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Thank You to Our Centennial Sponsors

The museum’s 2016 centennial celebration has officially come to a close, but before we bid a final farewell to a spectacular year of stunning special exhibitions, extraordinary presentations of loaned artwork from around the world, new and engaging education and community programs, and once-in-a-lifetime celebrations, we would like to extend a very special thank-you to our centennial sponsors whose generous gifts made all of it possible!

Read on for a look back at some of the ways our centennial sponsors impacted the museum’s offerings throughout the year. These partnerships enabled the museum to connect with audiences—both inside and outside the museum—like never before!

As the Presenting Sponsor of the centennial, KeyBank made a transformational gift that impacted every facet of our year-long celebration—from new programs to special exhibitions and community initiatives. We are deeply grateful for their remarkable support.

Eaton Corporation’s gift at the Supporting level enabled the museum to offer a range of new programs and events like the Centennial Festival Weekend, which attracted thousands of visitors the last weekend of June. The museum greatly appreciates Eaton’s tremendous generosity.

Studio Go
American Greetings Corporation and the museum shared a truly unique partnership during the centennial year. Their support not only facilitated the purchase, outfitting, and design of Studio Go, the museum’s mobile art studio, but also the design of the Create It Kits, special art kits that included colored pencils, a custom sketchbook with art-making prompts, and other materials designed to connect participants to the museum and its collection. Create It Kits were distributed to children throughout the year via Studio Go and to all third graders in Cuyahoga County through a partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, United Way of Greater Cleveland, and County Executive Armond Budish.


Local businesses across northeast Ohio created special and often edible products in celebration of the museum’s centennial. Among them was Great Lakes Brewing Company’s special CentenniALE, a limited-edition beer that was offered to audiences during Solstice and the highly anticipated Centennial Festival Weekend.

Cleveland Orchestra

On the final day of the Centennial Festival Weekend, audiences from across the region had the opportunity to witness a once-in-a-lifetime performance by the Cleveland Orchestra on the museum’s south terrace. The performance signaled the beginning of a multiyear partnership between the two world-class organizations that aims to increase arts participation among community members in nearby neighborhoods such as Hough.

Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians joined the museum’s centennial celebration by offering a special “CMA Day” at Progressive Field for the May 7 game against the Kansas City Royals. The museum distributed to fans 10,000 full-color posters of The Cleveland Indian by R. B. Kitaj, an artwork in the museum’s collection, while the museum’s education staff offered museum-themed activities in the Kids Clubhouse.

National Endowment for the Arts/Art Works

With a gift from the National Endowment for the Arts/Art Works, the museum was able to offer Draw Together, a free day-long drawing event that invited everyone in the community to experience a wide range of drawing activities and demonstrations.

The museum remains deeply grateful for the support of all of our centennial sponsors and partners.