Arts and Culture in Mayfield Village

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Located about 20 miles outside of the city of Cleveland, Mayfield Village might be a small town, but it has a lot to offer residents when it comes to culture. People living in Mayfield Village have plenty of visual art, performing arts, and history right at their fingertips. And in the event you run out of things to do in Mayfield Village, the city and its cultural opportunities are are just a short drive away.

Contemporary Art

Progressive Insurance is one of the biggest companies and employers in Mayfield Village. Since the middle of the 1970s, the company has been acquiring and displaying art, which can be viewed at Progressive offices across the US. Since acquiring the initial collection of about 30 works of art in 1974, the company has acquired about 200 pieces each year. Along with displaying acquired pieces at its offices around the US, the company also hosts an annual employee show, which begins at its headquarters, then travels to locations around the country.

Along with having the opportunity to see works on display at the insurance company  headquarters, people can travel to nearby Cleveland to check out the art on display at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum is a non-collecting institution, one of the few of its kind in the country, meaning its exhibitions are ever changing and it doesn’t have anything permanently on display. The museum recently moved into a 4-story, 34,000 square foot building in the Uptown section of the city. It’s open every day except for Monday, from 11am until 5pm. It stays open late on Thursdays, until 9pm.

Comedy

If you are looking to laugh, check out the Comedy Project Alliance, which performs at the Mayfield Village Civic Center. The group puts on regular events, such as the improv show “Torque,” which features games and sketches similar to those seen on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” It also holds the occasional class or workshop for people looking to improve their comedy skills.

Performing Arts

Nearby Cleveland just happens to be home to the largest performing arts center outside of New York, Playhouse Square. The arts center presents a number of different performances and performers each year, ranging from comedians to classical guitarists. It also hosts a Broadway series, which presents a number of touring productions of popular musicals.

History

If you would like to get a better sense of the history  of the community, a visit to the Mayfield Village Historical Society might be in order. Established in 1976, the original purpose of the historical society was to preserve the documents and artifacts from the original township, which  formed in 1805. The historical society operates a museum that contains 11 rooms, including a log cabin, a tool room, and a schoolhouse on the lower level. There are organizational meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month from October through May.

Whether you want to laugh or learn more about your town, you have plenty of opportunities to do so in Mayfield. There’s also the chance to travel a bit further into the city to catch a professional show or find out what’s going on in the world of art.