Montclair Art Museum launches Free First Thursday Nights

Starting October 4, 2012, the Museum will be open late with free admission to the galleries, unique programming, and a full-service bar.
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Sept. 26, 2012 - PRLog -- The Town of Montclair is justly celebrated for its nightlife and arts scene. Now both are getting a further boost with Free First Thursday Nights at MAM, a new initiative launched by the Montclair Art Museum, starting October 4. This monthly event invites MAM’s entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum. Every first Thursday of the month, October – June, MAM will be open 5 – 9 p.m. with free admission, dynamic programming, and a full-service bar.

Offerings will change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see or do at every First Thursday Night. Tours will be conducted every hour on the half hour (5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.) on a singular exhibition. The full service bar, offered in partnership with Egan & Sons, will feature special First Thursday Night prices and signature cocktails. There will be regular music performances, including by students in the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. In addition, art activities will offer opportunities to draw inspiration from the exhibitions on view. Other programs will also take place during Free First Thursday Nights and further engage visitors.

Lora Urbanelli, director of the Montclair Art Museum, said: “For a long time we’ve wanted to keep our galleries open on a regular basis for evening viewing, and to make them open to the public for free. This will be a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to break up the workweek and relax and enjoy art with their friends while making new friends.”

Sharon Egan, owner of Egan & Sons, said that “Egan & Sons and MAM make the perfect cocktail!” The signature drink she’s prepared for First Thursday Nights, the Halcyon Martini, consists of Hendrick’s Gin with a splash of St. Germain, garnished with a hint of lemon.

The launch of this initiative will focus on the newly opened Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico exhibition, with tours featuring the highlights of this show. For more information about upcoming First Thursday Nights, including a regularly updated schedule, visit

Social Media
Visitors are encouraged to share their First Thursday Nights experience on social media. Find the Museum on:
•   Facebook –
•   Twitter –!/MAMmontclair New! Use the hashtag #MAMfftn to follow the discussion about Free First Thursday Nights.
•   Flickr – New! Share your photos with MAM in our Free First Thursday Nights group:
•   Foursquare –

Fall Exhibitions on View
Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land
September 28, 2012 – January 20, 2013

Saya Woolfalk: The Empathics
September 28, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Patterns, Systems, Structures: Abstraction in American Art
December 3, 2011 – May 19, 2013

For more about these exhibitions, visit

About the Museum
The Montclair Art Museum, a notable, community-based institution with an international reputation, boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last three hundred years. The collection includes more than 12,000 objects: paintings, prints, original works on paper, photographs, and sculpture by American artists from the 18th century to the present, as well as traditional and contemporary Native American art and artifacts representing the cultural developments of peoples from all of the major American Indian regions. The Museum’s education programs serve a wide public and bring artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum on a regular basis.

MAM’s Yard School of Art is the leading regional art school, offering a multitude of comprehensive courses for children, teens, adults, seniors, and professional artists.  

The Montclair Art Museum is located at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair, N.J.  Information and directions are available on the Museum website,, or by calling 973-746-5555.  MAM is open Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon – 5 p.m., and, starting October 4, 2012, on the first Thursday of every month, 5 p.m.–9 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. Museum admission is $12 for nonmember adults, $10 for senior citizens and students with I.D., and free for members and children under 12. Thursday nights, starting October 4, are free for everyone. The Store at MAM is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and has extended hours until 9 p.m. on First Thursdays.

All Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the
Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum Members.
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