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Visit the Akron Art Museum for FREE THURSDAY Starting October 3

For Release: September 2013

Free Thursdays sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company
Free Gallery Admission Every Thursday

The Akron Art Museum is THE place to be on Thursdays! Beginning October 3, 2013, and every Thursday thereafter, all visitors will enjoy free all-day gallery admission (from 11 am to 9 pm) and robust programming throughout the day that includes art talks, films, classes, concerts and other special events.

Free Thursdays, generously sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company, enhances the museum’s position as a dynamic regional center of cultural exchange. It offers the entire community additional opportunities to explore the galleries and enjoy special programs throughout the day.

“As we re-vision the museum’s role in the community, we acknowledged that everyone deserves an exciting and enriching art experience,” said museum Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka, “This generous gift from Smucker's provides the museum staff valuable resources to enhance visitors’ engagement and their connection to the creative process. Free Thursday programs will make art relevant to audiences of all ages.”

October 3 begins with a Creative Playdate at 11:15 am in the lobby, when children ages 3-5 years old and their grownups participate in Yoga for the Young. Little ones will balance, stretch and breathe with yoga instructors from Nirvana Yoga. The relaxation and fun will continue as visitors use their newly nimble hands to bend, twist and stretch colorful materials to make a masterpiece to take home.

Later at 7 pm, the Ohio premiere of the documentary film “Herb & Dorothy 50x50” will be shown in the museum’s Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium. Herb and Dorothy Vogel, retired postal worker and his reference librarian wife, devoted their life to collecting what would eventually become one of the largest and most important art collections in American history. In 2008 they launched a national project with the National Gallery of Art, in Washington DC to give a total of 2,500 artworks from their collection to one museum in every state. The Akron Art Museum was selected as the recipient of Ohio’s 50 works. The film captures this chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Photography Lecture: Alison Rossiter • 6:30 pm
Alison Rossiter merges traditional methods of photography with more experimental techniques in her work with gelatin-silver-based photography, using a labor-intensive darkroom process that allows ample opportunity for chance.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Story Time in the Galleries • 11:15 am
Back by popular demand! If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine the fantastic tales the museum’s artworks have to share with small children. Join us in the galleries to read a selection of picture books inspired by the artworks on view. No registration required. Simply meet the educators in the museum’s lobby.

Gallery Talk • 1 pm
Join museum staff and docents for a taste of the collection. On this mini-tour, you’ll explore new artworks, ideas and themes and start to see the museum’s paintings, photos and sculptures in a whole new light. No registration required.

Bidwell Lecture: Chris Verene • 6:30 pm
Chris Verene has been making documentary photographs about his rural Illinois hometown of Galesburg for three decades. The simple color photographs, accompanied by handwritten text, are unstaged and reflect a plain yet beautiful side of American life that might otherwise pass by uncelebrated.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Arthouse Film • 7 pm
Always wondering when that amazing indie film you see in the paper is going to make it to Akron? See the latest and greatest in new cinema before anyone else. Check for up-to-date film listings.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Trick or Treat on South High Street • 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Do you ever feel like Halloween can’t come soon enough? Break out your costume early and head to the museum for a night of art-making fun and surprises. You’ll trick-or-treat in the galleries, encountering mysterious landscapes and eerie cities in the Real/Surreal exhibition. Cost is $5 per child. Advanced registration required at

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Attack of the Freakishly Short Animation Fest • 7 pm
Comic, dark and beautiful shorts make up this sixth annual event—a perennial favorite. Join us for a one-night tour of the best of international animation festivals. This annual event tends to be extremely popular, so reserve your seat online at Recommended for ages 16+.

For more information and calendar of Free Thursday events, visit the museum’s website at

Story Time in the Galleries is made possible with support from the Robert & Anna Mae Orr Foundation.

The Bidwell Lecture is made possible by a generous gift from Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

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