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About

Circle is an affinity group of the Toledo Museum of Art. Its diverse, civically and culturally engaged members work with Toledo Museum of Art staff liaisons to develop new, innovative ways of connecting the Toledo community with the Museum and with art.

What's New?

Circle's new emphasis is on contributing to a vibrant arts community through innovative and inclusive programming that engages new audiences with the Museum. The new iteration of Circle engages a grassroots, boots-on-the-ground approach to outreach and community engagement to cultivate a welcoming, participatory, and collaborative museum experience.

Circle Labs

Circle programming is now re-branded as “Circle Labs." These are events held 2-3 times per year that address innovation and inclusivity in art museums through piloting experimental community engagement programming such as Story Circles, art/museum trivia, intergroup dialogues, and mock Art Committee meetings as well as activities designed for the medical industry.

History

Circle was formerly known as Circle 2445. Circle 2445 was founded with the intention of engaging the Toledo Museum of Art with a younger audience, primarily young professionals. After four successful years of working with Northwest Ohio’s young professionals, the Toledo Museum of Art and Circle 2445 decided to broaden its membership base to more fully reflect the diversity of the Toledo community, and rebranded as “Circle” to indicate this change. The Circle Transition Team, comprised of four past Circle Board members and three Toledo Museum of Art staff liaisons, is overseeing the transition.

Is Circle for me?

Circle welcomes anyone in the Toledo community who shares its passion for art and our commitment to inclusive, community-centered arts experiences. A special welcome is extended to members of the medical community in 2018. The growing, expanding medical community reflects the diversity of Toledo and we are excited to explore the intersections between wellness and the arts.

Why Join?

Joining Circle is a great way to expand your cultural horizons, support a Toledo anchor institution, and serve and connect with your community. Circle membership is $25 a year in addition to a TMA membership.

About Your Membership

Your Circle membership corresponds with your TMA membership.  For example, if your TMA membership covers one adult, your Circle membership covers one adult (e.g. Individual membership).  If your TMA membership covers two adults, your Circle membership covers two adults.  (e.g. Family members only have to pay $25 to join Circle and both will be covered).

Questions? Contact us at circle@toledomuseum.org

Membership Benefits

  • Free admission to most Circle events, including “Circle Labs”  
  • Discounted tickets to Circle’s flagship spring event and Monroga
  • Opportunities to plan Circle events and network with other members 

Upcoming Events

Great Art Escape Event: (Re)New Year's Day

Jan. 1: 2-4 p.m.., GlasSalon

Celebrate (Re)New Year's Day by participating in a one-of-a-kind experience inspired by art, yoga, movement, and meditation. Then, meet and mingle in the GlasSalon to enjoy refreshing, locally-sourced beverages and design your own Vision Board. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

This event is FREE, but registration is encouraged.

Schedule:

  • Movement Activity, 2-3 p.m.
  • Refreshments and Vision Board Activity, 2-4 p.m.

 

The Art of the Cut

Feb. 17, 3-6 p.m., Glass Pavilion

Join us for a party and hair show featuring local barbers who are artists and public health educators. Expect to see live haircuts inspired by the decades and by artwork at TMA! Complimentary appetizers will be served alongside a cash bar. Presented by Circle and ProMedica Cancer Institute Barbershop Program

Hosts:

  • Jamal Grant - Da Shop

  • Tawann Gaston - Groomed

  • Les Levesque - Tal Mon

  • Stacey Fletcher - Fletcher's

  • Steve Parker - Steve's Sport-n-Cuts

  • James Foster - James Foster

This event is FREE, but registration is encouraged.

Stay in Touch

When you join Circle, you will be automatically added to our email list and receive our newsletter.

Get Involved

On behalf of the Circle Board, we encourage you to join a Circle Committee to share your voice in shaping the next direction for Circle. There are four Circle Committees to choose from -- Programming, Sponsorship, Outreach, and Communications -- join one or join them all! All Circle members are eligible to participate in Circle Committees. 
  
Information on the first Communications, Sponsorship, and Outreach Committee meetings as well as upcoming Programming Committee meetings will be announced soon. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about ways to get involved with Circle, e-mail Alyssa Greenberg at agreenberg@toledomuseum.org