Free Thursdays

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



Connect with Dot

Meet Dot, your new AAM tour guide. She’ll lead you through the museum and give you a chance to connect with your family and friends while you explore the galleries. 

Connect with Dot

So, you're at the museum and you want to learn more about the art…

Connect with Dot, your new AAM digital tour guide.

Whether you're here solo or with friends or family, Dot will lead you through the galleries and give you fun opportunities to explore the art on display while you connect with friends or family, or learn something new about yourself. It all happens through your smartphone. Just connect with Dot on Facebook Messenger and she’ll lead the way:
  1. Connect to the museum's WiFi at Akron Art Guest (password is onehighst)
  2. Click on the Messenger app on your phone
  3. Type AAM Dot into the search field
  4. Tap Dot's picture and the Get Started button and you are on your way


"She's smart, she's sassy, and she uses artworks at the Akron Art Museum to get you talking with your friends about art and life and the connections between the two." Read Cleveland Plain Dealer art & architecture critic Steven Litt's take on Dot.

"The Akron Art Museum has a new employee: she never eats, she never sleeps, and she’s ready to give tours to every single person who walks into the building." Listen to Kabir Bhatia's report about Dot on WKSU.org


Dot is made possible by generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Logo

New Music at the Museum

April 25, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Hear the Akron Contemporary Players perform recently composed classical music under the direction of University of Akron Professor James Wilding. 

New Music at the Museum

April 25, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Hear the Akron Contemporary Players perform recently composed classical music by Charnovsky, Brownlow, Beaser, and Wilding under the direction of University of Akron Professor James Wilding.

Free and open to the public • Seating is limited: registration is required
Register online using the link / button below

Akron Art Museum members get early access to tickets (March 12, 2019) • Not a member? Join today!

Performed by the Akron Contemporary Players:
George Pope, flute
Lindsay Leach-Sparks, flute
Stanislav Golovin, clarinet
Todd Gaffke, saxophone
James Marron, guitar
Debbie Yasutake, piano
James Wilding, piano

The Evening's Program Includes

Echo (2018) — Eric Charnofsky (b. 1965)
George Pope, alto flute

Duotones (2013, rev. 2019 )— Robert J. Brownlow (b. 1965)
I. Quirks
II. Fantasia
III. Contradistinction
Todd Gaffke, saxophone
Debbie Yasutake, piano

Mountain Songs (1984) — Robert Beaser (b. 1954)
I. Barbara Allen
II. The House Carpenter
III. He's Gone Away
IV. Cindy
Lindsay Leach-Sparks, flute
James Marron, guitar

Cleansing Waters (2018) ---- James Wilding (b. 1973)
Lindsay Leach-Sparks, flute
Stanislav Golovin, clarinet
Todd Gaffke, saxophone
James Wilding, piano

About James Wilding
Praised by the Cape Times as ‘highly original,’ South African composer James Wilding’s mastery of structure and lyricism, and his use of ethnic instruments, folk tunes, connections to art, photography, literature, and stories, capture audiences in the US and abroad. Wilding’s work has been enthusiastically championed in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Senegal, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, Britain, Canada, South Africa, and the USA, by such groups as the Stow Symphony Orchestra, the New York Middletown Wind Ensemble, the Harburger Orchester Akademie, the TEMPO ensemble, and the Chamber Music Society of Ohio. He has received commissions from Bayerischer Rundfunk, the South African Music Rights Organization, the Tuesday Musical Association, the Orange County School of the Arts, and his music is published by the Foundation for the Creative Arts, the University of South Africa, and Wilding Publications. Performances of his works have been broadcast all over the world, including Bavaria Radio (Fürth), Fine Music Radio (Cape Town), SAFM (Johannesburg), WUOL (Louisville), and KKGO (Los Angeles). Wilding’s works have achieved considerable acclaim. His Etude for solo piano was prescribed for the UNISA-Transnet International Piano Competition. The piano piece, Poem, was prescribed for the Hennie Joubert National Competition in South Africa. He won the Oude Meester Prize for South African composers with a commission for a String Trio, and Potchefstroom University’s Chancellor’s Trust Prize, resulting in slaap klein beminde for soprano and piano trio. A dedicated teacher, committed to sharing his knowledge, Wilding is Professor of Instruction and Co-Chair in Composition and Theory at the University of Akron, where he also directs the New Music Series. He studied at the University of Cape Town, Youngstown State University, and Kent State University. His musical mentors were Neil Solomon, Stewart Young, Peter Klatzow, and Thomas Janson.

Free Thursday

April 25, 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

April 25, 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 

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.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

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.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

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.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

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 

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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