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


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Monthly Extended Evening Hours Offer Free Admission,
Art Activities, Tours, Live Music, and a Full-Service Bar
the First Thursday of the Month, 5–9 p.m.


November 1 Program Includes an Open Book/Open Mind

Program with Author B.A. Shapiro, a Community Conversation

with Mayor Robert D. Jackson Fall Exhibitions, and More



MONTCLAIR, NJ, October 23, 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, November 1, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.


November’s event focuses on engaging the public beyond our gallery walls, with opportunities to reflect, engage, and create.


Visitors will discover the art of leading contemporary artist, Kara Walker in Kara Walker: Virginia’s Lynch Mob and Other Works and experience pieces from MAM’s permanent collection like never before in Constructing Identity in America (1766–2017). Take FREE docent-led tours of the exhibitions at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.


A highlight of November’s program is Open Book/ Open Mind: B.A. Shapiro in Conversation with Caroline Leavitt, in partnership with the Montclair Public Library. Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author B. A. Shapiro will debut her latest and eighth novel The Collector’s Apprentice. She will be in conversation about art, fiction and creativity with Caroline Leavitt, best-selling author of eleven fiction novels. The talk will begin at 7 p.m.  Book signing to follow the program sponsored by watchung booksellers.


Free First Thursday Night presents a variety of programming including:

·     A Kara Walker Community Conversation with Mayor Robert D. Jackson, 6–7 p.m.

The work of leading contemporary artist, Kara Walker, candidly looks at issues of  race, gender, and violence in contemporary American culture. Free First  Thursday Night visitors are invited to discuss the exhibition at an informal community conversation.

·       Pop-up meditation with Qwell

·       Check out the new Yard School of Art Instructor Exhibtion, Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence, on view now

·       Enjoy live music in the galleries with the Joel Zelnik Trio

·       Teen Artists can bring their projects to MAM to work in a professional studio setting, Teen Open Space Studio runs every Thursday, 6–8 p.m.

·       Draw from a live model at one of Free First Thursday’s most popular programs, Drop-In Draw Along Studio

·       Take a selfie at the MAM Selfie Station

·       Get ready for winter with a Knitting Group and Yarnia

·       Check out the League of Women Voter’s community table


The New Jersey GLBT Chamber Meet Up is happening at November’s Free First Thursday Night! We encourage everyone 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!


Grab drinks at the MAM Art Bar! Museum members receive a discount on drinks at the bar. Guests can also grab a bite from October’s featured food vendors Bro-Ritos and The Empanada Guy.


Free First Thursday Nights take place the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/thursdays.



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 Nights experience 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 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.


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