The Owens Corning Foundation Inc. has made a $1 million commitment to support the educational mission of the Toledo Museum of Art.
The gift, to be paid over a five-year period, will help to underwrite art education programs and the Museum’s 2020 Vision that focuses on expanding educational outreach to more culturally diverse audiences.
“We are truly gratified to receive this support from an organization with long ties to the community and to the Museum,” said Museum Director Brian Kennedy. “With this new commitment, the Owens Corning Foundation will be helping us to meet our goal of reaching a greater cross-section of our metropolitan community.”
“The Owens Corning Foundation is pleased to make this five-year commitment to the Toledo Museum of Art,” said Don Rettig, president of the foundation. “The museum’s focus on expanding educational programs to more diverse audiences aligns with a core piece of our mission: educational opportunity for those most in need. We believe the combined efforts of both organizations will positively impact the lives of children in this community.”
The foundation gift will support educational outreach programs like the Family Center, which was visited by 25,000 children and their caregivers in fiscal year 2015, as well as ArtReach, Art After School and the Community Gallery.
ArtReach introduces the Museum to children and adults who face life challenges by offering them workshops that use a current exhibition or other TMA art or an activity as inspiration to create art together. Each workshop is tailored to the needs and mobility of the particular group. Participants include persons who are deaf or blind, those with autism, persons in the court system, cancer patients/survivors and those with physical or mental disabilities, among others. Over 400 people took part in ArtReach last year.
Art After School, in which 840 students were involved during fiscal year 2015, is a grant-funded program offered four days a week for 30 weeks of the year. Geared for community children who may not otherwise have a chance to come to the Museum, Art After School works with community partners such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Kids Unlimited, Afterschool All-Stars, the Friendly Center and Adelante to provide wide-ranging art experiences, from painting and sculpture to photography, drawing and mixed media. In addition, teenagers are offered classes in glassblowing and metalsmithing.
Related to these programs is the Community Gallery, which showcases works done by both ArtReach and Art After School participants. The goal is not only to share with visitors the wonderful works produced by the artists but also to give the participants the chance to return to the Museum and view their works on display.
More information about the many learning opportunities offered by the Museum can be found at toledomuseum.org.
The Owens Corning Foundation champions programs that support critical needs shelter, safe efficient housing and basic health and education for those most in need. Owens Corning (NYSE:OC) develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites. Owens Corning posted 2014 sales of $5.3 billion and employs about 15,000 people in 26 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 61 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.