Release Date: May 6,2019
For the 10th anniversary year of Art Museum Day, the Akron Art Museum will join the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and hundreds of institutions across North America in offering great opportunities for museum audiences on Thursday, May 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This year, the Akron Art Museum will offer free admission to all who visit on Art Museum Day. Additionally, the museum will be offering 25% off the regular price for new membership and double discounts for members in the museum shop and café. Free programs for kids, families and adults include Kids After-School Mind-Unwind from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., and a tour of African American artists in the museum collection, led by Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph from 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. The Akron Art Museum encourages visitors to share their Art Museum Day experiences on social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.
John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka said, “Art Museum Day is one of many ways that we express and back up our belief that art is for everyone. As an institution, the Akron Art Museum continues to expand access to meaningful, relevant art experiences to everyone in our community, because we understand the value of those experiences to people’s lives. We are especially excited to welcome visitors in on Art Museum Day because they will be able to experience our stellar exhibitions, Nick Cave: Feat., Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented and Joe Vitone: Family Records—to say nothing of the masterpieces in the museum’s collection galleries.”
A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available on the AAMD website, aamd.org. Note that while AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day are formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their events to adjacent dates.
“It is so terrific that the Akron Art Museum will join so many peer institutions to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this important initiative,” said Christine Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “Art Museum Day brings institutions and communities together to experience great art and special programs. And every year, I enjoy just as much the opportunity to follow along with visitors’ #ArtMuseumDay posts, reflecting the ways in which they engage with art and art museums, and appreciate the diversity of human creativity.”
More information about Art Museum Day at the Akron Art Museum can be found on the museum’s website akronartmmuseum.org. Details and registration information for After-School Mind Un-Wind and the tour of African American artists in the museum collection can be found at akronartmuseum.org/calendar.