Kick-off Events for Parade the Circle

Sound like fun? Check out The Children’s Museum of Cleveland, The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes  and the Cleveland Museum of Art for more info:

Parade the Circle Workshop
Saturday, April 25th
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Transform yourself into “The Four Enchanted Seasons of Cleveland!” Participate in Cleveland’s most creative summer event – Parade the Circle. You and your family will design enchanting costumes and instruments to use on your march through Wade Oval. Express your creativity by designing flowing capes, ornamental wands and extravagant headpieces. All ages are welcome to participate in this beautiful community event.

In partnership with The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Workshop will be held at 13100 Shaker Square. Workshop cost (includes workshop materials and parade entry fee): $20/person for members of The Children’s Museum and The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, $25/person for the general public. Call 216-791-7114 for more information and to register.

And at the Cleveland Museum of Art:

2009 Circle of Masks Festival
Sunday, April 26, 2009
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Mask making and performances

Chiaroscuro: Beguiling the Penumbra
Free kickoff event for Parade the Circle season

Mask Making, 1:00–3:15
Artists help you create masks: Debbie Apple-Presser, Secretly Powerful; Hector Castellanos Lara, Fantastic Photo Layers.

1:30 and 2:30

The Idea Never Used
Ian Petroni and Mark Jenks
A short play of meetings in the breezy penumbra between thought and matter.

2:00 and 3:00
African Soul International with Special Guest Hamidou Koivoigui
Choreography Sistah Jewel Conteh and Hamidou Koivoigui
Masked dance of protection from Guinea, West Africa.

Put on your festival masks and join the performers.

For more information, please contact the Community Arts Department 216-707-2483, or


Community Sunday at Cleveland Museum of Art

Community Sunday
Cleveland Museum of Art
Sunday Free for All
Sunday, April 5, 1:00–4:00

Join us for a day of free art activities and talks sure to delight young and old alike. Two drop-in workshops experiment with different photographic methods based upon the special exhibition Friedlander. In Shadowplay, make your own print using the power of light and blueprint paper. In Me, Myself, and I, snap your own self-portrait using our digital imaging equipment.

Take a special family tour of the Art and Power exhibition at 2:00 and hear African stories in the galleries at 3:00. Many other surprises to come.

Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival This Weekend

Just remembered, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Chalk Festival takes place this weekend, Saturday, September 20 from 11am-5pm and Sunday, September 21 from noon-5pm.   The event is free if you just want to come see the chalk artists.  If you and your littles ones want to express themselves in chalk, it’s $16 for a large square of sidewalk with a 24-color box of chalk and $8 to chalk up a small one with a 12-color box. 

A few years ago the hubby and I were walking around Wade Lagoon and I remember seeing chalk art on the sidewalks near the museum.   I had no idea at the time that there was an annual chalk festival.  It seems like it would be tons of fun for the kids.

If you go, please come back to this post and comment on your experience.   Or, have you maybe gone to the Chalk Festival in years past?

Until next time,