Sunday, May 1, 2016



WHEN: May 5, 5–9 p.m.
Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair

A special edition of Free First Thursday Night will introduce the

Launched through a transformational gift from Carol and Terry Wall/The Vance Wall Foundation, the Center encompasses all the Museum’s educational efforts, from the established Yard School of Art to the new mobile MAM Art Truck. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. will open the Nathaniel C. Harris Jr. Entrance to the Center and the Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio for the first time since construction began in December.

Following the ceremony, the community is invited to see the Center in action with expanded Free First Thursday Night programming.
For more information about the Center, visit




  • Vance Wall Art Education Center Ribbon Cutting 5 p.m.
  • Free admission and tours of the Center and current exhibitions
  • Art Talk: Noah Klersfeld – See Klersfeld's Party in the Bathroom video series on MAM's outdoor video monitors! 7 p.m.
  • Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop expands into Leir Hall in partnership with Studio Montclair! Come and try your hand at drawing from a clothed model or still-life.
  • Full-service bar in partnership with UPSTAIRS. Museum members receive a discount at the bar!
  • Live music with L. E. McCullough, Amy Beshara, and Max Carmichael and special performances by community partners, including local senior groups and Montclair Community Pre-K, and Rob Jennings
  • Family art activities in the Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio and Family Learning Lab
  • Take home Minute Miniatures by Diane Israel, on-demand miniature floral watercolors inspired by the forthcoming MAM: The Flowering– Art in Bloom 2016
  • Grand reopening of The Store at MAM in its renovated upstairs space
  • Meet MAM's African American Cultural Committee
  • Student and partnership exhibitions highlighting the MAM Art Truck, New Jersey Regional Day School, and Immaculate Conception High School
  • Join the Inaugural Vance Wall Art Education Center Family Membership, supporting the Art Start Pre-K program in collaboration with Montclair Child Development Center, and receive an exclusive coloring book of works from MAM's collection for your gift!
  • Food Trucks: Me Casa and Empanada Guy

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The renovation of the Vance Wall Arts Education Center is generously funded by Carol and Terry Wall/The Vance Wall Foundation, Susan V. Bershad Charitable Fund, Patti and Jimmy Elliott, Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker and Margo and Frank Walter. Additional support provided by Linny and Rick Andlinger.

All Museum education programs are made possible, in part, by generous Education Angel support from Carol and Terry Wall/The Vance Wall Foundation, Michael A. Backer, David Bershad and Mindy Cohen, Cynthia Corhan-Aitken and Murray Aitken, Meghan and Stephen Hess, James E. Johnson and Nancy Northup, Wendy and Andrew Lacey, Laura and Ted Kiesewetter, Karen G. Mandelbaum, and Lisa and Bill Westheimer.
Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042