Upcoming Events

When the building is open, the museum does its best to run programs. In the unfortunate instance something unforeseen occurs, the museum works hard to contact possible participants and/ or find an alternate date.

Events for May 16, 2019

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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Art Museum Day

May 16, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Celebrate Art Museum Day at the Akron Art Museum with free admission, free programs for all ages, discounts on memberships and double discounts for member purchases. 

Art Museum Day

May 16, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Celebrate Art Museum Day with us. Admission to the galleries is free for everyone, all day.

The museum will be offering 25% off the regular price for new memberships, plus double discounts for members in the shop and café!

4 – 6 pm • Free kids and families program: Kids After School Mind-Unwind 

6:30 – 7:30 pmFree tour of African American artists in the museum collection, led by Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph 

7:30 – 8:30 pm • Artist talk from art collective Boa Mistura

Share your Art Museum Day experiences on social media with #ArtMuseumDay & #AkronArtMuseum.

Photos: Shane Wynn

Art Museum Day is an initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD).

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available on the AAMD website, aamd.org. Note that while AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day are formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their events to adjacent dates.

Artist Talk: Boa Mistura

May 16, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Boa Mistura is returning to Akron in May 2019 to work with the community on a new public art installation on the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School plaza.

Artist Talk: Boa Mistura

May 16, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Free and open to all • Register below

Boa Mistura is an art collective that seeks to enliven public spaces with imaginative mural paintings and bold visual designs. The team met as teenagers while painting graffiti art on the walls of their neighborhood in Madrid, Spain. Today, Boa Mistura is an internationally renowned group with projects in South Africa, The United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, Georgia, Chile, Algeria, Norway, Kenya, China, Serbia and Panamá.

In September 2018, Boa Mistura visited Akron and created the Never Turn Back installation on the High/Market Parking Deck in downtown Akron. The installation was commissioned by the Downtown Akron Partnership as part of the 2018 High Arts Festival with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the City of Akron.

The Boa team is returning to Akron in May 2019 to work with the community on a new public art installation on the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School plaza. 

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