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Some hometown pride: We’re Strong for Toledo.

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We didn’t make this video, but it was beautifully made and inspired some hometown pride. Enjoy.


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September 13, 2011 at 12:14 am

Innerstate: The Film – Join Us for this Free, Premiere Toledo Screening

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Time: Thursday, February 24 at 8:00pm – February 25 at 2:00am

Mickey Finn’s Pub

Event info: Innerstate was shot by Brian Taylor, Jacob David and Joel Washing, and produced and distributed by Proton Press.

We will be showing the film at 8:30 and 10:30pm – NO COVER

Innerstate was a one-of-a-kind tattoo fine art event hosted by Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman at the 2009 Hell City Tattoo Fest in Columbus, Ohio. At this event, we challenged 40 of the tattoo industry’s most innovative artists to each produce a work of fine art, based on their own personal inner visions, in a live performance setting. The list of participants is a tattoo community powerhouse, including Nick Baxter, Shawn Barber, Kim Saigh, Markus Lenhard, Nikko Hurtado, Jeff Ensminger, Jon Clue, Juan Salgado, Nate Beavers, Jen Schichi, Chris Dingwell, Christopher Gay, Gabriel Cece, Steve Morris, Don McDonald, Tim Creed, Craig Driscoll, Phil Robertson, Kimberly Reed, Jennifer Billig, Marty Holcomb, Muriel Zao, Mike Cole, Adrian Dominic, Jeff Gogue, Patrick Conlon, Damon Conklin, Lizi Sage, Cory Norris, Ricky McGee, Timothy Boor, Dee Dee Seruga, Jay Strange, Tim Plumley, Dan Plumley, Canman, Juan Lopez, Carson Hill, Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman, with guest artists Hannah Aitchison and Jo Harrison.

Produced by veteran tattooist Guy Aitchison, Innerstate: The Movie is a 50 minute documentary film featuring interviews with the artists and an inside look at their visions, techniques, concerns and goals. It’s a fast-paced film with a great soundtrack.

This film is highly recommended for any tattoo fans who enjoy the fine art produced within the tattoo community.



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February 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Jacob and Joel Named as Part of Toledo’s Great Brain Gain

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A few weeks ago the Toledo Free Press published a very nice article by Rachel Richardson about creative partnerships and Toledo’s Brain Gain for the 2010’s. Rachel is a tireless social arts advocate with a keen writing sensibility.

In this installment of her weekly column she highlights a few creative business partnerships and what makes them work. Rachel is a constant inspiration for us. We hope you enjoy the article.

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February 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Above the Shop Studios and The Van Allen Belt Present “Lovely In Akron”

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It’s finally here. The Van Allen Belt asked us to shoot their new music video last summer. So we rented a Canon 5D and headed to Pennsylvania. Band member Scott Taylor did a bang up editing job. We’re super proud of the final product! Enjoy.

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February 9, 2011 at 12:15 am

The Mix Twenty10

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  • Date: 3/20/2010
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Location: Secor Building

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT) is once again set to host the area’s best party…

The Mix Twenty10

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s spring fundraiser, The Mix Twenty10, will be held on Saturday, March 20. We are taking over the Secor Hotel, 425 Jefferson, in Downtown Toledo, from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM. once again, but this year we are thinking about white leather boots, neon pinks and greens, and lots of silver for sparkle, against a stark white background.  And we need your help to make it all happen!

The Art

The involvement of our local artists is a huge part of what makes The Mix Toledo’s best party.  The original works of more than 30 local artists will be featured in The Mix Twenty10–a celebration of the future—from a 1970’s perspective, that is.  Following is a partial listing of the participating artists:

Calvin Babich, Amy Beeler, Candra Boggs, Seder Burns, Mike Claus, Carly Dahl, Luke Ellison, Rex Fogt, Jorge Gallardo, Penny Gentieu, Tina Gionis, Keith Hasenbalg, Phil Hazard, Dan Hernandez, Carol Imes-Luscombe, Ivan Kende, Michelle Kepford, Cassie J. LaCourse, Karen Roderick-Lingeman, Jake Luther, Nate Masternak, Michael McWhorter, Shawn Messenger, Buzz Meyers, Stephen Mockensturm, Blair Justine Moritz, Fraser Phibbs, Richard Reed, Arturo Rodriguez, Jody Russ, Jack Schmidt, Kelly Sheehan, Sue Stewart, Jan Thomas, Ann Tubbs, Jules Webster – Shine Ceramics, Dan Weeks.  Click here to view the artists’ bios and statements online.

Jack Schatzley of Schatzley’s Diamond and Jewelry Design Studio selected the Pendant by Masako Onoder as the winning design from submissions to the design competition.  He is crafting the Pendant and it will be made available for auction at the March 20 event.  He will also craft a second selection from among the submissions which will be chosen by the high bidder at the March 20 event.

The Food & Entertainment

Catering will be provided by Myles Baker Street and The Mix Twenty10, as always, will feature our region’s best entertainment options.  Entertainment for the evening will feature Kevin Korecki & The Neon Jazz Trio, Blue Midnight Highway, Kentucky Khrome, Mojoflo, ans special guests The Hajera Cyborgs. PhotoBoothLive returns for another year of documenting the fun and merriment for all to see.

New to the Mix

New to The Mix this year is the Back to the Future raffle.  There will be a selection of four unique raffle items, including artwork, a photography sitting, restaurant certificates, and sports packages.  Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 each the night of the event.  Raffle participants can stuff the drawing boxes for the items of their choice.

The Sponsors

Event support is provided by the Ohio Arts Council, Heartland Health Care, ProMedica Health System, Key Bank, Kingston Healthcare, Schatzley’s Diamond and Jewelry Design Studio, Adrian Acebedo and Barbara Chappell, Hanson, Inc., Medical Mutual, OptiVue, The Andersons, WT05, Toledo.com, Toledo Blade, Clear Channel and other businesses and individuals.

Proceeds raised through The Mix Twenty10 support the Arts Commission’s more than 50 year tradition of developing and promoting the arts in the greaterToledo community through programs such as Young Artists at Work, the Parkwood Gallery, Artomatic 419, Meet and Greets and the Congressional Exhibition, all of which benefit our local artists.

The Tickets

Tickets are $75 each and are available for purchase over the phone by calling  (419) 254-2787

Get your tickets here.

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March 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Library Debuts Edrene Cole Oral History Collection from The Sojourner’s Truth

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Library Debuts Edrene Cole Oral History Collection

Special to The Truth

During February, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will premiere the Edrene Cole Oral History Collection, on oral history collection of film and transcriptions profiling African-Americans who migrated from the southern region of the United States to Toledo and Lucas County as children or adults before the year 1960.

The DVD collection also documents residents who were born and raised in Toledo before 1960.

The collection will be presented to the public on February 16, at 6:00 p.m., at the Kent Branch Library and Art Tatum African American Resource Center at 3101 Collingwood Blvd.

The documentary features interviews conducted with, among others, Ohio House of Representative Edna Brown, Toledo City Council President Wilma Brown, Toledo Council of Black Nurses founder Mary Gregory, NAACP Toledo Chapter President WilliAnn Moore, First Church of God Senior Pastor Robert Culp and former Toledo City Council member June Boyd.

“All the interviews were conducted with a specific set of questions about race relations and [the interviewees] accomplishments,” said Faith Hairston, manager of the Kent Branch Library.

The DVD collection is named after the late Edrene Cole, a noted educator and local historian who interviewed many African-Americans in Toledo and also collected materials such as photographs and documents of historical significance. Cole will long be remembered for her 1972 master’s thesis at The University of Toledo on Blacks in Toledo which still serves as a reliable research tool for local media, city officials, historians and academics from across the country. That thesis laid the foundation for a Toledo Oral History project.

Cole, along with a handful of other area historians such as Lillian Ashcroft-Eason, Ph.D., who is also one of the interviewees in the collection, was dedicated to researching and keeping alive the disappearing and often invisible legacy of the past for future generations, particularly focusing on genealogical roots. She died in 2007 at the age of 75.

Cole, whose parents came to Toledo in 1935, attended Washington, Gunckel, Robinson and Scott High School and earned undergraduate, master’s and education specialist degrees from UT. For many years she was a teacher and then an administrator with Toledo Public Schools.

Cole also helped start the UT EXCEL program with Helen Cooks, Ph.D., was active in the Toledo Chapter of the NAACP and was a member of the Read for Literacy board.

The interviews in the collection were conducted in May 2009 by Willie L. McKether, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology at UT, taped by his brother Kenn McKether of Dynamic Group and edited by Above the Shop Studios of Toledo.

The debut will consist of a showing of excerpts from the 21 interviews, followed by a panel discussion about African-Americans in Toledo. Panel members will include some of the interview subjects. Additional viewings and discussions are scheduled for March 9 and March 23.

Also interviewed for the project were: Merle Abbot whose family immigrated to Toledo in 1927; Cheryl and William Catlin, niece and brother, respectively, of Wendell Catlin, African-American developer and realtor; Oscar Haynes, who was raised in Brickeys, Arkansas; Marjorie Hoskins, who came to Toledo after the death during her childhood of her parents; John C. Moore, a native Toledo; Maude Rixey, whose parents immigrated to Toledo from Illinois; Rev. John E. Roberts, pastor of Indiana Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, who was born in Bryant, MS; Fred Russell, who was born in Little Rock, AR and Eddie Turner, who spent 30 years with the Toledo Police Department.

The Library’s Edrene Cole Oral History Collection series was funded in part through an Institute of Museum and Library Services ISTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

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February 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm

ATSS’ Latest Productions for WGTE TV30

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Check it out!  For the past six months or so we’ve been producing segments for WGTE’s Plugged-In Series.

Our latest segments:

Episode 105: As Seen on TV 

Episode 106: E-cycling: Thinking Green When Electronic Devices Go Out of Date 

Episode 108: Breeding Ivaders: Pollution spawns unwelcome guests in the Great Lakes 

Plugged-In Program Discription:

Students and science connect for Plugged-In, a monthly series that explores the latest innovations in technology and research in our region. University of Toledo student reporters, along with hosts Jennifer Mondelli and Shaun McDonald, provide an in-depth look at developments in the fields of medicine, energy, engineering, astronomy and more!

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April 27, 2009 at 7:34 pm