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Artist in the Atrium

twilight in the wilderness painting

Twilight in the Wilderness (detail), 1860. Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900). Oil on canvas; 124 x 185 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund, 1965.233

Art and the “American Dream”

Saturday, June 17, 2023, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: Ames Family Atrium

About The Event

Every third Saturday of each month, stop by the Ames Family Atrium between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to get a firsthand look at the art-making process. Each session will provide you the opportunity to engage and interact with a different Northeast Ohio maker during pop-up demonstrations and activities. See their work unfold and learn how artists create. Explore a related selection of authentic objects from the CMA’s education art collection in a pop-up Art up Close session. See, think, and wonder.  

What does the “American dream” mean to you? In conjunction with the Cleveland Orchestra's Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival: The American Dream, the Cleveland Museum of Art asked people across Cleveland how works of art can speak to the idea of the “American dream.” Their responses are displayed as a series of temporary Community Voice labels throughout the museum. Join two of the project participants—cultural anthropologist, author, educator, activist, songwriter, and storyteller Dr. Raquel Ortiz and poet, artist, and creative arts teacher Raja Belle Freeman—for a series of performances and readings in response to collection objects.


Schedule of Performances and Readings

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Interactive bomba performance by Dr. Raquel Ortiz in response to Rashid Johnson, Standing Broken Men. Bomba is an Afro-Puerto Rican dance and musical style, a manifestation of Puerto Rico’s long history of using art as a form of resistance.

Ames Family Atrium


12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Raja Belle Freeman, reading of “Things They Never Told Marilyn about the Pedestal they Placed Her on” in response to Andy Warhol, Marilyn x 100

Paula and Eugene Stevens Gallery (gallery 229A)

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Fortney, David and Robin Gunning, Dieter and Susan M. Kaesgen, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Gail C. and Elliott L. Schlang, Shurtape Technologies, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Generous annual support is provided by Gini and Randy Barbato, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, Robin Heiser, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, the late Marta and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill, Mandi Rickelman, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, the Sally and Larry Sears Fund for Education Endowment, Roy Smith, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Trilling Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

    Education programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.