The Art of the Cut Returns to the Toledo Museum of Art

Daily Dose  |  02/05/2020 11:00 am

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Peristyle will be turned into a community barbershop Sunday, March 1, with local Black barbers demonstrating their artistic abilities as they perform haircuts inspired by the past, present and visions for the future. 

The Art of the Cut, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m., examines the intersection of art and health while celebrating local Black barbers and their roles as artists and men’s wellness advocates. The event is presented by Circle, a Museum affinity group whose diverse, civically and culturally engaged members work with TMA to develop new, innovative ways of connecting the Toledo community with the Museum and with art.

“Last year, The Art of the Cut event filled the GlasSalon to capacity so this year we moved the event to accommodate the community and showcase the barbers on the historic Peristyle stage,” said Maria Iafelice, youth and family programs manager. “The Art of the Cut demonstrates the intersection between art and health, and we are excited to bring hundreds of people together to see how TMA, the barbershops and ProMedica are working together to improve community wellness.”

These predominantly African American barbershops are among the participants in ProMedica’s Barbershop Health and Wellness Program, which provides barbers education on prostate cancer and other screenings as well as health educational materials for barbers to distribute to their clients.

“The barbershop program is about fostering trusting relationships between the community and health care providers while providing health screenings, health education and resource information,” explained ProMedica Cancer Institute Community Liaison Robin Charney, who leads the program. “The response from the barbers has been phenomenal. They have the ear and the trust of the community and have allowed us to expand our health education and screening efforts.”

Events like The Art of the Cut celebrate those community connections, she said.

“Art presents us with an opportunity to bring the community closer,” Charney said. “Every encounter we have with each other is an opportunity for wellness.” 

The event will be co-hosted by barbers from Da Shop, Victory, Groomed, Tal-Mon, Fletcher's Hair Design, Steve's Sport-n-Cuts and Foster’s Hair Concepts Unlimited.

The live barbering showcase will feature entertainment throughout the Peristyle Theater with a cash bar and food available for purchase. The event is free, but registration is encouraged. To register, visit toledomuseum.org/cut.

Circle is sponsored in part by ProMedica and HCR ManorCare. Media sponsorship of The Art of the Cut is provided by Toledo.com.



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