Everyday Heroes Activity Center to Return to the Maltz Museum

Everyday Heroes Activity Center to Return to the Maltz Museum

(CLEVELAND, OH) May 9, 2019 – The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is proud to announce a summer installation for younger audiences. Back by popular demand, The Everyday Heroes Activity Center will open for the second year in the Museum’s special exhibition gallery space. Children are invited to discover their own everyday superpowers, such as kindness, compassion, listening, and helping through hands-on activities. From Painting Kindness Rocks to Building a Better World Lego Station to Zooming around the Good Mood Movement Area, young families can explore values of being an everyday hero. The Everyday Heroes Activity Center will be open during regular Museum hours, June 4 – August 18 (2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood; 216-593-0575; maltzmuseum.org).

David Schafer, Managing Director of the Maltz Museum said, “In each of us, there is a hero. Inside, we are strong enough, brave enough, and courageous enough to make choices that lift others up. Sometimes, we must even lift ourselves up first so that we can help someone else.”

The Everyday Heroes Activity Center will feature interactive stations where children can enjoy books, crafts, movement, and more. Examples of stations include:

  • Make Your Own Capes and Masks
  • Zoom Around the Good Mood Movement Area
  • Paint Kindness Rocks to Keep and Share
  • Build a Better World with Jumbo Legos
  • Be the Hero of Your Own Story at the Puppet Theater
  • And more!

In addition, guests can participate in an Everyday Hero Story Tour, which is a self-guided, hands-on tour using a new children’s book to explore the Museum’s core exhibition, An American Story. Discover heroic qualities of a family moving to a new country on this newly designed tour created to engage younger audiences.

In partnership with Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau on their 150 th anniversary, the Museum honors those standing up and speaking out in for children who are vulnerable such as those at-risk and with special needs, through shared thematic programming. Audiences of all ages are invited to join in celebrating the power within each of us to help someone when they need us, including recognizing when we need help ourselves.

These two significant Cleveland institutions join together to offer a dynamic documentary film series on the power of positivity, lectures and panel discussions on compassionate living, performances on healing through humor and expression, and gallery talks on exploring Jewish Cleveland Heroes.

“There will be something for everyone,” Schafer said. “Now is the time to support diversity and inclusion. Now is the time to be an everyday hero.”

Additionally, drop-in tours will also be offered throughout the summer. Starting in June, visitors can drop-in for a docent led tour ofAn American Story, Treasures of the Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery, and the Museum’s most popular group tour now offered as a drop-in, Stop the Hate. These tours are recommended for ages 12 and up.

Check the Museum’s website for details on programming and tours as they become available.

SPECIAL FAMILY PROGRAMMING AS FOLLOWS:


KIDS LIKE ME STORY TIME IN THE EVERYDAY HEROES ACTIVITY CENTER

STORY TIME + STAY & PLAY
THURS, JUNE 13, 11:30AM; THURS, JULY 11, 11:30AM; THURS, AUG 8, 11:30AM
$5 Admission with registration; Free for children under 5 & Maltz Museum Members

Join us for Kids Like Me Story Time at the Maltz Museum, then stay and play in the Everyday Heroes Activity Center. The Story Corner in the Activity Center promotes the value of reading, where we will focus on books related to the theme of Everyday Heroes. Each month, hear a true story of a heroic young person and another story about mindfulness.

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FAMILY HERO DAY
DISCOUNT FAMILY FUN DAY
SUN, JUNE 16, 11AM – 5PM
1PM & 3PM FILM SCREENINGS OF “A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY”
$5 All Day for Everyone; Free for children under 5 & Maltz Museum Members

This Father’s Day, we are celebrating fathers, father figures, and family caregivers of all kinds with discounted admission to the Museum, including The Everyday Heroes Activity Center and Story Tour. Family members of all ages can enjoy the HBO documentary, “A Family is A Family is A Family” about the many different kinds of people and relationships that make up loving families. Two showings at 1PM and 3PM.

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MEET COMMUNITY HEROES
FAMILY FUN
SUN, JULY 14, 1:30 – 3PM
$5 Admission with registration; Free for children under 5 & Maltz Museum Members

Join local activists and emergency service workers to learn about how they
keep us safe and create positive community change. Meet Beachwood Fire and Rescue, climb in a fire truck, and take
home your own firefighter hat! Plus, check out groups likeWorking Animals for Kids and Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank. Participate in a kids book
drive by bringing a used book to donate, make your own hero-themed crafts
and enjoy lights snacks!

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DIFFERENCES ARE BEAUTIFUL DAY
DISCOUNT FAMILY FUN DAY
SUN, AUG 4, 1:30 – 3PM
$5 Admission with registration; Free for children under 5 &Maltz Museum Members

Join Cleveland’s community heroes and ambassadors fromHorvitz YouthAbility Program of JFSA Cleveland for a special performance created by
young adults with disabilities who break down barriers through the power of positivity. Then, hear local child author, Gabe Feinberg, read his children’s book kindness and acceptance. A book signing follows the reading.

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EVERYDAY HEROES STORY TOUR: “SARAH & SAMUEL’S AMERICAN STORY”

SELF-GUIDED DROP-IN TOUR
COME ANYTIME DURING REGULAR MUSEUM HOURS
Included with Museum admission; Free for Maltz Museum Members

Join us for a self-guided tour featuring hands-on components designed specifically to engage younger audiences. Oversized pages from a custom-created children’s book guide you through the Museum’s core exhibition, An American Story, as you discover the heroic qualities of an immigrant Russian family moving to America during the late 1800s. Explore themes of hard work, caring for each other, and the courage to try new things on this new family-friendly tour!

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STOP THE HATE
GUIDED DROP-IN TOUR
EVERY TUESDAY, 2PM
Included with Museum admission; Free for Maltz Museum Members

One of our most popular student tour of the school year, Stop the Hate tours are now to the public this summer. Hate knows many forms in human history, from everyday acts of discrimination to global terror campaigns. Through a study of historical documents and artifacts combined with discussion, tour-goers are given opportunity to reflect on intolerance and oppression in the world and in their own lives, considering how destructive forces can affect social, economic, and political aspects of society and identifying possible solutions for advancing inclusivity.

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DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES

HAPPY
FILM SCREENING & TALK-BACK
WED, JUNE 26, 6:30PM
$10 General; $5 for Maltz Museum Members

The world-renowned documentary, HAPPY, takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion. A talk-back follows with happiness expert, Scott Simon, founder of Thrive and Scare Your Soul, two organizations that challenge audiences to push out of their boundaries to achieve greater happiness.

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WILD KIDS
FILM SCREENING & TALK-BACK
WED, JULY 17, 6:30PM
$10 General; $5 for Maltz Museum Members

This Israeli documentary takes us behind the hidden heavy metal doors of an old Jerusalem bomb shelter to a tiny animation studio. Every week several children of Russian immigrants meet to create a colorful carnival of monsters and earthquakes. WILD KIDS illuminates the subversive world of two talented teenage artists through a period of adolescence as they discover their own identity, as one must decide whether to stay in Israel and the other strives for recognition of his radical artistic path. The images they create together are integrated into their uncompromising world view. A talk-back on the influence of art as therapy follows with Ali Trotter, Director of Admissions and Community Outreach at Bellefaire JCB.

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ASPERGER’S ARE US
FILM SCREENING & TALK-BACK
WED, AUG 14, 6:30PM
Free with registration

In this coming of age documentary, four friends on the Autism spectrum whom have bonded through humor and performed as the comedy troupe ASPERGER’S R US will prepare for one final, ambitious show before going their separate ways. A talk-back follows with Nicole Gerami, a speech and language pathologist specializing in social and emotional well-being of children through communication skills. She runs the highly regarded program FIT, also known as Friendship and Teams.

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Everyday Heroes at The Maltz Museum kicks off June 4.
To register for any of these programs or for more information call 216-593-0575 or visit maltzmuseum.org

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