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The Ohio Advisory Group Creates New Ambassadors for Cleveland

OAG Founding Member Ellen Stirn Mavec sharing insights with NMWA benefactors

The Ohio Advisory Group welcomed NMWA trustees and prominent benefactors to Cleveland for a three day insider arts and culture experience, May 19-21, 2016. Organized by the OAG and hosted by the Honorable Mary Mochary (former President and current Finance Chair of NMWA), the tour created new ambassadors for Cleveland and strengthened ties between the Women’s Museum and cultural leaders in the region. Among the seventeen person delegation were NMWA President Cindy Jones, Endowment Chairs Carol and Climis Lascaris, NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling as well as longtime NMWA patrons and advocates from California, New York, Texas and Washington, DC.

NMWA tour group and OAG members with special guests Laura & Fred Bidwell, MOCA Cleveland Deputy Director Megan Lykins Reich, and Reinberger Galleries Director Bruce Checefsky

Against the backdrop of a magnificent sunset over Lake Erie, the group heard from philanthropists, Laura and Fred Bidwell, and learned about transformation at MOCA and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Curated tours at the Cleveland Museum of Art and a private lunch with Director Bill Griswold preceded an architectural drive through the Heights and visits to private homes and collections. Franz Welser-Möst and his wife Geli joined the group along with members of the OAG for a private dinner preceding a visit to Severance Hall. Additional highlights on the tour included impressive site specific installations and uplifting art works at the Cleveland Clinic and “rock star” treatment at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Undoubtedly, the crescendo was the grand finale with the Cleveland Orchestra that ended with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #5.


NMWA Trustee and Trip Host Mary Mochary and Cleveland Museum of Art Director Bill Griswold

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OAG Founders and Co-Chairs Barbara Richter and Harriet Warm, Founding Member Victoria Bell and NMWA Trustee Mary Mochary

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Cleveland Orchestra Director of Music Franz Welser-Möst with NMWA tour guests

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MOCA Cleveland Deputy Director Megan Lykins Reich, Reinberger Galleries Director Bruce Checefsky, and NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling