Upcoming Events

Events for Month of May 2019

Moving Connections

May 1, 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 1, 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 required.

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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Book Club: Old in Art School by Nell Painter

May 2, 2019, 6 - 7:30 PM

Join Akron Art Museum librarian Ted Pitts for a discussion of the book and a tour of Nick Cave: Feat.

Book Club: Old in Art School by Nell Painter

May 2, 2019, 6 - 7:30 PM

Book Club: Old in Art School by Nell Painter

Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school—in her 60s—to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, finds meaning in the artists she loves even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived. This compelling memoir addresses identity issues, such as age and race, while exploring what it means to be an artist.

Join Akron Art Museum librarian Ted Pitts for a discussion of the book and a tour of Nick Cave: Feat.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Copies of Old in Art School are available for purchase in the museum shop.

TeachTalk 2019

May 2, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Teachers are fantastic storytellers, with the ability to make any subject or idea captivating for students. In the style of The Moth/TedX/PechaKucha, you’ll hear tales from teachers of all kinds during this engaging, inspirational and entertaining event. You might even learn something!

TeachTalk 2019

May 2, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

TeachTalk 2019

Teachers are fantastic storytellers, with the ability to make any subject or idea captivating for students. In the style of The Moth/TedX/PechaKucha, you’ll hear tales from teachers of all kinds during this engaging, inspirational and entertaining event. You might even learn something!

FREE. Registration is required.

Each attendee will receive professional development paperwork to submit to his/her LPDC.

Energize for Educators Events are made possible by FirstEnergy Foundation with additional support from the Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation, The Sisler McFawn Foundation, Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation and the Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation.

Kids Creative Playdate: with Cleveland Orchestra's PNC Music Explorers

May 2, 2019, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Art meets inventive play every first Thursday! Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s imaginative potential—where the only adult expectations are meaningful messes and big ideas.

Kids Creative Playdate: with Cleveland Orchestra's PNC Music Explorers

May 2, 2019, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Kids Creative Playdate: with Cleveland Orchestra's PNC Music Explorers

Best for ages 12 months – 5 years and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Art meets inventive play every first Thursday! Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s imaginative potential—where the only adult expectations are meaningful messes and big ideas. This program encourages multi-age creative wanderings with sensory-rich, open-ended experimentation and self-expression. Art smocks provided.

Thursday, May 2: Top Hats and Topiary - Disco Tea Party, plus:

PNC Music Explorers
THE TREMENDOUS TUBA • 11:30 am

Kenneth Heinlein, tuba
Maryann Nagel, host
Laura Silverman, piano
Courtney Gazda, Coordinator, Education & Community Programs

Music Explorers programs with Cleveland Orchestra musicians and friends explore the instruments of the orchestra—one by one! Designed specifically for students ages 3 - 6 and their families, join us as we learn about instrument families and how the tuba makes its sound. Short solo selections, kid-friendly tunes, and an energetic host gets the children singing, clapping and moving to the music!

Before and after the concert, enjoy one of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Music Explorers videos, at home or in the classroom. https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/Education-and-Community/Music-Explorers/

FREE for members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Free Thursdays

May 2, 2019, 11AM - 9PM

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays

May 2, 2019, 11AM - 9PM

Free Thursday

Connect to your creative life. Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Kids Studio at the Akron Art Museum - Colossal Collage, Panic-Build Style!

May 4, 2019, 1 - 3 PM

Guided by a practicing studio artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close, then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio.

Kids Studio at the Akron Art Museum - Colossal Collage, Panic-Build Style!

May 4, 2019, 1 - 3 PM

Kids Studio at the Akron Art Museum - Colossal Collage, Panic-Build Style!

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by a practicing studio artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close, then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio. Inventiveness using unique materials and exploring the creative process of art-making are key components to our studio experience. Dress for mess.

$5/members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required. Caregivers welcome to participate but not required to stay.

Not a member? Join here!

Kids Studio is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Moving Connections

May 8, 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 8, 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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Art, Yoga and Meditation

May 9, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

May 9, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Art, Yoga and Meditation

Inspired by Joe Vitone: Family Records

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.

Free Thursday

May 9, 2019, 11AM - 9PM

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursday

May 9, 2019, 11AM - 9PM

Free Thursday

Connect to your creative life. Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Moving Connections

May 15, 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 15, 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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Tour: African American Artists in the Akron Art Museum Collection

May 16, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph as we explore works by African American artists in the museum’s collection. This tour will culminate in an exploration of Nick Cave: Feat.

Tour: African American Artists in the Akron Art Museum Collection

May 16, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Tour: African American Artists in the Akron Art Museum Collection

From the politically-charged work of Robert Colescott to the abstract expressions of Alma Thomas, African American artists are more visible than ever in the Akron Art Museum galleries. Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph as we explore works by African American artists in the museum’s collection. This tour will culminate in an exploration of Nick Cave: Feat.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Alma W. Thomas, Pond - Spring Awakening (detail), 1972, acrylic on canvas, 68 x 55 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson 1976.32

Kids After-School Mind Unwind - Tiny Hodge-Podge Assemblage Art (in an Altoids Tin)

May 16, 2019, 4 - 6 PM

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee!

Kids After-School Mind Unwind - Tiny Hodge-Podge Assemblage Art (in an Altoids Tin)

May 16, 2019, 4 - 6 PM

Kids After-School Mind Unwind - Tiny Hodge-Podge Assemblage Art (in an Altoids Tin)

Best for ages 5 – 12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Hang out with other young visionaries and learn how to develop lifelong positive habits of the mind with fun, energizing art experiences. Don’t settle for bored and tired, get inspired! Every 2nd Free Thursday.

Admission free to all. Supplies limited; registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Anna Mae Orr Foundation.

Free Thursday

May 16, 2019, 11AM - 9PM

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursday

May 16, 2019, 11AM - 9PM

Free Thursday

Connect to your creative life. Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Joe Vitone: Family Records Gallery Talk

May 18, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Get better acquainted with Joe Vitone’s Family Records during this tour with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. Learn more about the motivations and process behind the ongoing series of portraits of the artist’s extended family living in and around Akron, Ohio.

Joe Vitone: Family Records Gallery Talk

May 18, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Joe Vitone: Family Records Gallery Talk

Get better acquainted with Joe Vitone’s Family Records during this tour with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. Learn more about the motivations and process behind the ongoing series of portraits of the artist’s extended family living in and around Akron, Ohio. Begun in 1998, Family Records documents evolving interpersonal connections between parents and children, siblings, spouses, cousins and other relations through the highs and lows of life in the Rust Belt region.

Free for Akron Art Museum members.

Not a member? Join Here!

Find out more about Joe Vitone: Family Records

Moving Connections

May 22, 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 22, 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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One Work, One Hour: Philip Guston’s Opened Box

May 23, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Here's your chance to unbox the meaning behind Philip Guston's painting in a guided looking experience led by Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister.

One Work, One Hour: Philip Guston’s Opened Box

May 23, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

One Work, One Hour: Philip Guston’s Opened Box

Although each object depicted in Philip Guston’s Opened Box held deep personal meaning for the artist, the work isn’t an open box to viewers. Here's your chance to unbox the meaning behind this work in a guided looking experience led by Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Art Babes: Baby and the Onesies Band: Engineering Sound with Everyday Objects

May 23, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes, and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships.

Art Babes: Baby and the Onesies Band: Engineering Sound with Everyday Objects

May 23, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

Art Babes: Baby and the Onesies Band: Engineering Sound with Everyday Objects

Best for ages 0 – 12 months and their grown-ups

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes, and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Happy babbles and crying are welcome! After class, make time for coffee talk and play awhile in our baby-friendly space.

$5 for members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required.

Not a member? Join here!

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Anna Mae Orr Foundation.

Free Thursday

May 23, 2019, 11AM - 9PM

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursday

May 23, 2019, 11AM - 9PM

Free Thursday

Connect to your creative life. Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

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

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

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. Check www.bechdelfilmfest.com for screening times.

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

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