Afrobeats & more on Third Thursday @ The Art Museum


February 15 (Third Thursday)
Third Thursday @ The Art Museum
4-8 p.m.

Stop by the Museum every Third Thursday for free admission to the galleries from 4 till 8 p.m. Enjoy the exhibitions, collection and following free activities. For a complete listing of all Third Thursday happenings downtown visit

5:30 p.m.
Cheers, Allentown! Spirits tasting with Social Still Distillery

Start your evening with good spirits and good friends in our upstairs Art Ways area. Must be 21 to join the fun.

5:30 p.m.
Be Inspired! Art Workshop

In celebration of Black History Month, be inspired by the fluid acrylics technique of Sam Gilliam’s Element, on view in our Butz Gallery, and then experiment with marbling your own work of art.

5:30 p.m.
Collage and weaving workshop with Devyn Leonor Briggs

Create artworks related to Black History Month with local artist Devyn Leonor Briggs.


5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Hear about Pictures at an Exhibition

Composer Larry Lipkis will discuss his upcoming world premiere of Pictures at an Exhibition 2018, which will be performed on March 10 & 11 with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Lipkis also will present the final product of a year-long partnership between the Allentown Art Museum and the Symphony, the 2018 Composer’s Competition. Composers of all ages and backgrounds were encouraged to visit the Museum and choose a painting to be the inspiration for a musical composition. Learn about the winners tonight.


6 p.m.
Guided gallery tour

Hear about highlights of our permanent collection, including African American art in Butz Gallery.

6 p.m.
Dendê Macêdo: Recycled sounds

Experience this exciting blend of sharply contrasting power and joyous melodies that will make you move! Dendê’s sound is rooted in rhythms of the African Diaspora, his Afrobeats and twisting jams delighting fans worldwide.


6 p.m.
Documentary film series in honor of Black History Month
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks (90 mins)
Celebrate the life of legendary African American actress, poet and political activist Beah Richards, best known for her Oscar-nominated role in Guess Who’sComing to Dinner.


6:30 p.m.
Arts & Culture Trivia: How Much Do You Know?
Test your knowledge of arts and culture trivia, with questions ranging from 16th-century art to contemporary culture.