The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is pleased to announce that its popular program, Artomatic 419!, returns in 2011, taking place over three full Saturdays, April 2, 9 & 16, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.
Celebrating it’s fourth incarnation, the biennial event – held every other year – is looking at one of its biggest and best years yet! As Northwest Ohio’s largest nonjuried, multi-media arts showcase, Artomatic 419! 2011 will see nearly 300 visual, performing, and literary artists from across our region’s Creative Community take over two buildings in Downtown Toledo’s St. Clair Village, situated right in the heart of the burgeoning Warehouse District neighborhood across from Fifth-Third Field.
Due to an overwhelming response from ACGT’s call for artists in the autumn of 2010, Artomatic 419! Out grew its first building, adding for the first time in the event’s history a second site. The 2011 event will take place simultaneously in the 3-story historic building at 407 Washington St. (behind Jed’s), and kitty-corner at 25 S. St. Clair Street (across from Homeslice Pizza). Both of these wonderful structures have been empty for some time, despite being situated in the city’s core. Filled with art, live performance, and Artomatic 419! event-goers, these building will enjoy new life and new recognition for the first time in years.
This year’s event will also feature the new addition of an “official after-party.” The after-party event is sponsored by The Ottawa Tavern and Toledo.com, and will feature regional live entertainment each night from 10 p.m. to midnight at The Event Center (23 N. Summit St.).
This year’s event is made possible through the generosity of our building partners STS Management (407 Washington) and Martin and Wood Appraisals Group LTD along with new tenant, The Art Supply Depot (25 S. St. Clair St.), and The Event Center. This event is also supported by the Ohio Arts Council, the Small Business Administration, The Toledo Blade, ProMedica, Clear Channel, WTO5 Toledo’s CW, Devicious, Toledo.com, Wayne Lumber, SFC Graphics, the Ottawa Tavern, Flash Toledo, Old West End Records, Crafts 2000 Monroe, Scrap4Art, and the Toledo Warehouse District.