Third Thursday at the PMA Is Worth Your Time [PHOTOS]
Last week, I came up with a few ideas for indoor fun this winter...among the ideas was to hit the PMA--well, I went up early because it was Third Thursday. Come along.So, here's what Third Thursday at the Portland Museum of Art is all about...outreach. Community building. I talked with Bree, who helps handle "Contemporaries." She told me the idea came about because the PMA wants to be looked upon as a place for everyone--not as some monolithic building on top of the hill at Congress and High streets.
(If it was a monolith, it would be about the most stylin' monolith anywhere. **Getting I.M. Pei's firm to design it was terrific: Architect: Henry Nichols Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners). OK, Bree, so not a monolithic museum...but, it takes work, and the folks at the PMA put in the time to help make sure you have a great experience--no matter what the event/exhibition is that you attend. So, I met Kayli, who helps run this specific event, and she's one of the principal reasons the event is a good time: her knowledge of the museum and the event, delivered with a smile, was enough to get this Culture Vulture to check it all out...and recommend you do the same next month.
So, September's Third Thursday featured Portland's JawGems playing very cool atmospheric music--that bounced around the high walls of the museum and was beautiful--and gallery sketching and linoleum printing activities hosted by Artist and Craftsman Supply. Kids and adults enjoyed the making of their own art, and there was food and lots of laughter.
October's Third Thursday is for your whole family--with Shakespearean scenes being performed, kids activities, and--as the brochure says--"Or leave the kids at home and enjoy a scary movie (Dead of Night) in the Osher Auditorium"...yeah, they do movies, too. Check the PMA site for updates, and enjoy their outreach by stretching out your own hand. It'll work out to be a great relationship.