Economic Impact

A Wise Investment

Ohio Citizens for the Arts reports that for every $1 the State of Ohio invests in the budget of the Ohio Arts Council*, the creative industries generate $149 million in annual local, state, and federal tax revenue.

*The Ohio Arts Council is the single largest funding source for arts organizations in Northwest Ohio. Source: ChARTing the Way to a New Ohio, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, 2015

Growing and Buidling

Arts-related, creative and cultural businesses currently produce an economic impact of $3.84 billion annually in Northwest Ohio, up from $2.4 Billion in 2007.

From the Arts and Regional Prosperity II: Economic Impact of the Creative Industries in Northwest Ohio, 2015

Artful Employment

There are 426 arts-related businesses, employing 2,721 people in Toledo. That’s more than Chrysler’s North Toledo Assembly Plant and Libbey, Inc. combined.

Creative Industries Report: Business and Employment in the Arts Report, 2015, Americans for the Arts

Extending Our Reach

Since 2009, The Arts Commission has partnered to secure more than $2,000,000 in arts investment in Toledo from national sources.


Julie Beckert

TAC Board Member

"The arts are the personality of the community in which we live. The art may be developing student artists, encouraging art as a career, enhancing the community with sculpture or other art forms, or partnering with other organizations to create growth and enhance our image. Take a moment and imagine what our city would be without any of these things. Without public arts, whether visual, literary or performing, a city will not thrive, and people will not come there to live, be entertained, work or grow. The public art of our community is a direct reflection on what we value; it is our heartbeat."

Jules Webster

Owner, Art Supply Depo

"The Arts Commission's public programming has enabled me to create financial and creative capital in a myriad of ways that keeps growing and growing; leading to the creation of bigger and better community art related projects, and more money in my pocket as well as money in the hands of the community."

Learn about The Arts Commission's 50 year history.

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Inspiring a Vibrant Toledo

Healthy communities need art

The Arts Commission thanks ProMedica for its understanding and support, embracing the idea that healthy communities include access to arts, entertainment, and culture. Through local art commissions and investing in programs like the Art Loop, ProMedica inspires a vibrant Toledo by making our daily lives more fun, creative, and interesting.

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