JOANN and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland collaborate to celebrate the beauty of all things handmade

February 27, 2020

Cleveland OHIO, (February 24, 2020)—JOANN and the Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) Cleveland are bridging the contemporary art and traditional crafting communities in a collaboration around moCa’s current exhibition, Margaret Kilgallen’s that’s where the beauty is. Headquartered in Northeast Ohio, JOANN is the lead sponsor for the visually explosive show, which evokes the vitality of American street and folk life, as well as vintage signage and typography. Above all, that’s where the beauty is. revels in the handmade, a tradition JOANN has championed since opening its first Cleveland storefront in 1943.

On February 29, the two iconic brands will join forces to launch a series of interactive activities on the first and third floors of the museum, as part of the popular moCa Saturday events. The exhibition will inspire visitors to plunge into JOANN’s “Take It or Leave It” hands-on activities, taking their creations with them or leaving them behind for someone else to enjoy.

Makers can design and print their own T-shirts to “put yourself out there”—as Margaret would say—from 12 PM to 4 PM on February 29, March 7, and March 21. On April 4 and May 2, JOANN facilitators will lead tutorials featuring one of Margaret’s passions: handlettering.

Through May, moCa’s first floor will be home to an interactive installation in which visitors are invited into a unique Art Stories booth, where they are prompted to record stories of items they would create with their hands, hearts, and minds for loved ones. The activities will culminate with a season wrap on May 16, with artmaking opportunities throughout the day.


All JOANN activities underscore moCa’s exploration to mark our communities, while honoring Margaret’s own assertion about the imperfections in handmade art. “I think that’s where the beauty is,” she said in 2000.

“We are proud to be part of this exhibition celebrating the creative spirit in all of us,” said Wade Miquelon, President & CEO of JOANN. “Our mission at JOANN aligns closely with moCa’s, and we aim to inspire creativity in everyone, every day. The installations at the museum invite all visitors to get involved and find the beauty in everything handmade.”

“JOANN's long standing reputation as a champion of the handcrafted coincides beautifully with our current Margaret Kilgallen exhibition,” said moCa’s Kohl Executive Director Jill Snyder. “JOANN has been a go-to for area makers for decades and we look forward to uniting our creative communities to foster ideas and inspiration."

Margaret Kilgallen’s that’s where the beauty is. is on display at moCa in the Mueller Family Gallery, Cohen Family Gallery, and Cahoon Lounge through May 17.

About moCa Cleveland

For fifty years, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa) has played a vital role in the city’s cultural landscape. A kunsthalle in the Midwest, moCa is a conduit and catalyst for creativity and inspiration, offering exhibitions and programs that provide public value and make meaning of the art and ideas of our time.

Since its founding in 1968, moCa has presented the works of more than three thousand artists, often through artists’ first solo shows. moCa was the first in the region to exhibit the works of many vanguard artists, including Laurie Anderson, Christo, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. Recent artist commissions and solo exhibitions include work by Sondra Perry, Aleksandra Domanović, Tauba Auerbach, Simon Denny, Adam Pendleton, Lisa Oppenheim, Sara VanDerBeek, and Michelle Grabner.

In 2012, moCa relocated to Cleveland’s University Circle district, which boasts one of the country’s highest concentrations of cultural, educational, and medical institutions. Designed by London-based architect Farshid Moussavi, moCa’s new permanent home—a faceted building of mirror finish black stainless steel—is now an iconic landmark of the city. Jill Snyder has been moCa’s Executive Director since 1996.       Join the conversation #mymoCa.


Margaret Kilgallen’s that’s where the beauty is. was organized by moCa’s Chief Curator Courtenay Finn for the Aspen Art Museum.

Lead sponsorship of Margaret Kilgallen’s that’s where the beauty is. provided by JOANN. Major support for the exhibition provided by an anonymous donor. Additional support also provided by our WAVE MAKERS.

All current moCa Cleveland exhibitions are funded by Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen & Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen & Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Richard & Michelle Jeschelnig, Kohl Family, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, Roy Minoff, and Kelly & Scott Mueller.

All moCa Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the George Gund Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the continuing support of the museums’ Boards of Directors, patrons, and members.

Family Fun on moCa Saturdays presented by PNC.


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