In May, the Montclair Poetry Festival will preview their inaugural festival with short interventionist poetry performances in MAM’s galleries. Several select poets from the festival will perform. Poetry is fast becoming a regular feature at Museum events, including the successful Respond: Poet in Residence Project at MAM’s 100th Birthday Party on January 15 and the interactive conversation on poetry and art held by celebrated local poet Charlotte Mandel at April’s Free First Thursday Night.
At 6:30 p.m., eleven-year-
At 7:30 p.m., the story of the creation of the Bellevue Avenue Library–including a violent labor strike, a private meeting in Andrew Carnegie’s home office, and an impassioned petition by Upper Montclair residents–will unfold in a presentation by the Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library. The Montclair Art Museum and the Bellevue Avenue Library are both celebrating their Centennial in 2014. A complementary event will be held at the Library focused on MAM’s Centennial and featuring MAM’s Archivist Extraordinaire Judy Hinds on May 8.
The Free First Thursday Night bar is now offered in partnership with Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge—
Guests will also have the opportunity to explore all of the exhibitions on view. Tours will be held at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. and audio tours, including the popular 100 Years, 100 Voices will be available all evening. Live music provided by students in the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University accompanies art-viewing activities. In addition, drop-in workshops offered by the Yard School of Art provide opportunities for visual expression. Hunger Construction, the original stuffed baked potato food truck, will also be on site for hungry patrons to grab a meal.
Every first Thursday of the month, October–June, MAM is open 5–9 p.m. with free admission, dynamic programming, and a bar in partnership with Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge. For more information about upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/
Visitors are encouraged to share their First Thursday Nights experience on social media. Find the Museum on:
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