In the Community

Visual language is applicable outside the walls of a museum. Working with several businesses, non-profits, and other organizations, the Toledo Museum of Art is providing opportunities to increase visual literacy throughout the Toledo region.

Art AFter School & ArtReach

The Toledo Museum of Art's Art After School and ArtReach programs bring art experiences to different populations throughout the Toledo region.

Art After School at the Toledo Museum of Art

Art After School at the Toledo Museum of Art

Art After School works with community groups that already have established after-school programs, like the Boys & Girls Club of Toledo, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio, and Adelante. Art After School takes place four days a week and provides art experiences for kindergartners through high-school aged teenagers. Younger participants attend a gallery discussion at the Museum then interpret what they have experienced through art making. Teens have the opportunity to work with glass and participate in jewelry making and metal sculpture.

ArtReach is focused on people experiencing life-challenging circumstances. Each workshop is tailored to the needs of the participants so that they feel that the Museum is accessible to them and feel comfortable talking about and making art. ArtReach takes place both at the Museum and out in the community.


Toledo School for the Arts

The Toledo School for the Arts is incorporating visual literacy in a variety of ways that engage both teachers and students. English and social studies teachers from this performing arts high school have completed the Museum's visual literacy workshops. Students not only participate in a program where certain classes visit the Museum several times throughout the school year, some are also trained as student guides -- docents for their peers.

TSA students also collaborated on Perspectives: A Toledo School for the Arts Exhibition which was on view in the Museum's Community Gallery Oct. 14, 2014 through Jan. 15, 2015. Sponsored in part by Judith M. and Joseph V. Conda, the exhibition allowed students to share their views on how an ever-shrinking world informs individual art.



In this collaboration, literacy goes beyond books. Toddler Tours are a two-part, multi-sensory experience that brings books as well as art to life for children ages 18 to 36 months. The free public program aims to engage toddlers through visual and textual literacy, dual skills that will be important for these digital natives.


Toledo Public Schools

Early literacy experiences, whether they are sensory or textual, lay the groundwork for visual, cognitive, and language development in young children. During the summer of 2014, the Toledo Museum of Art and Toledo Public Schools worked together on an extension of the Toddler Tours program. During this 12-week program, sensory literacy experiences were made available to a group of early childhood students -- around eighty 3-5 year olds -- with the aim of increasing the children's tier-two vocabulary by looking at art.



Developed in 2012, WordShop is a collaborative program between the Women's Initiative of the United Way and the Toledo Museum of Art that offers unique language arts opportunities and classroom writing support to elementary and middle school students to develop their creativity and enhance academic engagement. Field trips to the Toledo Museum of Art consist of visual literacy gallery tours and followed by collaborative storytelling workshops that draw on their visual experiences to enhance the creative writing process.


Other Collaborations

The Toledo Museum of Art's visual literacy initiative also expands into the workplace. Whether it is hosting lunchtime lectures on visual literacy, consulting on work- and living-space design or providing visual literacy workshops for employees, the Toledo Museum of Art has collaborated with prominent members of the Toledo region, including:


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