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The TMA Community Gallery, located in the west wing of the Museum’s lower level, hosts free exhibitions of artwork created by select groups in the greater Toledo region.
Typically, the artists work to an “art challenge” inspired by a specific exhibition or by the Museum’s collection. Participating groups (sorry, no solo artists) are both professional and amateur organizations, as well as some groups in the TMA ArtReach program for underrepresented populations. Eclectic and diverse, the exhibitions feature contemporary works in a variety of media.
Adapted by the Toledo Museum of Art for first-time use in a museum after-school program, the curriculum for this class, Aperture On Sight, was created by Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation that connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online.
Through the use of the Aperture curriculum and the TMA collection, high school students from the Homer Hannan Boys and Girls Club of Toledo were introduced to basic photography techniques and learned how to express emotion and meaning through the lens. The class helped to strengthen visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills – skills that are vital to both academic and social success. Each photograph was conceptualized individually and executed collaboratively. This is a culmination of their work.
Aperture Foundation is committed to helping young people strengthen their visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills in the digital age. The initial development of Aperture On Sight has been made possible with support from The Bay and Paul Foundations, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Reba Judith Sandler Foundation, and a gift from Agnes Gund. Additional support was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and Grand St. Settlement.
For over a century, the Toledo Museum of Art’s purpose has been art education. In 1903, the Museum introduced free Saturday classes for children and teens at one of its early locations on Madison Ave. By 1919, art classes were offered in the William H. Scott House. In 1925, they moved to the newly expanded education space that you are standing in today.
As the Museum’s collection has grown over the years, so have the art classes that utilize and gain inspiration from the collection. From the first year of 125 students to today’s 1,100 youth enrolled annually, children and teens have participated in a variety of art classes ranging from drawing and painting to ceramics, metals, and glass. We invite you to take a look back through 100 years of children and teen classes at TMA then visit the Works on Paper gallery to explore more of TMA’s history.
At the Toledo Museum of Art, art education is connected to everything we do. We design classes, programs, and activities for people of all ages to help them learn to see better through engaging with great art. The hands-on activities in this hallway provide a sampling of the multi-sensory and multi-modal learning experiences available to our visitors through our tours, special exhibitions, and class programs.
We invite visitors of all ages to explore the works of art in our collection through the activities in these halls. In the spirit of play, use the figures on our magnet boards to reimagine a popular work of art, explore the human form at our self-portrait station, or practice close looking as you solve a puzzle. Then visit the Main Museum galleries and Welles Sculpture Garden to view the original works of art up close.