The Great Art Escape

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A member of the Aha Indian Dance troupe performs with red, yellow, and orange fans.

The Great Art Escape is a holiday tradition at the Toledo Museum of Art, where a number of special programs are planned from Dec. 26 through Dec. 31, 2017. Bring family, friends and holiday guests to experience the performances, art activities, and after-hours flashlight tours that fill the galleries, Glass Pavilion and Peristyle. Sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac and with funds received in the memory of Dr. Edward A. and Mrs. Rita Barbour Kern.

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Schedule of Events

FREE Family Center Activities: Handmade Holidays!
10 a.m-3 p.m., Family Center
Make your own handmade gift to give to your loved ones during this holiday season.

FREE Ask Me Hours
10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m., Main Museum

FREE Family Center Activities: Giant Chess
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Great Gallery
Bring along family, friends and try to checkmate among the grandest works of art. Created in the Family Center by Justin Overholt with the help from Jones Leadership Academy Chess Club, Family Center Visitors and other community members.

FREE Glass Percussion in the Glass Pavilion: Rela Percussion
11 a.m., GlasSalon
GAPP artists Rela Percussion perform using glass percussion instruments created in TMA’s glass residency program.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Watch TMA Glass Studio Artists sculpt winter themed projects our of hot glass.

FREE Dutch Cabinet Organ Performance
1 p.m., Gallery 24
Organist: TBD

FREE Drawing in the Galleries
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery
Using the TMA Collection as inspiration, join us as we draw in the galleries. Facilitated by an art instructor, all drawing supplies provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome!

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: TBD
2 p.m., Peristyle
Peristyle performances include the infectious Southeast Asian experience provided by Aha! Indian Dance, El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico, the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, and joining us for the first time this year, the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra.

Family Flashlight Tours
4 p.m., Meet in Herrick Lobby
Say ‘goodnight’ to the Museum and take a family-friendly, after-hours tour. Guided by a docent, all visitors will be given a flashlight to see works of art in a new way – in the dark! Family group tickets are $20 for up to 5 members, or $5 for individual tickets. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning December 1.

FREE Ask Me Hours
10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m., Main Museum

Family Workshops (ages 3-10 with adult)
10 a.m., Classrooms
Explore your imagination and creativity as a family! After viewing works in the Museum’s galleries, children and their adult partners will work together to create original artwork inspired by the collection. Sign up for one or both of these project-focused workshops and get a taste of TMA’s studio art classes. Limited seats available, register early. Tuition for one workshop: $20 members / $25 nonmembers for one adult/one child. Register online or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7363 during Museum hours.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Watch TMA Glass Studio Artists sculpt winter themed projects our of hot glass.

FREE Dutch Cabinet Organ Performance
1 p.m., Gallery 24
Organist: TBD

FREE Drawing in the Galleries
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery
Using the TMA Collection as inspiration, join us as we draw in the galleries. Facilitated by an art instructor, all drawing supplies provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome!

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: JP Dynasty
2 p.m., Peristyle
Peristyle performances include the infectious Southeast Asian experience provided by Aha! Indian Dance, El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico, the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, and joining us for the first time this year, the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra.

Family Flashlight Tours
4 p.m., Meet in Herrick Lobby
Say ‘goodnight’ to the Museum and take a family-friendly, after-hours tour. Guided by a docent, all visitors will be given a flashlight to see works of art in a new way – in the dark! Family group tickets are $20 for up to 5 members, or $5 for individual tickets. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning December 1.

FREE Family Center Activities: Handmade Holidays!
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Family Center
Make your own handmade gift to give to your loved ones during this holiday season.

FREE Ask Me Hours
10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m., Main Museum

FREE Family Center Activities: Giant Chess
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Great Gallery
Bring along family, friends and try to checkmate among the grandest works of art. Created in the Family Center by Justin Overholt with the help from Jones Leadership Academy Chess Club, Family Center Visitors and other community members.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2, 3 and 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Watch TMA Glass Studio Artists sculpt winter themed projects our of hot glass.

FREE Dutch Cabinet Organ Performance
1 p.m., Gallery 24
Organist: TBD

FREE Drawing in the Galleries
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery
Using the TMA Collection as inspiration, join us as we draw in the galleries. Facilitated by an art instructor, all drawing supplies provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome!

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: Ardan Academy of Irish Dance
2 p.m., Peristyle
Peristyle performances include the infectious Southeast Asian experience provided by Aha! Indian Dance, El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico, the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, and joining us for the first time this year, the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra.

Glass Art Workshops: Pick Your Project
6:30 p.m., Glass Pavilion
A fun addition to the Glass Art Workshops line–up, the Pick Your Project option lets you decide which glass object you’ll make during this session. Open to Museum members and nonmembers alike, tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Adults and children 14+ accompanied by an adult are welcome. Space is limited; reserve your spot in advance by calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or by purchasing tickets online at eventbrite.com.

FREE Glass Percussion in the Glass Pavilion: Rela Percussion
7 p.m., GlasSalon
GAPP artists Rela Percussion perform using glass percussion instruments created in TMA’s glass residency program.

FREE Ask Me Hours
10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m., Main Museum

Family Workshops (ages 3-10 with adult)
1-3 p.m., Classrooms
Explore your imagination and creativity as a family! After viewing works in the Museum’s galleries, children and their adult partners will work together to create original artwork inspired by the collection. Sign up for one or both of these project-focused workshops and get a taste of TMA’s studio art classes. Limited seats available, register early. Tuition for one workshop: $20 members / $25 nonmembers for one adult/one child. Register online or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7363 during Museum hours.

FREE Dutch Cabinet Organ Performance
1 p.m., Gallery 24
Organist: TBD

FREE Drawing in the Galleries
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery
Using the TMA Collection as inspiration, join us as we draw in the galleries. Facilitated by an art instructor, all drawing supplies provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome!

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Watch TMA Glass Studio Artists sculpt winter themed projects our of hot glass.

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkloric
2 p.m., Peristyle
Peristyle performances include the infectious Southeast Asian experience provided by Aha! Indian Dance, El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico, the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, and joining us for the first time this year, the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra.

FREE Family Center Activities: Handmade Holidays!
3:30-8 p.m., Family Center
Make your own handmade gift to give to your loved ones during this holiday season.

FREE Family Center Activities: Giant Chess
3:30-8 p.m., Great Gallery
Bring along family, friends and try to checkmate among the grandest works of art. Created in the Family Center by Justin Overholt with the help from Jones Leadership Academy Chess Club, Family Center Visitors and other community members.

FREE Family Center Visiting Artist: Claire Schaefer
6 p.m., Family Center
Meet a local guest artist in the Family Center, and create works inspired by the artist!

Glass Art Workshops: Blown Glass Ornament
6,7, and 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Learn to create a blown glass ornament under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art instructor during a one-hour workshop at the Glass Pavilion. Open to Museum members and nonmembers alike, tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Adults and children 14+ accompanied by an adult are welcome. Space is limited; reserve your spot in advance by calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or by purchasing tickets online at eventbrite.com.

FREE It’s Friday Music: The Antivillains
6:30-8:30 p.m., Great Gallery
Local favorites The Antivillains return for their annual holiday performance in the Great Gallery.

FREE Glass Percussion in the Glass Pavilion: Rela Percussion
11 a.m., GlasSalon
GAPP artists Rela Percussion perform using glass percussion instruments created in TMA’s glass residency program.

FREE Family Center Activities: Handmade Holidays!
Noon-5 p.m., Family Center
Make your own handmade gift to give to your loved ones during this holiday season.

FREE Ask Me Hours
Noon-2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., Main Museum

FREE Family Center Activities: Giant Chess
Noon-5 p.m., Great Gallery
Bring along family, friends and try to checkmate among the grandest works of art. Created in the Family Center by Justin Overholt with the help from Jones Leadership Academy Chess Club, Family Center Visitors and other community members.

Glass Art Workshops: Blown Glass Ornament
Noon and 4 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Learn to create a blown glass ornament under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art instructor during a one-hour workshop at the Glass Pavilion. Open to Museum members and nonmembers alike, tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Adults and children 14+ accompanied by an adult are welcome. Space is limited; reserve your spot in advance by calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or by purchasing tickets online at eventbrite.com.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2, and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Watch TMA Glass Studio Artists sculpt winter themed projects our of hot glass.

FREE Dutch Cabinet Organ Performance
1 p.m., Gallery 24
Organist: TBD

FREE Drawing in the Galleries
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery
Using the TMA Collection as inspiration, join us as we draw in the galleries. Facilitated by an art instructor, all drawing supplies provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome!

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: Dancers of Aha! Indian Dance
2 p.m., Peristyle
Peristyle performances include the infectious Southeast Asian experience provided by Aha! Indian Dance, El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico, the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, and joining us for the first time this year, the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra.

FREE Family Center Activities: Handmade Holidays!
Noon-5 p.m., Family Center
Make your own handmade gift to give to your loved ones during this holiday season.

FREE Ask Me Hours
Noon-2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., Main Museum

FREE Family Center Activities: Giant Chess
Noon-5 p.m., Great Gallery
Bring along family, friends and try to checkmate among the grandest works of art. Created in the Family Center by Justin Overholt with the help from Jones Leadership Academy Chess Club, Family Center Visitors and other community members.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2, and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Watch TMA Glass Studio Artists sculpt winter themed projects our of hot glass.

FREE Dutch Cabinet Organ Performance
1 p.m., Gallery 24
Organist: TBD

FREE Drawing in the Galleries
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery
Using the TMA Collection as inspiration, join us as we draw in the galleries. Facilitated by an art instructor, all drawing supplies provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome!

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra
2 p.m., Great Gallery
Peristyle performances include the infectious Southeast Asian experience provided by Aha! Indian Dance, El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico, the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, and joining us for the first time this year, the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra.

Glass Art Workshops: Blown Glass Ornament
3 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Learn to create a blown glass ornament under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art instructor during a one-hour workshop at the Glass Pavilion. Open to Museum members and nonmembers alike, tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Adults and children 14+ accompanied by an adult are welcome. Space is limited; reserve your spot in advance by calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or by purchasing tickets online at eventbrite.com.


Museum Holiday Hours

Dec. 25: Closed
Jan. 1: Closed


Events are subject to change. Check the Museum’s online calendar for updates. Admission to the Museum is free. The Museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; and is closed Monday and major holidays. Activities at the Family Center are designed for children 10 years of age and younger accompanied by an adult. Thursday evening hours are sponsored by Huntington Private Client Group. Friday evening hours are made possible by Fifth Third Bank.