Free First Thursday Night, February 7, 5–9 p.m

Montclair Art Museum Offers Free Admission, Art Activities, Tours, Live Music, and a Full-Service Bar February Program includes the 12th Annual AACC Film Forum/Panel Discussion on leading contemporary artist, Kehinde Wiley
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Free First Thursday Night


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MONTCLAIR, N.J. - Jan. 28, 2019 - PRLog -- Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, February 7, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

February's Free First Thursday Night focuses on the masterpieces in MAM's permanent collection. Current exhibitions on view include Constructing Identity in America (1766-2017), Undaunted Spirit: Art of Native North America, Ben Jones: Envision Empower Embrace, and selected works from our George Inness collection.  Visitors can enjoy two FREE docent led tours throughout the evening.

·      6:30 p.m., Undaunted Spirit: Art of Native North America

·      7:30 p.m., Constructing Identity in America (1766-2017)

The cornerstone of February's event honors Black History Month with the 12th Annual AACC Film Forum/Panel Discussion. The screening will include portions of Economy of Grace, a documentary on leading contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley. 7–8:30 p.m. Kehinde Wiley is most recently recognized for painting President Barack Obama's Presidential Portrait and currently has work on view at MAM.

Free First Thursday Night presents a variety of art forms and invites visitors to get creative themselves!

·      Enjoy live music in the galleries with Lou's Jaz All Star Trio

·      Join the Yard School of Art for a Draw Along Workshop offering a free drawing session with a clothed model and guided art instruction for all ages.

·      Escape the cold (if only in your mind) at a SummerART 2019 preview.

·      Celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month with Montclair Pediatric Dental Care's Hygiene Checklist and Info Table

·      Head up to the Museum's 3rd Floor Family Learning Lab for an interactive portrait activity

Visitors can enjoy drinks at the MAM Art Bar! Museum members receive a discount on drinks at the bar! Visitors can also grab a bite from featured food vendors, including Thai Elephant, Mezoco Mexican Taqueria, Watchung Food Truck.

Free First Thursday Nights take place the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. A Highlight of the spring season includes another great partnership with MAM's African American Cultural Committee:

MAM After Hours: Art Meets Jazz

An Evening with the Steve Turre Quintet

March 7, 7 p.m.

$20 Members / $25 Nonmembers

Featuring Newark's first lady of jazz, Dorthaan Kirk, and jazz innovator, trombonist, and seashellist Steve Turre, Art Meets Jazz promises to wow you with a jazz performance unlike any other.

One of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre, has consistently won both the Readers' and Critics' polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). Born to Mexican-American parents he grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he absorbed a wide array of sounds including daily doses of mariachi, blues and jazz. That background would turn out to be influential for his career that has included collaborations with Ray Charles, Art Blakely's Jazz Messengers and the Escovedo Brothers. Turre has a strong command of all musical genres and when it comes to his distinct brand of jazz, he always keeps one foot in the past and one in the future.

Tickets are on sale now:

Free First Thursday Night Sponsorship

Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

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Visitors are encouraged to share their First Thursday Night experiences on social media. Find the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @MAMmontclair and share your experience with #MAMfftn.


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About the Montclair Art Museum (MAM)

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last 300 years. The Vance Wall Art Education Center encompasses all the Museum's educational efforts, including award-winning Yard School of Art studio classes, lectures and talks, family events, tours, and the mobile MAM Art Truck. MAM exhibitions and programs serve a wide public of all ages, from families and seniors to artists, educators, and scholars.

Address: 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042


Phone: 973-746-5555

Gallery & The Store at MAM Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 12–5 p.m.

Free First Thursday Nights: 1st Thursday of the month (October–June), 5–9 p.m.

Student & Senior Fridays: 1st Friday of the month, 12–5 p.m. Free admission for students and seniors with valid ID


FREE members

$12 nonmember adults

$10 veterans, seniors, and students with valid ID

FREE children under 12

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, Carol and Terry Wall / The Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum members.
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