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The Cleveland Museum of Art gives your family five good reasons to visit

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Just because the children are out of school until next year does not mean that their education has to stop and there are no rules stating that education can’t be fun. With this in mind The Cleveland Museum of Art has five great reasons to stop by for a visit. This holiday season there will be choir concerts, a Gene Kelly Film Festival, special events, exhibits and of course the grand opening celebration in January.

Here is what is waiting for you at the museum

• The United States Postal Service recently featured the painting “Virgin and Child in a Landscape” by Jan Gossaert which is housed at our own Cleveland Museum of Art in Gallery 117. View the painting then pick up a set of stamps and cards at the museum gift shop while shopping for unique on-of-a-kind holiday gifts for the family. The gift shop now features items made by local artists as well as those inspired by the museum’s collection and includes a wide array of original publications.

• Three exhibits are on display right now. “Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome”, “Disembodied: Portrait Miniatures and Their Contemporary Relatives” and “Fragments of the Invisible: The Rene and Odette Collection of Congo Sculpture”

• Through late December there will be special programs such as “Winter Lights Lantern Festival” (inspired by centuries old cross cultural traditions of ceremonial lighting displays) that features a variety of lanterns on display inside the Museum and “The Environment of Lights” installation on Wade Oval. These programs will be happening through late December.

• “CMA Performing Arts Series: Mother and Child” wil be held Saturday, December 14, 2013 and is a themed choral event focusing on music that is inspired by the imagery of the Virgin and Child as depicted in the museum’s collection of medieval art. The event is free and open to the public.

“2013 Holiday Film Festival: Gene Kelly 101” is scheduled for December 26 through 31 and features five films of this most highly renowned dancer, choreographer and director. Films include such favorites as “Singin’ in the Rain” and “American in Paris”

• Stop by for a bite to eat at the museum’s own restaurant “Provenance” and enjoy locally sourced dishes that are globally and holiday inspired. The new Home and Hearth prix fixemenu features such succulent dishes as pan seared arctic char, crispy duck confit and mushroom strozzapreti.

December 17 through 21 and 24 through 28 willl feature an afternoon tea in the restaurant. The price is $26.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included). The event is through reservation only. To register, please call (216) 707-2600

• The Opening Week Celebration is finally here. Celebrat the culmination of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s eight year building project that is now officially complete. From December 31, 2013 through January 2, 2014 there will be a week of festivities that highlight the newbuilding. Events include a New Year’s Eve party, activities, tours and programming for the entire family.

About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. Currently undergoing an ambitious, multi-phase renovation and expansion project across its campus, the museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.

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