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Free admission to the Allentown Art Museum on Saturday

A monumental weekend is in store for the Allentown Art Museum.

Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, the museum becomes free to visit forever and kicks off two days of celebrations with family-friendly activities. Guests will also have the opportunity to view the first major “rehang” of the museum’s permanent collection in over a decade.

Here are some of the highlights from the calendar of events:

  • 11 a.m.: Ceremonial Gong Ringing: The art museum‘s president and CEO, Max Weintraub, will greet the community next to the large bronze sculpture, “Double Branched Gongs,” next to the museum outside. Then, the artist Val Bertoia will sound the sculpture of the gongs to mark the moment when the museum becomes free.
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Opening day of the New American Galleries and the new Art Ways: The first 100 visitors through the door will receive a special gift, suitable for all ages. You can also see the newly renovated and relocated American Galleries on the first floor. On the second floor, you can visit the grand reopening of the Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery, with three new Maker Stations where families can explore 3D printing, art curation, and the art and science behind architecture , design and construction.
  • 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.: Bertoia plays sound sculptures by Harry Bertoia in the Trexler Gallery.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: First guided tour through the New American Galleries, led by AAM Vice President of Curatorial Affairs Elaine Mehalakes
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Guided tour through the New American Galleries, led by a museum educator
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Meet the artist Emil Lukas, whose work “Expander” (2020) is exhibited for the first time, at the Trexler Gallery, as part of the New American Galleries.

Other activities include:

  • Two self-guided treasure hunts, one inside and one outside the Museum,
  • Practice artistic creation for all ages during ArtVentures (11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Sidewalk chalk, makeup, bubblesice cream truck in front of the museum
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Self-guided tour through the New American Galleries; live music in the galleries, two self-guided treasure hunts, one inside and one outside the museum.
  • Noon to 4 p.m.: Docents parked in the Kress Gallery
  • 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m..: Hands-on art creation for all ages during ArtVentures
  • noon to 1 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Guided tours through the New American Galleries, led by a Museum educator (noon) and a curator (2 p.m.)
  • Noon to 2 p.m.: Meet artist Angela Fraleigh, whose painting “And then we’ll walk right up to the sun” (2016) is exhibited for the first time at Trexler Hall, as part of the New American Galleries.
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Meet artist Angel Suarez-Rosado, whose work “White Fences” (2003) is exhibited for the first time at Trexler Hall, as part of the New American Galleries.

The waiver of admission fees for visitors is made possible through a $2 million endowment fund from the Allentown Art Museum, which will be administered by the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. The fund is one of three latest gifts from the Century Fund. Free admission is also made possible through additional multi-year support from Lehigh Valley Health Network, Downtown Allentown, and JB and Kathleen Reilly.

Information: allentownartmuseum.org/

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