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Old Masonic Temple being renovated as new home of the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts

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The Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts will have a new home beginning in summer of this year.

With help from a $600,000 grant over three years from the Owens Corning Foundation, the performing arts collective consisting of the Toledo Symphony, Toledo Ballet, Toledo Symphony School of Music, Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras and more, will be moving into the old Masonic Temple located adjacent to the Stranahan Theater on Heatherdowns Boulevard in Toledo.

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Toledo Museum of Art annual poetry contest now open for submissions

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While visual art comes first and foremost to mind when considering the Toledo Museum of Art – think paintings, sculptures and installations – the museum is finding ways to incorporate other elements of art: namely, the literary.

The museum’s annual poetry contest opened for submissions Monday and seeks to amplify local voices and add another layer of complexity to specific pieces in the museum’s collection. Participants should submit a poem inspired by one of 12 selected artworks

The contest runs from Jan. 22 to March 22, and winners will be notified on April 17. First through third place winners will be announced in two categories: Youth (11-17) and Adult (18+). Both categories will also have an honorable mention.

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Summit Street sculpture wins international award

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A downtown Toledo public art sculpture has been awarded an international architectural prize, one of only three recipients in its category and approximately 150 awardees nationwide and beyond, the Toledo Arts Commission announced Monday.

“Upon Reflection (the Sky’s the Limit)” received an award in the Displays and Installations category from the American Architecture Awards, an awards program launched by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and other organizations in 1994 to recognize and honor buildings and landscaping projects across the United States and beyond. Sculptures abroad are also eligible, so long as they are created by American architects and planners.

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Toledo School for the Arts enrollment lottery to open Oct. 2; application guide to the 2024-2025 school year

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Prospective students interested in attending Toledo School for the Arts (TSA) for the 2024-2025 school year should mark their calendars: the enrollment lottery opens Monday, Oct. 2.

TSA recently completed a $10 million expansion project, allowing them to accept more students than in previous years and now includes a black box studio, a barrier-free dance studio, a large art gallery and school store and, most importantly, more learning space for students.

The application process to the school is detailed in part below:

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Summerfair kicks off art festival scene throughout Ohio

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During the summer season, artists crisscross Ohio showing their work at festivals. One of the first major shows took place in Cincinnati this weekend: the 56th annual Summerfair.

“These are the cream of the crop artists,” said managing director Jayne Utter.  She and her team bring in some new artists every year, like Emma Overman from Indianapolis.

“I’m really happy to be a part of it,” Overman said.

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‘Spin & Splat’ offers interactive art opportunity in Toledo

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TOLEDO, Ohio — If you’re looking for a unique, creative experience worthy of just about any occasion, look no further than “Spin & Splat Art Studio” in west Toledo.

The studio, which was created by owner Roni Gilmore, offers visitors a variety of methods to create the artistic masterpiece without the worry of creating a mess. With a variety of ways to express yourself through acrylic paint, each piece will be one-of-a-kind.

The “spin” of Spin & Splat refers to the studio’s spin tables, which allow the user to create mesmerizing designs by pouring paint onto a spinning canvas. The “splat” refers to a black-lit room where visitors suit up (or wear a shirt to which they’d like to add a little flair) and sling paint at a canvas–but if you miss and end up decorating the walls, your clothes and your friends, that’s okay, too.

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Toledo Museum of Art Becomes the First of Its Kind™ in the Toledo Area to Earn Certified Autism Center™ Designation

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TOLEDO, OHIO, UNITED STATES, April 12, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ — The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) has named The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC). The CAC designation is granted to organizations that have completed training and certification to better serve autistic and sensory sensitive visitors. The training program covers various topics, including sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor and social skills, program development and emotional awareness. TMA is the first museum in the Toledo area to earn the designation. IBCCES also conducted an onsite review to provide additional ways the Museum can accommodate visitors and create detailed sensory guides for each exhibition as part of the certification process.

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Toledo women blazing a trail in the tattoo industry

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TOLEDO, Ohio — March is women’s history month where we celebrate the accomplishments of women through the course of American history and here at home.

Right here in Toledo, there are women who are forging their own paths every day.

Some are using body art as a way to express themselves.

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Astronauts honored at the Ohio Statehouse

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation announced the commission of an artwork to recognize the accomplishments of Ohioans in space. Artist Bill Hinsch was chosen to create a new painting for the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda.

The painting will honor Ohioans in space. Ohioans have achieved many firsts in flight and in space exploration. Twenty-five NASA astronauts were born in the state, and many Ohioans have advanced space technology in supporting roles.

The painting pictures astronauts John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell and Judith Resnik, four of the Ohio astronauts noted for real firsts. An image of Flight Director Gene Kranz of Toledo represents the engineers and scientists without whom space travel would not be possible. Their spacecraft, the moon and the Earth are part of the artwork.

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Toledo Arts Commission wants youths to make art, not violence

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TOLEDO, Ohio — There have been four homicides in Toledo in 2022 and two of the victims were teenagers. This unnerving statistic has organizations like the Toledo Arts Commission hoping to push youths toward painting and other creative outlets to keep them out of harm’s way.

The commission’s creative manager, David Ross, is familiar with one of the programs in the commission — Young Artists at Work. Ross went through the program, which is now in its 29th year, in his youth.

He’s used his own experience in the program to advocate for other young artists to do the same.

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