Momentum Festival Announces Expanded 2019 Schedule

Eye On Art  |  06/27/2019 11:00 am

The Arts Commission is excited to announce that Momentum will take place on September 19, 20, and 21, 2019 in Promenade Park and surrounding areas.

Momentum, sponsored by ProMedica, HART, Owens Corning, The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Huntington Bank, KeyBank National Association Trustee for the Walter E. Terhune Memorial Fund, private donors, and Toledo’s philanthropic community, is a three-day festival of music and art along the riverfront in downtown Toledo, Ohio. The event celebrates the transformative vibrancy of the arts for the Northwest Ohio region by supporting local artists and musicians, and inviting international creatives to perform and exhibit in Toledo. All Momentum events are open to the public. A quick glance of the highlights includes:



5:30PM – 9:00PM Art Loop | Dancin’ In the Streets

One of the Art Loop's most popular annual events returns as Toledo’s dance community takes to the streets. Enjoy a wide array of contemporary, ethnic, traditional, and interactive dance performances throughout downtown including Mawtini Dabkeh Troupe, We R Hip Hop, The Aegela Center for Middle Eastern Dance, and many more.

5:30PM – 9:00PM Keys to The City | Gathered Glassblowing Studio

Watch live glassblowing as artists work together to create Keys to The City Eight artists will be creating six keys each to be awarded to individuals by the city, with one complete set to be permanently installed in the Mayor’s office later this fall.

5:30PM – 7:30PM Momentum Intersection Opening Reception | The University of Toledo, Center for Visual Arts

With the support of Pilkington Glass North America part of Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd.,The Arts Commission is pleased to debut new works by Alibi Studio (Detroit, MI), Sean Merchant (Brunswick, OH), and Zac Weinberg (Maumee, OH). Through new collaborations between applications of glass as an artistic medium and manufacturing processes, each project exemplifies new approaches to float glass.

5:30PM – 7:30PM SUPERNOVA Goes Viral! Film Screenings | ParkVision Screen in Promenade Park

Supernova Digital Animation Festival is a fun and innovative annual community experience taking place in Denver, Colorado. Established in 2016 by Denver Digerati, Supernova is focused on presenting the best in digital animation from around the world to the public. Supernova taps into next generation art, focused on artists using advanced technology to unleash the imagination.

Momentum features the first ever collaboration that brings Supernova’s unique program to a community screen outside of Denver.

7:30PM – 9:00PM Temporary Public Art Projects Debut

Aqueous | Jen Lewin | September 19 – October 18

Aqueous in an interactive landscape of meandering pathways of light. During the day Aqueous will shift in color and reflection, mirroring the sky within a walkable dichroic surface. At night, Aqueous will flow and glow in full illuminated interactivity, engaging large groups in collaborative play.

This large-scale interactive artwork will illuminate the riverfront in celebration of the new energy and revitalization of our city. Jen Lewin is an internationally recognized artist currently living in New York City. Lewin has designed and installed permanent public interactive sculptures worldwide.

The Herd | Kelley Bell | September 19 – October 6

The Herd is a tribute to all the citizens who continue to hope for a healthy city and healthy waterways. It is a cluster of 200 luminous inflatable swim rings— similar in appearance to the floats used by swimmers at the lakeside—laced together in a net to form a glowing multitude of creatures calmly bobbing in the shimmering ripples of the nighttime One Seagate Courtyard Pond.

Sound Sculpture | Ryan Edwards, Masary Studios | September 19-21

Sound Sculpture is an interactive musical instrument, a physical sound and light environment that facilitates play and connection, and a tool for creative expression. Sound Sculpture makes musical composition more physical, and sculptural creation more audible. Participants create not only physical structures but musical compositions manipulated by the physical relationship of the cubes. The experience is akin to walking onto staff paper, picking up the notes and moving them around, thereby changing pitch, rhythm, melody, and harmony.

A community workshop lead by Ryan Edwards will be held in early August of 2019. This workshop will teach and guide participants in how to collect various sounds from the community to be incorporated into the score for Momentum weekend.

Sunset Carry Out | Rhonda Weppler + Trevor Mahovsky | September 19-21

Weppler & Mahovsky create corner stores in the form of giant lanterns. Two thousand smaller lanterns are displayed upon shelves inside, illuminating the store, and representing products ranging from toothpaste to snacks. The lanterns are hand assembled acetate copies of items purchased in each city the artwork has been displayed. For each new installation, a few new products, reacting the local site, are added to the store stock. The project is thus site-specific, at the same time as it is an archive of its own history and travels. During the last night of the event (September 21st), the store will fade gradually, as visitors enter the see-through building and select free lanterns to carry away.

POOF! | Bradley Scherzer | September 19-21

POOF! is a giant creature sporting a symbiotic relationship with humans. POOF! relies on its bright and colorful good looks to get people to feed it. By creating joy and fun for all that meet it, the POOF! gets fed all the tasty neon poof balls it could ever want! Enjoy watching the poof balls make their way through the POOF! and then fly out again. Participants move in and out of the "creature" feeding in new poofs and then watching as they fly out from the ceiling and walls of the inside.


5:00PM – ProMedica Summer Concert Series presents Chaka Khan | Promenade Park

Chaka Khan headlines the 2019 Momentum festival in Promenade Park. In addition to online, tickets can also be purchased in person at the Huntington Center Box Office. General admission tickets are $15 presale, $20 at the gate on the day of the show. Lawn chairs and blankets permitted for general admission tickets. VIP tickets are $45 dollars. VIP tickets include; front of stage seating, chairs will be provided (no outside lawn chairs or blankets permitted); Exclusive VIP cash bar.

All ages event – must purchase tickets for ages over 2 years old. No outside food and beverage or coolers allowed. Beer, wine, water, pop and food will be available for purchase.


12:00PM – 6:00PM Toledo Mini Maker Faire | Festival Park

In partnership with Imagination Station the second annual Toledo Mini Maker Faire will feature more than 25 diverse makers with demonstrations and hands on activities. Live music and food trucks will populate both Festival and Promenade Parks. 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.

Some of the makers, hands on activities, and performers include: paperDENIMart, Jaci Riley Jewelry, TOOOL Lockpicking Village, Toledo Technology Academy, Toledo Opera – Opera On Wheels, Toledo Lucas County Public Library Book Bikes, The University of Toledo Art Education Program, Firenation Mobile Hot Shop, and many others!

7:00PM – 10:00PM The Arts Commission’s 60th Birthday | Promenade Park

Come celebrate the 60th birthday of The Arts Commission with interactive public art projects and live entertainment to close out Momentum.

Momentum is generously sponsored by: ProMedica, HART, Owens Corning, The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Huntington Bank, KeyBank National Association Trustee for the Walter E. Terhune Memorial Fund, Buckeye Broadband, Rudolph Libbe Group, Mager Designs, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, HCR ManorCare, Erie Construction, City of Toledo, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Renaissance Hotels (First Hospitality Group), Kingston Healthcare, La-Z-Boy, PNC Bank, Metroparks Toledo, The Andersons, Inc. Mainstreet Ventures,, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and private donors.

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