We started off June 2018 with some great activities and music. We often go to the Cleveland Museum of Art (@ClevelandArt) and the Cleveland Metroparks (@CleveMetroparks), and we wanted to share in this blog post some of the unique things we did on June 1 and June 2, 2018.
MIX at CMA - So joyful and exuberant!!!
The main reason we wanted to write this June 1, 2018, #MIXatCMA blog is for you to see the videos in our tweets of the Djapo Cultural Arts Institute's (@djapoarts) performance in the Cleveland Museum of Art Ames Family Atrium! After seeing their performance, Julie described it as "so joyful and exuberant!" The drums, the colors, and the dancing were filled with energy! You can learn more about this nonprofit's work in "preserving traditional dance and music throughout Africa and the Diaspora" on their website: Djapo.com
As we do at all the MIX at CMA events (hashtag: #MIXatCMA), we participated in the curator tours that are offered. As you can see in our Twitter photos, we saw a diverse array of artwork, and even toured a gallery that we had never visited.
Please share by retweeting any of our @sos_jr tweets and retweets that interest you, so more people will know about these fun #MIXatCMA events. Clicking on Twitter photos will enlarge them! In particular, see and share Emanuel Wallace's (@MannyWallace) article entitled Photos From June’s MIX at Cleveland Museum of Art on Cleveland Scene (@ClevelandScene) In 63 photos, he captures the energy and fun of the evening. We are in photo #48!
The first of June!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 1, 2018
A new month full of possibilities!
Wishing all good people on the Twitterverse a month full of what you desire as we continue to travel in time in this adventure we call 2018! pic.twitter.com/5AVy96Sz1D
#MIXatCMA returns TONIGHT with MIX: Power from 6:00-10:00 p.m.! Celebrate new artworks added to the African art collection with art activities, gallery tours, and live entertainment! More info/tix at https://t.co/xuB9adDprA. pic.twitter.com/0M9tES0GoO— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) June 1, 2018
I am on the @ClevelandArt curator ÒSymbols Of PowerÓ tour during a #MIXatCMA.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 1, 2018
See gallery of the #Cleveland #art #museum that I have not visited since the museumÕs expansion. https://t.co/tJaJFqfMAi pic.twitter.com/vBeIKPv9bx
I am on the @ClevelandArt curator ÒSymbols Of PowerÓ tour during #MIXatCMA.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 1, 2018
Touring African art gallery in the #Cleveland #art #museum Ñ carved chair & beaded stool.
Also seeing new pieces of #African art recently acquired by the museum. https://t.co/tJaJFqfMAi pic.twitter.com/B5nczgWIav
On second @ClevelandArt curator ÒPower Of BeautyÓ tour during the #MIXatCMA:Power #arts event.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
Started in the #Cleveland #Art #Museum #gallery of #Chinese #textiles.
Then visited the museumÕs #armor court.
End tour in the #African gallery. https://t.co/tJaJFqfMAi pic.twitter.com/HSk5G0UxTs
Very cool!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
During @ClevelandArt MIX:Power party, I see a past #volunteer from @CleGiveCamp. I often see her at MIX Events.
She let me me know she will be registering soon for @CleGiveCampÕs #CleGC 2018 since she remembered it sold out early in the past. https://t.co/gJvAjEvOxq pic.twitter.com/hDrO95vWPL
Traditional #African #dance performance by #ClevelandÕs Djapo Cultural Arts Institute @djapoarts.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
At @ClevelandArtÔs #MIXatCMA in @InTheCircle. https://t.co/tJaJFqfMAi#ThisIsCLE #nightlife #fun!! pic.twitter.com/ODXhn8eJmP
Powerful performance by #ClevelandÕs Djapo Cultural Arts Institute @djapoarts at @ClevelandArtÔs #MIXatCMA:Power!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
So joyful and exuberant!!! https://t.co/tJaJFqfMAi#ThisIsCLE with #African #dance! pic.twitter.com/gXts00Hu9L
As leaving MIX at CMA, I see drummers performing in front of @ClevelandArt.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
Also see info about the "Yayoi Kusama: #InfinityMirrors" #InfiniteKusama Exhibition that is coming to @ClevelandArt this summer.
I have my member tickets for the Exhibition: https://t.co/cdZy6U3J0X pic.twitter.com/AU0SQ1WXdb
When #Cleveland event #photographer gets his #photo taken Ñ @MannyWallace!@MannyWallace, it was good talking to you last night at @ClevelandArtÕs #MIXatCMA. I look forward to seeing all your #photography from the event on @ClevelandSceneÕs website. @blackgirlinCLE, nice pic! https://t.co/uoe10R0JGE— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
First time at the Mix for Chauna and Shana. Walked in and ran into all of our friends pic.twitter.com/BatbJAing7— BlackgirlinCLE (@blackgirlinCLE) June 2, 2018
Thanks @MannyWallace for how you captured our fun evening at @ClevelandArtÕs #MIXatCMA!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
I always enjoy seeing your pics posted in event slideshows on @ClevelandSceneÕs website. https://t.co/hEyFbvezEJ
Fun photos of @ClevelandArt's #MIXatCMA.@MannyWallace, it was great to talk to you that night!https://t.co/XIkdWaj9sL— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 5, 2018
I enjoyed @djapoarts!https://t.co/S1Pe6k1nCR@daniel_dudley, I see your pic: https://t.co/2ZjDiFXJ0v@EmilyBacha, I see your pic : https://t.co/t5CajZdeVg https://t.co/Gjs7bMKtbl
@djapoarts in @InTheCircle’s #ParadeTheCircle.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
I’ve enjoyed their #African #dance at @CPTCLE’s Station Hope & @ClevelandArt’s MIX! https://t.co/INz30lj9sk
See @MannyWallace MIX pics: https://t.co/pcMn1HEQgb and my pics/video: https://t.co/GEK0XQo70Yhttps://t.co/yf0jvmMR6t pic.twitter.com/mXJONbBsvx
We enjoy attending MIX at CMA almost every month, but we learned that it would not take place in July, August, or September 2018, to accommodate the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition. When Stuart attended the Cleveland Museum of Art's "Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe" exhibition preview on February 24, 2018, he learned that Infinity Mirrors will not only take place in the Museum's special Exhibition Hall, but also in part of the Ames Family Atrium! This is going to be a huge sellout art exhibition! We have already reserved our tickets for August (which we received as a benefit of being Museum members), and plan to attend the preview for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors on July 7, 2018.
Party At The Pond - Unique Experience at Sunset Pond
The Cleveland Metroparks' (@CleveMetroparks) North Chagrin Reservation is well known to us. Julie grew up visiting the park with her parents, who were very active there. Stuart has hiked the trails or bushwhacked much of the park, and worked two summers during his college years in the forestry division that was based at North Chagrin Reservation.
When we learned about the Cleveland Metroparks' June 2nd Party At The Pond, we though it would be just a fun visit to a very familiar location. What we learned that day was that a first-time-ever opportunity was being made available to us. Also, June 2nd was National Trails Day® (@AmericanHiking - #NationalTrailsDay). Stuart normally spends National Trails Day® backpacking on the Appalachian Trail (@AT_Conservancy), so we definitely wanted to plan a day in the park.
PARTY AT THE POND
JUNE 02, 2018
12 - 4 PM
Let's celebrate! Meet live animals, discover the ponds through nature play, trek to see a beaver lodge and explore Sunset Pond in a giant canoe (tickets $3, limited availability). For the grand finale Lost Bob and the Ozone Ramblers ignite the lawn with a bluegrass concert at 3 p.m.
We had heard of and always wanted to attend the Voyageur Canoe Paddle at the Cleveland Metroparks' Hinckley Reservation, so we were curious about what the event listing meant when we registered online for the "giant canoe" ride. Arriving at North Chagrin Nature Center, we learned that this was a special day -- for the first time ever, the long "Voyageur Canoe" would be used for a public event at North Chagrin Reservation's Sunset Pond. Riding in the canoe on Sunset Pond gave us a completely different perspective of this park that we know so well. The pond is much larger than you would realize from viewing from the shore. The canoe pond tour was led by park naturalist Foster Brown, who showed us the beaver lodge on Sunset Pond.
While on the canoe tour, we learned that the Cleveland Metroparks has future plans for renovating the North Chagrin Nature Center building as part of parks stratiegic facilites plan. We remember when there was no nature center, and no marsh, so to hear about more improvements is exciting.
Here is the park's video North Chagrin Nature Center - A Place of True Splendor that tells the history of North Chagrin Nature Center. We learned in the video that the current North Chagrin Nature Center and marsh area were built the year we started dating.
Here is a map that show the layout of the special exhibits for the Party At The Pond event:
Party at the Pond starts at noon! Meet live animals, discover the ponds through nature play, trek to see a beaver lodge and explore Sunset Pond in a giant canoe (tickets $3, limited availability) https://t.co/79fGsUzQKh #TimeToExplore pic.twitter.com/0B9dZbSLbc— Cleveland Metroparks (@clevemetroparks) June 2, 2018
We recently had a picnic at @CleveMetroparks #NorthChagrin Reservation and saw information about the “Party At The Pond.”https://t.co/x9WjhDGBCZ— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
So today return to #SunsetPond for #TimeToExplore the beaver trail, large #canoe, & #nature exhibits! https://t.co/H8d0YwQSbz pic.twitter.com/e0etSusii4
Very nice!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
The long #canoe that is normally at @CleveMetroparks Hinckley Reservation is at #NorthChagrin Reservation special today for “Party At The Pond” at #SunsetPond!
#TimeToExplore!! Take a canoe ride today! https://t.co/H8d0YwQSbz pic.twitter.com/0tUorkfEr5
At @CleveMetroparks #NorthChagrin Reservation, a #park #naturalist led a #nature talk on a giant voyageur #canoe during the “Party At The #Pond” at #SunsetPond!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
#TimeToExplore!!#Canoe to #Beaver Lodge on #SunsetPond! @CleveMetroparks #park #naturalist tells us about the beaver family at #NorthChagrin Reservation during the “Party At The #Pond.”https://t.co/H8d0YwQSbz pic.twitter.com/9cPz0hEMOZ— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
Lost Bob and the Ozone Ramblers playing The #Beatles done #bluegrass style at @CleveMetroparks #NorthChagrin for the “Party At The Pond.” https://t.co/H8d0YwzgMZ— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
Lost Bob and the Ozone Ramblers playing Crawdad #song.#Bluegrass #music at @CleveMetroparks #NorthChagrin for the “Party At The Pond.” https://t.co/H8d0YwQSbz— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 2, 2018
Thank You and Related Blog Posts
Here are some related blog posts about our adventures in Cleveland:
The Djapo Cultural Arts Institute (@djapoarts) has performed at Cleveland Public Theatre's (@CPTCLE) Station Hope in 2018, as well as 2016 and 2017, which are the years Stuart attended. Learn more about this outstanding event in our blog post:
- Blog Date: May 15, 2018 - 8) Saturday, May 5, 2018 - Fifth Annual Station Hope
Which is part of "Eight Days a Week" of Fun
We have written many blog posts about the Cleveland Museum of Art, which you can view here, and the many cultural institutions of University Circle, which you can view here. We attend most of the #MIXatCMA events during the year, and have written the following blog posts about some of them:
Blog Date: May 15, 2018 - 6) Friday, May 4, 2018 - MIX: Spectacle at Cleveland Museum of Art
Which is part of "Eight Days a Week" of Fun
Blog Date: April 17, 2018 - April 2018 Mix: Philosophy at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Blog Date: December 11, 2017 - Mixing it Up on a Wicked Holiday Weekend! #MIXatCMA - #HolidayCircleFest - #WickedCLE
See the Friday Night, December 1, 2017 - MIX at CMA | Cleveland Museum of Art #MIXatCMA section of the blog post.
Blog Date: May 17, 2017 - Fun Day! From The Flats to Uptown and Beyond!
See the Evening: Cleveland's University Circle - Cleveland Museum of Art's MIX: Model section of the blog post.
Blog Date: November 6, 2013 - Cleveland Museum of Art's MIX: Underneath
See the mask Stuart made at a costume-making party for the Halloween-themed MIX event. He made a mask based on a painting at the Cleveland Museum of Art -- "Self-Portrait with Hat, 1919" -- since he drew a version of this painting when he took art classes at the Museum while in high school.
See the many blog posts we have written about the Cleveland Metroparks, which you can view here. If you want to learn about many of the park locations that we explored in 2017, see our blog post:
- Blog Date: December 29, 2017 - Cleveland Metroparks Inaugural Trail Challenge!
In this blog post, we shared information about our journey on the 10 required trails and beyond!! Julie hiked 12 trails, and Stuart ended up completing 24 of the 25 trails on the list for 2017. If Stuart had a boat to complete the final water trail, he would have finished them all.