The Maltz Museum opens its doors at no-cost or low-cost this winter during special holiday events! From celebrating Chanukah as part of our first-ever multicultural festival with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim families to making welcome cards for refugees and new immigrants on Christmas Day to hearing the inspiring words of Cleveland native, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III discussing his new book about the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day, there are several upcoming opportunities for the community to engage with this Cleveland cultural hub.
No-cost & Low-cost Winter Happenings at the Maltz Museum (organized by date)
OPEN THANKSGIVING WEEKEND!
FRI, NOV 25 – SUN, NOV 27, 11AM – 5PM
$12 Adults; $10 Students & Seniors, $5 Youth, FREE for Members & Children under 5
Express gratitude by exploring the stories of people who helped build the city and country we call home. The Maltz Museum invites you to step into the Deep South during the mid-1960s and Freedom Summer. Explore 150+ stunning black and white photographs in the special exhibition, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement. In addition, you can explore our permanent collections. See treasures and ritual objects in The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery and share in the Jewish immigrant experience that makes up An American Story. Plus, start your holiday shopping at the museum store. Shop unique books, artisan jewelry, hand-crafted home goods, and more. Museum members receive 25% discount Nov 15 to Dec 18.
Special Program with Matt Fieldman and Charmaine Rice
BEYOND HESCHEL AND KING: REKINDLING BLACK AND JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS
WED, NOV 30, 7PM
$10 General & $5 Museum members
In a divided time, Cleveland’s Rekindle Fellowship is working to build community by bridging divides. Join Rekindle co-founders Charmaine Rice and Matt Fieldman to discover how they are turning their ideas into action. Seeking to create positive change by bringing mid-career leaders from the Black and Jewish communities in Cleveland together, participants break down barriers through intentional dialogue and interaction, working toward rekindling the historic alliance built during the Civil Rights Movement. Today, Rekindle asks: how can we have conversations that really matter across communities? How can our dialogue lead to action? Can Cleveland create a national model that moves the needle on social justice across the United States? Join Charmaine, Matt, and former Rekindle Fellows for a conversation about their experiences building a more equitable and just Cleveland through dialogue, solidarity, and collaboration. Now accepting submissions for the next cohort. Come, learn, and participate!
Family Fun Program!
HOLIDAY HAPPINESS: A MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION
SUN, DEC 11, 1:30PM TO 3PM
Free with registration
Everyone has a culture! This holiday season, young families are invited to explore the universal message of joy and peace across all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds through music, theater, art, and books. Cultural organizations from across Northeast Ohio will gather to share what they do to celebrate in winter. Enjoy a Hanukkah story performed by Mandel JCC’s Playmaker’s Youth Theater, hear Christmas music and poetry from Antioch Baptist Church’s youth, hear readings of peace from the youth at Chagrin Valley Islamic Center, learn about kindness from Horovitz YouthAbility, spend time in our multicultural story corner sponsored by Beachwood Library, jHUB, PJ Library, and much more! With additional support from Beachwood Mandel JCC and BravoNation.
Friends of the Maltz Museum presents
CHRISTMAS DAY CAN-CAN, “GIVE WHAT YOU CAN, PAY WHAT YOU CAN&rdquo
SUN, DEC 25, 11AM TO 5PM
Bring a canned good donation and/or pay what you can toward Museum admission
Get into the giving spirit of the holiday season! Make a donation to explore the inspiring stories in the Museum’s newest exhibition— This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, see the treasures and ritual objects in The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery, and share in the Jewish immigrant experience that makes up An American Story. The day also includes a chance to craft greeting cards to welcome new refugee and immigrant families coming to Cleveland. Canned goods will be donated to the Kosher Food Bank and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
A Community Event!
HEAR OUR VOICES: ANNUAL MLK DAY CELEBRATION
MON, JAN 16, 11AM – 5PM
Free & open to the public
Join us for free all day at the Maltz Museum! Honor iconic civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and everyday citizens who fought against discrimination while celebrating the everyday hero in you. Tour the Maltz Museum’s permanent collections and special exhibition, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, while enjoying hands-on activities on this family-friendly day!
Featured Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III For the launch of his new book, DANCING IN DARKNESS, a life-affirming guide to the practical, political, and spiritual challenges of our day. Drawing on the teachings of Dr. King, Howard Thurman, sacred scripture, southern wisdom, global spiritual traditions, Black culture, and his own personal experiences, Dr. Moss instructs you on how to practice spiritual resistance by combining justice and love. This collection helps us tap the spiritual reserves we all possess but too often overlook, so we can slay our personal demon, confront our civic challenges, and reach our highest goals.
Schedule and activities to be announced. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Community Relations Committee.
Honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day
WHAT THE U.S. TAUGHT THE NAZIS: DECONSTRUCTING NAZISM AND JIM CROW SOUTH
WED, JAN 25, 7PM
$10 General & $5 Members
In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join Dr. Kenneth F. Ledford, History Department Chair and Associate Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, for a special lecture on What the U.S. Taught the Nazis. In 1935, Adolf Hitler announced the passing of the Nuremberg Laws, establishing a legal structure that allowed for systematic persecution of Jews in Germany – an ideology inspired by American race law. Don’t miss this fascinating discussion. An optional docent-led tour of the special exhibition This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement will be available from 6pm to 7pm, for those wishing to register at no extra charge. Please note your interest at registration.
Honoring President’s Day
PROTECTING AMERCIAN PARTICIPATION: A DISCUSSION ON SAFEGUARDING VOTING RIGHTS
WED, FEB 15, 7PM
$10 General & $5 Members
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 guaranteed the right of every American to vote, but nearly sixty years later in 2022, that right continues to be challenged. Low-income voters, voters of color, rural voters, and formerly incarcerated voters are disproportionately impacted. In Ohio, nonprofit and grassroot organizations are working tirelessly to ensure voting rights for residents and that every vote counts. Join panelists Collin Marozzi of ACLU Ohio, Alexis Crosby of Campus Voting Project, Jennifer Carter of Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates (NOVA), and Daniel Ortiz of Policy Matters to discuss and discover how agents for positive change are protecting Ohioan’s access to the ballot and protecting every voter’s right to participate.
Honoring Black History Month
BLAX MUSEUM: POETIC PERFORMANCES OF ACTIVIST POETS
WED, FEB 22, 7PM
$10 General & $5 Members
Join poet and performance artist Michelle R. Smith, when BLAX MUSEUM comes to the Maltz Museum in honor of Black History Month. Showcasing notable black figures in American history and culture, this annual event — which changes venues year to year — features black artists from Northeast Ohio celebrating the art and artistry of black ancestors through electrifying presentations. Since its inception, BLAX MUSEUM has paid tribute to such heroes, icons, and innovators as Crispus Attucks, Josephine Baker, Frederick Douglass, Nikki Giovanni, Fred Hampton, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, bell hooks, Mahalia Jackson, Etta James, Henrietta Lacks, Audre Lorde, Gordon Parks, Richard Pryor, Paul Robeson, Malcolm X, and many revered others through music, poetry, speeches, monologues, photography, and even stand-up comedy. Don’t miss February’s show, to be held inside the special exhibition gallery showcasing This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement.
STOP THE HATE YOUTH SPEAK OUT ESSAY COMPETITION
GRADES 6-10: ESSAYS DUE THURS, FEB. 16, 2023
GRADES 11-12: ESSAYS DUE THURS, FEB 23, 2023
Free for Northeast Ohio 6-12th graders in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull & Wayne counties
Youth Speak Out celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. By reflecting on real-life situations and detailing ways to make a positive difference in the world in 500 words or less, young leaders can win big. $100,000 in scholarships, prizes, and anti-bias education grants is awarded each year. To learn more visit the Maltz Museum’s education portal at learn.maltzmuseum.org
Space is limited and reservations are always recommended. For more information on these and other Maltz Museum events and exhibitions or to register for one or more programs, call 216.593.0575 or visit www.maltzmuseum.org