TARTA creates artistic movement on Toledo roadsWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Northwest Ohio will once again have reason to celebrate its creative class when the annual reception for Art in TARTA kicks into high gear Dec. 3.
Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority and the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo have partnered with representatives of BGSU and UT to provide this opportunity for local artists. The intention is to encourage exposure and appreciation for the arts in the community by artistically enhancing buses, bus shelters and stops throughout the TARTA service area.
The program objective is to invite the public, schools, businesses and local agencies to participate in expanding the visual, literary and musical arts throughout the region.
The Glass Poetry Competition was a collaboration of TARTA and the Young Artists at Work program. For the past 14 years, the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo has offered a six-week summer youth employment opportunity, which enables diverse and at-risk youth to benefit from an intense exposure to the arts. The YAAW program encourages expression, refinement, cross-cultural sharing and the exchange of ideas. The opportunity provides exposure to the concept of art as a business, as well as the creation of public art for the greater-Toledo community.
For the introductory phase of this collaboration, author Larry Levy developed a creative writing curriculum focused on poetry with the theme of glass. A panel of professional writers, professors and TARTA representatives judged the students’ poems. The selection panel chose three poems for first-place awards, eight for runners-up and 11 honorable mentions.
Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Executive Director Marc D. Folk said the organization received more submissions because it opened up the process to a larger part of the community.
Graphic design students at BGSU were chosen to create artistic visual interpretations of the first-place poems to wrap four TARTA buses. They worked under the creative direction of Mary Dawson, Matthew Davis and Amy Fidler. The final designs were chosen by a panel of judges from TARTA and the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.
The reception will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Parkwood Gallery. The awards ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.
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