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TMA's Annual Block Party Takes Over Campus July 8

2017 TMA Block Party
2017 TMA Block Party

For the Toledo Museum of Art's fourth annual Block Party—which draws together the area’s entertainment, food, and music purveyors for a celebration of summer—you are invited to join thousands of party-goers to enjoy the 36-acre campus on Saturday, July 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. The festivities are spread out across Monroe Street, which will be closed to traffic, and coincide with the opening of the special exhibition The Berlin Painter and His World, a display of ancient Athenian vase painting. With the season's focus on the art of Greece, expect inspiration for the Block Party's food, dance, and music to come from across the Atlantic. Opa! Admission to the Block Party is free. Parking is free for members, $7 for nonmembers. The Community Block Party will be held rain or shine.

Good Eats

Not only will an array of food trucks be lined up along Monroe Street, Toledo Museum of Art Executive Chef Joe Felix will be grilling up summer favorites. Cash bars will be located across campus.


Parking is available in all Museum lots. Parking is free for Museum members and $7 for nonmembers. Please pay when you arrive. Bike racks are available near Lot 2 and the Glass Pavilion.


The following performances will take place on the Monroe Street Terrace.

  • 6:00 p.m., JP Dynasty
  • 6:15 p.m., TMA Welcome and DJ Folk
  • 6:30 p.m., Birds Eye View Circus, "Circus Pantheon"
  • 7:00 p.m., JP Dynasty
  • 7:30 p.m., Hellenic Dance Company
  • 8:00 p.m., JP Dynasty
  • 8:15 p.m., Birds Eye View Circus,"Circus Pantheon"
  • 8:45 p.m., Dancers of Aha! Indian Dance
  • 9:15 p.m., DJ Folk

In addition, magician Dorian Strange, juggler Crazy Craig, Flying Pig Improv, and The Bubble Sharks will perform across the Museum campus from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Be on the lookout for Wearable Sculptures by the Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program!


Family Center Hands–On Activities 6–8 p.m., Glass Pavilion Grounds TMA Photo Booth 6–8 p.m., Glass Pavilion Play Space and Giant Games 6–9 p.m., Grove Place Picnic Area Featuring musical instruments, big blue blocks, and interactive Elements of Play games. Young visitors to the Play Space are invited to draw their own version of a dream playground. For more family fun, visit the Glass Pavilion grounds to play giant games such as checkers and chess. Designed by youth from TMA’s Teen Apprentice program and The Arts Commission’s YAAW Alumni with artist Laura Amtower, the Elements of Play includes three unique games inspired by visual language and childhood memories. TMA-mazing Race 6–9 p.m., Museum Campus Our campus–wide scavenger hunt returns for the second year. Complete all twelve Pitstops and be entered into a drawing for flashlight tour tickets. Complete optional Detours and Roadblocks for bonus points. The top scoring team will win a glass art experience for up to 6 people. Form your team (2–6 people) and download Social Scavenger on your mobile device. Available in both the App Store and Google Play. Registration table and leader board can be found in Libbey Court. TMApp 6–10 p.m., Museum Campus Download TMApp before the party! Not only will it send you on guided experiences in and outside the Museum, but you'll also receive Block Party updates during the celebration. Available in both the App Store and Google Play.


Outdoor Flameworking Demonstrations 6–8 p.m., Museum Grounds Albert Leland will be conducting demos inspired by The Berlin Painter and His World. Glassblowing Demonstrations 6, 7 and 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop The winning entries in the "It's All Greek to Me" will be made during these special Block Party glassblowing demonstrations. Upload a your child's design of a Greek–inspired work of art on the contest page. Their illustration could be transformed into a glass masterpiece! Enter at Entries are due by July 6, 2017. Please note: Exact times and locations are subject to change.

The TMA Community Block Party is sponsored by

A version of this article originally appeared in Volume 13, Issue 2 of arTMAtters, the Toledo Museum of Art’s member magazine.