TOLEDO - Join 13 local cultural organizations as they celebrate Arts Gone Wild! at The Toledo Zoo Aug. 8 through 11. All activities, performances, demonstrations and events are included with zoo admission. On Monday from 10 a.m. to noon, Lucas County residents with valid ID receive free admission.
The line-up of activities includes:
Arts Commission of Greater Toledo: Hands-on activity: Friday–Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Create a “found object frog.” Choose from recycled materials of various colors, and then make your mark on a 20-foot-by-20-foot temporary mosaic of Toledo’s favorite amphibian - the frog! It’s like a collaborative paint-by-number, without the mess.
Metroparks: Get up-close and personal with history, nature, and art with the Metroparks. Discover local flora and fauna, learn simple ways to preserve our environment and hear about and watch art-making techniques of the past. Enter the coloring contest and drawings for Metroparks prizes.
Coloring contest: Friday–Monday, noon to 4 p.m.
Nature Talks: Saturday, noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
History Talks & Crafts: Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Toledo Ballet: Ballet Zoose Performance: Sunday, 1 and 3 p.m., Monday at noon. Dancers from the Toledo Ballet will keep visitors on their toes with Ballet Zoose, a variety of numbers from their 2008 hit performances. Meet the dancers and ask them questions. You’ll even have the chance to participate in dance demonstrations.
Toledo Botanical Garden: What’s the easiest way to connect nature and art? Create hands-on art projects with a floral flair. Visit the Toledo Botanical Garden’s Discovery Cart Friday through Monday noon to 4 p.m.
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library: The Toledo-Lucas County Library presents storyteller and puppeteer Joyce Davis, who delights audiences with folk tales and animal tales from around the world. Laugh along with Joyce and her furry friends as they share with you the wonder of nature and literature.
Puppets and Storytelling: Friday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Monday from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-2 p.m.
Toledo Museum of Art: Join the Toledo Museum of Art for make-and-take animal masks and live artist demonstrations. On Friday and Sunday, local artists recreate your favorite animals, and on Saturday and Monday, you can design and create a unique animal mask to show your wild side.
Demonstrations will be held Friday and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. A mask-making activity will be held Saturday and Monday from noon to 4 p.m.
Toledo Opera: The Toledo Opera presents an enchanted musical forest! Follow The New Adventures of Alice in Opera Land, as a teenaged Alice meets characters from famous operas, including Carmen, Cinderella, and Gretel. Three opera singers take on the roles in this children’s opera that’s full of arias and antics. Performances will be held Sunday at noon and 2 p.m.
Toledo Repertoire Theatre: Come see the Cat in the Hat, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and Horton Hears a Who come alive on stage. The Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s Young Rep Cast presents shortened performances of these beloved Dr. Seuss stories and more Saturday 3 to 4 p.m.
Toledo School for the Arts: Students from Toledo School for the Arts display their passion for the arts throughout the festival.
Glass City Steel Performance: Friday, noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.; Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 p.m.
Urban Jazz Collective Performance: Saturday, noon, 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Hajera Performance: Monday, noon, 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Toledo Symphony: The Toledo Symphony brings to life Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. From the low bass of the lion’s roar to the lush cello evoking a graceful swan to the thrilling tune of the flute as birdsong, visitors of all ages will be mesmerized by this musical suite.
The schedule includes a strings performance Saturday at noon; a bass performance Saturday at 12:30 p.m.; Suzuki Violin Group Saturday at 1:15 p.m.; Carnival of the Animal Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Toledo Zoo: The Toledo Zoo presents a promising painter with a trunk full of talent. Watch as Renee the elephant demonstrates her skills with a brush each morning in the Savanna. The zoo will also present feeding demonstrations, animal encounters and activity stations each day.
Enjoy elephant painting Friday through Monday at 10:30 a.m. and Activities & Animal Encounters Friday through Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Valentine Theatre: Interested in acting? Take part in the Valentine Theatre’s audition workshop for kids ages 7 to 14. In two-hour sessions on each of the four days, learn how to prepare a musical selection or monologue then perform for an audience. Call 419-242-2787 to register. Audition workshops will be held Friday through Sunday noon to 2 p.m. The performance will be held Monday from 2 to 4 p.m.
WGTE Public Media: Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog: Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hug, high five, or take your picture with the famous PBS Kids character. Watch WGTE TV for special news reports from Cub Reporters in the field at the Zoo.
Arts Gone Wild is made possible by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council and is supported by The Blade, K100 Country, Lamar Outdoor, Homewood Press and Arrow Printing.
For more information, visit www.artsgonewild.org.