Toledo Museum of Art to Celebrate Toledo Diversity

Posted Dec 9th, 2009 by Teri Sharp  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


The Toledo Museum of Art is giving Toledo-area residents another celebration to add to their holiday calendars. Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3, the Museum will come to life with its annual Winter Legacies celebration of the region’s cultural diversity. Exciting dance performances, engaging storytellers, special tours and hands-on activities are among the free Museum events that are open to the public.

“These are perfect indoor activities for families, friends and out-of-town guests,” says Museum Program Coordinator Judy Weinberg. “They are a wonderful way to discover the diverse cultures that enrich the Toledo community.”

Winter Legacies, an annual series of events in its sixth year, is a Museum tradition in which ancient and present-day cultures from around the world are represented. More than 2,000 people attend annually.

Following is a list of this year’s free, family-friendly events:

Saturday, Dec. 26

Hands-on Activity: African Drums
1-3 p.m., Libbey Court
Drums are used as a form of communication and in ceremonies and celebrations. Celebrate the holidays by creating your own drum and then drum along with ALMA Drum and Dance at 3:30 p.m.

Public Tour: Highlights From Around the Globe
2 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court

ALMA Drum and Dance
3:30-4:30 p.m., Great Gallery
Drummers and dancers entertain with high-energy African cultural performances.

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Sunday, Dec. 27

12:20-1:30 p.m., Great Gallery
Listen to authentic music and songs of Greece and the Aegean. Odyssey performs on acoustic instruments and replicates a sound style originating in Byzantine times.

Hands-on Activity: Papel Picado
2-4 p.m., Libbey Court
Spanish for “cut paper,” papel picado is a Mexican craft that appears during festivals and fiestas. It involves cutting intricate patterns out of colored tissue paper and stringing the designs in the home and garden.

Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas
2:15-3:15 p.m., Great Gallery
Vivid costumes and upbeat music enliven the cultures of Mexico.

Public Tours: Highlights From Around the Globe
2:30 & 3:30 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court

Chinese Association of Greater Toledo
3:30-5 p.m., Great Gallery
Enjoy traditional performances from various regions of China.

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Hands-on Activity: Hats and Noisemakers!
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Family Center
Ring in the New Year with your custom-made accessories!

Michelle Cornell, Storyteller
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Great Gallery
Enjoy winter stories from around the world.

Musical Performance: Jubilatores
1-2 p.m., Great Gallery
Medieval musicians used songs and instruments to convey celebration. The Jubilatores continue this tradition using exact replicas of medieval instruments.

Ardan Academy (formerly Heinzman School of Irish Dance)
2:30-3:30 p.m., Great Gallery
Students celebrate the Irish dance tradition by performing jigs, reels, hornpipes and ceilis.

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Wednesday, Dec. 30

Hands-on Activity: Make Your Own Good Luck Chinese Dragon
1-3 p.m., Libbey Court
For inspiration, look for dragons in our Asian Gallery.

Musical Performance: David Kohler
2-3 p.m., Great Gallery
Learn how the bagpipes keep traditions alive for Scottish and Irish communities.

Thursday, Dec. 31

Hands-on Activity: Hats and Noisemakers!
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Family Center
Ring in the New Year with your custom-made accessories!

Dances of Universal Peace
2-3 p.m., Great Gallery,
Watch (and join!) members of the Multi Faith Council of Northwest Ohio as they perform dances created by Sufi teacher Samuel Lewis to promote peace through the arts.
Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010
Dance Performance: Leyla and Lapis Lazuli
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Great Gallery
With vibrant costumes and vivacious moves, Leyla and Lapis Lazuli give a colorful presentation of some traditional dances of the Middle East.

The Poet La Fe
1–2 p.m., Great Gallery
Ophelia Thompson shares original poems, as well as those of other well-known African American poets.

Hands-On Activity: Create Your Own Good Luck Hand (Khamsa)
1–3 p.m., Libbey Court
The khamsa is a symbol of good luck in Morocco and has been used as an amulet in northern Africa for centuries.  It is often made from precious metal, like silver. You can make a simple version out of paper aluminum foil. Khamsa means “five” in Arabic.

Public Tour: Highlights From Around the World
2 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court

Hellenic Dancers
2:30-3:30 p.m., Great Gallery
Greek traditions continue through the folk dances that are passed on from one generation to another.

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Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010
Puppet Lady Joyce Davis
12:30–1:15 p.m., Great Gallery
Audiences of all ages enjoy traditional tales from Joyce Davis’ engaging puppet characters. 

Sweet Harmony
1:30–2:30 p.m., Great Gallery
The women of Sweet Harmony sing about life, love and winter.

Hands-On Activity: Decorate Your Own Calendar for 2010
2–4 p.m., Libbey Court
Don’t forget to add the special holidays your own family celebrates!

Public Tour: Highlights From Around the Globe
2:30 and 3:30 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court

Presentation: United Jewish Council
3–4 p.m., Great Gallery
Learn how Jewish traditions are passed on through dance and song.

Winter Legacies is made possible with support from members of the Toledo Museum of Art and the Ohio Arts Council, which helps to fund programs with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
The Museum is located at 2445 Monroe St. at Scottwood Ave., just west of the downtown business district and one block off I-75 with exit designations posted. For general information, visitors can call 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, or visit
The Museum will be closed on Christmas and on New Year’s Day.

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