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What is Circle?

Circle is a community at the Toledo Museum of Art united by an interest in sharing unconventional museum experiences, connecting with others, and exploring new ideas through art. Circle programming disrupts expectations about museum encounters and redefines how we interact within museum spaces. There are no membership fees or application forms needed to be a part of Circle; participation in Circle is free and open to all.

The Circle Board is composed of elected members who facilitate Circle’s inclusive and innovative programming while serving as a community advisory board at the Museum. Board members work with museum staff and leadership to promote diversity, equity, access, and inclusion at TMA through community-engaged programming. The Board works to engage and share perspectives representing the full diversity of Toledo at the Museum. Circle is currently seeking applicants from a diverse range of personal and professional backgrounds for Board and Committee positions.. Additional information and applications are available here

What Does Circle Do?

Circle is redefining what a trip to the Museum means while fostering a sense of belonging through community-engaged programs. Circle disrupts expectations about museum encounters and redefines how we interact within museum spaces. Circle events bring the community together to:            

CELEBRATE local Black barbers as artists, mens’ health advocates, and community leaders in a live barbering showcase on the stage of the Peristyle Theatre during the Art of the Cut. 

DANCE in the New Year with an Afro-Cuban dance class surrounded by friends and the masterpieces in the Great Gallery.

CREATE a collaborative work of art inspired by the Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow exhibition and displayed in the Museum’s Community Gallery.

How do I get more involved in Circle?

The easiest way to get involved with Circle is to sign up for Circle emails and participate in Circle programming. Enthusiastic individuals can become more involved by volunteering at Circle programs, joining Circle planning committees, or serving on the Circle Board. To learn more about these opportunities, email