If you’ve visited Wade Oval in recent weeks, you may have noticed the large white tent that took up residence next to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in late April. This is the Cleveland Museum of Art’s parade workshop tent, an annual fixture that serves as a home base for guest artists, community groups, and families and individuals participating in Parade the Circle.
Each spring, high school students from the Museum Ambassadors program facilitate a Family and Community Day for the public. Hailing from all corners of the Cleveland area, these 10th-12th graders create projects summarizing their experiences at the museum during the past school year. Prior to the April 29th Community Day, students met with museum staff, planned an activity for visitors, and marketed the event in their schools and communities. This year more than 800 visitors participated.
Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time for another Museum Ambassadors Community Day this Sunday! At the end of each spring semester, our high school Museum Ambassadors present student-led tours, scavenger hunts, and studio activities summarizing their experiences at the Cleveland Museum of Art over the past year. While the public only gets to see the culminating event of the program, a lot of work goes into this one day.
Every spring, Sawsan Alhaddad looks forward to the Cleveland Museum of Art's Parade the Circle. She has participated in the event for more than 20 years. She started to participate when her daughter Sarah was six years old and it’s been an annual tradition for them since. They only missed last year because of Sarah’s wedding.
"For us, it always meant that summer has started. The Parade was the first thing she did when school was out. She gained confidence by participating in the Parade each year. We have a lot of great memories."
A visitor discusses why he chose to spend his MLK Day at the museum.
The museum will host an innovative dialogue on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 to explore how Cleveland can benefit from China’s emergence as one of the world’s leading economies. A distinguished panel of regional and national business, academic, journalism, and government leaders whose organizations have significant ties with China will offer insights for The Art of Reinvention: China, Ohio, and the New Global Economy.
The museumpresents the 18th annual Winter Lights Lantern Festival on view now through January 16. The lanterns are displayed outside on Wade Oval, inside the museum, and for the first time, on the new east wing terrace. Inspired by cross-cultural ceremonial lighting traditions, the community arts festival is a seasonal museum celebration.