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Art Out of School is a suite of programs that engages youth and youth-serving organizations from neighborhoods surrounding TMA. The programs increase access to free, high-quality art education experiences and provide pathways for leadership development, art appreciation and education, exploration of art mediums, and collaboration with artists.

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Youth Opportunities

The Art After School program partners with local youth-serving organizations and schools to provide gallery and studio art experiences for youth K-12th grade. These experiences are offered free of charge to participants.

The program has been in existence for almost thirty years and connects with over 1200 participants a year for positive art experiences with instructors in a variety of media. In 2018, the program was recognized by the Lucas County Commissioners and Toledo Mayor’s office for providing hands-on glassblowing instruction for youth participants recommended by the Lucas County Juvenile Court.

Art After School is supported in part by Fifth Third Bank.

The Teen Leaders (previously called Teen Apprentices) was established in 2015 to increase youth attendance at the Museum and provide real-world experiences, in partnership with the Toledo School for the Arts. In 2020, the program expanded to include participants from a variety of schools throughout Toledo.

The participants collaborate with their peers, artists, and TMA staff to create content and programs for their peers. The Teen Leaders create youth-focused events, also known as (Y)our Nights. In 2019, the Teen Leaders program was awarded “Best Education Outreach Program” by the Ohio Museums Association.  

The Toledo Museum of Art is dedicated to empowering youth to develop skills for personal and professional growth. In addition to college-level internships, a variety of opportunities are available for high school students interested in an introduction to art education and museums as a career path. Applications and project requests are accepted on a rolling basis.

Teen Work Study: Teens ages 14-18 have the opportunity to serve as classroom assistants for children’s classes grades K-5. In exchange for their semester-long commitment, they receive one teen art class free of charge that same semester.

Student Projects: High schools students interested in completing an independent study or job shadow experience can submit a project request. TMA reviews all student project request and accepts candidates based upon the nature of the project as well as staff ability to accommodate. TMA will respond to written project requests within 30 days.