Free Thursdays

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



Book Club: Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

March 2, 2017, 6:00 pm

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. 

Book Club: Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

March 2, 2017, 6:00 pm

FREE

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World by Haruki Murakami (books available for purchase in the Museum Shop). Alternating between two parallel yet related narratives, this genre bending, surreal novel takes place in futuristic Tokyo. The odd numbered chapters tell the story of a human data processor working for a scientist experimenting with sound removal, while the even numbered chapters detail an unnamed narrator’s adventures as he learns to read dreams by studying unicorn skulls with the help of a librarian with an insatiable appetite. The discussion will conclude with a tour of Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. 

Free Thursday

March 2, 2017, 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

March 2, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

Free Thursday

March 9, 2017, 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

March 9, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

MusicAlive! by Apollo's Fire

March 16, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Join us for "An Irish-Appalachian Journey" at the launch of the new MusicAlive! Series by Apollo's Fire! 

MusicAlive! by Apollo's Fire

March 16, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

"An Irish-Appalachian Journey"

FREE • Children 8 and up are welcome with a parent or guardian. Feel free to come and go, but we bet you'll want to watch the whole show!

The award-winning folk troupe of Apollo's Fire explores the Irish roots of Appalachian folk music in this lively and haunting performance. The show follows the journeys of the Irish immigrants who built new lives in the hills of Appalachia—bringing their music with them. Enjoy food and drink from the Cafe as you watch this 90-minute show, and meet the musicians afterwards.

Join us for the launch of the new "MusicAlive!" Series by Apollo's Fire!

Free, casual concerts of baroque and folk music, sponsored by the Knight Foundation

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation logo
 

Free Thursday

March 16, 2017, 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

March 16, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

Attention Art Teachers: NAEA Wrap Party

March 16, 2017, 4:30 pm

Learn, share and chat with your fellow teachers about all things art education at our NAEA Wrap Party.

Attention Art Teachers: NAEA Wrap Party

March 16, 2017, 4:30 pm

Did you learn so much at NAEA that your brain might explode? Did you have to stay behind and miss the conference this year? Now is your chance to learn, share and chat with your fellow teachers about all things art education.

The National Art Education Association Convention will take place in New York City March 2 – 4, 2017. It will be chock full of sessions that address subjects from curriculum to classroom management to creativity. Whether or not you have the chance to attend, we invite you to share in the experience with a wrap party at the Akron Art Museum. We'll hear about the attendees' favorite sessions, grab some presentation handouts and pass along new ideas. The museum will provide tasty after-school snacks.

FREE. Professional development paperwork will be provided for each attendee to submit to his/her local LPDC.

Free Thursday

March 23, 2017, 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

March 23, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture: LaToya Ruby Frazier

March 23, 2017, 6:00 pm

LaToya Ruby Frazier, a contemporary Chicago-based photographer will present the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture at the Akron Art Museum. 

Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture: LaToya Ruby Frazier

March 23, 2017, 6:00 pm

FREE • Seating is limited

LaToya Ruby Frazier, a contemporary Chicago-based photographer and the 2017 recipient of the Akron Art Museum’s Knight Purchase Award, will visit Akron to present the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture at the Akron Art Museum.

For Frazier, art is a catalyst for social justice. Her photographs and videos document America today: post-industrial cities riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality and environmental toxicity. Bridging personal realities with broader social issues, her haunting artworks amplify the voices of the most vulnerable and transform our sense of place and self. Frazier’s first book, The Notion of Family, received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award. Frazier has received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally.

Born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, Frazier holds a BFA in applied media arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in art photography from Syracuse University. She has studied under the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and is Associate Professor of Photography, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture is an annual guest lectureship in photography and photographic media that includes significant time to workshop with or critique work of University of Akron Mary Schiller Myers School of Art students. The lecture is held at the Akron Art Museum and is free and open to the public. 

Free Thursday

March 30, 2017, 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

March 30, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

Hi-Fructose Inspired Drawing in the Galleries with Burrito Breath

April 6, 2017, 6:30 pm

Meet up with Burritto Breath and friends for an evening of sketching in the galleries inspired by the Hi-Fructose exhibition. 

Hi-Fructose Inspired Drawing in the Galleries with Burrito Breath

April 6, 2017, 6:30 pm

Best known for his skate decks, stickers and tee-shirt designs, artist and illustrator Burrito Breath, aka Phil Guy, is inspired by Garbage Pail Kids, Bevis and Butthead and other elements of popular culture. Meet up with Burritto Breath and friends for an evening of sketching in the galleries inspired by the Hi-Fructose exhibition.

Free but registration is requested. Register online using the button / link below.

Free Thursday

April 6, 2017, 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

April 6, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

Free Thursday

April 13, 2017, 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

April 13, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

Poetry Reading and Ribbon Cutting

April 13, 2017, 6:00 – 10:30 pm

Join us for the first public poetry reading from the children and adult participants of the Wick Poetry Center's Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders project. 

Poetry Reading and Ribbon Cutting

April 13, 2017, 6:00 – 10:30 pm

Free • No registration required

Join us for the first public poetry reading from the children and adult participants of the Wick Poetry Center's Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders project. We'll also celebrate the installation of two outdoor, interactive poetry kiosks with a ribbon-cutting.

The Traveling Stanzas kiosks installed in The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden will join the family of Traveling Stanzas designs in northeast Ohio and around the world. Visitors to the garden will be able to read the poem onscreen, and press an audio button to hear the voice of the child or adult poet. Poems are presented on digital pages with illustrations created specifically for them by students and alumni of the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. Individuals can also visit the kiosks digitally by accessing the Poetry Map at www.travelingstanzasmap.com.

Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders is a project of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University in collaboration with Visual Communication Design students and alumni. With major support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Wick Poetry Center works with Akron and Kent public schools, as well as refugee and immigrant populations locally and abroad. 

Free Thursday

April 20, 2017, 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

April 20, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

Night at the Museum

April 20, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Mark your calendars and come down to see what the talented artists in your community are creating! 

Night at the Museum

April 20, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Featured Organization: The Lippman School

No, Ben Stiller has not taken up residency here at the museum, waiting for the paintings and sculptures to spring to life. The Akron Art Museum’s Night at the Museum program invites schools and community organizations to hold one-night-only art shows at the Akron Art Museum, featuring the work of their students or clients. Night at the Museum exhibitions are open to the public and occur on Free Thursdays. So, mark your calendars and come down to see what the talented artists in your community are creating!

Photo: Shane Wynn

Night at the Museum is made possible with support by the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation.  

Bee & Bee Opening

April 20, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden as the museum and Summit Metro Parks debut downtown Akron’s first Bee & Bee. 

Bee & Bee Opening

April 20, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden as the museum and Summit Metro Parks debut downtown Akron’s first Bee & Bee.

On New Year’s Eve, First Night visitors contributed their rolled up wishes for the New Year, along with bottlecaps and other found objects, to help create niches for a bug condo that will be installed in the garden’s Art Oasis this spring.

The bug condo will provide shelter for insects, such as the bees and butterflies that make the garden their home. The box shaped niches of the Bee & Bee complement the museum’s architecture and the found objects echo artwork in the museum’s collection by La Wilson and El Anatsui.

Families can stop by the museum to celebrate with hands on art activities inspired by our insect friends. 

Artist's Talk: Beth Cavener

April 27, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join artist Beth Cavener for an artist talk and Q & A in conjunction with Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. 

Artist's Talk: Beth Cavener

April 27, 2017, 6:30 pm

FREE

Join artist Beth Cavener for an artist talk and Q & A in conjunction with Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. Ceramicist Beth Cavener is known for her dynamic, emotionally charged animal and human figures. Cavener will discuss how she tackles elements of gesture and expression with subtle shifts in line and form.

Image: Beth Cavener, Unrequited (Variation in Pink) (detail), 2015, 14.5 x 15 x 43 in., resin infused refractory material, paint. Courtesy of the Artist and Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles

Free Thursday

April 27, 2017, 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

April 27, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

Night at the Museum

April 27, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Mark your calendars and come down to see what the talented artists in your community are creating! 

Night at the Museum

April 27, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Featured Organization: Akron Public Schools Art & Math

No, Ben Stiller has not taken up residency here at the museum, waiting for the paintings and sculptures to spring to life. The Akron Art Museum’s Night at the Museum program invites schools and community organizations to hold one-night-only art shows at the Akron Art Museum, featuring the work of their students or clients. Night at the Museum exhibitions are open to the public and occur on Free Thursdays. So, mark your calendars and come down to see what the talented artists in your community are creating!

Photo: Shane Wynn

Night at the Museum is made possible with support by the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation.  

Art Babes: Babyfest '17

April 27, 2017, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm

Meet up with other babies for an engaging afternoon of color-seeking, mess-making and creative movement. 

Art Babes: Babyfest '17

April 27, 2017, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm

For 0-18 month olds and their grown-ups.

Babyfest '17

Calling All Babies! Celebrate the joys of babyhood during the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child. Meet up with other babies for an engaging afternoon of color-seeking, mess-making and creative movement.

Babies at different stages have their own perspectives on art. Awaken your little one's curiosity with early learning experiences involving color, texture, light and sound while singing and bouncing to the beat in the galleries. Meet-up for a pint-sized play date and baby approved art activity in our multi-sensory studio classroom.

Free activities for all member and non-member babies. Registration required. Click on the button / link below to register.

Photo: Shane Wynn

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.  

Free Thursday

May 4, 2017, 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

May 4, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

Night at the Museum

May 4, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Mark your calendars and come down to see what the talented artists in your community are creating! 

Night at the Museum

May 4, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Featured Organization: Mogadore City Schools

No, Ben Stiller has not taken up residency here at the museum, waiting for the paintings and sculptures to spring to life. The Akron Art Museum’s Night at the Museum program invites schools and community organizations to hold one-night-only art shows at the Akron Art Museum, featuring the work of their students or clients. Night at the Museum exhibitions are open to the public and occur on Free Thursdays. So, mark your calendars and come down to see what the talented artists in your community are creating!

Photo: Chris Rutan

Night at the Museum is made possible with support by the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation.  

Free Thursday

May 11, 2017, 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

May 11, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

Night at the Museum

May 11, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Mark your calendars and come down to see what the talented artists in your community are creating! 

Night at the Museum

May 11, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Featured Organization: ASCA, Inc. Head Start

No, Ben Stiller has not taken up residency here at the museum, waiting for the paintings and sculptures to spring to life. The Akron Art Museum’s Night at the Museum program invites schools and community organizations to hold one-night-only art shows at the Akron Art Museum, featuring the work of their students or clients. Night at the Museum exhibitions are open to the public and occur on Free Thursdays. So, mark your calendars and come down to see what the talented artists in your community are creating!

Photo: Chris Rutan

Night at the Museum is made possible with support by the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation.  

Free Thursday

May 18, 2017, 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

May 18, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

Free Thursday

May 25, 2017, 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

May 25, 2017, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.  

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