Arts Impact Ohio consists of two days of professional development sessions, performances, networking, and more. Click on the buttons below to view a tentative agenda for each day of the conference (events and times are subject to change).
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Welcome Performance and Special Conference Kickoff
Performance: "El Corazon de Mexico" Ballet Folklorico
Welcome to Toledo! Grab a good seat and enjoy a high-energy performance featuring "El Corazon de Mexico" Ballet Folklorico dancers.
Donna Collins, Executive Director, Ohio Arts Council
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Workshops: Session A
A1. Professional Play as Professional Development
A2. Bringing Local History to a National Stage
A3. Captain Patron Engagement! – Uniting the Forces of Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofit Success
A4. The Art of Storytelling: An Immersive and Family-Centric Approach
A5. Diverse Perspectives: Broadening the Narrative of Art Education
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Luncheon Performance and Keynote Speaker
Igniting Change, Inviting Growth:
Redefining Arts, Health, and Community Care
Dr. Tasha Golden, National Leader in Arts and Public Health
Artists have long understood how vital our work can be to human thriving. In recent decades, the science has been catching up—and we’re seeing heightened interest in art’s potential to address mental health, loneliness, and more. In her keynote talk, Dr. Tasha Golden reveals how this shift in interest can help artists and arts organizations reimagine what we do, where it “belongs,” and how to grow and sustain our valuable work. Blending research with practical guidance, and drawing on innovative models like “arts on prescription,” Dr. Golden describes the power of the arts to help people heal, connect, and lead positive change. Throughout, attendees will see their work anew, recognize untapped potential, and leave ready to unleash their creativity to help communities thrive.
About Dr. Tasha Golden
Tasha Golden, Ph.D. Tasha is director of research at the International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University and a national leader and consultant in arts and public health. Holding a Ph.D. in public health sciences, Tasha has published extensively on the impacts of the arts, music, aesthetics, and social norms on health and well-being. She has served as an advisor on several national and international health initiatives, is adjunct faculty for the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine, and recently led the pilot evaluation of CultureRx in Massachusetts—the first arts-on-prescription model in the United States. Tasha is also a career artist and entrepreneur. As singer-songwriter for the critically acclaimed band Ellery, she toured full-time in the United States and abroad, and her songs appear in feature films and TV dramas (ABC, Showtime, Fox, Netflix, etc.) She is a published poet (Humanist Press) and founder of Project Uncaged: an arts-based health intervention for incarcerated teen women that amplifies their voices in justice reform.
Performance: Bowsher High School Jazz Band
Enjoy lunch and networking with a side of jazz provided by Toledo Public Schools’ Bowsher High School Jazz Band students and director Matt Fritz.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops: Session B
B1. Writes of Passage: Emcee Your Philosophy
B2. From Reactive to Proactive: Efficient Arts Marketing with Limited Resources
B3. Unlocking Arts Funding: Navigating Regional and National Grant Opportunities
B4. Keys to Equity and Inclusion - Invisible Disabilities and How to Help
B5. Creative Approaches to Creative Aging Projects
2:45 - 5:30 p.m.
What better way to appreciate Toledo’s lively and multi-faceted arts scene than seeing it for yourself, up close and personal – on an ArtAround! ArtArounds are AIO’s community site visits. This year we’ve lined up a series of six behind-the-scenes tours led by local experts to give you unprecedented access to what makes Toledo’s cultural scene tick – all you have to do is pick your favorite. Admission is included in your registration, but spaces are limited, and will be available first-come, first-served upon check-in at AIO. No matter which ArtAround you join, it will be an incredible way to spend the afternoon!
Toledo Museum of Art and Glass Pavilion
Join Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) staff for a glimpse into how this nationally known visual arts institution does what it does, both public-facing and behind-the-scenes. We’ll break into small groups to make the best use of our time: enjoy tours of exhibitions, see a glass-blowing demonstration in the celebrated Glass Pavilion, get an up-close look at ongoing conservation work, and explore The Museum Store, where nearly 200 local artists offer their work for sale.
Stream of Creativity
Glass City River Wall, Glass City Metropark, and National Museum of the Great Lakes
Anchors away! You’ll start this ArtAround by boarding the Glass City Pearl and cruising up the Maumee River for an up-close look at the famed Glass City River Wall mural – led by its project manager. After docking, you’ll take the helm and choose between a guided walking tour of the collaborative public art at the new Glass City Metropark or an in-depth look into the history and exhibits at the National Museum of the Great Lakes (bus transportation provided back to the Renaissance Hotel).
Toledo School of the Arts and The Portal
Housed in a historic building once home to a car manufacturing facility, the Toledo School for the Arts (TSA) now shines as one of the most notable public charter schools in Ohio. Participants will tour the TSA building, see and hear a sampling of outstanding student performances, learn about The Portal – their new community-facing multiuse arts space – and maybe even make some artwork!
Walk the Warehouse District
Gathered Glass, Graphite Design and Build, Boochy Mama’s Kombucha Brewery and Taproom, and River House Arts
Prefer a more self-paced afternoon excursion? Grab your walking shoes and stroll through a nearby assortment of creative spaces, galleries, and studios. You’ll engage with local artists and entrepreneurs, see a glassblowing demonstration, and even have the chance to sample some local kombucha. Maps and wayfinding will be provided to help you make the most of your self-guided exploration of this revitalized downtown district.
Art by Bus
Various Toledo area public art attractions
What’s red, sweet, and weighs 25,000 pounds? Which famed jazz pianist is immortalized through a glowing column of piano keys? To uncover answers to these and other questions, hop on the bus for an hour-long tour of the Toledo area’s most notable works of public art. Participants will visit murals, sculptures, and other public art, led by staff of The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. Participants will also hear about recent work in GIS mapping of the city’s public art collection with an emphasis on creating more accessible tours.
Screenings and Talkbacks with Four Local Filmmakers
Grab your popcorn for an exclusive screening of films by four local award-winning filmmakers. Spanning documentary, comedy, folklore, and narrative styles, films run 10-20 minutes in length and will be shown on the nearby Imagination Station’s 58-foot-wide KeyBank Discovery Theatre screen. Each screening will conclude with a talkback focused on the artistic process as well as how Toledo has served as a backdrop and inspiration for their work.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Evening Reception at Imagination Station
After a full day of learning and experiencing Toledo’s arts and culture scene, kick back and relax with us at Imagination Station (attached to the Renaissance, just steps away). Connect with fellow conference-goers while enjoying live music featuring musicians of the Toledo Symphony String Quartet and exploring the science center’s interactive exhibitions: make your own music, challenge your optical perceptions, check out their art gallery, or get creative at their many learning centers. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, cash bar available. Don't miss this opportunity to mix, mingle, and delve into a world of imagination in the heart of downtown Toledo!