Momentum Variety Show

The Arts Commission’s Momentum Variety Show is a quirky adventure on the internet scheduled for Thursday, October 8 at 7PM EST, featuring performing artists, pre-recorded videos, shenanigans, and merriment hosted by Erin Garber-Pearson and Erik Bang!!! of Bird’s Eye View Circus. 

This one-night-only hurrah celebrates the silly side of the arts with acts that we couldn’t bring to you on a large-scale stage. Performers and Presenters include Deja Dellataro, Animation by Kelley Bell, Imagination Station, Renee Granados, Andrew Martin, Magic with Eli, Selections from Supernova Digital Animation Festival, and The Inaugural Momentum Virtual Variety Show Toledo Artist Ex-Pats Tony Packo’s Pickle Eating Contest!


More about Supernova: Denver Digerati presents the 5th annual Supernova Digital Animation Festival, an exhibition and month-long celebration of the world’s best digital animation and motion-art. “World on Fire” is an apt theme for 2020 Supernova, supporting the need for a much greater collective consciousness across all critical paths and intersections with humanity.


Art Loop Dancin’ In The Streets Videos

Members of Toledo’s dance community were asked to respond to works in the Art in Public Places collection with choreography. Enjoy a range of contemporary, ethnic, and traditional dance performance videos online! The first episode will air on September 17, 2020. Featured performers include The Aegela Center for Middle Eastern Dance, T.H.E. Modern Dance Company + THE2 (youth company), Kristen Collins, and We R Hip Hop. 

Follow along on the Art Loop Toledo Facebook and Instagram pages for weekly features! The entire library will be released at the close of the event. 


“Nevertheless We Persist”, Toledo Opera Resident Artists

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This video series program explores justice for women by looking at the ways in which women have been pigeon-holed, stifled and disenfranchised, whether by others or themselves. In Rigoletto, women are viewed as disposable, and in Les Mamelles de Tiresias, a woman’s only freedom is to become a man. Lori Laitman’s recent witty and empowering cycle for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, "Are Women’ People?”, explores the woman suffrage movement itself. The cycle uses text from Susan B. Anthony speeches, the “Anti-Suffrage” faction, and the 19th Amendment.

The performers include: Caroline Miller, Soprano; Mary Cloud, Mezzo-Soprano; Jeawook Lee, Tenor; Rahim Mandal, Baritone; Emily Morin, Pianist. Three local poets and activists will also be included. 

The episodes will air on September 20, October 4, and October 18 and be available to stream through October 23rd. 

Episode 1 | Where Shall We Begin?


Virtual Artist Market

Are you missing out on wandering through art fairs this summer? Support the work of a variety of makers from all over the country in our Virtual Artist Market hosted at MomentumToledo.org via online retail. This year's vendors include: Ark-Bark Arts, Stacy Wong Handmade, Britney Kay Embroidery, Meghan Yarnell Ceramics, Streetspun, JC Photography, Co. Curated, Endearing Macabre, 3 Cat Max, Jodi Lynn's Emporium of Doodles, aisforavery, Jaci Riley Jewelry, Jackdaw Trades, Katrina Niswander Art & Design, Scarlet Crane Creations, Mfinity Fashion, Firenation Glass, Avert Adornments, Arthurs Plaid Pants, Mini Miscellaneous, toledopeapparel, Lauren HB Studio, Outer Peace by Anusree Sattaluri, Boxcar Metal Co., Ella Calas Jewelry, E.lo Ceramic Art, Bud and Bowl Ceramics, ScrapYard Solutions, No Limit Arts, and Flying Magnolia Studio.  


20/20 Online Exhibition

Nationally recognized professionals Alex Paik (Brooklyn, NY), Jova Lynn (Detroit, MI), and Lauren Applebaum Ph.D. (Toledo, OH), selected eighteen artworks for this debut online exhibition. The virtual exhibition highlights the work of twelve artists. Ranging from traditional practices to mixed media and installation each artist showcases their expertise of material, technique, and conceptual prowess. The online exhibition provides the opportunity for exhibiting artists to connect and share their work with audiences virtually.


Momentum Intersection

Follow along with the three awardees for the 2020 Intersection project online! Round table discussions with curators, studio visits, and a look into the artists research and processes will be hosted on the Momentum Toledo website and social media channels. We are working to secure a larger exhibition space for in-person programming in 2021 where we plan to host the 2020 and 2021 cohorts with a debut of six new projects. 


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The University of Toledo Black Theatre Ensemble

The University of Toledo Black Theatre Ensemble, along with students and faculty from the University of Toledo Departments of Theatre & Film and Communications collaborate on a hybrid-theatrical performance that seeks to use the obstacles of our current moment as an opportunity to innovatively engage with an urgent and necessary story. Working alongside community artists this interdisciplinary ensemble will stream a version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea that pulls out the themes of fighting against systems of oppression found in Verne’s novel that still persist today. Part movie, part theatre, part radio show – this performance will be streamed online and features a blend of art, dance, theatre and hip hop to turn this classic novel on its head.


Launch: Art in the Age of Solidarity,Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery at Owens Community College

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How can we maintain the building of cultural unity during this time of social turmoil? Today, people from all walks of society are threading together to create real change. This exhibition is a symbolic offering to address this question and to visualize a new society and the existence of an undefended space. A virtual tour will be available, as well as artist talks and discussions with the gallery director, Shelby Stoots. Visitors may register online to visit the exhibition in person through Owens Community College. 



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