Year-long 90th anniversary celebration at the Akron Art Museum

February 2, 2012 by  

The Akron Art Museum reached its 90th anniversary on February 1st. To commemorate the special occasion, Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic has set aside the month of February as Akron Art Museum month. The museum intends to acknowledge its 90th anniversary with a year-long celebration that kicks off this weekend, on February 5. A Community Open House with free admission will signify the start of the celebration. Special exhibitions and entertainment will also be free to the public.

At 1 pm, the Jesse Dandy Band will perform. The band will be followed at 2 pm by local performance painter, Al Bright; he entertains audiences with his abstract artwork performed to live music.

Celebrations and local festivities often require the services of local print companies to provide such things as banners, flyers, poster printing and programs. In particular, businesses celebrating milestones often choose to announce special events with flyer printing and other services provided by local companies.

It was February 1 in 1922 when the Akron Art Museum first opened, but back then it was called the Akron Art Institute. At that time, it was situated in the Akron Public Library’s basement. The museum has expanded from its small beginnings to occupy two buildings that house nationally significant collections of work. More than 5,000 pieces are exhibited in the buildings, including more recent pieces by contemporary artists such as Trenton Doyle Hancock and Kiki Smith. In addition to its expansive exhibitions, the museum offers a variety of classes, workshops, cultural events and concerts.