Free First Thursday Nights | Montclair Art Museum
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Free First Thursday Nights
Join us for Free First Thursday Nights at MAM every month from October through June,  5–9 p.m., and enjoy an evening of free art and dynamic programming.
Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank



April Free First Thursday

Timed Activities:

5–8 p.m. Colcha/a collaborative crochet group, join the fun! - Geyer Studio
5–8 p.m. Info Tables with #HatNotHate - Anti Bullying Campaign with Lion Brand Yarns – Back of Leir Hall
5–8 p.m. NJPAC info table - Back of Leir Hall
5:30–6:30 p.m.

The History of Alvin Ailey, NJPAC will present Dance Works/Montclair, Sharron Miller Academy for the Performing Arts, and a performance from Montclair High School

6:30–8:30 p.m. Art Activity Mandala Workshop  – Studio C
7:00–8 p.m. Artist talk and dance perfeormance with Siona Benjamin - Leir Hall 

Free Tours:

6:30 p.m. Docent-led tour of New Jersey Crafts Annual: New Directions in Fiber Art - Elevator Lobby
  Following the 6:30 tour, meet fiber artist Jan Huling as she discusses her piece entitled The Gown which is included in the Fiber Art exhibition.
7:30 p.m. Docent-led tour of New Jersey Crafts Annual: New Directions in Fiber Art - Elevator Lobby

Ongoing activities:

  Drop-In Draw Along, Studio B
  Family Learning Lab self portraits art project
  MAM Yard School of Art Artist and Educator Robert Kogge's Students' Exhibition
  Live music with Big Mamou - McMullen Gallery
  Food Trucks: Mexoco Mexican Taqueria, Thai Elephant, and Watchung Food TRuck - Front Driveway
Off-Site (across the street/Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Real Estate Office)

5-8 pm Reception & meet the artists from the Montclair 10 exhibition

Montclair 10 is a group of artists who work at the Montclair Art Museum and often exhibit together – Berkshire Hathaway 



Free First Thursday Nights Include

  • Free general museum admission from 5-9 p.m.
  • The Free First Thursday Night Bar with a variety of drinks. Cash and credit accepted.
  • Draw Along Workshop - all ages are invited to get creative in a free drop-in session with a clothed model
  • Teen Space - this new open studio is available just for teens! 7-9 p.m. during Yard School of Art semesters 
  • Live Music
  • Free tours
  • Food Vendors



















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