Community Block Party Returns

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Party_Crowd_On_Steps_1024pxThousands filled the Toledo Museum of Art’s campus during last year’s summer block party; this year, the Museum will welcome back throngs of revelers for the return of the annual celebration on Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Things to note:

  • Monroe Street will be closed in front of the Museum beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 18
  • Free parking is available in Lots 1, 3, and 6
  • A Members Lounge will be available in the Glass Crafts Building, located near the west wing of the Museum

In addition to party highlights listed below, there will also be hands-on art activities, metalworking demonstrations, and glassblowing demonstrations.

Rita B. Kern Garden

The public is invited to attend a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the garden, named in honor of Museum patron Rita B. Kern, at 5:30 p.m. June 18. Located adjacent to Parking Lot 1, the new Rita B. Kern Garden contains flowers and herbs, a fountain, and a chef’s garden.

In addition to generous support from Rita Kern, the Museum also received a grant, including solar panels, from the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund at the Toledo Community Foundation to provide power and lighting for the garden Rita B. Kern Garden at the Toledo Museum of Art provides sensory experiences for each and every visitor

Good Eats

Parked along Monroe Street you will find a variety of food vendors selling street snacks.

Jeanies Weenies Displaced Chef
Jan’s Famous Chili Dogs Slammin Sammies
Tom’s Bar BQ Quinn’s Concessions
Bea’s Blend Nacho Danny’s
Rachel’s Handmade Ice Cream

Live Entertainment

Listen and watch as the Museum campus comes alive with performances by a variety of local music and dance groups.

6 p.m. JP Dynasty Main Terrace
6 p.m. 10 p.m. DJ Folk Main Terrace
6:20 p.m. Whateverandeveramen. Thoughts sculpture
7 p.m. 9 p.m. Toledo School for the Arts Pageant Puppets Museum Grounds
7 p.m. Dawg House Dance Team from Scott High School Main Terrace
7:30 p.m. Bird’s Eye View Circus Main Terrace
8:05 p.m. 8:15 p.m. Whateverandeveramen. Heart of Trees sculpture
8:30 p.m. Naach by Aha Indian Dance Main Terrace
9:45 p.m. 9:55 p.m. Whateverandeveramen. Paula sculpture

TMA-mazing Race: Museum Scavenger Hunt

tma-mazing race qr codeNew to this year’s block party is the TMA-mazing Race, an interactive scavenger hunt that will take your team across the Museum campus looking for (and scanning!) clues. Oh, and we’re giving away over $1000 worth of prizes. Here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Form your team (up to six participants per team).

Step 2: Download the Eventzee app on your mobile device (one device per team).

Step 3: Create an account and scan the QR code on the right to add the TMA-mazing Race: Museum Scavenger Hunt.

Step 4: Come to the Community Block Party, check in at the registration desk, and start scanning clues across the Museum campus!

At the end of the night, the four teams with the most points are eligible for the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize: a 3–course gourmet picnic lunch and a tour of Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape with Associate Director Amy Gilman for your team
  • First Place: A private Art Hours event where your team will get to work with glass and make their own glass object
  • Second Place: Plensa at Twilight tour tickets for each member of your team
  • Third Place: A $10 Museum Gift card for each member of your team

TMA Play Space and Outdoor Giant Games

place_space_600pxTMA Play Space and Outdoor Giant Games will be available for kids of all ages! Located on the lawn just west of the main Museum, the outdoor free play space features a block-based system by Imagination Playground that engages youngsters mentally and physically by encouraging them to build structures and play. TMA Play Space is supported by the TMA Ambassadors.

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Current Exhibitions

Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape

June 17-Nov. 6, 2016

Levis Galleries and Museum Grounds

A major exhibition by renowned artist Jaume Plensa, Human Landscape consists of seven large outdoor sculptures, including some shown for the first time in the United States, plus indoor installations that include a stainless steel curtain through which visitors can walk. Some of the artist’s lesser-known works on paper, 22 drawings and 10 etchings covering a wide chronology, also are part of the exhibition. Born in Barcelona, Spain in 1955, Plensa is recognized for his large figurative sculptures and installations that produce enchanting and mystifying visions of the human form as landscape. HisSpiegel, showing the silhouettes of two massive crouching figures made of a latticework of letters, has been a popular work in the TMA Welles Sculpture Garden since it was acquired in 2012. Organized by the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape travels to the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida (Jan. 23–May 7, 2016) before finishing its tour at the Toledo Museum of Art. ProMedica is the local sponsor of the exhibition and also the 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor. Free admission.

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Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections

April 15-Sept. 18, 2016

Glass Pavilion

Some of the most stunning works of art in glass from private collections, many of them promised gifts to the Toledo Museum of Art collection, have been assembled for this celebratory exhibition. Featuring more than 80 works, Hot Spot coincides with the tenth anniversary of the Museum’s Glass Pavilion. Complementing TMA’s own focus on glass, the exhibition shows a wide variety of contemporary objects, many never before exhibited publicly. ProMedica is the 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor. Free admission.

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Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds

April 29–Aug. 7, 2016

Gallery 6

Five painting/collages, a tapestry, and a selection of “Field Guide” works by Fred Tomaselli are featured in the Toledo Museum of Art’s third biennial exhibition focused on bird-related art. The exhibition coincides with the Biggest Week in American Birding that occurs every spring near Toledo on the southern shores of Lake Erie and brings tens of thousands of birders to see a fantastic array of migrating songbirds. This exhibition, the first in this TMA series to feature the work of a single artist, explores birds, visual perception and transcendence in Tomaselli’s work. Free admission.

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