As I mention in my last blog posts, I have been "delayed" in my normal activities for much of the summer.
Well, the week after I published those two blog posts, my activity level increased dramatically
due to the large number of events happening in Cleveland the last week of August 2021.
This blog post is an attempt to capture some of the spirit of the events I attended. The one common element
of all these events is that I learned about them from following interesting people/organization on
Twitter. I created this blog post to serve as a reminder for me of the fun I had at these events, and
I hope it encourages you to go out yourself to learn about the organizations that sponsor these
In 2020, our first adventure out to a public space during the coronavirus crisis was to the Cleveland Museum of Art's
#WelcomeBackCMA Reopening. The spaciousness of the museum, along with their coronavirus protocols and site-specific
safety measures, allowed us to feel safe while enjoying the artwork.
Now, in 2021, our first excursion of the year was again to the Cleveland
Museum of Art. We had not expected to still be social distancing and masking, but here we are,
writing another blog post in our "Social Distancing" series.
Yes, Ohio is slowly opening in the year of the coronavirus crisis, but can only do so with social distancing and other safety measures. As we approached the end of June, we heard that the Cleveland Museum of Art was reopening following "rigorous safety procedures that adhere to the guidance set forth by state and local officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)."
We enjoyed the PROOF opening so much that we wanted to share it with our son, Michael Smith, on our return visit. We wanted to show him the items we enjoyed on our first visit, and to see the photographs that we did not have time to see. PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet is the type of exhibition that warrants more than one visit.
Stuart had attended the Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art exhibition with our son, Mike, on October 26, 2019. What made their visit to the exhibition extra special was was learning special insights about the artwork from Curator of Exhibitions Theresa Bembnister.
After the October 2019 tour, Stuart knew he needed to return to the Akron Art Museum to share his experience with his wife and co-blogger, Julie. As we entered 2020, we made plans to go in late January.