Free First Thursday Nights | Montclair Art Museum
(MAM) & Yard School of Art offer American, Native American, & contemporary art exhibitions, programs, & classes in NJ
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



February Free First Thursday

Timed Activities:

5 - 8 p.m. Celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month with Montclair Pediatric Dental Care's Hygiene Checklist and Info Table
6 - 8 p.m.  Teen Space, Studio C
7 - 8:30 p.m. Honor Black History Month at the 12th Annual AACC Film Forum/Panel Discussion and Film screening of Economy of Grace documentary on artist Kehinde Wiley

Free Tours:

6:30 p.m. Docent-Led Tour of Undaunted Spirit: Art of Native North America - Rand Gallery
7:30 p.m. Docent-Led Tour of Constructing Identity in America

Ongoing activities:

  MAM Yard School of Art, select works by SummerART camp alums on view
  Live Music with Lou’s Jazz All Star Trio
  SummerArt Preview
  Drop-In Draw Along, Studio B  
  Fiber Art Activity, Geyer Studio
  Family Learning Lab self portraits art project
  Food Trucks: Thai Elephant, Watchung Food Truck 


Please note: MAM's spring exhbition New Directions in Fiber Art is undergoing installation and will open to the public on Saturday, February 9. MAM's permanent collection exhibitions, Undaunted Spirit: Native Art of North America and Constructing Identity in America (1766 - 2017) will be on view during February Free First Thursday.


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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