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. 27, 2016 through Jan. 1, 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

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Schedule of Events

FREE Make a Puppet, Tell a Story!
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Family Cente

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

FREE Giant Games
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., GlasSalon

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2 and 3 p.m., Hot Shop

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

FREE Drawing in the Galleries with a Live Model
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: JP Dynasty (African drums)
2 p.m., Peristyle

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. 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.

Purchase Family Flashlight Tour Tickets

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

FREE Giant Games
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., GlasSalon

Big and Not So Little Workshops (ages 6-13 with adult)
Dec. 28: 10 a.m. to noon (Paint It!) and 1-3 p.m. (Sculpt It!)
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: $15 members / $20 nonmembers for one adult/one child. Register online or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7363 during Museum hours.

Paint It! Online Registration

Sculpt It! Online Registration

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2 and 3 p.m., Hot Shop

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

FREE Drawing in the Galleries with a Live Model
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits (dramatic reading)
2 p.m., Peristyle

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. 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.

Purchase Family Flashlight Tour Tickets

FREE Make a Puppet, Tell a Story!
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Family Center

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

FREE Giant Games
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., GlasSalon

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2 and 3 p.m., Hot Shop

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

FREE Drawing in the Galleries with a Live Model
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: Ardan Academy of Irish Dance
2 p.m., Peristyle

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

FREE Giant Games
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., GlasSalon

FREE Ms. Nikki’s Traveling Story Bag
Noon to 2 p.m., Cloister Gallery
Join Nykiiah Wright of Ms. Nikki’s Traveling Story Bag for an interactive storytelling experience where we will be infusing the art of storytelling into the visual arts. Stop by the Family Center Dec. 27 or 29 to create your own story you can share with the audience.

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

FREE Drawing in the Galleries with a Live Model
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkloric
2 p.m., Peristyle

FREE Make a Puppet, Tell a Story!
3:30-8 p.m., Family Center

FREE Family Center Visiting Artist
6 p.m., Family Center
Join Aimee Reid of Children’s Theater Workshop as she leads us through some improvisational exercises in the galleries.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
7 and 8 p.m., Hot Shop

FREE Giant Games
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., GlasSalon

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

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2 and 3 p.m., Hot Shop

FREE Dutch Cabinet Organ Performance
1 p.m., Gallery 24
Organist: Dr. Pamela Stover

FREE Drawing in the Galleries with a Live Model
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: Naach by Aha Indian Dance
2 p.m., Peristyle

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

FREE Giant Games
Noon to 3 p.m., GlasSalon

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2 and 3 p.m., Hot Shop

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

FREE Drawing in the Galleries with a Live Model
1-3 p.m., Great Gallery

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances: Antivillains (indie rock)
2 p.m., Great Gallery


Museum Holiday Hours

Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 1: Noon to 5 p.m.


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. The Family Center is sponsored in part by The Andersons. Thursday evening hours are sponsored by Huntington Private Client Group. Friday evening hours are made possible by Fifth Third Bank.