The Akron Art Museum will celebrate Art Museum Day with art institutions across North America on Thursday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the galleries is free on Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum, but for Art Museum Day, the museum will offer expanded activities, with Recess in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, Happy Hour and food and drink specials in the café, and special one-day-only discounts on new memberships.
Recess in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden will include giant-sized versions of popular games, such as checkers, chess and Scrabble, and traditional summer games like badminton, bocce and corn hole. The museum also plans to give away a signed and numbered print by artist Mark Dean Veca, whose work was featured in the recent exhibition “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose.” The 12- by 12-inch print was created in a limited edition of 130 and sells for $60 in the museum shop.
As part of Art Museum Day, the Akron Art Museum will offer a rare opportunity for new members to join at discounted rate of 25 percent off new memberships. Popular options, such as Art Enthusiast memberships (regularly $50), will be discounted to $37.50, and Art House Family memberships (regularly $75), will be discounted to $56.25. Discounts on new memberships begin at the Art Enthusiast $50 level and continue up to the highest membership levels. The discounts will be available on Thursday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., for in-person museum visitors and online visitors (AkronArtMuseum.org/memberships/).
The 2017 Museum Day is the eighth year that the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD)—of which the Akron Art Museum is a member—has united its membership to celebrate the role of art museums in communities across the country. Held in concert with The International Council of Museums (ICOM) International Museum Day, this year’s Art Museum Day theme is Art Museums Foster Vibrant Communities.
“The arts are shared by people across every time period and every place—creativity is a vital part of what makes us human and what makes our cities and towns better places to live,” said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “On Art Museum Day, museums across North America invite everyone to come together with their families, friends and neighbors to celebrate that creative spirit, connect in common experiences, and see new points of view. AAMD greatly appreciates the Akron Art Museum’s participation in Art Museum Day, and the contributions all art museums make to the vibrancy, economy, and strength of their communities.”
AAMD represents 245 art museums across the United States, Canada and Mexico—from regional museums in small towns to large museums in major urban centers. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration.
The Akron Art Museum is located at One South High St. in downtown Akron. For info about Art Museum Day at the Akron Art Museum, visit AkronArtMuseum.org.
Free Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum are generously supported by the J.M. Smucker Company.
The Akron Art Museum, dedicated to enriching lives through modern and contemporary art, showcases regional, national and international art created since 1850. The museum’s collection is presented in a spectacular facility designed by Viennese architectural firm Coop Himmelb(l)au and includes over 5,000 works of art, with a strong focus on contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. Nearly a dozen exhibitions each year present prominent artists in various media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, design and glass.
In addition to its ever-changing collection and exhibitions, the museum offers many opportunities to Live Creative through programs that include films and video, lectures, workshops, tours and concerts.