TMA offers week of family fun and activitiesWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
If fun, free, family-friendly entertainment is what you seek this holiday season, look no further than the Toledo Museum of Art’s (TMA) annual Winter Legacies.
The week of special programming, including dance performances, musical entertainment, special tours and hands-on activities draws more than 2,000 people annually during TMA’s busiest week of the year, according to a news release.
The seventh annual Winter Legacies will run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. The museum, 2445 Monroe St., is closed Mondays and New Year’s Day.
“Kids are off school and people are out looking for things to do and this just gives them so many choices of things to do within the museum,” said Kelly Fritz Garrow, director of communications at TMA. “There is a lot for families to do for no money. We love it to be busy. We want people to come out and enjoy themselves.”
New performers this year include OPA! Greek Ensemble, Electric Arts Duo, Mesmeric Belly Dance Fusion, Daniel Quinn on guitar and singing group Sweet Harmony, while annual favorites include Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas, ALMA Drum and Dance, Ardan Academy Irish dancers, Dances of Universal Peace and the Chinese Association of Greater Toledo, Garrow said.
The hands-on activities are new each year and are usually geared toward current exhibitions, Garrow said.
“These are perfect indoor activities for families, friends and out-of-town guests,” said Program Coordinator Judy Weinberg in the release. “They are a wonderful way to discover the diverse cultures that enrich the Toledo community.”
Events are subject to change. For more information, visit www.toledomuseum.org or call (800) 644-6862.
Sunday, Dec. 26
1-2 p.m.: Traditional tales from Joyce Davis’ engaging puppet characters; Great Gallery.
2-4 p.m.: Hands On: Mexican Milagros. Make your own version of this traditional folk art. Milagros are small metal charms found in many areas of Latin America, especially Mexico and Peru, where milagro means “miracle”; Libbey Court.
2-3 p.m.: Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas enlivens the cultures of Mexico through vivid costumes and upbeat music; Great Gallery.
3 p.m.: Public Tour: Highlights from Around the Globe; Libbey Court.
3:30-4:30 p.m.: OPA! Greek Ensemble performs music of Greece; Great Gallery.
4:30-5:30 p.m.: ALMA Drum and Dance entertains with high-energy African cultural performances; Great Gallery.
Tuesday, Dec. 28
Noon to 1 p.m.: Electric Arts Duo and friends, Great Gallery.
1-2 p.m.: Ardan Academy students celebrate the Irish dance tradition by performing jigs, reels, hornpipes and ceilis; Great Gallery.
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Mesmeric Belly Dance Fusion; Great Gallery.
Wednesday, Dec. 29
1-2 p.m.: Daniel Quinn performs acoustic string music by some of the greatest Japanese composers; Great Gallery.
2-4 p.m.: Hands On: Best Face Forward, Make a netsuke face out of clay similar to those found in the “Life in Miniature” exhibition; Libbey Court.
2-3 p.m.: The women of Sweet Harmony sing about life, love and winter; Great Gallery.
Thursday, Dec. 30
1-2 p.m.: Leyla and Lapis Lazuli use vibrant costumes and vivacious dance moves to give a colorful presentation of some traditional dances of the Middle East; Great Gallery.
2-3 p.m.: Storyteller Michelle Cornell tells winter tales from around the world; Great Gallery.
Friday, Dec. 31
1:30-2 p.m.: Dances of Universal Peace, Watch (and join) members of the MultiFaith Council of Northwest Ohio as they perform Sufi dances that promote peace through the arts; Great Gallery.
2-4 p.m.: Hands On: Paper Cuts from Around the World, Try your hand at the art of paper cutting, adopted by cultures from China to Japan, Europe to India and Mexico, to create a one-of-a-kind work of art; Libbey Court.
2-3 p.m., The Poet LaFe, Ophelia Thompson, shares original poems as well as those of other well-known African-American poets; Great Gallery.
3:30-5 p.m., The Chinese Association of Greater Toledo presents traditional performances representing various regions of China; Great Gallery.
Sunday, Jan. 2
1-2 p.m., Learn from the United Jewish Council how Jewish traditions are passed on through song and dance; Great Gallery.
2-3 p.m., Hellenic Dancers, Greek traditions continue through the folk dances that are passed on from one generation to another; Great Gallery.