Celebrate the transformative vibrancy of the arts for our city and region with an arts festival.
Momentum is traditionally a three day festival of music and art in downtown Toledo, Ohio, centered on our revitalizing waterfront along the Maumee River. Momentum supports local artists and musicians and invites international creatives to perform and exhibit in Toledo. Since 2017, the Momentum festival has brought dynamic interactive and accessible programming to thousands of attendees. Momentum centers in Promenade Park and is supported through partnerships with Toledo's philanthropic community. In 2020 Momentum programming has shifted to include Virtual and Discoverable programming. Discoverable activities are self-guided and promote the exploration of the downtown and uptown areas. They include existing public art infrastructure along with new projects and activities hosted by The Arts Commission and Toledo Area Cultural Partners.
Momentum By The Numbers 2019
• 22,000 + Attendees
• 61 Organizations
• 60 Visual Artists & 55 Performing Artists
• 5 Interactive & Public Art Works
• $165,793 Invested In Artists
• 30+ Local, National, & International Publications
• 15 Local News Segments
• Over 1 Million People Reached on Social
Momentum By The Numbers 2018
• 15,000 + Attendees
• 57 Organizations
• 137 Volunteers
• 83 Artists & 158 Musicians
• 18 Interactive & Public Art Works
• $135,500 Invested In Arts
• 20+ Local, National, & International Publications
• 15 Local News Segments
• 396,516 People Reached on Social
Thank You Toledo
2018 | Glass, Music, Art & Makers
We are overwhelmed with pride in our city and gratitude for the many individuals and organizations who came together to make Momentum happen! We hope you were awed by world-class art, learned something new from a local maker, danced with friends, or contemplated new music, all while taking in the view of our waterfront and city skyline. We love the creativity in our community-thank you to all of the artists, makers, musicians, performers, food vendors and volunteers! The 2018 edition of Momentum featured Parer Studio's "Fantastic Planet"; Pneuhaus' "Compound Camera" installation; five newly commissioned INTER/ACTIVE public art projects; the first ever Toledo Mini Maker Faire; a glass competition featuring $10,000 in awards; a newly launched glass art and industry collaboration; twenty three performances from local, regional, and international acts; all completely free and open to the public.
Momentum | Hot Glass
We'd like to congratulate all of the artists in the Momentum | Hot Glass exhibition! Special accolades to the award winners: First Place, Zac Weinberg (Toledo, OH), "Survival Kit Variation no. 4"; Second Place: Megan Biddle (Philadelphia, PA), "Bedazzled In Black"; Third Place: David Schnuckel (Rochester, NY), "Polymerous Cube"; Libbey Purchase Award: David Schnuckel (Rochester, NY), "Specimens"; Libbey People's Choice Award: Ken Miller (Perrysburg, OH), "Crayon Box Drinkware". Thank you to our jurors: Corey Hampson (Owner and Partner of Habatat Galleries), Diane Wright (Curator of Glass at The Toledo Museum of Art), and Robert Zollweg (Design and Creative Director at Libbey Inc.)
Momentum By The Numbers 2017
• 17,000 + Attendees
• 25 Organizations
• 225 Volunteers
• 70 Artists & 115 Musicians
• 23 Artist Vendors & 12 Performances
• 60+ Works of Art
• 20+ Local & Regional Publications
• 18 local News Segments
• 71,291 People Reached on Social
2017 | The Inaugural Year
Momentum celebrates the transformative vibrancy of the arts for our city and region by supporting local artists and musicians and inviting international acts to perform and exhibit in Toledo. The 2017 Momentum festival featured dynamic, interactive, and accessible programming that brought over 17,000 attendees to the newly reopened Promenade Park on Toledo’s waterfront.
Glass Competition & Exhibition
Our first juried competition and exhibition awarded $10,000 in prizes and featured 60 art works from 47 national artists. Our 2017 award winners were; 1st Prize, Jennifer Hecker "Water Fall"; 2nd Prize, Joanna Manousis, "Demeter"; 3rd Prize, Shahid Khan, "Minar Trio in Turquoise"; Honorable Mention, Kazuki Takizawa, "Container: Handle Wings"; Honorable Mention, Zac Weinberg, "Mechanism for Spectacular Experiences. Details on all of the artwork, jurors, committee, and honorary chairs can be found in the catalogue.