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


Current Exhibitions

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