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



June Free First Thursday

Timed Activities:

5–8 p.m. Bounce info table and Bounce Festival programming based on emotional health and resilience–Leir Hall
5–8 p.m. Been There and Back advice table in partnership with The Bounce Festival–next to Hank Willis Thomas Speech Bubble
5–8 p.m. Montclair Public Library Summer Reading Info Table–Lier Hall
5–8 p.m. Montclair Community Band-Font Lawn
5–9 p.m. Kathryn Marie Juliano Art Scholarship Fund Reception–Geyer Studio
5:30–6:30 p.m. Intergenerational arts presentation with MAM's Bridges educators (Bridges brings together local middle schoolers and people living with Alheimers/dementia through multidisciplinary art experiences.)–Lier Hall
6–6:45  Buzz Slam–Poetry reading with six Buzz Aldrin Middle School students–Lehman Court
7 p.m. Pictures Concert–A unique concert experience– New Jersey students explore the intersection of music and visual art. Produced by New Jersey Arts Collective–Lier Hall

Free Tours:

6:30 p.m. Gallery Conversations, an informal tour of Works by George Inness – George Inness Gallery
7:30 p.m. Gallery Conversations, an informal 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 Community Mandala Project
  Food trucks: Thai Elephant and The Empanada Guy
  Live music with Poets and Thieves



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
  • Live Music
  • Free tours
  • Food Vendors



















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