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Celebrate the Season: Holiday Happenings at CMA
ee, Shop, and Support Amazing! This holiday season, enjoy a festive event over the holiday season, experience the collection with out-of-town guests, and give the gift of art to a loved one!
Black Friday Sale on CMA Memberships
This Friday, November 29, visit the museum's ticket center to purchase one full price museum membership and receive a second membership of equal or lesser value for free! This offer is available to current and non-museum members on-site only. Not valid with any other discounts.
The Museum Store sells a variety of holiday cards, posters, and gifts inspired by works from the museum collections, as well as unique jewelry, home wares, toys, accessories, and more from local artists and museums around the country. A wide variety of art books and museum catalogues is also available. Take home a memento from your visit with out-of-town friends and family, or share the gift of art this holiday season! Shop online, too.
State Symphony Capella of Russia & Valery Polyansky
Wednesday December 4 at 9 p.m.
The astounding State Symphony Capella of Russia, a fifty-member mixed choir, returns to the CMA Performing Arts Series—this time in the magical acoustics and spectacular setting of the museum’s grand atrium. Pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 5 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Gather with friends and loved ones and enjoy art, music, and cocktails as MIX goes pocket-sized this month. Look closely to discover the grandeur of the miniature in the new exhibition Disembodied: Portrait Miniatures and Their Contemporary Relatives. Sketch away with Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School or get creative by crafting your own miniature silhoutte pin, all while enjoying the whiskey drinkin’, boot stompin’ sounds of Cleveland newgrass band Honeybucket.
Member Appreciation Weekend
Saturday, December 7–Sunday, December 8
Members enjoy extra-special privileges all weekend long: Refreshments and live music in the Members Lounge; 25% on regular-priced merchandise in the museum store; 20% off CMA gift memberships, and exclusive member tours. Enjoy Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome for free and Holiday CircleFest on Sunday. (Not a member? Learn more.)
Winter Lights Lantern Festival
December 6–late December 2013
Inspired by centuries-old, cross-cultural traditions of ceremonial lighting displays, the Winter Lights Lantern Festival features lantern displays inside the museum and the Environment of Lights installation on Wade Oval.
Sunday, December 8 from 1 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Holiday CircleFest is a free annual Circle-wide celebration presented by University Circle Inc. The museum offers an array of activities and entertainment, including workshops for making simple lanterns for the procession. The day culminates in a procession through the Environment of Lights led by guest lantern artists and illuminated dancers and giant puppets.
Make & Take: Craft with Style
Wednesday, December 11 from 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Join others in the Cleveland Museum of Art atrium as we learn to make paper garlands. Explore a handful of techniques to make this festive and inexpensive holiday decoration. Grab a drink at the bar and meet other creatives while you craft away!
Mother and Child
Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m.
This themed choral event focuses on music inspired by holy imagery of the Virgin and Child in the museum’s collection of medieval art. Preceded by a pre-concert talk in the medieval art galleries. High tea at Provenance offered pre- and post-performance.
Column & Stripe Second Annual Holiday Soiree
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Company (W. 26th St. and Carroll Ave.)
Toast to the holiday season with Column & Stripe: The Young Friends of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Whether you’re already a member or just interested in finding out more, earn your stripes at our second annual holiday party. Potential C&S members will find out more about the group, enjoy music, crafts, mingling, and hors d’oeuvres. Existing C&S members get all this and two complimentary drinks.
New Year's Eve Celebration
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 9:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m.
What better way to ring in the new year than to celebrate the completion of the museum's renovation and expansion—and the opening of the new west wing galleries, featuring Chinese art, Indian art, Southeast Asian art, and Himalayan art. Dance to the music of Burnt Sugar Arkestra, enjoy open bars and hearty hors d'oeuvres all night. Festive attire!
Your Gift. Your Choice.
Each year we reach out to our museum family with a request to make an additional, year-end gift. Donations to the Cleveland Museum of Art provide vital operating support to the areas of greatest need. With your gift, you are making an investment that impacts the museum in countless ways. This year, we are offering you the option of supporting a specific project area, including artwork framing, teen programs, and daily operations. > Give Back: #GivingTuesday is December 3
(Photo by: Robert Muller)