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Come In From the Cold: Winter Programming at the Akron Art Museum

For Release: December 2008

Akron, Ohio —The Akron Art Museum is heating up with enlightening and entertaining programs. Enjoy a film or concert, get your creative juices flowing with a class or broaden your perspective at the museum’s lecture series. Learn more at

Kids and Family Programs – Studio Classes for Kids and Saturday Family Activities
Studio Classes for Kids
A unique time of discovery geared towards children 8 – 12 years old. After investigating works in the galleries, children join educators to explore connections in the classroom. Advanced registration is required – cost per class is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. For more information call 330.376.9186 x229.

January 3 Studio Classes for Kids: Paint an Op Art Illusion! with museum educator Missy Higgins, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

February 7 Studio Classes for Kids: Exploring Textile and Mixed Media Collage with artist and
educator Julienne Hogarth, 11:30am – 1:30 pm

March 7 Studio Classes for Kids: Pastel Cityscapes with artist Cornelius Butler,
11:30am – 1:30 pm

Saturday Family Activities
Spend some quality time together as a family on Saturdays at the Akron Art Museum! Both Saturday Family Drop-In Days and Saturday Family Workshops are a great way to engage the whole family in fun, art-inspired activities. Pre-registration is required for Saturday Family Workshops – member’s cost is $5 per participant (adult and children). Non-members cost is $15 per participant. Saturday Family Drop-In Days are free for members and non-members, unless otherwise noted. For more information call 330.376.9186 x229.

January 10 Saturday Family Workshop: It’s a Date! Calendar Making with museum educator Gina Thomas, 1 – 3 pm

February 14 Saturday Family Drop-In Day: Family Threads, Stitch Together a Family Valentine, 12 – 4 pm

March 14 Saturday Family Workshop: Card Table Playhouse with museum educator Gina
Thomas, 1 – 3 pm

Music Programs – Third Thursday Concerts, FUZE! Concert Series and Akros Percussion Collective
Third Thursdays
On the third Thursday of each month through May, start the weekend early with the museum’s edgy, new evening concert series self-titled Third Thursday. In addition to live music, each event will feature a cash bar with happy hour drink specials and signature cocktails, and Museum Store specials that may include guest vendors and sale items. Concerts are FREE and begin at 6:30 pm.

January 15 Third Thursday concert and cocktails featuring live music by Jessica Lea Mayfield, 5 – 9 pm

February 19 Third Thursday concert and cocktails featuring live music curated by Square Records, 5 – 9 pm

March 19 Third Thursday concert and cocktails featuring live music by the Twilight,
5 – 9 pm

Featuring cutting-edge performances by classically trained musicians, the FUZE! concert series, a collaboration of the Akron Art Museum and Tuesday Musical Association, will engage new audiences with a fusion of standard repertoire and works by contemporary composers. Patrons can anticipate thrilling performances by musicians testing new musical frontiers. After each performance, concert-goers will have the opportunity to interact with the musicians during a special cocktail reception. Tickets are $20 for Akron Art Museum and Tuesday Musical Association members, $25 for non-members and $15 for students with valid ID.

January 30 FUZE! concert with New York City’s ETHEL, 6:30 pm

March 5 FUZE! concert with Cellist Maya Beiser, 6:30 pm

April 30 FUZE! concert with SŌ Percussion, 6:30 pm

Akros Percussion Collective
The museum welcomes back these talented, eclectic percussionists as they present an intimate concert and lecture featuring selections of contemporary theatrical music. FREE with first-come, first-serve seating in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium.

February 8 Akros Percussion Collective concert and lecture, 2 – 4 pm

Tuesday Musical Lunchtime Concert
Enjoy a FREE hour-long concert program with music by Oberlin College Conservatory of Music student and 2007 TMA scholarship winner, violinist Allison Lint; soprano Cynthia Skelley Wohlschlager from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Opera Cleveland; and pianist and University of Akron professor Eugene Mancini.

February 10 Tuesday Musical Lunchtime Concert, 1 pm

Film Programs
Akron Independent Film Festival Screening
Dissecting Cinema: Join the film fest team as they deconstruct a short film “a shot at a time” to find out what makes it tick. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis for this FREE event.

February 5 Akron Independent Film Festival film screening, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cameraless Filmmaking with the Akron Independent Film Festival
Local experimental filmmaker Kendra Minadeo demonstrates how to make short handmade films without the use of a camera! Advance registration required. $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

March 21 Cameraless Filmmaking Workshop with the Akron Independent Film Festival,
1 – 3 pm

Beautiful Losers
Beautiful Losers documents a loose-knit group of likeminded artists inspired by do-it-yourself youth
subculture, such as skateboarding, punk rock and graffiti art featuring artists Barry McGee,
Margaret Kilgallen, Shepard Fairy and more. This special Valentines Day event sponsored by the
Akron Art Museum’s Teen Council will include a quirky hands-on activity inspired by the film. Screening
and activities are FREE.

February 7 Film: Beautiful Losers, 2 pm

Art History 101 Lecture Series
This series of thematic drop-in lectures, running January through May, provides an intro to art history for the art novice or a quick refresher course for the rusty art aficionado. Led by University of Akron art history professor Laura Gelfand and Cleveland artist Bruce Checefsky, the lectures are free to museum members, $7 per lecture for non-members, or $25 for non-members who pre-register for the series. To register, call 330.376.9186 x230. Lectures take place in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium.

January 8 Art History 101: History Painting lecture with University of Akron art history professor Laura Gelfand, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

February 12 Art History 101: Focus on Photography Part I with Bruce Checefsky, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

March 12 Art History 101: Focus on Photography Part II with Bruce Checefsky, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

April 9 Art History 101: Focus on Photography Part III with Bruce Checefsky, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Sketching in the Galleries
Miller South teachers Julienne Hogarth and Susan Yingling will lead a lesson in drawing techniques, answer questions and provide participants with feedback as they draw in selected galleries. Drawing boards and paper are provided. Only graphite drawing media is allowed in the galleries. This class is FREE for members and non-members with paid admission. For more information call 330.376.9186 x229.

February 5 Sketching in the Galleries with Julienne Hogarth and Susan Yingling, 6 – 8 pm

Lectures and Gallery Talk
This winter season, the museum is proud to host two lectures and a gallery talk by three prominent artists
whose works will be featured in our building: innovative Mexican photographer Pedro Meyer, local Stow
artist Neil MacDonald and Columbus-based mixed media painter and sculptor Aminah Brenda Lynn
Robinson. Lectures are FREE with first-come, first-serve seating.

January 18 Public Lecture: Pedro Meyer, 2 – 3 pm

January 29 Public Gallery Talk: Neil MacDonald’s Dreamland, 7 pm

March 22 Public Lecture: Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, 2 – 3 pm

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