May 4, 2022
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage announces the highly anticipated Cleveland premiere of Chagall for Children, which explores the work of one of the best-known and most-loved artists of the twentieth century, Marc Chagall. Hands-on and interactive, 14 multi-sensory exploration stations have been designed to specifically engage children ages 2 – 12. Each station features a high-quality reproduction of one of Marc Chagall’s works and encourages exploration of art principles such as color, composition, light, and texture.
The Maltz Museum in Beachwood launches the new special exhibition, Chagall for Children with “$5 WEEK” on Wednesday, May 11 through Sunday, May 15, with celebratory pricing of just $5 (kids under 5 and museum members are always free). Plus, join a community wide celebration at the Chagall for Children Kick-off Event on Sunday, May 15. Experience the hands-on exhibition designed for ages 2 – 12, from 10am – 4pm, plus enjoy live theater with Mandel JCC Playmakers Youth Theater at 11am; live music with Mike Abbadini of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s House Band, The Mechanics at 1pm; and a live performance by Master Magician Scott Shuller at 3pm! Pre-registration is required for entry. For more information and to register for timed tickets, visit www.maltzmuseum.org.
Chagall for Children is a unique exhibition created by Kohl Children’s Museum and features over a dozen Chagall masterpieces, all accompanied by hands-on interactive elements that allow children to express their own creativity. “Chagall was such a whimsical artist,” said KCM President & CEO Sheridan Turner. “Young children immediately pick up on the fanciful and unusual aspects of his work. He really appeals to children’s senses of wonder and fantasy.”
Each piece of artwork includes an audio recording that gives guests information about the piece. After learning some background information about the work, they can take part in a hands-on activity related to the artwork.
These imaginative activities are as varied as Chagall’s works. For example, a fabric rendition of Chagall’s “The Rooster” lets children rearrange the bird’s colorful tail feathers. A bas-relief of “The Birthday” allows guests to make rubbings of the artwork to take home. “The Poultry Yard” offers various soft-sculpture animal parts that children can mix and match to create their own fantastical animals.
At different stations throughout the exhibition, guests can create mosaics, weave tapestries, use touch screens to digitally alter Chagall’s masterpieces, conduct symphonies, and—through the magic of video—even insert themselves into one his paintings. After these hands-on experiences, guests can curl up in a reading nook stocked with children’s books about Chagall’s life and work.
Hours & Pricing: Visitors can explore the Chagall for Children exhibition at the Maltz Museum, Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through timed ticked ticketing which must be purchased in advance at www.maltzmuseum.org or by phone at 216-593-0575. General: $12, Students & Seniors: $10, Children 5 – 11: $5, Children under 5 and Maltz Museum Members: Free
Please Note: “$5 WEEK” Celebratory Pricing, Wednesday, May 11 – Sunday, May 15 for Opening Week Only. Children under 5 and Maltz Museum Members are always Free.
Public Programs: This summer, to accompany the special exhibition, the Maltz Museum will be hosting unique programming for all ages. The Chagall for Children kick-off event will offer fun for the whole family, followed by monthly family fun programs on Sundays, for just $5 per person. Plus, guests can join the Maltz Museum and its partners for a weekly Storytime every Thursday morning, then stay and play in the hands-on exhibition, designed for kids to touch the art! Adult audiences can enjoy a series of lectures examining Marc Chagall’s art in the context of 20th century history and, with partner with Spirit of Clay Art Studio, three art workshops will be offered off-site, for ages 12 to 112. For more information or to register, visit www.maltzmuseum.org
About the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage: Located approximately twenty minutes from downtown Cleveland in the suburb of Beachwood, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is housed in an award-winning building crafted from Jerusalem stone, uniquely set into its landscape. Offering two permanent collections plus a gallery dedicated to presenting world-class special exhibitions, the Maltz Museum is rooted in the Jewish value of respect for all humanity, telling universal stories of hope and resilience to educate and inspire a more just, civil, and inclusive society. Family programs are offered monthly at a low cost of $5 per person.