Celebrate Toledo’s Diverse Cultural Heritage at Toledo Museum of Art’s Winter Legacies

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," said 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 than 2,000 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.)

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 ìmiracle.î 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 another.

Note: Events are subject to change. For the latest updates, consult the Museum’s online calendar at www.toledomuseum.org.

About the Toledo Museum of Art
The Toledo Museum of Art believes in the power of art to ignite the imagination, stimulate thought, and provide enjoyment. Through our collection and programs, we strive to integrate art into the lives of people.

The Toledo Museum of Art is a nonprofit arts institution funded through individual donations, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and investments. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund programs at the Toledo Museum of Art through a sustainable grant program that encourages economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Admission to the Museum is free. The Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays. Friday evening hours are made possible by Fifth Third Bank.

The Museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street at Scottwood Avenue, 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 www.toledomuseum.org.