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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.

At the red light
In my car
between the cracks in the windshield
I see

This boy
He reminds me of someone
Maybe in the drink he bought
Arizona emblazoned on the can
Or the skittles in his hand
he’s throwing away the purple ones
or the hoodie
the hood is up and I can’t see his face
It’s in his gait
A swagger really
Easy and carefree, so very


If you know TSA, you know a great show can be on any night of the week. Thursday night, October 4, National Honor Society is hosting its annual Open Mic Night Fundraiser. Students will perform original poetry, music (both original and not), and who knows, maybe a little stand-up comedy. The doors open at 7pm and admission is $3 for students and staff and $5 for all else. Cider and snacks will also be available.

On September 16, TSA hosted the 3rd Flying Pig Music Fest. This annual parking lot party is not only the first major fundraiser for the school, it stands out as the only major staff driven philanthropic event!! Every staff member was involved in some capacity– planning, volunteering, or appearing on stage; it was a chance for the TSA staff to ensure this event was a success!

Next week is the time for TSA staff to showcase their own talents! Come hear the musical talents of Leah Williams, Lydia Horvath & Melissa Toth (with Jamie Dauel), Diana Anderson & Megan Heer, and Amelia Lefevre (with Heer). Also on the program are two magnificent private voice instructors, Kim Buehler & Jo-Anne Chrysochoos, the private viola instructor, Reed Anderson (with Jamie Dauel) and Rob Desmond’s percussive presentation. The staff recital is on Monday September 25th in the Attic Theatre at 7p.m. Admission is free.

It’s not a TSA event if you’re not having fun! At the Flying Pig Music Festival, you can do just that. There’s something for the entire family from bubbles, face painting, and caricatures for the younger ones and live music and food trucks for everyone else. The doors open at 3:30 and the lot will be rockin from 4- 9:30. Come see local bands and musicians perform on the TSA loading dock with our TSA staff among them. It won’t just be the staff sharing the spotlight though, but our very own TSA students performing a piece or two from the upcoming musical, The Music Man. The dates for that show are October 19th- 22nd at Owens Community College Center for Performing Arts. All can also look forward to our cherished alumni GCS members, Messengers of Steel. Mark it on your calendar! We will be sad if you miss it.

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