Arts & Medicine Institute Events

All events listed below are free and open to patients, families, visitors and employees.

For more information or to become involved in the Arts & Medicine Institute activities, please contact us:

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Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

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For more information contact: artsandmedicine@ccf.org or 216.448.8330.

Special Events

COYO Advanced Performance Seminar (CAPS) | Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.

The COYO Advanced Performance Seminar (CAPS) is an intensive and distinctive chamber music and performance program for Youth Orchestra musicians seeking an immersive mentoring experience with members of The Cleveland Orchestra. CAPS ensembles perform at Severance Hall as well as various community venues throughout the season.

Cincinnati Boychoir | Sunday, November 18, 2018 11-11:30 a.m.

Since 1965, the Cincinnati Boychoir has been dedicated to the musical, intellectual, and emotional development of young men. Now in its fifty-fourth season, the Cincinnati Boychoir is recognized as one of the premiere Boychoirs in the United States. Located in the urban arts core of Cincinnati, the Boychoir reaches approximately 200 young men each year from more than 75 schools in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, and focuses its mission on reaching under-served parts of the region.

Disney Review Concert | Monday, November 19, 2018, noon – 1 p.m.

Location: Karos Grand Lobby, Miller Pavilion
Join members of the senior class from Baldwin Wallace University’s renowned music theatre department for an afternoon of Disney classics. Including songs from Mary Poppins, Frozen, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Hercules, Pocahontas, 101 Dalmations, and Tarzan. There will be something for everyone!

Cartoons, Comics and Cleveland: John "Derf" Backderf | Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Noon - 1 p.m.

5th Floor, Education Wing of the Lerner Research Institute
A light lunch will be provided

John "Derf" Backderf, graphic novelist and pioneer underground cartoonist, is the recipient of the 2018 Cleveland Arts Prize Mid-Career Artist Award. An internationally known and controversial cartoonist, John has won many prestigious awards. The author of “My Friend Dahmer” has been telling stories with comics for 30 years; gritty, epic tales of the odd and fascinating place we all call home. From growing up with a serial killer and toiling as a garbage man in his hometown of Richfield Ohio, to coming of age as a punk rocker in Akron to prowling the streets of downtown Cleveland, Derf has always found ample material right outside his front door. His bestselling graphic novels have been translated into 12 languages and have been adapted to stage and screen.

Please join us at his talk, titled “Cartoons, Comics and Cleveland.” John will take audience members on a journey chronicling his life and love of comics.

For more information contact: artsandmedicine@ccf.org or 216.448.8330

For more information on John Backderf visit: derfcity.com.

Dancing Classrooms | Friday, December 7, 2018, 11a.m. - Noon

Share the joy of ballroom dancing through a group of fifth grade students who attend Mayfair Elementary School in the East Cleveland School District. Students participate in a dance program offered through Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio. Dancing Classrooms is a nonprofit organization with a local chapter in Cleveland that utilizes dance to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem of children. Young students from this organization have graced Miller lobby with ballroom dancing numerous times the last several years.

Gilmour Academy students | Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1 – 2 p.m.

The elementary chorus and the high school chorus from Gilmour Academy will perform a variety of songs fitting for the season. Please join us for a wonderful vocal performance. Gilmour Academy students have performed in Miller lobby on many occasions.

Shaker Heights Orchestra 8th Grade and Elementary Orchestra | Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for seasonal music as students from Shaker Heights perform live.

Flute Trio | Thursday, December 20, 2018, Noon – 1 p.m.

Enjoy one of our own Musicians-in-Residence, Gayle Getts, as she and guest flutists Dr. George Sterbenz and Julia Sterbenz fill the lobby with an hour of flute music.

Guardians of Praise Dancers | Thursday, December 27, 2018, Noon – 1 p.m.

Guardians of Praise will share liturgical dance in Karos Grand Lobby as they have in years past. Founded by Peggy Jones, the Guardians of Praise Dancers program is used as an outreach tool to reach youth from inner city areas and to build diversity, discipline, purpose and expression of love through dance. The dancers have graced Karos Grand Lobby for the past three years with choreographed expressive dance performances, creating a moving atmosphere for all in attendance.

Current Exhibition

Current Exhibition

Active Voice

October 10, 2018 - January 15, 2019
Julia and Larry Pollock Gallery and Near the H Elevators
Cleveland Clinic main campus

Art collections develop through a sequence of purposeful actions: artists create, galleries represent, curators select. Donors demonstrate their appreciation for the mission of the Art Program with contributions that enhance the reach and diversity of the Cleveland Clinic collection. Together, each of these efforts work to deliberately shape the visitor experience. Now at over 6,500 works, the collection began as a series of donations from grateful patients, their families, staff and physicians—all committed to enhancing the healing environment of the hospital. Active Voice brings these narratives to the fore, in an exhibition of works that were recently gifted to Cleveland Clinic and acquisitions supported by generous donations. 

Ongoing Programs

Ongoing Programs

Performing Arts Program

A regular series of performances that provide audiences the opportunity to engage local artists, students and groups. This program is made possible through the generous support of many individuals, foundations, and companies.

Art Ambassador Program

Guided tours of Cleveland Clinic Art Collection: the Art Program offers guided, 45-minute tours of Cleveland Clinic's contemporary art collection, including information on the artists and their works. Tours are available for patients, guests and employees. Tours of three different collections housed in the Sydell & Arnold Miller Family Pavilion are available. The tours start at the Miller Lobby Information desk at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. every other Wednesday and some Saturdays. No reservation is necessary.

Art in the Afternoon

Guided art tours for individuals with memory loss and their care partners. Hosted by appointment for small groups at Main Campus or for larger groups at Lyndhurst Campus, these free tours provide a forum for conversation inspired by Cleveland Clinic's Art Collection. Art in the Afternoon tours are designed to lift the spirits, engage the mind, and provide an enjoyable social experience for those with memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease. Pre-registration is required. 

For More Information

Visiting the Collection
To register you and your loved one or your facility group for Art in the Afternoon
Call: 216.442.3585
Email: ccartprogram@ccf.org

Arts Videos On-Demand

Arts Videos On-Demand

Arts Videos On-Demand

Enjoy the arts on Cleveland Clinic Patient Televisions.
The Arts and Medicine Institute is pleased to present a series of videos produced by Cleveland Arts Prize. Selections can be accessed through the On-Demand system by dialing 51616, and using catalogue numbers 667-698. These lively and interesting short documentary films highlight the life and work of visual artists, musicians, writers, architects and others who have been awarded a Cleveland Arts Prize.