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 Month of August 2019

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.

Free Thursday

August 1, 2019, 11:00 – 9:00 pm

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

August 1, 2019, 11:00 – 9:00 pm

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.

Tonight: 6:30 – 8:30 pm • Downtown@Dusk with the Theron Brown Trio

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

Make a Visit to the Akron Art Museum the Best Part of Your Day, with #AAMEveryday.

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Dancing Conversation: A Dance History of Emerging Technology

August 3, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Choreographer and Lecturer at Brown University, Sydney Skybetter, will present his research on the intersections of gesture, dance and computer science history. 

Dancing Conversation: A Dance History of Emerging Technology

August 3, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Choreographer and Lecturer at Brown University, Sydney Skybetter, will present his research on the intersections of gesture, dance and computer science history. With case studies drawing from ballet history, Facebook's Oculus platform and early motion capture research conducted with choreographers Merce Cunningham and Bill T. Jones, Skybetter will sketch a vision of the evolution of contemporary technologies undergirded by dance theory and choreographic method. 

Free and open to all • Register to attend using the link / button below

Live Creative Studio

August 6, 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 Studio

August 6, 2019, 11AM - 4PM Tues-Fri

Live Creative 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. During all other open hours, enjoy the space on your own at hands-on creation stations inspired by the artwork on view. No registration needed.

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, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 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

Celebrate Merce Cunningham's Choreography

August 6, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate a century of artistic expression with legendary dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham and his influence on culture. 

Celebrate Merce Cunningham's Choreography

August 6, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate a century of artistic expression with legendary dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham and his influence on culture.

6 pm • Audience members will have the opportunity to learn about Merce’s unique artistic expression through a discussion with Ken Tabachnick, Director of the Merce Cunningham Trust & Knight Foundation President, Alberto Ibarguen.

6:45 pm • Following the discussion, there will be a performance in the galleries of Fielding Sixes* by Malpaso Dance Company, the 1st Cuban contemporary dance company to be given a Cunningham work. The performance will be followed a Cunningham Event of Solos danced by Katharine Helen Fisher, Jessica Liu, Daniel McCusker, Polly Motley.

Seating is limited • Registration is required

Tickets Available Now: Free Akron Art Museum, NCCAkron and DANCECleveland Member 

Tickets Available August 4, 2019 at 8 am: Free Nonmember tickets

Presented by NCCAkron, DANCECleveland and Akron Art Museum.

*Fielding Sixes will be exclusively performed in northeast Ohio at The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Akron Art Museum engagements.

What is the Centennial?
The Centennial marks what would have been the great Merce Cunningham's 100th birthday. It is a celebration of a century of artistic expression through events, presentations, and discussions about Merce, dance, and his influence on culture. DANCECleveland is honored to host one of the events happening across the country.

About Merce Cunningham
Merce Cunningham was one of the greatest American dance artists. His seven-decade career was distinguished by constant innovation in which he expanded the frontiers of contemporary art, visual arts, performing arts, and music.

About Malpaso Dance Company
In the six short years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has already become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Malpaso was the 1st Cuban company to be given a Cunningham work. 

Malpaso photograph by Nir Arieli

Garden & Galleries Tour

August 7, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This tour will introduce members to the museum’s innovative building and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. You’ll also uncover surprises and explore key works of art.

Garden & Galleries Tour

August 7, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Garden & Galleries Tour

This tour will introduce members to the museum’s innovative building and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. You’ll also uncover surprises and explore key works of art.

Note: This is an indoor/outdoor tour, weather permitting.
Free for members, $10/nonmembers

Family Days Concert: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

August 8, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Three-time Grammy Award-nominee Justin Roberts, along with his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players, has travelled the globe from Hong Kong to New York, and is landing soon in… downtown Akron!

Family Days Concert: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

August 8, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Family Days Concert: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

Pre-show art activities at 4 pm
General admission to outdoor concert space at 6 pm
Public performance begins at 6:30 pm

Three-time Grammy Award-nominee Justin Roberts, along with his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players, has travelled the globe from Hong Kong to New York, and is landing soon in… downtown Akron!

Dubbed the Judy Blume of kiddie rock by the New York Times, Justin Roberts is one of the all-stars of the indie family music scene. His music helps kids navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up and helps parents reflect on their own childhoods. Prior to the show, express yourself in our kid-friendly art mosh space where you can slam paint with bubble wrap and make hybrid clink-and-plink musical instruments.

Free and open to all. Registration is requested.

Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Akron Community Foundation is the lead sponsor for the Family Days concert. Additional concert support provided by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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.

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

A is for Art Museum

August 17, 2019, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Kick-start your child’s school year with a fresh + fun, sensory-based approach to learning. Sort curious objects by size and shape, experiment with simple color chemistry, build a 7-layer texture-scape and scribble paint with squirty sidewalk chalk.

A is for Art Museum

August 17, 2019, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

A is for Art Museum

Seeing, responding and intuitively doing are the beginnings to growing a mindful child. When children are given opportunities to explore in creative ways, they develop tools for understanding their world. Kick-start your child’s school year with a fresh + fun, sensory-based approach to learning. Sort curious objects by size and shape, experiment with simple color chemistry, build a 7-layer texture-scape and scribble paint with squirty sidewalk chalk.

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 nonmember 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.

Coffee with a Curator – Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art

August 21, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Grab a cup of coffee and chat about the upcoming exhibition Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister.

Coffee with a Curator – Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art

August 21, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Coffee with a Curator – Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art

Grab a cup of coffee and chat about the upcoming exhibition Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. Open World examines the widespread influence of video games on artists across generations. Inspired by the immersive visuals, rich narratives and even rules and logic governing interactivity, artists in the exhibition examine issues key to contemporary life through the lens of video games.

Free for members, $10/nonmembers

Image: Skawennati, Epiphany (featuring a digital representation of Cloudscape, an installation by Hannah Claus) from TimeTraveller ™, 2008-2013. Nine-episode machinima series. Courtesy of the artist.

Book Club: Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

August 22, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join us for a lively discussion of New York Times best-selling author Peggy Orenstein's book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter.

Book Club: Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

August 22, 2019, 6:30 pm

The rise of the girlie-girl, warns Peggy Orenstein, is no innocent phenomenon. Following her acclaimed books Flux, Schoolgirls and the provocative New York Times best-seller Waiting for Daisy, Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter offers a radical, timely wake-up call for parents, revealing the dark side of a pretty and pink culture confronting girls at every turn as they grow into adults. Join us for a discussion of the book and a tour of the exhibition Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Books are available for purchase in the museum shop. 

Free Thursday

August 22, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

August 22, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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!

Make a Visit to the Akron Art Museum the Best Part of Your Day, with #AAMEveryday.

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Community Review of the Akron Cultural Plan

August 22, 2019, 2 – 9 pm

Join the Cultural Planning team to provide feedback on the draft recommendations at the Akron Art Museum.  

Community Review of the Akron Cultural Plan

August 22, 2019, 2 – 9 pm

Join the Cultural Planning team to provide feedback on the draft recommendations at the Akron Art Museum. Team members will be available throughout the afternoon to answer questions and walk visitors through the proposed recommendations for the Cultural Plan. Bring the whole family—the museum is free on Thursdays! 

Free and open to all.

Free Thursday

August 29, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

August 29, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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!

Make a Visit to the Akron Art Museum the Best Part of Your Day, with #AAMEveryday.

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Welcome Zips

August 29, 2019

Welcome Zips! In addition to free admission from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Zip Card holders can take advantage of 20% off all café and museum shop purchases. Check back for more museum events for the UA community during the entire academic year.

Welcome Zips

August 29, 2019

Welcome Zips! In addition to free admission from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Zip Card holders can take advantage of 20% off all café and museum shop purchases. Check back for more museum events for the UA community during the entire academic year.

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