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Art Loop on hold, but Art Boxes are here

The Arts Commission is making it easier for people to put art into their own hands.
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TOLEDO, Ohio — The Arts Commission is getting creative as it seeks to engage the community with art this year.

With the popular Art Loop on-hold, at least through August, the Arts Commission wants you to take the art-making into your own hands.

In June, the Arts Commission is introducing the Art Box, a curated set of art supplies for all ages, skill levels and interests.

Each Art Box includes art supplies and materials and ideas, instructions and techniques from local artists.

The Arts Commission hired local artists to create the prompts. They include:

  • Mercé Culp - mixed media, fashion, street artist 
  • Imani Lateef - graphic designer, cartoonist, creator of JoonBugsWorld.com 
  • Jon Lightle - illustrator 
  • Jonie McIntire - literary artist, events coordinator, arts educator 
  • Alison Benbow - illustrator 
  • Gyona Rice - graphic designer • Lydia Yant - graphic designer

After you create your own work of art you can show it off by using the hashtag #MyVibrantToledo.

Boxes are on sale on-line for $30 with pick-up events at the Arts Commission offices every Wednesday through July 15.

You can also donate boxes to Toledo-area families through the Creative Placemaking program.

Visit the Arts Commission website to purchase your box.

Art Loop events from June through August this year have been canceled due to the need for social distancing during the COVID19 pandemic. The Arts Commission will review the situation on an ongoing basis to determine if Art Loop can go on in September and beyond.

The Arts Commission is Ohio’s oldest arts commission in the state of Ohio, providing arts programming and services to the Toledo metropolitan area since 1959.

The group also administers the City of Toledo’s One Percent for Art initiative.

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