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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 and building stronger community relationships.

Circle is sponsored in part by ProMedica and HCR ManorCare.

Upcoming Events

The Art of the Cut

March 1, 2020: 3–6 p.m., Peristyle

Party on the Peristyle stage and celebrate local Black barbers as artists, men’s health advocates, and community leaders. A live barbering showcase will feature cuts inspired by the past, present, and visions for the future. Enjoy entertainment throughout the Peristyle with drinks and food options available for purchase. Registration is encouraged at; admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door. 

Media sponsorship of The Art of the Cut is provided by

Past Events

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.

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.


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.

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.

    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.

    Dec. 15, 2019: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Libbey Court

    On December 15, 2019, Circle hosted an event inspired by the exhibition Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow. The exhibition consisted of awe-inspiring spaces from intricate patterns of light and shadow, evoking the sacred, while also raising questions of exclusion and belonging. After viewing the installation, guests were invited to join Circle in Libbey Court to create a collaborative work of art and a lively discussion inspired by inclusivity and a sense of belonging. 


    Jan. 1, 2020: noon–3 p.m., Great Gallery and Cloister

    On January 1, 2020, as part of the annual Great Art Escape, guests celebrated (Re)New Year’s Day by joining a one-of-a-kind experience inspired by art, reflection and movement. Guests were invited to learn the basic rhythms and history of Afro Cuban Dance with instructor Lisa McCall followed by kombucha tasting and healthy snacks in the Cloister. Located in the Great Gallery, this lively event moved guests to seek health and wellness inspiration for the year ahead.