THIRD THURSDAY in Downtown Allentown - Destination Arts


May 18 (Third Thursday)
THIRD THURSDAY in downtown Allentown—Destination: Arts

Every Third Thursday 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. Help us spread the word by sharing your #3rsday experience on social media!

Tonight at the Museum:

5:30–7 p.m.
Artist-book workshop

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 exhibition Above the Fold: New Expression in Origami.

Tonight’s workshop is geared toward adults and will be led by printmaker, book artist, and poet MaryAnn Miller, who has been the resident book artist at the Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College, Easton, since 2001. Miller’s artist’s books are in the National Museum of Women in the Arts among other special collections.

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. |

6–7:30 p.m.
Mommalogues: A play by Sharon Glassman
There’s something to be said about the relationship between Moms and their daughters. Four actors from Civic Theatre do selected readings in the gallery on the theme of mothers.


6 p.m.
Join a free guided tour of our special exhibition Made in America: Industrial Photography from the Ungar Collection. No RSVP necessary, just check in at our front desk.


6:30–9 p.m.
Drama @ The Art Museum: Euridice

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 Euridice by Sarah Ruhl, amodern and moving adaptation of the Greek myth that explores the relationship between those alive and dead.


Also happening downtown tonight

6–8 p.m. @ Moravian Book Shop (645 W. Hamilton Street)
Launch of SOTA's Luncheon with the Authors

Bethlehem-based author Karen Katchur will be on hand to sell and sign copies of her book The Sisters of Blue Mountain, with 20 percent of the proceeds supporting the Society of the Arts' fundraising for educational programs at the Art Museum, the SOTA Print Fund, and the SOTA Education Endowment. Katchur is one of three authors participating in this year's Luncheon with the Authors event on October 6. Details of the event, including the names of the other authors and ticket information, will be announced tonight. Stop in and meet Karen!