#OAKvsCLE: Oakland and Cleveland Museums Wager for NBA Finals


It's about to go down! Beginning today, the Cleveland Museum of Art Director's, William M. Griswold, and Oakland Museum of California Director and CEO, Lori Fogarty, are going head-to-head in a NBA Finals wager.

The institutions have agreed to sponsor art experiences for children from their local community organizations to their museums based on the outcome of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. 

The Stakes:

If the Cavaliers take home the title, the Oakland Museum of California will sponsor 100 children from the Cleveland-area Boys and Girls Clubs and Fatima Family Center in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood for a special visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art.

If the Warriors win, the Cleveland Museum of Art will sponsor access for 100 children from the Oakland YMCA of the East Bay to visit the Oakland Museum of California for a Golden State Warriors-themed art experience. 

“Even if we lose, we win. Of course, we’re ALL IN and expect to win! ” said Dr. Griswold “No matter the outcome, children from our communities will have a special opportunity to experience world-class art. Go Cavs!” said Griswold. 

“This wager is a win-win for our cities,” says Lori Fogarty, Director and CEO of the Oakland Museum of California. “Like the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA, museums are dedicated to the health and well-being of children and families in Oakland and Cleveland. We look forward to welcoming children to OMCA when the Cavaliers lose. Game on! Go Dubs!”

The bet builds on a feel-good wager on the Championship between the Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, which looks to help kids in their communities through a NBA fundraising competition supporting local food banks.

The museum directors applaud Mayors Libby Schaaf and Frank G. Jackson for putting a community-support spin on the traditional championship wager, and the Oakland Museum of California and the Cleveland Museum of Art are happy to step up by serving local children and families as part of our own wager. This is a slam-dunk that will benefit both sports fans and museum-goers.

We're #ALLinCLE! How about you? Show your support on Twitter with the hashtags #OAKvsCLE and #MuseumWager!


Pictured above: Combats and Triumphs, probably 1560s.Etienne Delaune (French, 1518/19-c. 1583). Engraving, Image - h:6.50 w:21.90 cm (h:2 1/2 w:8 9/16 inches). Secondary Support - h:7.00 w:22.50 cm (h:2 3/4 w:8 13/16 inches). Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1924.678.


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