The Arts Commission Announces Changes to the 2020 Momentum Festival, Extended Through October

Daily Dose  |  07/09/2020 11:00 am

Launched in 2017, the Momentum Festival has been presented as a three-day festival of music and art along the Maumee riverfront to celebrate revitalization in downtown Toledo through the arts. The Momentum Festival supports local artists and musicians and invites international creatives to perform and exhibit in Toledo. Past festivals have included dynamic, interactive art installations such as "Fantastic Planet" by Parer Studios, “Aqueous” by Jen Lewin and “POOF!” by Bradley Scherzer. For the last three years, the Momentum Festival has provided free and accessible programming to tens of thousands of attendees.

In 2020, the Momentum Festival will be shifting to a combination of virtual and discoverable elements to safely engage attendees in arts and cultural experiences and comply with restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19. Momentum Festival activity will kick off on Thursday, September 17, in downtown Toledo and continue through mid-October. Through a blend of safe and separate virtual experiences, as well as discoverable artwork that improves public spaces, we will “keep the momentum going” during the pandemic.

Discoverable activities are self-guided and promote exploration of the downtown and uptown areas. They include existing public art infrastructure along with new projects and activities. Virtual experiences are designed to promote artists and provide safe access to artwork. They will provide the opportunity to connect visual artists with sales opportunities and exhibitions and provide performing and literary artists with access to an audience. All Momentum Festival events are free and open to the public. A full list of activities will be announced soon.

Momentum is generously sponsored by: ProMedica, Owens Corning, The University of Toledo, Huntington Bank, KeyBank National Association Trustee for the Walter E. Terhune Memorial Fund, Buckeye Broadband, Hylant, Huntington Bank, Pilkington North America, Aly Sterling Philanthropy, private donors and Toledo’s philanthropic community. If you’d like details on sponsorship information please contact Kelly Rose Hirsh at

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