Circle is a Toledo Museum of Art affinity group dedicated to inclusive and innovative programming that engages new audiences with the Museum. Being part of Circle means connecting to unique and unconventional art experiences, building stronger community relationships, and experiencing exclusive member benefits. In addition to the benefits of a Museum membership, Circle members receive added perks like discounts to ticketed events, access to Circle member-only events (and guest passes to invite a friend!), participation in Circle’s idea-sharing and program planning committees, and other extras not available through other TMA member levels.
Circle is sponsored in part by ProMedica and HCR ManorCare.
How do I Join Circle?
Circle membership is $25 a year in addition to a TMA membership.
To become a member of Circle, click the link below or sign up at the Visitor Engagement desk.
Art of the Cut
March 1, 2020: 3–6 p.m., Peristyle
Inspired by hair shows and fashion runways, the Art of the Cut explores the intersection of art and health, celebrating local Black barbers and their role as artists and community health advocates.
IMpact & INspire and Circle Present: Creative Coping
On July 18th Circle partnered with ProMedica Impact & Inspire to host Creative Coping, a family-friendly event featuring hands-on activities that taught resilience, coping, and healthy expression to audiences of all ages. Guests were encouraged to bring a donation of an item to benefit the Cullen Center, which provides services including art therapy to children who have experienced trauma.
Circle Presents: LocalEyes
On May 2, 2019, TMA visitors took an eye-opening tour curated by Circle members. Each of the selected works introduced guests to an aspect of Circle’s mission and thematic focus. Guests gathered around Romuald Hazoume’s piece Made in Porto Novo, for example, located in TMA’s Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue exhibit. At this artwork, Circle’s tour guides engaged guests in lively discussion, illustrating how Circle is activating the TMA collection to explore relevant issues. Visitors experienced the depth and breadth of Circle’s mission as they learned about each selected piece.
Circle Presents: Art of the Cut
On Feb. 17, 2019, the Toledo Museum of Art’s GlasSalon was turned into a community barbershop. Local African American barbers demonstrated their artistic abilities as they performed haircuts and styles in four rounds inspired by the decades from the 1950s to the 2000s. A final round was inspired by works in the TMA collection. The Art of the Cut made national news as it examined the intersection of art and health while celebrating local Black barbers and their roles as artists and men’s health advocates.
Circle Presents: (Re)New Years Day - A Great Art Escape Event
On January 1, 2019, guests joined in a one-of-a-kind experience inspired by art, meditation, and movement. Guests were invited to partake in their choice of power or restorative yoga classes led by distinguished instructors followed by the creation of vision boards. Located in the Glass Pavilion, the event explored Circle members’ expressed interest in behavioral health, nutrition, and movement as important factors impacting health and wellness.
Circle Back: Two Me
On November 1, 2018, Circle hosted an event inspired by Mel Chin’s Two Me installation, a conceptual, interactive artwork, inviting visitors to engage in a performance by ascending the fully-accessible ramps to one of two identical seven-foot-tall pedestals, inscribed with the word “Me.” At the event Circle Back: Two Me the artwork was used to stage dialogue at the intersection of art and wellness.
Circle Presents: Create & Illuminate
Dec. 15, 2019: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Libbey Court
View the Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow installation, then join Circle in creating a collaborative work of art and lively discussion inspired by inclusivity and a sense of belonging. All supplies and instruction will be provided. Purchase your exhibition ticket in advance at tickets.toledomuseum.org.
Circle Presents: (Re)New Years Day 2020 - A Great Art Escape Event
Jan. 1, 2020: noon–3 p.m., Great Gallery and Cloister
As part of the annual Great Art Escape, celebrate (Re)New Year’s Day by participating in a one-of-a-kind experience inspired by art, reflection and movement. Learn the basic rhythms and history of Afro Cuban Dance with instructor Lisa McCall. Enjoy a kombucha tasting and healthy snacks in the Cloister throughout the event while seeking inspiration for the year ahead. Advanced registration is required for dance sessions at tickets.toledomuseum.org; admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door.