TMA Grant from Hearst Foundations Increases Access for Area Youth
The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has been awarded a $100,000 culture grant from the Hearst Foundations to expand its Teen Leaders program and reimagine art out of school experiences for youth, increasing access to free, high-quality visual art education. “We are excited about the opportunity the Museum now has to grow these programs into an art education hub with leadership development, art appreciation and education experiences, exploration of digital media and collaborative experiences with teens and artists,” said Maria Iafelice, TMA’s youth and family programs manager. “We are grateful to the Hearst Foundations grant which will help the Toledo Museum of Art fulfill its purpose of art education while supporting a vibrant arts community.” The Teen Leaders (previously called Teen Apprentices) program, which was recently recognized by the Ohio Museum Association as the best education and outreach program for museums of similar size, 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. The Art After School program provides positive art experiences for area youth from community organizations at no cost to participants. “TMA is focusing on this age group because through the arts, students can build skills in communication, visual literacy, and collaboration which not only positively impacts their personal and professional development but also provides new and innovative ways to transform the Museum experience,” Iafelice said.
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