Community Arts for Teachers

Inspired by community festival traditions throughout the world, the museum's Community Arts festivals invite people of all ages to create works of art alongside professional artists. Festival days are free for spectators. Preparatory workshops for each festival are offered for a modest fee.

Parade the Circle is the second Saturday in June. Free workshops for teachers and leaders of community groups preparing parade entries begin in March at the Parade studio. Public workshops at the museum, where professional artists help you create your parade entry, begin in May. Please contact the community arts office if your school is considering participating in Parade the Circle.

Participate in Parade the Circle

The Chalk Festival is in September. Bring your students and their families to the Chalk Festival. Please pre-register with the Community Arts department to reserve squares. Attend a preparatory workshop to learn how to make chalk and practice street painting techniques. 

Chalk Festival

The Winter Lights Lantern Festival is in December. Enjoy lantern displays throughout the museum during the month. Make simple lanterns for the lantern procession at Holiday CircleFest, University Circle's seasonal community open house. Preparatory wrokshops in November teach participants how to make sophisticated lanterns inspired by world lantern traditions.

Winter Lights Lantern Festival

Please contact us to learn more about how to involve your school in Parade the Circle, Chalk Festival, and the Winter Lights Lantern Festival. Sign up for preparatory workshops to learn skills to share with your students or enjoy on your own.

For more information call 216-707-2483 or e-mail commartsinfo [at] clevelandart.org.