(MAM) & Yard School of Art offer American, Native American, & contemporary art exhibitions, programs, & classes in NJ
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Montclair Art Museum Offers Free Admission,
Art Activities, Tours, Live Music, and a Full-Service Bar

the First Thursday of the Month


May Edition includes Flamenco, Jazz, and Chorus Performances

with a special tribute to Moms and Art in Bloom’s 10th Anniversary



MONTCLAIR, NJ, April 17, 2018—Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, May 3, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

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

·       Enjoy live jazz music in the galleries with the sweet sounds of Dr. Lou & the Jazz All Stars.

·       Be inspired to get up and dance at a live Flamenco Dance performance and demonstration with Admission Nation, 6–7 p.m.

·       Take a docent-led tour of MAM’s Native American art collection at 6:30 p.m. and the special traveling exhibition Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist at 7:30 p.m.

·       Experience a musical performance of “Singers and Songwriters: The Faces of Love” with the WomanSONG Intergenerational Chorus (Montclair Women’s Club), 7:30­–8 p.m.

·       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.

·       A special Mother’s Day give away­, courtesy of TD Bank. Any mom with a TD Bank card can pick up a free admission pass to MAM for two!

·       Discover the beauty of raku, a unique pottery firing process, at MAM’s ceramic studio.

·       New! Teen Space welcomes teens with a free open studio, 7–9 p.m.

·       Learn more about Montclair Reads with the Montclair Public Library and pick up your free copy of Cheaper By the Dozen.

·       Enjoy community info tables in Leir Hall, featuring the League of Women Voters

·       Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Art in Bloom with origami master, Edward Misretta! Misretta will be leading an Art in Bloom themed origami demonstration.

Free First Thursday Night’s MAM Art Bar offers a variety of drinks, including wine, cocktails, and NJ Beer Co. beer, the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Night. Museum members receive a discount on drinks at the bar. Guests can also grab a bite from featured food vendors including Thai Elephant and BroRitos food truck.

Free First Thursday Nights take place the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. Highlights for June include the Pictures Concert, a collaboration with NJ Arts Collective, and a final chance to see the special traveling exhibition Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist.



Free First Thursday Night Sponsorship



Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.



Social Media

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.



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.


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

Website: montclairartmuseum.org

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.