Painting of a mountain range and sunset.
  • Painting of a mountain range and sunset.
  • headshot of Raja Belle Freeman
  • headshot of Dr. Raquel Ortiz
Artist in the Atrium

Art and the “American Dream”

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

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 the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Generous annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Florence Kahane Goodman, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Additional annual support is provided by Gail Bowen in memory of Richard L. Bowen, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, Roy Smith, and the Trilling Family Foundation. 

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.

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headshot of Raja Belle Freeman
headshot of Dr. Raquel Ortiz