Temporary Public Art Installations Popping Up in Promenade Park in Preparation for Momentum Toledo!

Eye On Art  |  09/18/2019 4:00 pm

Months of planning by The Arts Commission staff, hours of service given by the volunteer-lead Momentum Planning Committee, and an outpouring of support from our philanthropic community has led us to this day. Tomorrow kicks off Momentum Toledo with the Art Loop Dancin’ in the Street!

All of the temporary public art projects will be up and on view beginning Thursday, September 19 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. All of the art installations have a connection to light. Join them as they illuminate the waterfront on Thursday to start the buildup to Momentum!

Here are several noteworthy highlights from the weekend followed by a more detailed schedule.


Celebrating Glass
Momentum | Intersection
September 6 - October 10
The University of Toledo, Center for Visual Arts

The University of Toledo, Center for Visual Arts welcomes you to view the work of the three 2019 winners, Alibi Studio (Detroit, MI), Sean Merchant (Brunswick, OH) and Zac Weinberg (Maumee, OH), on Thursday, September 19, during the Art Loop from 5:30 - 9 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through October 10.

Inspired by the studio glass movement, The Arts Commission seeks to provide new collaborations between applications of glass as an artistic medium and manufacturing.


Anthony Wayne Bridge Lighting
September 20, 2019, around 8 p.m.

The Arts Commission's Art in Public Places Program supported the City of Toledo, ProMedica, a local lighting artist and private donors in turning the Anthony Wayne Bridge into the newest public art display.

Susan Reams, honorary board member to The Arts Commission, took the lead on raising the additional funds to upgrade the lighting system necessary for this type of LED lighting display.

The lighting design by Erwin Redl, who has a studio in Bowling Green and New York, will turn on Friday, September 20, before Grammy award-winning artist, Chaka Khan, takes the stage at Promenade Park for the final ProMedica Summer Concert of the series.


Siena Liggins | Pop-Billboard Top Ten LGBTQ Artist of the Year
Headliner on the Promenade Park Stage – 9:50 p.m.

Siena Liggins’ first single of 2019 dropped after Billboard Pride named her their "artist to discover" during Black History Month. The second half of 2018 saw the Detroit artist go from a behind-the-scenes songwriter to one of Billboard’s Top Ten new LGBTQ artists of the year.

To see the full lineup of performances head to: https://momentumtoledo.org/schedule 

Detailed performance schedule:

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. The focus of the entertainment will be in Hensville. For those new to the Art Loop, stop at the Imagination Station or the volunteer station on Saint Clair Street in Hensville for details. Enjoy a wide array of contemporary, ethnic, traditional, and interactive dance performances throughout downtown including Mawtini Dabkeh Troupe, We R Hip Hop, FAMED Studios, The Aegela Center for Middle Eastern Dance, T.H.E. Modern Dance Co., Michael T. Promotions, and many more.

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.

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

Friday night’s headlining concert by Chaka Khan is ticketed as part of ProMedica’s Summer Concert Series. Ticketed events like this help build the sustainability of entertainment in Promenade Park and support free community programming. All other Momentum events are free and open to the public through the generosity of our many philanthropic partners. Momentum projects that will be free to experience on Friday night are The Herd by Kelley Bell and the interactive Sound Sculpture by Masary Studios.


Momentum features a diverse range of free live performances from 12PM until 11PM. The festival offers local and regional talent the opportunity to engage with audiences of all ages. Enjoy lounge areas, lawn games, and additional roaming entertainment by Bird’s Eye View Circus and the Bubble Sharks.

Saturday night features local talent Nikki D and The Sisters of Thunder. Formed in 1973, this family band has been performing features sacred steel guitar and a blues gospel sound.

Siena Liggins will headline the Saturday night concert. The Detroit artist went from a behind-the-scenes songwriter to one of Billboard’s Top Ten new LGBTQ artists of the year. Siena’s first single of 2019 dropped after Billboard

Pride named her their “artist to discover” during Black History Month. Her music is filled with flirtatious wordplay and catchy hooks.

Promenade Park Stage

12:30PM – 1:10PM Hector Mendoza ~ Latin Jazz, Classical, Bossa Nova

1:30PM – 1:50PM Aegela Centers for Middle Eastern Dance

1:50PM – 2:10PM We R Hip Hop

2:30PM – 3:10PM Tracy the Rarebreed featuring Wall music

3:30PM – 4:10PM University of Toledo High School Honor Orchestra

4:30PM – 5:10PM La Traizion ~ Tejano

5:30PM – 6:10PM Violent Bloom ~ Harmonic Chamber Pop

6:30PM – 7:10PM goLab ~ Indie Electronic Pop

7:30PM – 8:10PM The Essentials ~ Reggae, Surf, Punk

8:30PM – 9:30PM Nikki D and The Sisters of Thunder ~ Gospel + Blues

9:50PM – 11:00PM Siena Liggins  ~Pop

Festival Park | Mini Maker Faire Stage

12:15PM – 12:45PM T.H.E. Modern Dance Co.

1:00PM – 1:45PM Elmhurst ~ Electronic

2:00PM – 2:45PM Opera on Wheels ~ Hansel and Gretel vs. the Witch, Adapted from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel by Joshua Borths Directed by James M. Norman

4:00PM – 4:45PM Toledo Symphony Jazz Trio

5:00PM – 6:00PM Imagination Station Show

6:00PM – 6:30PM Bitch, Thunder! ~ All Female Drum Corps


Momentum is generously sponsored by: ProMedica, Owens Corning, Hanson, Inc, University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, HART, Huntington Bank, KeyBank National Association Trustee for the Walter E. Terhune Memorial Fund, Buckeye Broadband, Lucas County Commissioners, Imagination Station, Rudolph Libbe Group, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, HCR ManorCare, Erie Construction, Toledo Community Foundation, First Solar, City of Toledo, Mansour Wealth Management, The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, Hylant, Welltower, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Fifth Third Bank, Renaissance Hotels (First Hospitality Group), PNC Bank, NA, Kingston Healthcare, La-Z-Boy, Aly Sterling Philanthropy, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, NSG (Pilkington), The Andersons, Inc., Lathrop, Spangler Nathanson, Mainstreet Ventures, Metroparks Toledo, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mager Designs, J&M Cruise Lines, Toledo.com, and private donors.

Additional information available at www.momentumtoledo.org