The Great Art Escape Returns to the Toledo Museum of Art Dec. 26–Jan. 3
The Toledo Museum of Art comes alive during its annual winter celebration The Great Art Escape, themed this year around dance. Bring family and friends to experience the free performances and art activities that fill the galleries, Glass Pavilion and Peristyle Dec. 26–Jan. 3.
The 2015 Great Art Escape is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac and by members of the Museum.
A Celebration of Dance
Inspired by the current exhibitions Degas and the Dance and The Rise of Sneaker Culture, a highlight this year will be a series of live dance performances in the galleries and in the Peristyle. A variety of genres will be represented, including ballet, swing, Mexican folk, Irish and Indian dancing.
Ardan Academy of Irish Dance
Dec. 26: 2 p.m., Peristyle
El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico
Dec. 27: 2 p.m., Peristyle
Aegela Centers for Middle Eastern Dance
Dec. 31: 2 p.m., Peristyle
Aha! Indian Dance
Jan. 1: 2 p.m., Peristyle
Waltzing with The Antivillains
Jan. 1: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Great Gallery
Toledo Ballet Open Rehearsal
Jan. 1: 6:45-8:30 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Toledo Jazz Orchestra with Swing Dancers
Jan. 2: 2 p.m., Peristyle
Toledo Ballet, Awkward Girl
Jan. 3: 2 p.m., Peristyle
Free Family Fun
Not only can visitors enjoy free dance performances, visitors can also draw in the galleries, listen to storytelling in the Great Gallery, or take in an organ concert by visiting musicians in Gallery 24 during this eight-day extravaganza.
The Frogtown Storytelling Guild
Dec. 31: 11 a.m., Great Gallery
Drawing in the Galleries
Dec. 26: 1–3 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Dec. 27: 1–3 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Dec. 29: 1–3 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Dec. 30: 1–5 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Dec. 31: 1–3 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Jan. 1: 1–3 p.m., Gallery 28C
Jan. 2: 1–3 p.m., Gallery 28C
Jan. 3: 1–3 p.m., Gallery 28C
Dutch Organ Concerts
Dec. 26: 1 p.m., Dr. Pamela Stover
Dec. 27: 1 p.m., Martha Esbin
Jan. 1: 1 p.m., Gladys Rudolph
Jan. 2: 1 p.m., Dennis Johns
Jan. 3: 1 p.m., Susan Craig
In addition to the Great Art Escape events, the Museum has four free exhibitions currently on view: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, Degas and the Dance, In Motion: Dance and Performance in Art, and The City.
Visit toledomuseum.org for a complete schedule of events.
Image credits: Toledo Ballet dancers perform Awkward Girl; El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico; Ardan Academy of Irish Dance