Cleveland’s signature family event returns on Saturday, June 8
Celebrating 24 years as a favorite Cleveland tradition, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle will return June 8 at noon. If you have never had the chance to witness or participate, this huge event is a large parade, festival, community gathering and celebration of the arts all rolled into one. Brightly colored costumes, giant puppets and handmade masks constructed by nationally known, internationally known and local Cleveland artists as well as families, schools and community groups will fill Wade Oval with a plethora of colors and sound. This year’s theme, Sol de Luna Nueva (Sunshine of the New Moon), highlights the artistic tradition of humans inspired by unexpected sources of raw and ready-made materials.
“The original idea for the Parade theme came from the way many modern and contemporary artists such as Man Ray and Picasso have created art by appropriating toys, tools or other ‘ready-mades’ in the creation of their work,” said Robin VanLear, Parade the Circle founder and the museum’s director of community arts.
Something different this year is the Parade the Circle’s collaboration with local art galleries SPACES and Zygote Press. SPACES will be sponsoring “Pull!” which is a community performance where 400 Cleveland residents and renowned performance artist William Pope.L will pull an eight ton truck across the city and will join Parade the Oval as they make their way downtown. Zygote Press (in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion Project) will be hosting Mely Barragan and her husband Daniel Ruanova of Tijuana and Beijing who will be hosting a workshop at Campus International School to create an ensemble for the Parade.
Seven guest artists will be featured in this year’s Parade the Circle. Thilo Brandt from Germany will make his Parade debut this year while Kelvin Keli Cadiz and Rudolph “Murphy” Winters of Trinidad and Tobago; Anne Cubberly of Connecticut, Liza Goodell of Pennsylvania, Sophie Wood of Massachusetts and Gerald Abt of New York will be the six returning artists.
Parade the Circle will begin at the north entrance of the Cleveland Museum of Art and proceed in a counter-clockwise direction around Wade Oval until it spills into the Oval in front of the art museum. Visitors are welcome to participate in many hands-on activities offered by local organizations in Circle Village, presented by University Circle Inc. There is no price for admission to the Parade or to Circle Village.
How To Join the Parade
Individuals, families, schools, neighborhood groups and community organizations are all invited to participate. Create your parade entry on your own or at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s public workshops. Parade guidelines must be followed. A $6 entry fee per person applies.
To be listed in the printed program, register by Sunday, May 19, 2013. Register for all workshops or the parade during any public workshop.
Participants create their own costumes, masks and giant puppets made with the assistance of staff artists. A workshop pass (individuals $50; families $150 up to 4 people, $25 each additional person) entitles you to attend all workshops. Workshops are open to all ages; children under 15 must register and attend with someone older than 15. Registration fees include Parade entry fee. Group rates and scholarship assistance are available. Basic workshops will be offered on Fridays, May 3 to June 7, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Saturdays, May 4 to June 1, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays, May 5 to June 2, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Special Stilt Workshops
In addition to basic workshops, several special workshops on stilt walking and dancing will be offered. Children must be at least 10 years old to participate.
Free to all, stilt artists give everyone an opportunity to try walking on stilts. Priority access is given to pass holders. Pass holders without stilts may order them only during stilt weekend: $60–$75. Keep your stilts after safety training. Drop in Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Safety Training and Stilt Dancing for Paraders
Free with workshop pass. Learn stilt safety, tying and the art of dancing on stilts. Workshops for novice performers on Saturdays, May 18 to June 1, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and for advanced performers on Sundays, May 19 to June 2, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
For questions about workshops contact Nan Eisenberg at 216-707-2483 or e-mail email@example.com.
Parade the Circle is presented by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Circle Village is presented by University Circle Inc. Parade the Circle is generously sponsored by Glidden® brand paint, Medical Mutual of Ohio and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. For more information about Parade the Circle, visit www.ClevelandArt.org/Parade. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.