Upcoming Events

May 2019

Moving Connections

May 29, 2019, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moving Connections, a wellness program of Verb Ballets, is a movement workshop designed for the senior community to encourage creativity, engage social interaction and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement.

Moving Connections

May 29, 2019, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moving Connections

Verb Ballets and the Akron Art Museum are proud to announce the return of Moving Connections

Moving Connections, a wellness program of Verb Ballets, is a movement workshop designed for the senior community to encourage creativity, engage social interaction and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement. Moving Connections is led by professionally trained dancers and movement experts to help seniors develop flexibility, increase breath, exercise concentration that connects mind to body and increase cognitive function. The program is designed for all ability levels and can be done while seated.

This program includes a 10-minute art talk.

There is no cost to participate but registration is requried.

For more information about sessions contact Desmond Davis, Verb Ballets Education and Outreach Coordinator, at ddavis@verbballets.org or call 216-397-3757.

Additional support for Moving Connections was provided by Akron Community Foundation.

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Bechdel Film Fest

May 30, 2019, All Day

The Bechdel Film Fest celebrates women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community which are often overlooked on screen and highlights Akron as the inclusive community it is.

Bechdel Film Fest

May 30, 2019, All Day

Bechdel Film Fest

The Bechdel test, first appearing Alison Bechdel's 1985 comic strip, presents three rules: at least two female characters, who are given names, and talk to each other about something other than a man or boy. Today, just half of films produced meet these simple requirements, and media aimed towards children and teens is even bleaker in terms of on-screen females with their own narrative arc. The Bechdel Film Fest celebrates women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community which are often overlooked on screen and highlights Akron as the inclusive community it is.

Museum Members receive 50% off tickets for Bechdel Fest screenings at the Akron Art Museum:

Use LIVECREATIVE (all caps) on the ticket site to activate the discount. Click on the program name to purchase tickets to that screening.

Screening times at the Akron Art Museum are:

12:15 – 1:45 pm
Shorts Program #1 will include films:

Internet Court, Hollaback, Marguerite, Julie of the Jury, Scattered, Bitter Grounds, Hatch, and Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf

1 – 2 pm
Girls to the Front: Bechdel Fest, curator-led museum tour (free! no tickets necessary)

3 – 4:30 pm
Shorts Program #5: The Art of Activism will include films:

Post-Election Works and Left on Pearl

5:15 – 6:45 pm
Shorts Program #4 will include films:

Last Stand To Nowhere, An American Family, Work In Progress, My Aunt Mame, and Dare Not Fly

7 – 9:30 pm
Born In Flames (1983) (feature length)
In a future where a socialist government gains power, a group of women decides to organize and rebel.

Video introduction created specifically for Bechdel Fest by Ms. Kathleen Hanna

Girls to the Front: Bechdel Fest Tour

May 30, 2019, 1 - 2:00 PM

From Alma Thomas’ colorful Pond - Spring Awakening to Viola Frey’s massive sculpture The World and the Woman, the Akron Art Museum collection is full of great women artists. Explore female identifying artists in the collection on this hour-long tour.

Girls to the Front: Bechdel Fest Tour

May 30, 2019, 1 - 2:00 PM

Girls to the Front: Bechdel Fest Tour

Famed art historian Linda Nochlin once pondered, “Why have there been no great women artists?” That is simply no longer the case. From Alma Thomas’ colorful Pond - Spring Awakening to Viola Frey’s massive sculpture The World and the Woman, the Akron Art Museum collection is full of great women artists. Join an Akron Art Museum curator and explore female identifying artists in the collection on this hour-long tour.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Viola Frey, The World and the Woman, 1992, glazed ceramic, 80 x 142 x 75 in., Collection of the Akron Art
Museum, Gift of Irving and Harriett Sands 2012.104

June 2019

Live Creative Summer Studio

June 2019, 11AM-4PM Tues-Fri

 During the museum’s weekday hours, families are invited to pop-in for a hands-on artmaking challenge where they can explore the process of self-expression through the use of unique art mediums and techniques, guided by our friendly studio instructors.

Live Creative Summer Studio

June 2019, 11AM-4PM Tues-Fri

Live Creative Summer Studio

Beat the summer heat and chill-create-repeat in our fresh new studio space designed for busy families on-the-go. Back by popular demand, our Live Creative Summer Studio returns, complete with a brand new home in the museum’s Mary S. and David C. Corbin Family Foundation Gallery and the adjoining Rory and Dedee O’Neil Lobby. During the museum’s weekday hours, families are invited to pop-in and explore the process of idea-making with unique art mediums and techniques, guided by our friendly studio instructors.

Making art in the studio is only the beginning! That’s why we’ve designed a balanced space where the process of meaningful mess-making is paired with thoughtful wandering or tinkering. The relaxing gallery space near the active lobby work area is designated for self-directed constructive play where children and adults alike can look closely at and respond to fresh, new art made by Ohio working artists at all stages of their career who create textiles, sculpture, paintings, and even wallpaper. From grandparents to tots, and everyone in between, let the elements of art inspire you. Make meaningful summer memories and soak up those small shining moments of wonder together. Make your inner artist happy every day!

Free for members and all children (age 17 and under with an adult) every day. Regular museum admission applies for non-member adults Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the exception of Free Thursdays when admission is free to all.

Exhibitions and programming in the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery, including the Live Creative Studio, are made possible with support from the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation with additional funding from OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation, Charles E. and Mabel M. Richie Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. William H. Considine.

Corbin Foundation Omnova Peg's Foundation

Family Day: Backyard Art-BQ

June 1, 2019, 11AM - 2PM

Join us for a contemporary spin on an old-fashioned festival in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, where cloudscapes inspire fairytales and color-filled, imaginative play celebrates the hidden, natural world beneath our feet.

Family Day: Backyard Art-BQ

June 1, 2019, 11AM - 2PM

Backyard Art-BQ

Bring a picnic blanket and your imagination for a summer kick-off party in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Explore STEAM-based play for the senses with basil and lemongrass watercolor spritz printz, sunbaked clay pies, Kool-Aid batik and fizzy art-BQ sauces that are part art, part science. When your fingers get sticky, grab your beach towel and splash out with wacky water play and prismatic bubble concoctions.

Registration is required. (coming soon)

Family Day event-related activities are free for children ages 0-12, siblings and their adult caretaker(s). Registration is encouraged;

Admission to the galleries is free for adult members and ALL children (age 17 and under with an adult). Regular gallery admission applies to non-member adults.

Family Days are made possible by PNC with additional support from the Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, The R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Last Look Tour Nick Cave: Feat.

June 1, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Catch the spectacular works of Nick Cave before the exhibition closes! Curators will highlight each body of work in the exhibition and discuss the experience of working with the artist on the community performance, HEARD•AKRON.

Last Look Tour Nick Cave: Feat.

June 1, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Last Look Tour Nick Cave: Feat.

Catch the spectacular works of Nick Cave before the exhibition closes! Curators will highlight each body of work in the exhibition and discuss the experience of working with the artist on the community performance, HEARD•AKRON.

Free for Akron Art Museum Members.

Not a member? Join here!

Find out more about Nick Cave: Feat. at the Akron Art Museum.

Art Library Party and Ice Cream Social at Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library

June 6, 2019, 6 PM

Join the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library for a sweet evening filled with ice cream and art experiences for all.

Art Library Party and Ice Cream Social at Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library

June 6, 2019, 6 PM

Art Library Party and Ice Cream Social at Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library

Come celebrate new artwork of the Akron Art Library! Join the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library for a sweet evening filled with ice cream and art experiences for all. Hang out with participating artists while exploring their work, and try your hand at a variety of their art making techniques.Guests will be amongst the first to reserve new works in the collection. Don’t forget to bring your library card!

Free and open to all.

Closed for Annual Auction

June 8, 2019, All Day

The museum will re-open on Sunday, June 9 at 11 am.  

Closed for Annual Auction

June 8, 2019, All Day

The Akron Art Museum will be CLOSED to the public on Saturday, June 8 for the 24th Annual Auction to Benefit the Akron Art Museum.

The museum will re-open on Sunday, June 9 at 11 am.  

Art, Yoga and Meditation

June 13, 2019, 6:30 – 8 pm

Each month an all-levels yoga class will be presented in conjunction with a specific exhibition, providing an opportunity to stretch and strengthen your body and your mind. 

Art, Yoga and Meditation

June 13, 2019, 6:30 – 8 pm

Art, Yoga and Meditation

Enhance your health and wellness while experiencing the current exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum. Each month an all-levels yoga class will be presented in conjunction with a specific exhibition, providing an opportunity to stretch and strengthen your body and your mind.

Led by certified and local Akron Yoga Instructors, this enriching experience is not to be missed. Bring a yoga mat and an open, creative mind.

Free to members, $10/nonmember. Registration required.

Not a member? Join here!

Yoga in the Galleries is made possible with support from the Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation and the Samuel Reese Willis Foundation.

Downtown@Dusk: Sammy DeLeon & his Latin Jazz Septet (Member Appreciation Night!)

June 27, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

 At 6:30 pm relax and enjoy the music of Sammy DeLeon & his Latin Jazz Septet at the first Downtown@Dusk concert of 2019!

Downtown@Dusk: Sammy DeLeon & his Latin Jazz Septet (Member Appreciation Night!)

June 27, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Downtown@Dusk: Sammy DeLeon & his Latin Jazz Septet (Member Appreciation Night!)

Enjoy an evening of Latin Jazz from one of Northeast Ohio's most recognized bandleaders, Sammy DeLeon.

DeLeon regularly mentors young musicians from Oberlin College who want to learn Latin music. His friends jokingly call his band “Sammy Salsa College” because his band has been a rite of passage for many upcoming players.

*Member Appreciation Night! 5:30 – 7:30 pm*
Calling all Akron Art Museum members!


Kick-off your summer concert season with us in the Art Oasis in the Upper Grove of the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden and pick-up some tasty treats and special offers!

At 6:30 pm relax and enjoy the music of Sammy DeLeon & his Latin Jazz Septet at the first Downtown@Dusk concert of 2019!

Free for Members • Register below to attend

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Not a member? Join today!

Downtown@Dusk concerts are held in the Akron Art Museum's Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held on the terrace, or moved to the museum lobby.

Spend a relaxing summer evening with friends and family in our beautiful downtown garden, the perfect venue for outdoor music and a cool drink. Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM and Western Reserve PBS.

July 2019

Live Creative Summer Studio

July 2019, 11AM-4PM Tues-Fri

During the museum’s weekday hours, families are invited to pop-in for a hands-on artmaking challenge where they can explore the process of self-expression through the use of unique art mediums and techniques, guided by our friendly studio instructors.

Live Creative Summer Studio

July 2019, 11AM-4PM Tues-Fri

Live Creative Summer Studio

Beat the summer heat and chill-create-repeat in our fresh new studio space designed for busy families on-the-go. Back by popular demand, our Live Creative Summer Studio returns, complete with a brand new home in the museum’s Mary S. and David C. Corbin Family Foundation Gallery and the adjoining Rory and Dedee O’Neil Lobby. During the museum’s weekday hours, families are invited to pop-in and explore the process of idea-making with unique art mediums and techniques, guided by our friendly studio instructors.

Making art in the studio is only the beginning! That’s why we’ve designed a balanced space where the process of meaningful mess-making is paired with thoughtful wandering or tinkering. The relaxing gallery space near the active lobby work area is designated for self-directed constructive play where children and adults alike can look closely at and respond to fresh, new art made by Ohio working artists at all stages of their career who create textiles, sculpture, paintings, and even wallpaper. From grandparents to tots, and everyone in between, let the elements of art inspire you. Make meaningful summer memories and soak up those small shining moments of wonder together. Make your inner artist happy every day!

Free for members and all children (age 17 and under with an adult) every day. Regular museum admission applies for non-member adults Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the exception of Free Thursdays when admission is free to all.

Exhibitions and programming in the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery, including the Live Creative Studio, are made possible with support from the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation with additional funding from OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation, Charles E. and Mabel M. Richie Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. William H. Considine.

Corbin Foundation Omnova Peg's Foundation

Downtown@Dusk: 15 60 75 The Numbers Band

July 11, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us for musical fireworks with local original blues, jazz and rock legends The Numbers Band at Downtown@Dusk 2019.

Downtown@Dusk: 15 60 75 The Numbers Band

July 11, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Downtown@Dusk: 15 60 75 The Numbers Band

Join us for musical fireworks with local original blues, jazz and rock legends The Numbers Band at Downtown@Dusk 2019.

15 60 75 The Numbers Band has been praised by almost every national music publication and several international publications since the beginning of their 45+ years of live performances and recordings.

Spend a relaxing summer evening with friends and family in our beautiful downtown garden, the perfect venue for outdoor music and a cool drink. Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

Downtown@Dusk concerts are held in the Akron Art Museum's Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held on the terrace, or moved to the museum lobby.

Photo: Shane Wynn

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM and Western Reserve PBS.

Downtown@Dusk: Wanda Hunt Band (One-Night-Only Reunion Show!)

July 18, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us for a one-evening-only concert from one of Northeast Ohio’s most beloved groups, the Wanda Hunt Band.

Downtown@Dusk: Wanda Hunt Band (One-Night-Only Reunion Show!)

July 18, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Downtown@Dusk: Wanda Hunt Band (One-Night-Only Reunion Show!)

Free & Open to All

Join us for a one-evening-only concert from one of Northeast Ohio’s most beloved groups, the Wanda Hunt Band.

With their big band instrumentation and outstanding musicianship, the Wanda Hunt Band entertains the young and old, hip and square, blue collar, white collar and no collar alike. They have performed in settings as small as a neighborhood block party or local nightclub to huge stage shows as both the opener for famous touring bands and as the headliner for many regional concerts.

Downtown@Dusk concerts are held in the Akron Art Museum's Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held on the terrace, or moved to the museum lobby.

Spend a relaxing summer evening with friends and family in our beautiful downtown garden, the perfect venue for outdoor music and a cool drink. Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

Photo: Courtesy of the Wanda Hunt Band

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM and Western Reserve PBS.

Downtown@Dusk: Anne E. DeChant

July 25, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of roots and Americana rock with Anne E. DeChant.

Downtown@Dusk: Anne E. DeChant

July 25, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Downtown@Dusk: Anne E. DeChant

Free & Open to All

Enjoy an evening of roots and Americana rock with Anne E. DeChant.

Anne E. DeChant is an award-winning Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, Ohio where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year. She has shared the stage with such well-known performers as Stevie Nicks, Nora Jones, Joan Armatrading, Sheryl Crow and the Indigo Girls, and has played venues ranging from the Clinton White House to such storied listening rooms as Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham, the Evening Muse in Charlotte, Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, Kimbro’s in Franklin, TN, and Frog Pond in Silver Hill, AL.

Downtown@Dusk concerts are held in the Akron Art Museum's Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held on the terrace, or moved to the museum lobby.

Spend a relaxing summer evening with friends and family in our beautiful downtown garden, the perfect venue for outdoor music and a cool drink. Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

Photo: Chris Rutan

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM and Western Reserve PBS.

August 2019

Live Creative Summer Studio

August 2019, 11AM - 4PM Tues-Fri

During the museum’s weekday hours, families are invited to pop-in for a hands-on artmaking challenge where they can explore the process of self-expression through the use of unique art mediums and techniques, guided by our friendly studio instructors.

Live Creative Summer Studio

August 2019, 11AM - 4PM Tues-Fri

Live Creative Summer Studio

Beat the summer heat and chill-create-repeat in our fresh new studio space designed for busy families on-the-go. Back by popular demand, our Live Creative Summer Studio returns, complete with a brand new home in the museum’s Mary S. and David C. Corbin Family Foundation Gallery and the adjoining Rory and Dedee O’Neil Lobby. During the museum’s weekday hours, families are invited to pop-in and explore the process of idea-making with unique art mediums and techniques, guided by our friendly studio instructors.

Making art in the studio is only the beginning! That’s why we’ve designed a balanced space where the process of meaningful mess-making is paired with thoughtful wandering or tinkering. The relaxing gallery space near the active lobby work area is designated for self-directed constructive play where children and adults alike can look closely at and respond to fresh, new art made by Ohio working artists at all stages of their career who create textiles, sculpture, paintings, and even wallpaper. From grandparents to tots, and everyone in between, let the elements of art inspire you. Make meaningful summer memories and soak up those small shining moments of wonder together. Make your inner artist happy every day!

Free for members and all children (age 17 and under with an adult) every day. Regular museum admission applies for non-member adults Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the exception of Free Thursdays when admission is free to all.

Exhibitions and programming in the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery, including the Live Creative Studio, are made possible with support from the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation with additional funding from OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation, Charles E. and Mabel M. Richie Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. William H. Considine.

Corbin Foundation Omnova Peg's Foundation

Downtown@Dusk: Theron Brown Trio

August 1, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of jazz from the Theron Brown Trio.

Downtown@Dusk: Theron Brown Trio

August 1, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Downtown@Dusk: Theron Brown Trio

Free & Open to All

Enjoy an evening of jazz from the Theron Brown Trio.

The Theron Brown Trio (Theron Brown, Zaire [Zigg] Darden, Jordan McBride) is in the business of making you feel good and digging into the roots of jazz, gospel, and fusion. The trio is truly special and has a sound that is recognized in Northeast Ohio as something to be excited about!

Theron Brown is an adjunct professor of Jazz Piano at Kent State University, and he is immensely involved in promoting jazz and classical music. He is also the co-founder and director of the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival which takes place annually in Akron, Ohio’s downtown historic district.

Downtown@Dusk concerts are held in the Akron Art Museum's Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held on the terrace, or moved to the museum lobby.

Spend a relaxing summer evening with friends and family in our beautiful downtown garden, the perfect venue for outdoor music and a cool drink. Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

Photo: Courtesy of Theron Brown

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM and Western Reserve PBS.

Tell a Tale of Dread & Delight: A Storytelling Workshop

August 15, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Take a page right out of the Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World exhibition during this storytelling workshop designed for anyone with a desire to tell a tale.

Tell a Tale of Dread & Delight: A Storytelling Workshop

August 15, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Tell a Tale of Dread & Delight: A Storytelling Workshop

Let your imagination take flight in an artfully concocted tale of dread and delight. Take a page right out of the Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World exhibition during this storytelling workshop designed for anyone with a desire to tell a tale. Guided by Teaching Artist, Kyle Jozsa, of Wandering Aesthetics, participants explore once familiar fairytales with a “reassembled” approach to creating their own unique story.

Recommended for ages 17+

Free for members, $10/nonmember adult. *Registration required. (Coming Soon)

Photo by John Aylward

September 2019

Tell a Tale of Dread & Delight: A Storytelling Workshop

September 14, 2019, 1 - 2:00 PM

Take a page right out of the Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World exhibition during this storytelling workshop designed for anyone with a desire to tell a tale.

Tell a Tale of Dread & Delight: A Storytelling Workshop

September 14, 2019, 1 - 2:00 PM

Tell a Tale of Dread & Delight: A Storytelling Workshop

Let your imagination take flight in an artfully concocted tale of dread and delight. Take a page right out of the Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World exhibition during this storytelling workshop designed for anyone with a desire to tell a tale. Guided by Teaching Artist, Kyle Jozsa, of Wandering Aesthetics, participants explore once familiar fairytales with a “reassembled” approach to creating their own unique story.

Free for members and children (age 17 and under), $10/nonmember adult. *Registration required. (Coming Soon) Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo by Chris Rutan

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