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Play a Scavenger Hunt (online or in the galleries)

Jimmy Kuehnle: Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle, 2016, Akron Art Museum installation view. Photography by Shane Wynn
Jimmy Kuehnle: Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle, 2016, Akron Art Museum installation view (exterior). Photography by Shane Wynn

Download this scavenger hunt. Explore the collection online or in person to help you match the artworks to the games.

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Art Bingo

Wandering around museum galleries can be relaxing and recharging. But sometimes, you might want to add a level of play. This simple Bingo card invites you to look close and enjoy the surprises. Play with a friend or against a family member. Print this card to bring with you or to use why you explore the online galleries.

MuseumGames are made possible by PNC with additional support from Acme Fresh Market, the Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, The R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation, the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation, and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

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10 Reasons why visiting a museum is what you need to finish 2020 strong

This week, we’ll share some ideas for why exploring art in real life is good for the body and soul: 

  1. Museums are some of the safest social spaces to explore with your family during the pandemic. They are spaces you experience in motion, so you’re not breathing in shared air for long periods of time. Most museums have high quality HVAC, so the air has been treated. Museums are easy to enjoy on your own or in small family groups. When you need a place to be away from home, galleries are there for you.
  2. Spending so much time at home, often with everyone sharing close quarters can be stifling. Visiting a museum can offer a much needed change in perspective in a serene setting. Who doesn’t need a little oasis of serenity these days? 
  3. With social distancing, shared community can be challenging to find. Most museum galleries are expansive enough to allow you to remain in your pod but be around other art lovers. 
  4. Viewing art is a great way to keep your mind sharp. Studies even indicate visiting museums can lower the risk of dementia. 
  5. Discussing art is a powerful way to take a new look at your own challenges when you need a new perspective. 
  6. Museums are perfect for intergenerational conversations. With the art in front of you, the whole family has something to discuss together. 
  7. Museums share works that are historically significant. Visitors, however, can and should have an opinion about the art. Caregivers can use museum visits as a chance to help young ones learn to express their opinion persuasively. 
  8. Social emotional wellness can be challenging in these uncertain times. Discussing and making art are two tools parents and families have to support the social and emotional wellness of their children 
  9. Making art and creative pursuits are known to be a successful strategy for staying calm and relaxed. Seeing other people’s creativity is a tried and true way to get your own muse recharged. 
  10. Being out with your family and friends in a safe space is a chance to have fun outside your home. With so many challenges in life right now, chances to make memories and have positive experiences should be celebrated. 

Many museums have special opportunities to enjoy their galleries at low cost or free. The Akron Art Museum is free through the end of 2020 so our patrons can enjoy these benefits of being in a museum. We’ve even added extra hours, welcoming guests until 8 on Fridays and Saturdays in November and December. Hope the museum is on your list to finish 2020 strong.

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Virtual Meet-Up

Friday, November 20, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hear from the pros! During this time, some of the game designers will be logged into the game space and users will be able to ask questions and hear more about the games. Grab some virtual friends and browse the games together.

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Virtual Trivia Happy Hour

Thursday, November 19, 6:30 pm

Think you’ve got the smarts to win a video and art trivia night? Grab your favorite drink, some friends (with your in-person pod or virtually!), and head to this virtual happy hour to test your skills.This AAM After Work is being run in association with GameFest Akron. For up to date programming information, check the website.

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Family Game Night

Game image from Woebegone Woods by Jocelyn Eads

Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 pm

Get into the game with this virtual night of family friendly brainteasers, games, and puzzles. This family event is being run in association with GameFest Akron. For up to date programming information, check the website.

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Virtual Meet-Up

Tuesday, November 17, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hear from the pros! During this time, some of the game designers will be logged into the game space and users will be able to ask questions and hear more about the games. Grab some virtual friends and browse the games together.

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Meet the Designers

Monday, November 16, 6:30 pm

Meet some of the video game designers and learn about the inspiration behind their games included in GameFest Akron. This virtual event is being run in association with GameFest Akron. For up to date programming information, check the website.

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Twitch Streams

Sunday, November 15, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Get a look at how the pro plays by tuning in to one or more live Twitch streams of four of the games featured in GameFest Akron. Join the designers as they demo the ins-and-outs of their games. 

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Digital Game Space

Saturday, November 14

Level Up! Be the first to learn how to use the online arcade and play the games in GameFest Akron. Video will be streamed on Facebook throughout the day and the online arcade will open at 9:00 am.

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