Martin Luther King Jr. Day at CMA

Monday, January 15
MLK Day activities: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Museum hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for a variety of activities for art lovers of all ages. King left us with a wealth of wisdom on how to create a more just, humane, and peaceful world. We celebrate his legacy with performances and art-inspired experiences centered around his nonviolent philosophy. 

Art Activities for all ages, Ames Family Atrium, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 

  • Building Bridges: Colorful lines lead to creative connections. In this art installation, stepping stones become easier to reach when linked by taped line “bridges.”  
  • A Sense of Place: What makes places and communities peaceful? Add your own images to our community landscape collage. Help us ensure that the landscape includes pathways for everyone.
  • In His Words: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words are inspiration for action. How will you respond? Visit our collage station or our photo booth to share how you will celebrate MLK’s legacy.

Art Cart: West and Central Africa, Plain Dealer Lobby and Gallery 100, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Experience a rare opportunity to touch beautiful sculptures, textiles and metalwork of three major cultures from West and Central Africa: the Yoruba, Asante and Kuba. 

Self-Guided Tour, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Use the museum’s app, ArtLens, to experience a self-guided tour of works in the museum’s collections, inspired by the wisdom, spirit, legacy and activism of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The ArtLens App is available for FREE download to iPads or iPhones running iOS9 or higher, or Android devices (4.4+) from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Once ArtLens is downloaded, simply launch the app. 

Performances, Ames Family Atrium and Gartner Auditorium 

Today’s performers are part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Arts Mastery Initiative that represents an action toward a bigger dream for equality by helping to ensure every student in every community has access to the same opportunities to succeed––including quality arts education programs. As such, the CMA is honored to join the ranks of esteemed arts institutions who are producing arts education programs to impact, transform and enrich the lives of youth in our communities.

Cleveland Classical Guitar Society in collaboration with the Cleveland School of the Arts and the Cleveland Institute of Music,11–11:45 a.m., Ames Family Atrium 

The Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s Education Program teaches classical guitar to more than 200 elementary through high school students in schools across Cleveland every year. They perform more than 30 times a year. This performance features some of the program’s most advanced students in solo guitar performances and ensembles, led by the society’s Director of Education Brian Gaudino

Tri-C Creative Arts Dance Academy, noon–12:30 p.m., Gartner Auditorium

Students from the Touring Ensemble and Second Company will perform works inspired by pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement.   

Six of Twelve Youth Performance Poetry Ensemble, 1–1:15 p.m., 3–3:15 p.m., Ames Family Atrium  

Six of Twelve is a youth performance poetry troupe of six high school youth and young adults from the Twelve Literary and Performative Arts Incubator. Their performance is a bricolage of original poetry and reinterpreted works by award-winning poets and writers that addresses the three steps of racial justice: acceptance, discussion and action.

Cleveland Public Theatre–Brick City Theatre, 2–2:15 p.m., 3:30–3:45 p.m., Gartner Auditorium

An original Brick City Theatre play honoring the lives and legacy of two great African American leaders, Louis Stokes and Carl B. Stokes, created by Brick City Theatre-Lakeview Terrace youth and elder participants, in collaboration with Brick City Theatre teaching artists. Brick City Theatre is one of Cleveland Public Theatre’s core education programs and is conducted in partnership with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Art Stories for all ages, Ames Family Atrium and galleries

Picture books, art and conversation in the spirit of the day. Meet in the atrium before heading into the galleries; led by museum educators.

Stand up and be counted! Everyone has something to offer, 12:30 p.m., gallery 227

One and Zero by Kathryn Otoshi and Number 99 by Morris Louis.

When you look in the mirror, who do you see? Let’s celebrate all the things we are, 1:30 p.m., Focus Gallery

Looking like Me by Walter Dean Myers and Going to NYC by Jae Jarrell.

What does Peace mean? We’ll use all our senses to answer the question, 2:20 p.m., gallery 227

Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin and What Does Peace Feel Like? by Vladimir Radunsky and Celebration by Lee Krasner.