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Engaging Our Community

One hundred years ago, the founders of the Cleveland Museum of Art established an ambitious goal: to create a public art museum “for the benefit of all the people forever.” In honor of the founders’ vision, the museum has planned a series of special projects and programs that are designed to engage everyone in our community—both inside and outside the walls of the museum.  

Clevelanders: Portraits of our Community
May – October
In celebration of the city and the museum’s 100th birthday, the CMA presents a special community art project titled Clevelanders: Portraits of our Community, in which visitors are invited to create and share original portraits with the Cleveland Museum of Art. This project will take place from May 2 through the end of October. 

Studio Go
May – October
The Cleveland Museum of Art’s mobile art studio, Studio Go, delivers hands-on art experiences to neighborhoods across Northeast Ohio. People of all ages can participate in art-making and art exploration activities that will spark curiosity and create deeper connections to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s world renowned collection. Studio Go will tour communities across the region May–October 2016. Use #CMAStudioGo to see where the truck will be next.

Create It Kits
May – October
As a gift to the community in honor of its centennial year, the museum will be distributing 25,000 free Create It Kits. The kits are designed for all ages and will help participants discover their inner artist and connect with the museum’s collection in countless ways. Each kit contains the following items:

  • Custom-designed zipper pouch for all kit contents 
  • Set of 12 colored pencils 
  • Pen, graphite pencils, eraser and pencil sharpener 
  • Get Creative, a custom-made sketchbook with art-making prompts 
  • Set of five Collection Cards designed to engage participants with objects in the collection Welcome card 
  • DIY green glasses inspired by the museum’s beloved Portrait of Nathaniel Olds by Jeptha Homer Wade 
  • Special invitation to join Art Explorers, the museum’s children’s membership program

Create It Kits will be distributed May–October exclusively through Studio Go, the museum’s centennial art truck. For more information about the Create It Kit, visit #CreateItKit Create It Kits are made possible through a special partnership with American Greetings Corporation. 

Studio Play 
Reopening to CMA members: Monday, 6/6/2016
Reopening to public: Tuesday, 6/7/2016
Studio Play is for the young and young at heart setting up a lifetime connection to the museum through joyful, creative exploration of the collection.  The activities are designed to start a connection to the collection through artwork-centered play. Studio Play provides a unique introduction to the museum’s collection while building appreciation and the foundations of visual literacy for the next generation of art connoisseurs. Designed with the entire family in mind, Studio Play uses cutting-edge technology to give families the chance to use movement and play to connect to the collection. Visitors are exposed to a range of artwork through creative and active prompts. The space, filled with whimsy and fun, will enhance the visitors’ experience of the entire museum.

Art Explorers
– December
Art Explorers is a free children’s membership for ages 5–12. Make CMA a regular part of kids’ lives. Every Art Explorer member has the opportunity to earn points at special museum events and win a Partner Level membership for the whole family! In making short visits often, the museum stays fresh and fun but also becomes a place of familiarity and comfort.

Parade the Circle
Saturday, 6/11/2016
The 27th annual Parade the Circle will showcase its most spectacular array of costumes, floats, stilt walkers, dancers, and musical performances to-date. International teams of artists from Brazil, South Africa/Burkina Faso, and India will work with Parade participants to deliver a special centennial twist that is sure to dazzle spectators. Free.

Draw Together: A Big Draw Event
Sunday, 10/9/2016
Draw Together is a daylong drawing event inviting everyone to put their creativity onto paper. This family-friendly experience has something for everyone. Artist Demonstrations: Watch local artists use the museum’s collection as a source of inspiration.  Sixteen local artists will create their own masterpieces inspired by artwork in the museum’s collection by Praxiteles, Caravaggio, Antonio Canova, and many more. Learn alongside Masters: Try your hand at drawing in the galleries, including the Armor Court, under the guidance of our museum’s teaching artists. Draw on Your Creativity: Explore playful drawing games in the museum’s atrium, and even make something to take home. Free; no reservation required. 

Throughout the year, look for special Centennial themes integrated into the museum’s signature programs such as public tours, Second Sundays, MIX, the Chalk Festival, and Winter Light Lantern Festival.