Join Executive Director of Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Marc D. Folk for a peek under the hood of how he has helped to built a vibrant creative economy in the unexpected “second-city” of Toledo, Ohio. This modern-day renaissance has been a resounding national success story through intentional collaboration, finding shared vision, and collective impact. Folk is the 2018 recipient of the Ray Hanley Innovation Award, given each year by the Americans for the Arts’ United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF).
Executive Director Marc D. Folk has been with the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo as an employee for over twelve years. Marc first worked with the Arts Commission in 1996 as an instructor in the Young Artists at Work program, coordinated the program in subsequent years, and has also served as Director of the Art in Public Places program and Artistic Director, prior to becoming the Executive Director in April 2007. Marc has represented ACGT on numerous Toledo area, statewide and national committees to promote the development of the arts. Under his leadership ACGT initiated Artomatic 419 and the LiveWorkCreate Toledo program. He is the recipient of the 2009 Governors Award for the Arts in Arts Administration and was a 2006 recipient of the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award. He also serves on the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Board and is a District Captain for the Americans for the Arts. Marc was a 1998 graduate of the University of Toledo, with a BFA in Sculpture and a minor in Printmaking and has studied abroad at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. He maintains a studio in downtown Toledo.