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

Downtown@Dusk: Wanda Hunt Band (One-Night-Only Reunion Show!)

July 18, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us for a one-evening-only concert from one of Northeast Ohio’s most beloved groups, the Wanda Hunt Band.

Downtown@Dusk: Wanda Hunt Band (One-Night-Only Reunion Show!)

July 18, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Downtown@Dusk: Wanda Hunt Band (One-Night-Only Reunion Show!)

Free & Open to All

Join us for a one-evening-only concert from one of Northeast Ohio’s most beloved groups, the Wanda Hunt Band.

With their big band instrumentation and outstanding musicianship, the Wanda Hunt Band entertains the young and old, hip and square, blue collar, white collar and no collar alike. They have performed in settings as small as a neighborhood block party or local nightclub to huge stage shows as both the opener for famous touring bands and as the headliner for many regional concerts.

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 the Wanda Hunt Band

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

July 18, 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

July 18, 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 Wanda Hunt Band (one-time-only reunion!)

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 

Downtown@Dusk: Anne E. DeChant

July 25, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of roots and Americana rock with Anne E. DeChant.

Downtown@Dusk: Anne E. DeChant

July 25, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Downtown@Dusk: Anne E. DeChant

Free & Open to All

Enjoy an evening of roots and Americana rock with Anne E. DeChant.

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.

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: 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 and Western Reserve PBS.

Free Thursday

July 25, 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

July 25, 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 Anne E. DeChant

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 

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 

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

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