Three-Day Art and Music Festival ‘Momentum’ Announces Expanded 2018 Schedule

Credit: Parer Studio
Credit: Parer Studio


Toledo, OH – Building on the overwhelming success of Momentum 2017, The Arts Commission and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra are excited to announce that Momentum will take place September 13, 14, and 15, 2018 in Promenade Park.

Momentum, sponsored by ProMedica 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 free and open to the public. A quick glance of the highlights include:


5:00PM – 7:00PM Momentum: Hot Glass Awards Ceremony | 300 Madison, Lobby

● In celebration of Libbey Inc.’s 200th anniversary, glass artists and designers are invited to design and produce drinkware or glass works that draw inspiration from functional vessels. Works will be judged by nationally recognized experts from within the glass and artistic communities and substantial monetary prizes will be awarded.

7:00PM – 9:00PM Fantastic Planet Debut | Promenade Park

● Parer Studio’s Fantastic Planet features three 50-foot, illuminated figures populating Promenade Park and illuminating the waterfront in celebration of the new energy and revitalization of Toledo. Travelling from Australia this display will remain in place the entire weekend.

7:00PM – 9:00PM INTER/ACTIVE Projects Debut | Promenade Park

● Five new projects will be launched at Momentum 2018! These include work by artists Matthew Dansack + Sebastien Schohn, Matt Foss, Julia Labay Darrah + Yusuf Lateef, Barbara Miner, and Christopher Schneider + Nina Caruso. A portion of these projects were made possible in part by an INTER/ACTIVE grant from The Arts Commission as part of the City of Toledo’s One Percent for Art Program.


7:30PM Orquesta Akokán | Promenade Park

● Assembled and led by Cuban vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, Daptone recording artists Orquesta Akokán is a big band collective of the finest Cuban musicians, both young and old. Their self-titled debut release is one of the most critically acclaimed releases of 2018. Orquesta Akokán was specifically chosen for this concert to continue the forward trajectory of Momentum to bring original and diverse music to our community. The concert will be free for the community.


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

● The Toledo Mini Maker Faire in partnership with Imagination Station, will feature more than 20 diverse makers with demonstrations and hands on activities. Live music and food trucks will populate both Festival and Promenade Park. 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.

6:30PM Toledo Symphony Orchestra Performing with Tan Dun | Promenade Park

● Tan Dun will join TSO for a special performance of Water Concerto. Dun, a contemporary Chinese composer and conductor, is most widely known for scoring Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as well as composing music for the medal ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has won numerous awards for his works, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award and a BAFTA award.

“This free three-day festival and community celebration of glass, music, and art will elevate our rich artistic and cultural history and accelerate the ongoing revitalization of our waterfront and city.” said Executive Director of The Arts Commission, Marc Folk.

Momentum is generously sponsored by ProMedica, Owens Corning, Key Bank, the Ohio Arts Council, Lathrop, Huntington Bank, Mansour Wealth Management and private donors.

Additional information available at

The Arts Commission Founded in 1959, The Arts Commission is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio that develops and promotes the arts in the community, and has managed the City of Toledo’s 1% for Art program since 1977. 419-254-ARTS |

Toledo Symphony With roots as early as 1838, the Toledo Symphony sees itself as the musical heart of Northwest Ohio, supporting Neighborhood and Regional Concerts, a School of Music and three youth orchestras in addition to traditional concert offerings (Classics, Pops, Family, Mozart & More and Chamber). 419-246-8000 |