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Knowing that art and museums offer a sense of peace and comfort for many during difficult times, TMA staff are working diligently to fulfill the Museum's mission to integrate art into the lives of people while our buildings are closed to the public.

We have compiled the following materials to make sure you can still come on in to your museum remotely. Additional activities and other materials will be made available on this page. We encourage you to visit it often.


Community Art Projects

Inspired by Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change, TMA is organizing a COVID-19 Virtual Quilting Bee in advance of the exhibition opening. Art and museums offer a space for many to reflect, process and respond during difficult times, and quilting bees have long been an activity for community building, shared labor and intergenerational engagement. Community members near and far are encouraged to submit quilt blocks that address aspects of life amid the current global pandemic, which marks a moment of change and uncertainty on a global scale. Individuals will submit photos of their quilt blocks for inclusion. Due to social distancing measures, these blocks will be “stitched together” in an online photo gallery and through TMA’s social media platforms. Submission guidelines are available at https://www.toledomuseum.org/quilting-bee. Photos of finished quilt blocks should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 1, 2020.

Toledo Museum of Art’s Teen Leaders program is organizing a Virtual Talent Show for Toledo’s teen artists and creators. The talent show will take place on the Museum’s Instagram account, @toledomuseum, on June 6, 2020. To participate, Toledo area teens should submit a photo or video (no longer than 2 minutes) of their talent by direct message on Instagram or using the hashtag #TMATeens. Submissions are due no later than May 31. Any submission must come from a public profile to be eligible. Talents may include music, spoken word, dance, visual art, fashion, comedy or other creative outlets. All submissions will be entered in a random raffle to win a $50 value gift package from the TMA store.

TMA Teen Leaders invite local teens to submit entries for Virtual Talent Show


At Home with The Family Center

When you complete your project, share it with us! Tag the Museum on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so we can show your creation to our followers.

Using recycled materials from home, work as a family or team to design and develop your own city and help it grow and expand—from town, to city, to metropolis!

PDF icon At Home with The Family Center: Recycled Cityscape

Using coffee filters and coloring, you can make your own Monet-inspired 3D water lily painting!

PDF icon At Home with The Family Center: Coffee Filter Water Lilies

 

Inspired from the Toledo Museum of Art collection piece Sky Presence I by Louise Nevelson, create your own found object shadow box and turn it into your very own I Spy game!

PDF icon At Home with The Family Center: I Spy Shadow Box

Using rubber bands and paint, you can turn your drawing into a print!

PDF icon At Home with The Family Center: Rubber Band Prints


Materials for Educators

Bring the Museum collection into your home with these lesson plans, which can be adapted from classroom to in-home use.


Visual Literacy At Home

When you complete your project, share it with us! Tag the Museum on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so we can show your creation to our followers.

Write a poem about a work of art.

Write a short story about a work of art using observation, descriptive vocabulary, and creative thinking.

Become an active observer of your environment.

Respond to the formal properties of an everyday object.


Online Publications

Over 400 Toledo Museum of Art publications have been digitized and can be accessed at archive.org. Several of the most popular catalogs and books are listed below.

Past issues of the Museum's member magazine, ArTMAtters, can be viewed at toledomuseum.org/about/artmatters. This collection of digitized publications goes back to September 2015. 


Videos

The Toledo Museum of Art has posted over 300 videos on its YouTube channel. This collection contains artist demonstrations, guest talks and lectures, promotional videos for some of your favorite exhibitions and more. Some of the most popular videos have been listed below. We have also provided links to a series of videos produced in collaboration with SmartHistory, the most visited art history resource in the world, and to WGTE Knowledge Stream.


The Museum Store

Looking for new books, games, art supplies and other activities to help pass the time? The Museum Store is open online and shipping orders while TMA is temporarily closed to the public. Shipping may take a bit longer than normal but know that your purchase will help the Museum considerably during this time.

Fun at Home

Books and Publications

Games and Puzzles

Adult Coloring Books

Art Supplies


View the Collection

The galleries may be temporarily closed but you can still visit the Museum's world renowned collection digitally. Whether it is at emuseum.toledomuseum.org or TMA's Google Arts & Culture partner page, you are able to spend time with your favorite works of art from our permanent collection.

Each Monday, the Museum publishes Art Minute, a weekly feature that highlights a work of art from the collection via email, social media and the TMA website. You can view Art Minute features by searching "Art Minute" on our website.

Museum Social

If you are not already doing so, we also recommend following TMA on its social channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for even more fun and engaging content.


Google Arts & Culture: Gigapixel Project

The Toledo Museum of Art partnered with Google Arts & Culture to have paintings from TMA’s collection photographed with Google’s custom-built robotic camera, simply called The Art Camera. It records paintings, prints, and other two-dimensional objects in a gigapixel digital image—which means a resolution of more than a billion pixels, allowing you to zoom in closer to an image than possible with the naked eye.

Now you can explore 28 of the Museum’s Old Master paintings down to individual brushstrokes. What details will you find? TMA's paintings can be viewed at artsandculture.google.com.