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The Akron Art Museum Presents Downtown@Dusk 2010

For Release: June 2010

Akron, Ohio, June 4, 2010 — The Akron Art Museum’s popular outdoor summer concert series Downtown@Dusk will return for its 26th annual season, heating up downtown Akron on Thursday evenings this summer, June 24 – August 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Concerts will take place rain or shine.

Concert-goers will enjoy local music with a lineup of eight talented bands whose genres range from reggae to rock. The FREE concerts will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the museum’s High Street parking lot, or in the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby in case of rain. A variety of beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and tasty treats will be available for purchase on the terrace, and other activities, including Family Fun Nights and ArtTalks@Dusk, will take place on the lawn and in the auditorium, respectively.

Live personalities from 89.7 WKSU will emcee each concert.

Family Fun Nights and ArtTalks@Dusk

During Family Fun Nights, kids and an accompanying adult can join museum educators to participate in free, hands-on art activities inspired by artwork in the museum from 6 – 8:30 pm.

While the band takes a break, join museum staff, area artists and local experts for ArtTalks@Dusk. Presenters will offer a series of free informal talks about the exhibitions on view as well as a variety of other art-related topics from 7:30 – 7:45 pm each Thursday.

Also, be sure to stop in and view the exhibitions Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore and Arctic Re-visions: Isaac Julien’s True North. The galleries are open until 9 pm with paid admission. The Museum Store will also be open until 9 pm (admission not required to shop in the store).

2010 Schedule

Thursday, June 24 – Wanda Hunt Band, Old School Rhythm & Blues
• ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, The Accidental Aesthetics of Urban Decline, Terry Schwarz, interim director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and founder of Pop Up City Cleveland

Thursday, July 1 – Patrick Sweany, Blues, Folk and Soul Inspired Americana
• ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Ruined Nation: Photographing Abandoned Buildings in Northeast Ohio, Carissa Russell, graphic designer and photographer

Thursday, July 8 – Colin Dussault, Blues, Roots and Rock
• ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Living with Detroit: An All Purpose Guide to American Forgetting, Jerry Herron, Dean of Irvin D. Reid Honors College, Wayne State University

Thursday, July 15 – Anne E. DeChant, Folk Rock
• ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Loveland: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Detroit Micro Real Estate…But were too Afraid to Ask,
Jerry Paffendorf, Loveland CEO

Thursday, July 22 – Sammy DeLeon Orchestra, Latin Jazz
• ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Can Art Save Detroit?, Barbara Tannenbaum, director of curatorial affairs

Thursday, July 29 – 15 60 75 The Numbers Band, Rock/Abstract Blues
• ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Grizzled Wizardry, PR Miller, Akron Life & Leisure Artist of the Year

Thursday, August 5 – Robin Stone, Neo Soul
• ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Crystalline Voyages: Polar Exploration in Art, Ellen Rudolph, curator of exhibitions

Thursday, August 12 – Cats on Holiday, Swamp Pop
• ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Dance Demonstration, Jill Sigman, conceptual performance artist/dancer and Gustavo Aguilar, percussionist

Parking is free in the High Street municipal garage directly across the street from the entrance of the Akron Art Museum. No smoking, pets, bottles, cans, bikes, skateboards, sporting equipment or chalk allowed.

For more information, please call 330.376.9186 x230.

Downtown@Dusk 2010 is made possible by The City of Akron. It is presented in cooperation with 89.7 WKSU.

Family Fun Nights are made possible by a gift from the Jean P. Wade Foundation.

ArtTalks@Dusk are presented by the Gertrude F. Orr Trust Advised Fund of Akron Community Foundation.

Museum Information
Address: One South High, Akron, OH 44308
Tel: 330.376.9185
Fax: 330.376.1180
Gallery and Store Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday, as well as major holidays
Café Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm; Thursday: 11 am – 7:30 pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday
Library Hours: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 11 am – 4 pm
Admission: Adult general admission is $7, Student and Senior (65+) general admission is $5, Children (12 and under) are FREE, members are FREE. On the first Sunday of every month, individual admissions to the collection are FREE. Special exhibitions may require paid admission. No tours available on these days.


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Phone: 330.376.9186 x229

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