Cleveland, Oakland Art Museums Place Friendly Wager on NBA Finals

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With the 2015 NBA Finals coming to Cleveland — and the series tied at 1-1 — we wanted to let you know about a friendly wager announced late last week between the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). In celebration of their respective teams competing for the NBA Championship, the institutions agreed to sponsor special art experiences for children from each city’s local community organizations based on the outcome of this year’s NBA Finals.

If (When) the Cavs win, OMCA will sponsor a special visit to the CMA for 100 children from the Cleveland-area Boys and Girls Clubs and Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood Fatima Family Center. If the Golden State Warriors win the series, the CMA will sponsor a special Warriors-themed art experience for 100 kids from the Oakland YMCA of the East Bay.

“Even if we lose, we win. Of course, we’re ALL IN and expect to win! ” explains CMA Director William M. Griswold in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “No matter the outcome, children from our communities will have a special opportunity to experience world-class art. Go Cavs!”

“This wager is a win-win for our cities,” adds Director and CEO of the Oakland Museum of California Lori Fogarty. “Like the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA, museums are dedicated to the health and well-being of children and families in Oakland and Cleveland. We look forward to welcoming children to OMCA when the Cavaliers lose. Game on! Go Dubs!”

The wager follows a similarly good-natured bet between Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. The venture seeks to help kids in their communities by raising funds for the winning city’s local food banks through a NBA fundraising competition. Both museums’ directors applauded the mayors for putting “a community-support spin on the traditional championship wager.”

While the exact cost of the art experiences was not announced, it should be noted that the Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the largest, oldest and most comprehensive art museums in the country that is free and open to the public (admission required for special exhibitions). OMCA’s general admission is $15; $6 for kids ages 9 to 17; free for kids 8 and under. So we’re already winning, Cleveland.

(Cleveland Museum of Art) 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7340, clevelandart.org



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