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Young Artists At Work 25th Anniversary Celebration


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Young Artists At Work 25th Anniversary Celebration

Young Artists At Work 25th Anniversary Celebration
July 31, 2019, 5-7pm
Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St.

Join us to celebrate 25 years of YAAW! This summer, The Arts Commission has employed 44 young artists from the greater Toledo area to undertake several major creative projects in our city- from adding a splash of color to the basketball courts at Savage Park, to developing a mural on Adams Street, to creating artwork for display at Lucas County Canine Care & Control.

On Wednesday, July 31, we'll host the Young Artists At Work 25th Anniversary Celebration at Handmade Toledo. Hear from the 2019 YAAW apprentices as they share reflections on the meaningful experience of creating art as part of this program. Visual artwork by the apprentices will be available for sale. Come witness their creativity on display at this free reception! Complimentary parking is available in the Manos lot at Madison & 17th Street as well as street parking along Adams Street.

The Arts Commission has presented the award-winning YAAW program since 1994. Student apprentices between the ages of 14 and 18 are selected in a competitive process for six weeks of employment as working artists. The objective is to provide an intensive arts experience, fostering artistic self-expression and a quality work ethic. The program encourages cross-cultural sharing and the exchange of ideas.

The Arts Commission extends a heartfelt thank you to the University of Toledo College of Art & Letters, School of Visual & Performing Arts and the Department of Art for hosting our program in their Center for Visual Arts facility for a tenth year. We re also grateful to the Toledo Museum of Art for their continued partnership with our organization in support of the Young Artists At Work program.

YAAW 2019 is made possible with support from these generous sponsors and others: The LaValley Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Lucas County Jobs and Family Services, the Edith Franklin and Tom & Pat McGlaughlin Youth Endowment Funds of the Toledo Community Foundation, City of Toledo Department of Neighborhoods and Economic Development and the Community Development Block Grant Program, The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Owens-Illinois, Fifth Third Foundation, ProMedica, University of Toledo’s College of Arts and Letters, the School of Visual and Performing Arts & the Department of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Sara Jane and William DeHoff , Jim Moore and Tim Valko, the Kasper Family, Jeff Jaffe, Mary Sawers, Glenwood Lutheran Church, Connecting Kids to Meals, Directions Credit Union, City of Toledo Parks, Recreation, & Forestry, Brooks Welker, Kristin Kiser and Andrew Newby, and Lucas County Canine Care and Control, and Jon and Arleen Levine.

To learn more about the YAAW program, please visit

Earlier Event: July 30
Workshop : Dance with Dak
Later Event: August 4
Workshop: Floral Watercolors