I am doing some research on art in Toledo. Can anybody give me historic examples of events in Toledo-either in the past or current-which demonstrate that the arts play a prominent part in Toledo? I know we have a nationally recognized art museum/glass gallery, Crosby Gardens Festival, Art of the Mall, the Art Walk etc but are there other events that I may not be aware of? This can be art of any form, be it music, visual, dance, etc.
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Well, Toledo is the birthplace of the modern studio glass movement. That's a pretty huge deal in the art glass world.
We were one of only three cities in the United States who were chosen as exhibit locations for the El Greco collection during the famous tour of the collection in the 1980s.
I have to guess we are on the leading edge of tattoo art. Unless we just have the most people with tattoos.
El Greco-yes, I remember this back in the mid eighties even though I was only a kid. The modern glass studio I did not know about. Thanks for mentioning it. LOL, we do seem to have a fair number of tattooed folk around here.
I can tell you that the art museum way outclasses the community in terms of collections compared to the per capita circumstances of the metropolitan area that it "serves." No offense to the community. It's just that good.
The early injections of massive acquisition funds by a couple of the once prominent Toledo families really set us up with something special.
I believe that it is internationally known, and ranked in the top 10 in the US, unless my memory fails me.
WGTE produced a wonderful documentary on TMA. It's been a while since I viewed it, but I believe they used to lead in the area of art education. Thousands of childres used to take classes on the weekends - it was a big deal. I've also heard that Brian Kennedy recently started a program to mentor potential future museum directors. Apparently a large percentage of the world's museum directors are reaching retirement age all at the same time so there will be a shortage of qualified replacements in the near future. Another thing to note is that the TMA is free and is required to remain so. In addition to El Grecco, the most recent Manet exhibit was only shown here in Toledo and at the Royal Academy in London - not bad company to be in. Will see what else I can come up with.
Thanks for bringing up the Manet exhibit. I thought there was an exclusive exhibit in which Toledo was included. It's good to know the museum runs only on donations. I didn't know if there were state grants or any non-private endowments the museum received. It seems like a lot of money to come up with.
I appreciate all you guys' comments. They have been very helpful.
Copied from the TMA website; "More than a century later, the Toledo Museum of Art is considered one of the finest museums in the country. Thanks to the benevolence of its founders, as well as the continued support of its members, the Toledo Museum of Art remains a privately-endowed, non-profit institution and opens its collection to the public—free of charge—six days a week, 309 days a year". The Manet exhibit was co sponsored by Block Communications & BP (also available on the Internet).
As for other forms of art, don't forget that influential jazz pianist Art Tatum was born here. And Jon Hendricks is still a resident.
toledo artists of note: machem, osthaus, abramofsky among lots of others ....
Oh - and Claid Black, the jazz pianist who recently passed.
This is a study from 2009... I know there is in fact more recent data, but it's food for thought:
"Annually in Ohio, his report indicated, arts and creative industries:
Generate $1.78 billion in federal tax revenue.
Generate $1.06 billion in state and local tax revenues.
Support 231,200 jobs." via BGSU: http://art.bgsu.edu/ohioArts.cfm
I'm trying to track down more specific & recent NW Ohio #'s but even this older study points to some pretty significant #'s in ohio.
As for the TMA.. yes, it is absolutely one of the best museums in the country. I chair the Junior group at TMA called circle 2445. Over the past two plus years of my involvement, I have learned some incredible stories in regards to the institution's history. We're very lucky that some of Toledo's founders had such generosity and vision.
Our Arts Commission is also an incredible institution, planning and putting on some amazing programing for the city. http://theartscommission.org/
Regarding TMA - don't forget the Rubens exhibit back in '93 I believe it was. It was only here and, if memory serves, LA. And it was an amazing exhibit.
Thanks for all the info and the links. I will have a look at them.
Slightly off the track, but in case the moderator is reading this, would it be possible to have a sub-forum titled "The Arts" where upcoming artistic events could be publicized?
(I know that there is already an "Entertainment" forum)
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