The Great Art Escape

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The Great Art Escape is a holiday tradition at the Toledo Museum of Art, where a number of special programs are planned Dec. 26-Jan. 3. Bring your family and friends to this annual event for live performances, art activities and more.

Inspired by the current exhibitions Degas and the Dance and The Rise of Sneaker Culture, a highlight this year will be a series of live dance performances in the galleries and in the Peristyle. A variety of genres will be represented, including ballet, swing, Mexican folk, Irish and Indian dancing.

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The 2015 Great Art Escape is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac and by members of the Museum. Here is a day-by-day schedule of events, all of which are free to the public.

Schedule of Events

3 young girls from the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance

Ardan Academy of Irish Dance

Canaday Gallery

1-3 p.m.: Drawing in the Gallery

Gallery 24

1 p.m.: Dutch Organ Concert

Glass Pavilion Hot Shop

1, 2 and 3 p.m.: Glassblowing Demonstrations

Peristyle

2 p.m.: Dance Performance: Ardan Academy of Irish Dance

2 women swirl large colorful skirts as part of a performance by El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkloric

El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkloric

Canaday Gallery

1–3 p.m.: Drawing in the Gallery

Gallery 24

1 p.m.: Dutch Organ Concert

Glass Pavilion Hot Shop

1, 2 and 3 p.m.: Glassblowing Demonstrations

Peristyle

2 p.m.: Dance Performance: El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkloric

Museum is closed

Canaday Gallery

1–3 p.m.: Drawing in the Gallery

Glass Pavilion Hot Shop

1, 2 and 3 p.m.: Glassblowing Demonstrations

Canaday Gallery

1–3 p.m.: Drawing in the Gallery

Glass Pavilion Hot Shop

1, 2 and 3 p.m.: Glassblowing Demonstrations

Group of belly dancers on the lawn from the Aegela Center for Middle Eastern Dance

Aegela Center for Middle Eastern Dance

Canaday Gallery

1–3 p.m.: Drawing in the Gallery

Glass Pavilion Hot Shop

1, 2 and 3 p.m.: Glassblowing Demomstrations

Peristyle

2 p.m.: Dance Performance: Aegela Center for Middle Eastern Dance

Gallery 28C

1–3 p.m.: Drawing in the Gallery

Gallery 24

1 p.m.: Dutch Organ Concert

Glass Pavilion Hot Shop

1, 2 and 3 p.m.: Glassblowing Demonstrations

Peristyle

2 p.m.: Dance Performance: Aha! Indian Dance

GlasSalon

6:30–8:30 p.m.: It’s Friday Music: AntiVillains and Friends

Toledo Jazz Orchestra performs onstage

Toledo Jazz Orchestra

Gallery 28C

1–3 p.m.: Drawing in the Gallery

Gallery 24

1 p.m.: Dutch Organ Concert

Glass Pavilion Hot Shop

1, 2 and 3 p.m.: Glassblowing Demonstrations

Peristyle

2 p.m.: Dance Performance: Toledo Jazz Orchestra

Throughout the Museum

6–10 p.m.: The Rise of Sneaker Culture Celebration

Toledo Ballet performance

Toledo Ballet

Gallery 28C

1–3 p.m.: Drawing in the Gallery

Gallery 24

1 p.m.: Dutch Organ Concert

Glass Pavilion Hot Shop

1, 2 and 3 p.m.: Glassblowing Demonstrations

Peristyle

2 p.m.: Dance Performance: Toledo Ballet


Museum Holiday Hours

Thursday, Dec. 24: Close at 4:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 25: Museum closed
Thursday, Dec. 31: Close at 4:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 1: Open regular hours (10 a.m.–9 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.