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The students of Toledo School for the Arts have the opportunity to participate in a plethora of clubs and organizations after school. One of the newest is the Speech and Debate team. That’s team and not club. Mr. Szparagowski is one of the advisors. He never did speech and debate in high school, but he was a participant in model united nations and says that both build character. Last year, the team was created, but this is the first year that it is actually up and running by request of the students. Students have the opportunity to compete in multiple categories where they can recite monologues, write and perform original pieces, or debate hot topics.

The Memory Project is a unique initiative in which art students create portraits for children and teens around the world who have been orphaned, abandoned, neglected, or otherwise disadvantaged.  To participate, artists receive pictures of children who are waiting for portraits.  The artists then create the portraits, and The Memory Project coordinates the delivery of the portraits to the children.  The goal of the project is to inspire caring in the student artists and a positive sense of self in the orphanage children.  The project is directed by the nonprofit organization My Class Cares, and is funded at TSA by the generous support of the Parents’ Org.

Dave Gierke began his professional fundraising career in 2002, three years after the Toledo School for the Arts opened its doors, as a part-time Development Director and Percussion Instructor. In 2004, he hung up his drums to focus on development full-time, overseeing all giving campaigns, program underwriting and fundraisers for the school.

When Dave first started, TSA raised approximately $20,000 a year. The school had no formal development program, so Dave – nearly single-handedly – created one from scratch. After training at the Indiana University’s Fundraising School and earning his Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Dave has successfully increased TSA’s annual development income to some $600,000. Dave also expanded the TSA Development Department to include three full-time and one part-time fundraisers, plus a part-time consultant for grant writing.

The Martin D. Porter Gallery at Toledo School for the Arts presents

First Peoples – A Celebration of Native American Arts & Culture

Featuring works selected from the collections of Taylor Moyer and Peg Francisco.

This collection celebrates the visionary creativity and technical mastery of native North American arts and artists across many generations and cultures. Created often as works of spiritual, ceremonial, or cultural significance, the objects on display in this exhibition also exhibit artistic qualities like innovative uses of materials; precision craftsmanship; ingenious patterns, designs, and abstraction; and expressiveness of form and representation.

  "These prints were greatly inspired by transitions and progressions, and they convey a parallel between inner progressions and the transitions between different time periods. I started out by using more muted colors in my prints, like the forest green and yellow ochre. These were representational...

This month the Porter Gallery is hosting the Toledo Streets Newspaper for their Fall fundraiser. The Exhibition, Toledo Streets Scenes, features 30 photos taken by Toledo Streets Newspaper vendors. Each image captures Toledo through the eyes and perspectives of several artists. The photographs are raw, honest examples of our local scene here in the Glass City. The show will be on view in the Martin D. Porter Gallery from October 5th through October 27th. The Toledo Streets fundraiser is October 18th at 5:00pm In the Gallery.

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