It’s no big revelation that Star Wars is everywhere. I’ve talked about it plenty in this column and know I’m not alone in encountering a quote from the films while I’m shopping or seeing Yoda graffiti while I’m taking a walk in a new city. The way it has pervaded into our culture can still surprise me though, and that happened when I stumbled across the Art Bites tours at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The monthly thirty-minute tours are scheduled at lunchtime, and they offer a unique way to experience the museum’s collections. Bethany Corriveau, an audience engagement specialist, wanted visitors to connect with the pieces on display so she came up with a twist: she based the tours on pop culture. You can see how our past ties to our favorite movies, books, or television shows. Once you see the threads, it opens your mind and makes you more aware of the way art influences other art.
And I bet you know where I’m going with this — yes, there was an Art Bites focused on Star Wars. Corriveau shared her notes on the tour she created to go with the galaxy far, far away, and it was only natural to tie the themes of the saga to Buddhist pieces. I talked with her about figuring out the specifics of the Star Wars tour and creating the Art Bites program.