Free Thursdays

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



Live Creative Summer Studio

June 26, 2018

Unplug and make lasting memories together without worrying about the calendar! 

Live Creative Summer Studio

June 26, 2018

Tuesday through Friday • 11 am – 4 pm
June 5 – August 24

Unplug and make lasting memories together without worrying about the calendar! Play and explore a variety of art-making techniques and materials as you spend time with your family in the museum’s Live Creative Summer Studio. Drop in and create masterpieces and memories.

No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free for members and all children (age 17 and under with an adult) every day. Regular admission applies to nonmember adults Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the exception of Free Thursdays when admission is free to all.

Summer Studio is made possible by the presenting sponsor KeyBank with additional support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation. 

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Photos: Tim Fitzwater

Downtown@Dusk: Curtis Taylor (Member Appreciation Night!)

June 28, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us for the kick-off of the Akron Art Museum's Downtown@Dusk concert series, featuring Grammy-award winning jazz trumpeter Curtis Taylor, accompanied by Akron’s Theron Brown. 

Downtown@Dusk: Curtis Taylor (Member Appreciation Night!)

June 28, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Concert Free & Open to All

Join us for the kick-off of the Akron Art Museum's Downtown@Dusk concert series, featuring Grammy-award winning jazz trumpeter Curtis Taylor, accompanied by Akron’s Theron Brown.

Taylor has performed with pianist Cyrus Chestnut at the Kennedy Center (recorded for NPR’s Jazzset), played engagements at Dizzy’s Club in New York City and toured extensively around the world. He has also performed and recorded with rising jazz star Gregory Porter.  

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*Member Appreciation Night! 5:30 – 7:30 pm*

Calling all Akron Art Museum members!

Kick-off your summer concert season with us in the Art Oasis in the Upper Grove of the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden and pick-up some tasty treats and special offers!

At 6:30 pm relax and enjoy the music of Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Trumpeter Curtis Taylor at the first Downtown@Dusk concert of 2018! Taylor will be accompanied by local jazz pianist, Theron Brown.

Free for Members • Register online to attend

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Not a member? Join online.


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.

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.

Family Summer Adventure Tours

June 28, 2018, 11:30 am

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families.  

Family Summer Adventure Tours

June 28, 2018, 11:30 am

Every Thursday • 11:30 am
June 7 – August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below. (coming soon)

Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

June 28, 2018, 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

June 28, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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Downtown@Dusk: 15 60 75 The Numbers Band

July 5, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

The fireworks aren't over after July 4: check out local original blues, jazz and rock legends The Numbers Band at Downtown@Dusk 2018. 

Downtown@Dusk: 15 60 75 The Numbers Band

July 5, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free & Open to All

The fireworks aren't over after July 4: check out local original blues, jazz and rock legends The Numbers Band at Downtown@Dusk 2018.

Share Downtown@Dusk featuring The Numbers Band on Facebook.

15 60 75 The Numbers Band has been praised by almost every national music publication and several international publications since the beginning of their 45+ years of live performances and recordings.

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: Shane Wynn

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.

Family Summer Adventure Tours

July 5, 2018, 11:30 am

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families.  

Family Summer Adventure Tours

July 5, 2018, 11:30 am

Every Thursday • 11:30 am
Through August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

July 5, 2018, 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

July 5, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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Downtown@Dusk: Purple k'niF

July 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Get ready for originals and classic surf rock covers on vintage instruments, from Akron Sound pioneers Purple k’niF. 

Downtown@Dusk: Purple k'niF

July 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free & Open to All

Join us in the garden for surf rock from Akron Sound pioneers Purple k’niF (featuring Chris Butler from the Waitresses, Bob Basone from the Walking Clampetts and Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites, and Johnny Teagle and Ted Lawrence of the Walking Clampetts).

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About the band

Purple k'niF plays maximum surf and twang, all-instrumental surf / hot-rod / juvenile delinquent rock n roll. Imagine The Ventures with Keith Moon on drums! 

Purple k'niF collects and plays only vintage instruments, so there will be nothing on stage made after 1965…including the band members.

Their name comes from a catch phrase used by our 1960’s local horror movie host (Ernie Anderson a/k/a “Ghoulardi”) who successfully polluted the band's minds at an early age. (The “K” is hard and k’niF is Fink spelled backwards). They play a mix of originals, and cover tunes ranging from obscure Australian beach music to chart-topping British and American guitar-based hits. And the band proudly has no CD’s, merch or web pages—if you want to hear Purple k'niF, you’ll just have to come to a show!


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.

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.

Family Summer Adventure Tours

July 12, 2018, 11:30 am

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families.

Family Summer Adventure Tours

July 12, 2018, 11:30 am

Every Thursday • 11:30 am
Through August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

July 12, 2018, 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

July 12, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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Downtown@Dusk: Shivering Timbers and Anne E. DeChant

July 19, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of roots and Americana rock with Anne E. DeChant, along with indie and roots rock from opening act, Shivering Timbers. 

Downtown@Dusk: Shivering Timbers and Anne E. DeChant

July 19, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free & Open to All

Enjoy an evening of roots and Americana rock with Anne E. DeChant, along with indie and roots rock from the Shivering Timbers.

Anne E. DeChant is an award-winning Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, Ohio where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year. She has shared the stage with such well-known performers as Stevie Nicks, Nora Jones, Joan Armatrading, Sheryl Crow and the Indigo Girls, and has played venues ranging from the Clinton White House to such storied listening rooms as Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham, the Evening Muse in Charlotte, Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, Kimbro’s in Franklin, TN, and Frog Pond in Silver Hill, AL.

Shivering Timbers is an internationally-touring band hailing from Akron Ohio, who's toured with and the likes of Shovels and Rope, Kenny Loggins, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Alejandro Escovedo, and who's debut album was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

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.

Anne E. DeChant Photo: Shane Wynn

Shivering Timbers Photo: Chris Rutan

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.

Family Day: Outdoor Movie Night

July 19, 2018, 7:30 – 10:30 pm

Rally for your favorite race car under the stars with Lightning McQueen in the 2017 Disney adventure-comedy film, Cars 3.

Family Day: Outdoor Movie Night

July 19, 2018, 7:30 – 10:30 pm

Running low on creative fuel? Fill up your tank with an all-star lineup in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden that’s sure to rev up your engine. Buckle your seatbelts for Downtown@Dusk from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, rev up your hands-on-artsy side from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, and rally for your favorite racecar under the stars from 9 – 10:30 pm, starring Lightning McQueen, in the 2017 Disney adventure-comedy film, Cars 3.

6:30 – 8:30 pm • Downtown@Dusk concert (Shivering Timbers & Anne E. DeChant)

7:30 – 8:30 pm • Hands-On art activities for kids & families

9 – 10:30 pm • Film Screening (Cars 3) in the garden

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

Rain date: Thursday, July 26

Photo: Chris Rutan

Family Day events are designed for children ages 0-12, with an adult caretaker. Event-related activities are free. Admission to the galleries is also free for adult members and ALL children (age 17 and under with an adult). Regular admission applies to non-member adults.

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Family Days are made possible by the presenting sponsor PNC with additional support from the R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Outdoor Movie Night is sponsored by the Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of Akron Community Foundation.

Family Summer Adventure Tours

July 19, 2018, 11:30 am

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours

July 19, 2018, 11:30 am

Every Thursday • 11:30 am
Through August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

July 19, 2018, 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

July 19, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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Curated Storefront Tour

July 19, 2018, 5:00 pm

Join team members from Curated Storefront and Akron Soul Train on a walking tour of downtown Akron’s storefront exhibitions. 

Curated Storefront Tour

July 19, 2018, 5:00 pm

This is a Curated Storefront Event

Meets at the Akron Art Museum in the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby

Free and Open to All

Join team members from Curated Storefront and Akron Soul Train on a walking tour of downtown Akron’s storefront exhibitions featuring artwork by local and regional artists. Some of the presenting artists will join in the tour to briefly talk about their work. The tour will conclude back at the Akron Art Museum in time for the Downtown@Dusk concert series beginning at 6:30 pm in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below. 

image: Joe Levack/Studio Akron

Community Meeting: Jeff Donaldson

July 19, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

This fall the Akron Art Museum will host an exhibition of work by AfriCOBRA artist Jeff Donaldson, and we're seeking feedback from the community on how you'd like to engage the exhibition. 

Community Meeting: Jeff Donaldson

July 19, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Free and Open to All 

This fall the Akron Art Museum will host an exhibition of work by AfriCOBRA artist Jeff Donaldson. In order to design programs and interpretive materials that best serve its visitors, the museum is currently seeking feedback from the community. 

The museum is hosting a community meeting about the exhibition on Thursday July 19 at 6:00 PM. All are welcome to attend and share ideas. We value your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

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image: Jeff Donaldson, Simba, 1973, Mixed media, 28 x 18 inches, Collection of Dr. Sheryl L. Colyer, Courtesy of Kravets Wehby, New York


About the Exhibition
In 1968, artist Jeff Donaldson co-founded the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). In response to political and social unrest in an arts world that privileged white artists and audiences, AfriCOBRA sought to create a new kind of art that was not only politically engaged but reflected contemporary Black culture and appealed specifically to a Black audience.

Jeff Donaldson: Dig, the artist’s first museum retrospective, sheds light on Donaldson’s contribution to art history by exploring his four-decade career. Spanning the artist’s activist roots in Chicago to his influence on future generations as a professor at Howard University and Vice President of the Barnes Foundation, this major exhibition presents new scholarship and features works never before seen in public.

Interested in learning more about AfriCOBRA? Check out this video link:

Downtown@Dusk: Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Orchestra

July 26, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of Latin Jazz from one of Northeast Ohio's most recognized bandleaders, Sammy De Leon. 

Downtown@Dusk: Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Orchestra

July 26, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free & Open to All

Enjoy an evening of Latin Jazz from one of Northeast Ohio's most recognized bandleaders, Sammy De Leon.

De Leon's discography includes “Que Lindas Son Las Mujeres” with Orquesta Charambó (1985), “Un Nuevo Estilo” with Impacto Nuevo (1995), “Algo Para Ti” Roberto Ocasio Latin Project (1998), and “Sammy” with Sammy De Leon Orchestra (2003). He regularly mentors young musicians from Oberlin College who want to learn Latin music. His friends jokingly call his band “Sammy Salsa College” because his band has been a rite of passage for many upcoming players.

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.

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.

Family Summer Adventure Tours

July 26, 2018, 11:30 am

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours

July 26, 2018, 11:30 am

Every Thursday • 11:30 am
Through August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below.

Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

July 26, 2018, 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

July 26, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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Radio Radio: A Discussion of Gerard Byrne's In Our Time with 91.3 The Summit DJ Brad Savage

July 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

Radio Radio: A Discussion of Gerard Byrne's In Our Time with 91.3 The Summit DJ Brad Savage

July 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Come for the Downtown@Dusk concert (Latin Jazz with Sammy DeLeon) and visit the galleries during the band break for a discussion with DJ Brad Savage of 91.3 The Summit.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

image: Gerard Byrne, In Our Time (detail), 2017, single channel film installation; rear projection including mise-en-scène elements with 8 channel audio, dimensions variable © Gerard Byrne; Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photographer: Damien Elliott.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Opening Party

July 26, 2018, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Join us and celebrate the opening of Planes, Trains & Automobiles, an exhibition that explores the many ways we travel from point A to point B. 

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Opening Party

July 26, 2018, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Celebrate the opening of the Planes, Trains & Automobiles exhibition. Be among the first to experience Isla Hansen’s interactive sculpture Aeromorphiscope. Create transportation-inspired prints using train tracks and race cars and construct your own artistic paper airplane. Don’t forget to grab your suitcase and take a trip with Kyle of Wandering Aesthetics as he shares his best travel stories.

image: O. Winston Link, Hot Shot Eastbound, Iaeger, West Virginia, August 2, 1956 (printed 1982–83), gelatin silver print, 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund
 

Summer Family Adventure Tours

August 2, 2018, 11:30 am

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. 

Summer Family Adventure Tours

August 2, 2018, 11:30 am

Every Thursday • 11:30 am
Through August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

August 2, 2018, 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 2, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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The Care and Handling of Treasures at Home

August 2, 2018, 6:00 pm

Join us for this informative discussion on how to handle, care for, and eventually pass on your family treasures.

The Care and Handling of Treasures at Home

August 2, 2018, 6:00 pm

* * * This program will be held in Meeting Room 1 at Akron-Summit County Public Library, Main Library, located near the High Street Entrance * * *

Heirlooms such as photographs, film and art objects can pass on our families’ stories for generations to come—but only if they’re carefully preserved.

Join Holly Witchey, Director of Education & Outreach for ICA, the Intermuseum Conservation Association, for an evening of discussion on how to handle, care for, and eventually pass on your family treasures.

Bring a few small art objects and photographs from your collection to exhibit in a Pop Up Museum of Family Treasures. The Art Library Program Coordinator will help you document and share the stories behind these objects from one generation to the next.

Free and open to all. Register online using the link / button below.

This program is part of the Akron Art Library, an art lending program in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Find out more about the Akron Art Library here.

ICA is the oldest nonprofit regional conservation center in the United States, dedicated to the preservation of artistic & cultural heritage materials. Learn more about ICA here.

Michelle Martin, Crypsis, 2017, polymer plate photogravure, 11 3/4 x 13 1/8 in., All works Collection of the Akron Art Museum Art Library at the Akron-Summit County Library

 

Connect with Dot Launch Party

August 2, 2018, 6:00 pm

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 Launch Party

August 2, 2018, 6:00 pm

Free and Open to All

Problem: You are at the museum with family or friends and you want to, you know, learn more about the art. But, you’d also like to actually spend time with your crew.

Problem solved: 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. It all happens through your smartphone. Just connect with Dot on Facebook Messenger and she’ll lead the way. Be the first to check out the new tour and celebrate the addition of Dot to the AAM squad during this special event. Free. Light refreshments, cash bar.

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

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Record Cover Redesign Workshop

August 2, 2018, 6:30 pm

Create your own fictional band, write their story and rework a vintage record cover to reflect their sound in this hands on workshop geared towards adults and teens. 

Record Cover Redesign Workshop

August 2, 2018, 6:30 pm

Create your own fictional band, write their story and rework a vintage record cover to reflect their sound in this hands on workshop geared towards adults and teens.

$5 members. $10 nonmember. Register online using the button / link below.

Not a member? Join today!

image: Jamal Cyrus, Pride Record findings—Tokyo, 2005–2016, collage on paper, wood paneling, wood shelving, plastic bags, 24 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 1/4 in. Courtesy Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas. Photo credit Thomas DuBrock 

Family Summer Adventure Tours

August 9, 2018, 11:30 am

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours

August 9, 2018, 11:30 am

Every Thursday • 11:30 am
Through August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

August 9, 2018, 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 9, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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Perspectives from Across the Globe

August 9, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a gallery discussion with engaged Akronites from Africa and Asia. 

Perspectives from Across the Globe

August 9, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Join us for a gallery discussion with engaged Akronites from Africa and Asia, featuring residents from the African Market in North Hill and members of the Bhutanese Community Association. 

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

image: Charles R. Mitchell, Welcome, 1990, bronze, 108 in. x 96 in. x 24 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Beatrice K. McDowell in memory of C. Blake McDowell, Jr

Family Summer Adventure Tours

August 16, 2018, 11:30 am

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours

August 16, 2018, 11:30 am

Every Thursday • 11:30 am
Through August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

August 16, 2018, 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 16, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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Peace Circle with The W.O.M.B.

August 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

Daritta Davis of the W.O.M.B. will lead a peace circle titled Imagine Life at Age 12. 

Peace Circle with The W.O.M.B.

August 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Daritta Davis of the W.O.M.B. will lead a peace circle titled Imagine Life at Age 12. This exercise will take place in the galleries with a tour of works related to urban life and social justice following the activity.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours

August 23, 2018, 11:30 am

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours

August 23, 2018, 11:30 am

Every Thursday • 11:30 am
Through August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

August 23, 2018, 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 23, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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TMT Trio Performs in Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust

August 23, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

TMT Trio will create an improvisational jazz experience in conversation with the art of Jerry Birchfield.  

TMT Trio Performs in Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust

August 23, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free and Open to All

TMT Trio will create an improvisational jazz experience in conversation with the art of Jerry Birchfield. Listeners can join at any time and view art during the performance. 

Free Thursday

August 30, 2018, 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 30, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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Artist Talks: Curated Storefront & Akron Soul Train

August 30, 2018, 6:30 pm

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron will each give short artist talks about their work. 

Artist Talks: Curated Storefront & Akron Soul Train

August 30, 2018, 6:30 pm

This is a Curated Storefront and Akron Soul Train Event

Free and Open to All

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron will each give short artist talks about their work and artistic process. The talks will conclude in a panel Q&A with all of the artists.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron, including Akron Soul Train artist fellows, will each give short artist talks about their work and artistic process. The talks will conclude in a panel Q&A with all of the artists. Artist talks will be from Stephen Tomasko and Gabe Gott from AKron Soul Train, and those from Curated Storefront will be announced soon!

Stephen Tomasko is represented in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally, including the permanent collection of the Akron Art Museum. His work has been exhibited widely in regional group exhibitions and the subject of solo gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles, Australia, and France. Since the mid-1980s, Tomasko has made images of America, including bodies of photographs with diverse subjects ranging from jubilant celebrations of flowering gardens to the dynamic, strange beauty of county fairs. Today, he makes art full time in Bath, Ohio. Stephen was an Akron Soul Train fellow in September 2017.

Gabe Gott lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife, Sarah, the unwitting caretakers of a home for retired house pets. During the day, he works as a team lead/trainer for a market intelligence company based out of Chicago, but during his free time writes fiction and poetry. He has published a novel, Escapes (2014), two flash fiction chapbooks, The Ever-Present Moment (2016) and Dispatches from the Information Age (2017), and a poetry collection, Live Organ Transplants (2017). Gabe was an AST fellow in March 2018.

image: Joe Levack/Studio Akron

Free Thursday

September 6, 2018, 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

September 6, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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Panel Discussion: Disappeared in America

September 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of Visible Collective’s Disappeared in America series led by filmmaker Josh Gippen in conversation with members of Akron’s Muslim community. 

Panel Discussion: Disappeared in America

September 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Join us for a discussion of Visible Collective’s Disappeared in America series led by filmmaker Josh Gippen in conversation with members of Akron’s Muslim community.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

image: Visible Collective, Disappeared in America III: Lingering Twenty (still), 2005, video, 4 min 47 sec, Courtesy of Visible Collective, disappearedinamerica.org

Free Thursday

September 13, 2018, 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

September 13, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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 

Poetry Reading

September 13, 2018, 6:00 pm

Join us for a poetry reading with Wick Poetry Center and Urban Vision below Nasser Al Salem's Arabi/Gharbi neon installation in the museum's lobby. 

Poetry Reading

September 13, 2018, 6:00 pm

Free and Open to All.

Join us for a poetry reading with Wick Poetry Center and Urban Vision below Nasser Al Salem's Arabi/Gharbi neon installation in the museum's lobby.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.
 

Free Thursday

September 20, 2018, 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

September 20, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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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Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Artist Nicholas Buffon will talk about his work, including works on view in FRONT that highlight LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron.

Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Artist Nicholas Buffon highlighted LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron in a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures in the FRONT exhibition. In this talk, the artist will discuss his work and participate in a dialogue with members of those businesses and organizations depicted in the work.

image: Nicholas Buffon, Akron Art Museum Entrance, 2018, acrylic paint, pencil, and carbon transfer on Bristol paper, 9 5/8 x 7 in. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

Free Thursday

September 27, 2018, 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

September 27, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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 

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