Thursday | Sep 13

  • Momentum Hot Glass Exhibition Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
  • Fantastic Planet giant inflatable installations debut
  • INTER/ACTIVE Projects launch
  • Art in Public Places tours
Glass Exhibition

Friday | Sep 14

  • Orquesta Akokán: a big band collective of Havana’s top musicians
  • Fantastic Planet inflatable installations
  • Public art installations
  • Food trucks

Saturday | Sep 15

  • Toledo Mini Maker Faire
  • Performances all day
  • Fantastic Planet inflatable installations
  • INTER/ACTIVE Projects 
  • Toledo Symphony performs Tan Dun's Water Concerto
Toledo Mini Maker Faire

Public Art Projects

Thursday Sep. 13 | Artworks Debut

Momentum is bringing international, regional, and local artists to Toledo for Momentum! These projects include, Parer Studio’s "Fantastic Planet", Pneauhouse "Compound Camera", and five newly commissioned INTER/ACTIVE artworks.

Project Descriptions

Glass Exhibition

Thursday Sep. 13 | Hot Glass

With a deep background in commercial production and as the birthplace of the studio glass movement, Toledo has served as a nexus between art, industry, and innovation through its historical connection to the material of glass. In celebration of Libbey Inc.’s 200th anniversary, glass artists and designers will design and produce drinkware or glass works that draws inspiration from functional vessels. Momentum: Hot Glass will feature work that celebrates the unique history of drinkware and artwork inspired by it. Works will be judged by nationally recognized experts from within the glass and artistic communities and substantial monetary prizes will be awarded. The awards will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, September 14th; the exhibition will be open to the public through September 20th and closing with an art auction during the September Art Loop.

Thursday Schedule

Friday Night Concert Featuring Orquesta Akokán

Friday Sep. 14 | 5:30Pm-10Pm

Assembled and led by Cuban vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, Daptone recording artists Orquesta Akokán is a big band collective of the finest Cuban musicians, both young and old. Their self-titled debut release is on one of the most critically acclaimed release of 2018. Orquesta Akokán was specifically chosen for this concert to continue the evolving trajectory forward of Momentum to bring original diverse music to our community. The concert will be free for the community.

Friday Schedule

Toledo Mini Maker Faire

Saturday Sep. 15 | 12-6Pm

The Toledo Mini Maker Faire in partnership with Imagination Station will feature more than 20 diverse makers with demonstrations and hands on activities. Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

Saturday Schedule

Toledo Symphony Performs Tan Dun's Water Concerto

Saturday Sep. 15 | 6:30Pm

The TSO will highlight a special performance of Tan Dun's "Water Concerto". Tan Dun, a contemporary Chinese composer and conductor, is most widely known for scoring "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" as well as composing music for the medal ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has won numerous awards for his works, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award and a BAFTA award.

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