THIRD THURSDAY in downtown Allentown


March 16 (Third Thursday)
Destination:Arts in downtown Allentown

On the Third Thursday of each month, the Museum joins with other downtown arts organizations, restaurants, and retailers to fill your evening with fun things to do and see, from after-work drink specials to gallery tours, artist receptions, live music, and more; visit for a complete list of Third Thursday activities. Admission to the Museum is free every Thursday evening starting at 4 p.m.


Tonight at the Museum:

4–8 p.m.
In this Museum Store workshop inspired by our origami exhibition Above the Fold, choose from a selection of folding papers we provide to make a functional yet beautiful origami giftbox with a lid to take home.

5–8 p.m.
Colony Meadery will offer a complementary tasting of the five boldest and most innovative meads made in their South Allentown location. Using modern techniques, precise fermentation controls, and the most refined elbow grease, they produce honey-based alcoholic beverages that surprise the palate.


5:30–7 p.m.
Create a one-of-a-kind artist book that you can take home with you while you explore the engineering and visual components of the exhibitions Above the Fold: New Expression in Origami and Made in America: Industrial Photography from the Ungar Collection.
Tonight’s free workshop is geared toward adults and will be led by Maryann Riker, a mixed-media artist whose works incorporate digital images, Victorian iconography, and other symbols to convey a sense of memory and time as one opens and unfolds the work.

Similar workshops for adults are being held at the Museum on April 20, with artist Claire Marcus, and on May 18, with artist MaryAnn Miller.

These workshops are part of the Museum’s HeARThstone Project, supported through the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust to help record the stories that make Allentown and its community unique. HeARThstone promotes literacy and creative thinking; develops critical thinking and 21st century skills; and encourages hands-on learning. It further demonstrates how artists make creative decisions while empowering participants as they create a handmade object that caries their personal voice into the world.

5:30 p.m.
Women's History Month screening of the documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs. For details see here:


6–7 p.m.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy a free bagpipe presentation by John Bottomley, Bethlehem-based musician, Grammy winner, and director of bagpiping at the United States Military Academy at West Point. John has won numerous awards for piping and has played with New York City Opera, Boston Pops, and on the stages of Carnagie Hall and numerous Celtic festivals throughout the country.

John Bottomley

6 p.m.
Free guided tour of the monumental mural Lehighton that Franz Kline painted in 1945 on the wall of American Legion Post 314 and that was removed and restored by the Museum just recently.

Detail from Lehighton

6:30–9 p.m.
In partnership with the Allentown Public Theatre, dramatic readings occur in the Museum Café every Third Thursday through 2017. Admission is free; for more information call (888) 895-5645 or visit

Tonight’s play is Sunflowers by Shimako Murai, which weaves the stories of three contemporary women, each dealing with the deeply buried effects of the bombing of Hiroshima.