June 2 (Sunday)
noon–4 p.m.

Sundays at the Art Museum are full of free family fun. Visit our Crayola Classroom to make your own masterpiece inspired by our collection. Then go on a Treasure Hunt through the galleries together—and stop by the Museum Store afterward to collect your prize.

Admission to the Museum and all exhibitions and programs is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from the Society of the Arts (SOTA), City Center Allentown, the Gadomski Foundation, the Ruth P. Seruga Trust, and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust.

Today is the opening day of our summer special exhibitions An Essential Presence: The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art and Deco After Dark: Evening Wear, 1920–1945. Come see both for the first time and enjoy for the following free activities:


12:30–3:30 p.m.
ArtVentures for families
Kids and families can create original works of art together under the direction of a Museum educator in our Crayola Classroom, freeThis month make mixed-media artworks that explore themes from our special exhibition An Essential Presence. In Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery, explore our Curiosity Wall, express yourself on the chalk wall, and make an art project to take home.




1 p.m.
Guided tour of
An Essential Presence—in English
No reservation is needed to join this free tour of our new special exhibition—just drop in!

1 p.m.
Visita guiada de
Una presencia esencialen español
No se necesita reservación para unirse a este recorrido gratuito de nuestra exhibición especial, ¡solo venga!




2–4 p.m.
Dynamic conversation: Vanessa German’s “Spoken Word Opera”
On opening day of the exhibition, meet one of the artists whose work is included in An Essential Presence. Vanessa German is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist who performs a dynamic hybrid of poetry, hip hop, storytelling, music, and movement. You don’t want to miss this truly special performance followed by a talkback with the audience. Free, but seating is limited so come early.

Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. Homewood is the community that is the driving force behind German’s powerful performance work, and whose cast-off relics form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of Homewood.

German’s work is in private and public collections, including the Everson Museum of Art, Figge Art Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, David C. Driskell Center, Snite Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College. German’s work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Mattress Factory, Everson Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Studio Museum, Ringling Museum of Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, and in the Huffington Post, O magazine, and Essence magazine. She is the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, the 2017 Jacob Lawrence Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2018 United States Artist Grant.


Below: Vanessa German (American, b. 1976), 2 ships passing in the night, or i take my soul with me everywhere i go, thank you (detail), 2014, mixed-media assemblage. Courtesy of the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art © Vanessa German