On May 2nd, 2019 Second State Press opened and dedicated the Toner Education Studio, named in honor of founding Board President Rochelle Toner. Toner was an early supporter and visionary behind Second State Press and a huge advocate for arts education at the organization.
During the dedication, Co-Founding Director Jennifer McTague explained the significance of the new education studio:
Second State Press opened its doors in 2010 as a communal printmaking studio with a mission to foster the development of ideas and innovation in printmaking by providing artists with a professional, affordable, and supportive workspace. Over the years we have steadily grown and offer new equipment in our studio space, exhibition opportunities for our members, a successful work-exchange program with our Fob Holders, a competitive fellowship program sponsored by Cindi Ettinger, and classes to help grow a sustainable printmaking community. We also offer a range of affordable classes that attract adults that are both seasoned printmakers and others who are curious to learn something new.
About two years ago we received a generous in-kind donation of a Riley Hopkins ‘Lowrider’ t-shirt press and dryer from Print Liberation. This donation sparked the vision and need for expansion. Luck was on our side and the studio next to ours opened up and allowed us to start dreaming and designing a new education studio. We have been offering free family workshops for over 7 years through our PECO Second Saturday program. This attracts young artists and their families each month to learn about different print processes taught by talented teaching artists. We identified a population that wasn’t being served and that is the teen community. This new educational studio will allow us to expand our programming and outreach to serve more young people in our neighborhood, partner with other organizations to host events, and collaborate on projects with other artists. We will be launching a new Teen Printmaking Program to give students the ability to design and create prints with an emphasis on building entrepreneurial skills and confidence. Programs will be designed to go from idea to finished product with lots of experimentation and tests in between.
photos by Sarah Pitrus