Art Show 2017

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

The Whitehouse Arts Advisory Board will host the annual Holiday Art Show on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at the Hope United Methodist Church.

Call For Artist

The Clarence Smith Community Chorus Call For Entry

Seeking Artwork for Gallery Exhibition

The Clarence Smith Community Chorus (CSCC) seeks artwork to be displayed in the lobby of the Franciscan Center at Lourdes University for their annual “Community Celebration of Christmas”. This cultural celebration on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

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 Studio Space

Tholepin Press offers Toledo's most professional space for printmakers, as well as drawing classes and more.

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 Library hosts Poetry Speaks Writing Workshops

October 7 & November 1

Community-based poetry writing workshops led by Jim Ferris, Lucas County Poet Laureate.

Employment Opportunities

Toledo Library Seeks Marketing Manager

Apply by August 18

As the leader of the Marketing Department, develops and leads the execution of the marketing and communication strategy in support of the Library’s strategic goals and initiatives.

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 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

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.

Call For Artist

VETERAN’S ART SHOW sponsored by PRIZM Creative Community

Application Deadline: October 21st

This is a non-juried exhibition open to all honorably discharged veterans of any era or branch of service in any media or genre of Visual or Literary art, with the intention of highlighting the talent and artistic abilities of our veterans.

Want to be part of the Art Loop?

If you are a brick and mortar venue that is interested in being part of the Art Loop please click on the venue button below and fill out the form. We will be in touch soon! If you're an artist looking to sell works or exhibit check out the artist opportunities information below, which outlines how to get involved in the Warehouse District and Uptown.

Have questions?

If you have questions or need support please contact Artist and Youth Services Coordinator, Michelle Carlson at mcarlson@theartscommission.org.

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