Celebrate Toledo’s Diverse Cultural Heritage at the TMA

Posted Dec 2nd, 2010 by Kelly Garrow  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


The Toledo Museum of Art is alive with activities Dec. 26 through Jan. 2 when it presents its annual Winter Legacies celebration of the region’s cultural diversity. Exciting dance performances, musical entertainment, special tours and hands-on activities are planned in the Museum’s main galleries.

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

This marks the seventh holiday season for Winter Legacies, a Museum tradition in which ancient
and present-day cultures from around the world are represented. The popular event attracts more than2,000 people annually.

Here is a day-by-day list of the free, family-friendly events. (Note: The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day.)

Dec. 26:
Joyce Davis, Puppet Lady
1–2 p.m., Great Gallery
Audiences of all ages enjoy traditional tales from Joyce Davis’s engaging puppet characters.

Hands On: Mexican Milagros
2–4 p.m., Libbey Court
Milagros are small metal charms found in many areas of Latin America, especially Mexico and
Peru, where milagro means “miracle.” Make your own version of this traditional folk art.

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

Public Tour: Highlights from Around the Globe
3 p.m., Libbey Court

OPA! Greek Ensemble
3:30–4:30 p.m., Great Gallery
Music of Greece and the Aegean.

ALMA Drum and Dance
4:45–5:45 p.m., Great Gallery
Drummers and dancers entertain with high-energy African cultural performances.

Dec. 28
Alliance Francaise de Toledo
11:15–11:45 a.m.
Enjoy French songs and recitations.

Electric Arts Duo & Friends
Noon to 1 p.m., Great Gallery

Ardan Academy
1:15–2:15 p.m., Great Gallery
Students celebrate the Irish dance tradition by performing jigs, reels, hornpipes, and ceilis.

Mesmeric Belly Dance Fusion
2:30–3:30 p.m., Great Gallery

Dec. 29
Daniel Quinn
1–2 p.m., Great Gallery
Acoustic string music by some of the greatest Japanese composers.

Hands On: Best Face Forward
2–4 p.m., Libbey Court
Make a netsuke face out of clay similar to those found in the Life in Miniature exhibition.

Sweet Harmony
2:15–3:15 p.m., Great Gallery
The women of Sweet Harmony sing about life, love, and winter.

Dec. 30
Dance Performance: Leyla and Lapis Lazuli
1–2 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.

Storyteller Michelle Cornell
2:15–3 p.m., Great Gallery
Winter stories from around the world.

Dec. 31
Dances of Universal Peace
1:30–2 p.m., Great Gallery
Watch (and join) members of the Multi Faith Council of Northwest Ohio as they perform Sufi
dances that promote peace through the arts.

Hands On: Paper Cuts from Around the World
2–4 p.m., Libbey Court
The art of paper cutting has been adopted by cultures from China to Japan, Europe to India and
Mexico. Try your hand at cutting paper to create a one-of-a-kind work of art.

The Poet LaFe
2:15–3:15 p.m., Great Gallery
Ophelia Thompson shares original poems as well as those of other well-known African
American poets.

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

Jan. 2
United Jewish Council
1–1:45 p.m., Great Gallery
Learn how Jewish traditions are passed on through song and dance.

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

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