Toledo Museum of Art’s annual Block Party canceled
The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has canceled its annual Block Party this summer. The popular indoor and outdoor community event, which drew an attendance of more than 10,000 last year, was scheduled for July 18, 2020. The event has been canceled in an effort to protect visitors from the spread of COVID-19.
“For the past seven years we have welcomed the entire community to TMA for the Block Party. This summer, because of the pandemic, we regret that we must cancel this large, public event to safeguard the health of everyone involved,” said Adam Levine, TMA’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “Our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of Museum staff, volunteers and visitors, and we will work diligently to bring this beloved event back to our community bigger and better than ever next year.”
Although the Block Party is canceled, TMA is making plans to offer a variety of outdoor programs throughout the summer, which may include family activities, special entertainment, glassblowing opportunities and demonstrations, and more.
Mike Deetsch, the Museum’s Emma Leah Bippus director of education and engagement, added, “The Block Party is about bringing people together on TMA’s campus. While safety precautions preclude large gatherings, the spirit of the Block Party will be at the core of the dynamic outdoor programming our team is developing.”
Specific details will be determined and announced as the Museum learns more about government regulations in coming weeks. Included in the considerations will be the special event permits required by the City of Toledo, which will follow Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s guidance on permissible size gatherings.
The Museum has been closed to the public since March 15 due to COVID-19. Reopening efforts at TMA, including decisions involving programs and events, are led by a task force composed of staff members from key operational areas of the Museum, including the collections; communications; education and engagement; facilities; and protective services departments, as well as the Center of Visual Expertise (COVE), TMA’s enterprise focused on the delivery of its visual literacy curriculum in the environmental health and safety field.