The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is joining nine museums and historical institutions from across the nation to commemorate Juneteenth through BLKFREEDOM.org. The annual collaboration has produced a film documenting the national exploration of the deep-rooted anthem “Life Every Voice and Sing” through the eyes of historic museums and anthropologists from across the United States. The film premieres at noon on June 15. Learn more at www.freedomcenter.org.
The Little Buckeye Children’s Museum will reopen, June 9, 2021 from 10:00-4:00. Learn more about the opening and current schedule at www.littlebuckeye.org.
The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center will show A Transformative Journey: Paintings and Drawings Exploring the Relationship Between Student and Teacher - Kay Selke & Jennifer Rosengarten, through June 20, 2021. This exhibit celebrates the metamorphosis that comes with artists learning from one another. An Artist Reception will be held June 6 from 2 – 4 pm. Learn more at www.troyhayner.org.
Museums for All, an Institute of Museum and Library Services initiative, has announced more than 3,000,000 community members receiving SNAP benefits have visiting participating museums since its launch in 2014. The Association of Children’s Museums, administers the initiative at more than 640 museums across the country, including 44 Ohio museums, to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. Museums interested in signing up to participate can learn more at: https://museums4all.org/for-museums/.
MOCA Cleveland will host Alright?, a free in-person & virtual performance, June 2 at 6 pm. In this original work, choreographer and dancer Dominic Moore-Dunson uses movement to respond to Martin Creed’s neon sculpture, Work No. 3398 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT. Jazz musician Tommy Lehman will accompany the performance. Immediately following, Dominic and Tommy will be joined by Tizziana Baldenbro, Executive Director of SPACES, for a conversation about the development of Alright?, improvisation, and the creative ways in which artists respond to one another's work. Learn more at www.mocacleveland.org.
Pyramid Hill will hold Yoga in Nature, a 5-week yoga workshop every Thursday from June 10 – July 8. Surrounded by art and nature, flow through yoga practices that balance stretching, strength training, breathing and relaxation. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle and comfortable clothes. Learn more at www.pyramidhill.org/yoga-in-nature.
The International Women’s Air & Space Museum will host Rocket Day on June 16, 2021. In celebration of the 58th anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova becoming the first woman in space, IWASM is teaming up with the Great Lakes Science Center and volunteers from NASA’s Glenn Research Center for a day of hands-on learning. This event is geared toward children ages 5-12, and participants will learn the history of rockets, witness the launch of different types of rockets, and have the opportunity to set off film canister rockets. Learn more at www.iwasm.org.
The Oberlin Heritage Center announced that it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program began May 15, 2021, and end on September 6, 2021. Find the list of participating museums and learn how your museum can become a Blue Star Museum at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library will show three new exhibits June 19-October 31. They include, “Into the Swamp: The Social and Political Satire of Walt Kelly’s Pogo;” “The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons;” and “Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.” Learn more at www.cartoons.osu.edu.
The Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery will show Material Message: Photographs of Fabric, a group exhibition of seven photographers responding to fabric’s aesthetic, formal, and conceptual potential, exploiting the medium’s malleability to construct messages ranging from notions of the veil to reveries of memory. Learn more at www.cincinnatiarts.org.
ArtNEO presents the exhibit Strange and Lonely Spaces: Magic Realism in Cleveland 1930-1960, through August 20, 2021. This exhibit features a group of regional artists who attempted to grapple with the frightening undercurrents of contemporary life. Learn more at www.artneo.org.
The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery is offering a variety of free, virtual programming for the duration of their exhibition, After Hours, Artwork by State of Ohio Employees 2021. These include a virtual artist talk on June 3, a Friends and Family workshop on June 12, a virtual artist talk on June 17, and a creative writing workshop on July 8. Learn more and see a full schedule of events at https://oac.ohio.gov.