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Cleveland Museum of Art Summer Solstice

Daniel Merk, Mai Lingani of Burkina Electric, and Christopher Reynolds (Summer Solstice)

Rita Delapena and Jill Manuel with Catalina and Kathryn Delapena (Summer Solstice)

Mark and Kim Inglis, Mathew Hollern, Pamela Argentieri and David and Ann Deming (Summer Solstice)

Hamid and Cheri Homaee with Tom and Jackie Savoca (Summer Solstice)

Cleveland Museum of Art
“Summer Solstice”

    The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) celebrated the longest day of the year with a Summer Solstice Party that went on until 2 a.m. The event sold out with 4,750 attendees! 
    The most important reason for the celebration was the opening of the antiquities galleries in the lower level of the museum. The new galleries showcase Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Byzantine, medieval and African art. Guests were invited to wander throughout the museum complex and admire the beautifully displayed treasures from the museum’s collection. Buffet tables were set up in many convenient locations so guests could graze at will all night long, courtesy of Elan Catering and Dim and Den Sum.
    A stage erected on the south lawn of the museum featured non-stop musical performances by a wonderfully eclectic and multi-national group of artists. The man responsible for bringing them to Cleveland for this special event was Tom Welsh, associate director of music at CMA. Among the performers were Lionel Loueke of Benin, West Africa; The Phenomenal Handclap Band, an ensemble based out of NYC; Burkina Electric, a band from Burkina Faso; Omar Souleyman, of Syria, whose trio made its US debut that evening; DJ/rupture who constructs dance music sourced from around the globe, and more…  It was an incredible night of music!
    The Summer Solstice Party is designed to be an audience development event and to promote the museum and its new galleries. Last year’s inaugural party drew 4,000 people to the museum as it hailed the opening of the east wing. With almost 1,000 more attendees this year, it certainly seems to be a capital idea! STORY BY CAROLINE R. MERK/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT MULLER

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