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 December 2019

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club

December 5, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Grab a drink in the cafe and join museum staff for a discussion of Play Anything. The evening will conclude with a tour of Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art.

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club

December 5, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club - Play Anything by Ian Bogost

In Play Anything, acclaimed philosopher and award-winning game designer Ian Bogost reveals that play isn’t a mindless escape from boring reality. Instead, play is what happens when we accept limitations, narrow our focus, and—consequently—have fun. Grab a drink in the cafe and join museum staff for a discussion of Play Anything. The evening will conclude with a tour of Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art.

Need a copy of Play Anything? Stop in and pick one up at the Museum Shop!

Open World Arcade

December 7, 2019, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Level up! For one day, our galleries and lobby will transform into the Open World Arcade. Family-friendly fun for everyone! Come play award-winning indie video and tabletop games plus classic retrogaming favorites!

Open World Arcade

December 7, 2019, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Open World Arcade

Family-friendly fun for everyone!

Come play award-winning indie video and tabletop games plus classic retrogaming favorites!

Explore a showcase of indie tabletop and video games and meet their designers. 

Choose from 3 arcade sessions (guests are not required to leave after their sessions)

  • 11 am – 1 pm
  • 1 – 3 pm
  • 3 – 5 pm

$10 members, $24/nonmembers, Free for children 12 and under
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Classic video games by Games Done Legit - No emulation, the original game hardware. Experience rare multiplayer game Zelda: Four Swords and Street Fighter II on a giant screen, plus classic Atari and Nintendo games. 

Indie video and tabletop games include:

  • Airlock by Robert Lauer and Colin Wolfe
  • Ancient Technologies by csanyk
  • Brukel by Bob De Schutter
  • BvR by Ethan Ham & Scott Cavanah
  • Cold Calling by Can't Get Enough Games
  • Flip & Find's Diner by Spontaneously Combustible Games
  • Flux by Mars Ashton
  • Fragile Equilibrium by Andy Phelps and the School of Communication at American University
  • HOUSTON by Zolaire
  • Lost and Found : Order in the Court - The Party Game by MAGIC Spell Studios
  • Nine Hole Roll by Robert E. and Marilyn J. Merchant
  • Odds and Deep Ends by Lexi and Kieran
  • Quarturn by Andy Malone
  • Robo Puzzle Smash by Pxlplz, LLC
  • When Rivers Were Trails by Indian Land Tenure Foundation and Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab at Michigan State University
  • Window Pains by Chubby Worm Games

Open World Arcade is made possible with support from Ohio Arts Council with additional support from the Hilton Garden Inn Akron.

Ohio Arts Council        Hilton Garden Inn

Experience the Creativity & Passion of GroundWorks

December 12, 2019, 7:00 PM

Join GroundWorks for the premiere of new dance created in response to selected work from the museum’s permanent collection. 

Experience the Creativity & Passion of GroundWorks

December 12, 2019, 7:00 PM

Join GroundWorks this fall as we return to the Akron Art Museum for the second year of a two-year project in partnership with the Museum, funded through a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Award to create new dance in response to selected work from the museum’s permanent collection. The work will be premiered at the Akron Art Museum December 12th and 14th. Executive Artistic Director David Shimotahakara identified 5 images from the Akron Art Museum’s acclaimed photography collection, as a starting point for his new work.

“I selected 5 photographers/artists, 3 women and 2 men, whose creative ideas and processes could not be more different. I felt however, these artists share a distinctive vision of what it means to be fully alive in oneself and to the world around us. They each allow us to connect to other places, people, history, and experiences in ways that remind us how we come to understand our identity and the process of becoming who we are.” – David Shimotakahara

The artists and images that David Shimotakahara will be responding to with the company are:

Manuel Alvarez Bravo – Retrato de lo Eterno (Portrait of the Eternal)
Esther Bubley – Memphis Tennessee – Passengers waiting for a bus at the Greyhound bus terminal
Sophie Calle – Les Tombes #17 (The Graves) Mother, Father
Adam Fuss – From the series My Ghost [swan]
Carrie Mae Weens – Untitled from the Kitchen Tables Series (Woman with friends)

As part of the project, GroundWorks will engage with the museum membership and larger community through its Action/Reaction Program. The program is designed to increase awareness and understanding of the creative connections across art disciplines and through the lens of movement, to encourage new perspectives about specific work from the museum’s collection. Ultimately, the program offers opportunities for individuals to respond to a multi-discipline creative experience through their own creative practice.

Free and open to all, but space is limited and reservations are required. (registration is coming soon!)

Experience the Creativity & Passion of GroundWorks

December 14, 2019, 2:00 PM

Join GroundWorks for the premiere of new dance created in response to selected work from the museum’s permanent collection.  

Experience the Creativity & Passion of GroundWorks

December 14, 2019, 2:00 PM

Join GroundWorks this fall as we return to the Akron Art Museum for the second year of a two-year project in partnership with the Museum, funded through a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Award to create new dance in response to selected work from the museum’s permanent collection. The work will be premiered at the Akron Art Museum December 12th and 14th. Executive Artistic Director David Shimotahakara identified 5 images from the Akron Art Museum’s acclaimed photography collection, as a starting point for his new work.

“I selected 5 photographers/artists, 3 women and 2 men, whose creative ideas and processes could not be more different. I felt however, these artists share a distinctive vision of what it means to be fully alive in oneself and to the world around us. They each allow us to connect to other places, people, history, and experiences in ways that remind us how we come to understand our identity and the process of becoming who we are.” – David Shimotakahara

The artists and images that David Shimotakahara will be responding to with the company are:

Manuel Alvarez Bravo – Retrato de lo Eterno (Portrait of the Eternal)
Esther Bubley – Memphis Tennessee – Passengers waiting for a bus at the Greyhound bus terminal
Sophie Calle – Les Tombes #17 (The Graves) Mother, Father
Adam Fuss – From the series My Ghost [swan]
Carrie Mae Weens – Untitled from the Kitchen Tables Series (Woman with friends)

As part of the project, GroundWorks will engage with the museum membership and larger community through its Action/Reaction Program. The program is designed to increase awareness and understanding of the creative connections across art disciplines and through the lens of movement, to encourage new perspectives about specific work from the museum’s collection. Ultimately, the program offers opportunities for individuals to respond to a multi-discipline creative experience through their own creative practice.

Free and open to all, but space is limited and reservations are required. (registration is coming soon!)

Island of Misfit Toys

December 15, 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 1:30 - 3:00 PM, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

If you dream of engineering somethign old into something new, our trove of misfit toys is waiting here for you! Visit our unique marketplace where kids are encouraged to bash, bend, drill & glue, transforming pieces & parts of broken toys into upcycled one-of-a-kind sculptures.

Island of Misfit Toys

December 15, 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 1:30 - 3:00 PM, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Island of Misfit Toys Toy-Building Workshop

For all ages and their grown-ups

If you dream of engineering somethign old into something new, our trove of misfit toys is waiting here for you! Visit our unique marketplace where kids are encouraged to bash, bend, drill & glue, transforming pieces & parts of broken toys into upcycled one-of-a-kind sculptures. 

Free; however, please bring one new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Gallery admission is free for members and children (age 17 and under). Adults must be accompanied by a child.

*Registration required. (coming soon) Choose one session.

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.

Photo by Shane Wynn

Live Music by Missile Toe

December 20, 2019, 6:30 PM

It was the Thursday before Christmas and all through the museum, every surface was vibrating with Missile Toe’s upbeat rock and roll versions of holiday classics.

Live Music by Missile Toe

December 20, 2019, 6:30 PM

Live Music by Missile Toe

It was the Thursday before Christmas and all through the museum, every surface was vibrating with Missile Toe’s upbeat rock and roll versions of holiday classics. What better way to spend a chilly December evening than shopping in the museum store, dancing to the world’s greatest Christmas band and enjoying a cocktail with friends? Unwind and kick off your holiday celebration at the Akron Art Museum.

Free and open to the public.

Live Music by Missile Toe is made possible with support from The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation and the Samuel Reese Willis Foundation.

Photo by Tim Fitzwater

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