Engineering Imagination

Greetings from our College Street studio!

A new term as begun for our TOSSafter students! There is still room in our k-1 and 2-3 grade classes. Register here, today! Interested in sponsoring a student to attend our studio? Find out more here.


September has kicked our year of art-making into high gear. This fall, we are focusing on two themes: Engineering our imagination and personalizing our creative expression. Stay tuned to hear more about how we are accomplishing this. In the meantime, enjoy a few progress shots of our studio hour below!

TOSS Teachers

KIrksey Lowther has been the most creative team member thus far this year, giving birth to her second son, Peter Merrifield Lowther! Congratulations Lowther family! This has hardly kept her from making other art creations, you can follow her on instagram @kirksey.lowther. We miss her in the studio, but are so excited about this new member of the family!

Hannah Thrower, amid leading our 4-12 grade classes, has started her school year teaching art at New Dimensions, participated in downtown Morganton's Tour d' Art, hosted a printing class at OSuzannah's, AND just bought a house with her husband, Brandon. She is awesome!

Kathryn Ervin, back from her residency in Maryland, is jumping back in as TOSS' k-3 teacher. She started her graduate studies through Fuller Seminary this fall and is working with a non-profit consultant, Grady Powell, in Greenville, SC, on a community engagement project. She has been really enjoying a collaboration with the Burke Literacy Council leading a weaving workshop for the participants of Project Flower.


As always, thanks is due to the Burke Arts Council for their love and support!

We would like to say a special thanks to Burke Primary Care, Don and Susan Haugen, and Dotty Ervin for sponsoring TOSSafter students this term. Thank you so much for making creative opportunities available for everyone!

Thanks is also due to Teresa Reep, and Dan and Cindy Kuehnert for their generous donations this month. We love our new shelves!

A shout out to our fierce volunteers, Melinda Davis and Samuel Kuehnert. Thank you guys for all your help!


Many thanks and much love!

The TOSS team