Toledo Museum of Art Hosts students through the Toledo Youth Commission

In a partnership with the Toledo Youth Commission the Toledo Museum of Art will host students from 16 area organizations for guided tours of The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition plus a “Meet and Greet” reception with Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson on Saturday, January 9.

Toledo Museum Director Brian Kennedy, who will welcome the mayor, said that such events support the museum’s purpose to integrate art into the lives of people through its collection and programs, and enhance its relevance in a changing world.

“The commitment and input of our youth is extremely important to helping move our city forward,” said Mayor Hicks-Hudson. “We greatly appreciate the partnership of the Toledo Museum of Art in hosting this educational event featuring both visual art and the art of conversation.”

Led by Halona Norton-Westbrook, associate curator of contemporary art and coordinator of the exhibition, the tour will begin at 2 p.m. from the Herrick Lobby. The interactive dialogue with the Mayor will take place from 3 to 4 p.m.

The event is by invitation through the Toledo Youth Commission and participants include representatives and parents from the following organizations:

West Toledo YMCA Youth Opportunities Program

American Culture Exchange International Student Organization

Chase Elementary

Toledo Technology Academy

Jones Leadership Academy

Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy

Scott High School

University of Toledo Upward Bound Program

Toledo School for the Arts

St. Francis High School

Notre Dame Academy

Maumee Valley Country Day School

Maturing Young Men & Aspiring Young Women

University of Toledo

Toledo Junior Roller Derby

Delta Gems

The Rise of Sneaker Culture explores the athletic shoe from its origins in the mid-1800s to its current place in high-fashion. This traveling exhibition, organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, is the first exhibition in the United States to present a comprehensive survey of the sneaker’s complex design, history, and immense cultural significance. The Toledo Museum of Art is the only Ohio venue for this show, which comes to Toledo from the Brooklyn Museum (July 10-Oct. 4, 2015) and then travels to the High Museum of Art (June 12-Aug. 14, 2016) followed by the Speed Art Museum (Sept. 10-Nov. 27, 2016). Free admission.

Posted by Stacy Weber on Friday, January 08, 2016.