(MAM) & Yard School of Art offer American, Native American, & contemporary art exhibitions, programs, & classes in NJ
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

 

May 4, 5–9 p.m.

FEATURED PROGRAMMING:

 

First 50 people will receive FREE admission to Matisse and American Art, courtesy of TD Bank!

  • Free general museum admission,* 5–9 p.m.
  • Full-service bar with special Free First Thursday Night prices. The Art Bar at MAM is provided by Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club and NJ Beer Co. MAM members receive a special discount on drinks at the bar! Cash and credit card accepted.
  • Live guitar music in the galleries with Nat Janoff
  • Every Story Matters 2.0: Middle School Poetry Showcase featuring poets from Glenfield, Renaissance and Buzz Aldrin Middle Schools, plus special guest award-winning poets Rich Villar and Lauren Schmidt at 6 p.m.
  • From Silence Art Project with Montclair State University MFA student K. Anthony Lawler
  • Art Talk: Sharon Pitts 7 p.m. Meet watercolor artist and Yard School of Art instructor Sharon Pitts.
  • Book Signing: Blanche Garcia Empowered Design
  • Get creative in the drop-in Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop
  • Tours
  • In honor of Mother's Day, learn more about Jersey Battered Women's Services and contribute handbags for residents and the upcoming Old Bags Luncheon.
  • Food Truck: Empanada Guy and BroRitos

More at MAM: These add-on experiences enhance Free First Thursday Night:

  • Pay only the $6 special exhibition fee for Matisse and American Art! Members and children under 12 see it free.
  • Kids' Creativity Center lets parents make a play date with art! Appreciate the full experience of Free First Thursday Night while your kids (ages 5+) enjoy getting creative in our new Helen and Bill Geyer Art Studio. Class fee includes themed project, small-group art instruction, and all materials. Reserve your time slot now!

*Admission does not include special exhibition fee for Matisse and American Art. Members and children under 12 see it free!

 

 

June 1, 5–9 p.m.

FEATURED PROGRAMMING:

  • Free general museum admission,* 5–9 p.m.
  • Full-service bar with special Free First Thursday Night prices. The Art Bar at MAM is provided by Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club and NJ Beer Co. MAM members receive a special discount on drinks at the bar! Cash and credit card accepted.
  • Live music with the Montclair Community Band Flute Ensemble
  • Matisse and American Art Curator Talk with Dr. Gail Stavitsky 6:30 p.m.
  • Dance interludes with Ledell Watts 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Book Signing: Claire Rosen Imaginarium: The Process Behind the Pictures
  • Get creative in the drop-in Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop
  • Food Vendors: Frost 321

More at MAM: These add-on experiences enhance Free First Thursday Night:

  • Pay only the $6 special exhibition fee for Matisse and American Art! It's the last chance to see the exhibition for just $6. Members and children under 12 see it free.
  • Kids' Creativity Center lets parents make a play date with art! Appreciate the full experience of Free First Thursday Night while your kids (ages 5+) enjoy getting creative in our new Helen and Bill Geyer Art Studio. Class fee includes themed project, small-group art instruction, and all materials. Reserve your time slot now!

*Admission does not include special exhibition fee for Matisse and American Art. Members and children under 12 see it free!

 

Businesses

Have a creative business or activity you'd like to present at Free First Thursday Nights? Please email us a description at thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org.
 
 
Groups

We encourage you to bring groups to Free First Thursday Nights! We ask that groups of 10 or more RSVP to thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org. In return, we'll give your group a special mention on the Free First Thursday Nights webpage. 

 
 
Social Media

Visitors are encouraged to share their Free First Thursday Night experience on social media.

Find the Museum @MAMmontclair and share your posts with #MAMfftn.