Your Gifts at Work
Scholarship. Artistic Excellence. Community Engagement.
These hallmarks are at the heart of the museum’s vision to serve as a worldwide-renowned innovative cultural institution; an educational beacon in the region, country, and world; and a local economic driver. Philanthropy is critical to the museum’s ability to advance this vision. Whether it is a special one-time gift for an indentified project or an annual contribution to help offset general operational needs, your generosity helps the Cleveland Museum of Art remain free and to:
- Share its world-renowned collection of more than 45,000 objects spanning 6,000 years of achievement in the arts
- Attract and educate scholars on a global level, advancing the highest caliber of training and study
- Offer innovative educational programs to a broad range of visitors, including more than 100,000 students each year
- Develop innovative special exhibitions that engage the public and sustain the reputation of the museum as one of the world’s most significant art museums
- Enhance the region’s economy and quality of life, making the community a more attractive place to live and work, and annually generating $140–150 million in economic activity within Cuyahoga County
We are most grateful to the many individuals, corporations, and foundations that invest in supporting these three areas of the museum’s mission. Highlighted below are a few examples of how recent funding has allowed us to expand and support these areas.
The Dr. John and Helen Collis Lecture—The annual Dr. John and Helen Collis Lecture brings nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of art history and archeology to discuss new scholarship, museum exhibitions, and archaeological discoveries. Topics alternate between Ancient Greek and Byzantine art every other year.
The annual Dr. John and Helen Collis Lecture is made possible through the Dr. John and Helen Collis Family Endowment. The endowment is the first of its kind at the museum, as it presents an annual lecture dedicated to a particular art historical emphasis. Additional support for this lecture comes from the Hellenic Preservation Society (HPS) of Northeastern Ohio. HPS is a non-profit organization whose focus is to preserve the Hellenic legacy that will promote the Greek experience through education, collection, and preservation. Dr. John and Helen Collis are both members of the society.
Gallery One—This innovative gallery blends art, technology, and interpretation to inspire you to explore the museum’s permanent collection. Gallery One offers something for everyone—from those who are having their first art museum experience to frequent visitors.
Inside the gallery, you’ll have a chance to see real works of art from the museum’s collection, including masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Viktor Schreckengost, Giovanni Panini, and Chuck Close. Hands-on and technology-based activities give you the chance to explore these works of art like never before. Through fun games and facts, you’ll learn how works of art are made, where they come from, and why they are produced.
This revolutionary space also features the largest multi-touch microtile screen in the United States, which displays images of over 3,500 objects from the museum’s world-renowned permanent collection. This 40-foot Collection Wall allows you to shape your own tours of the museum and to discover the full breadth of the collections on view throughout the museum’s galleries.
- Artistic Excellence
Framing Initiative—Celebrated American artist Thomas Cole once proclaimed, “The frame is the soul of the painting.” Indeed, the frame plays a significant role in the display of the painting. It helps protect the painting from damage and it can enhance a painting’s visual impact. Frames have the power to change the way we view a painting. Several paintings in the holdings of the Cleveland Museum of Art need reframing; some even languish in storage because they cannot be displayed properly. Individual frames can range in cost from $5,000 to $80,000, and because of the generous support from a number of individuals the museum has begun the process of reframing several works in our collection, ensuring that visitors are able to view the work to its best advantage.
Conservation—The conservation of approximately 45,000 objects spanning nearly 6,000 years of art history presents both monumental challenges and exceptional opportunities for research and discovery. We have been extremely fortunate to receive funding from an individual in support of two summer conservation interns. These individuals were extremely helpful in assisting in the conservation of works on paper and photography needs in the department. With a high volume of objects regularly in need of conservation, having two additional team members there to assist in the process made a large impact on the work the Conservation department was able to accomplish.
- Community Engagement
International Cleveland Community Day—Come experience Cleveland’s diversity of art and culture on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the third annual International Cleveland Community Day, a festival inspired by the richly diverse communities throughout Cleveland. This free event brings together a wide variety of community groups and organizations that will share their rich heritages through performance, music, and table displays of cultural heritage.
Summer Community Engagement—Reaching out into our neighboring communities the museum will be providing art instruction for almost 900 children of all ages at the summer camp of the Fatima Family Center from June through July. Additionally, we will be partnering with the Collinwood Branch Library for a summer program as an enrichment component to increase reading skills and comprehension. In the Fall, we will also be hosting a Family Night at the Museum for local neighborhood families from the Hough neighborhood.
Chalk Festival—Celebrating its 25th year in September, children and adults enjoy this annual event where community members join professional artists in using the walkways around the Fine Arts Garden as a colorful canvas. Begun in 1990, Chalk Festival is a modern expression of a Renaissance tradition from 16th-century Italy, in which beggars copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries, using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals.
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