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Neighborhood Spotlight: American Folk Art Museum

Jul 12, 2017
Neighborhood Spotlight: American Folk Art Museum
Further up inside of our district boundaries, across from Richard Tucker Park on Columbus Avenue, lives one of our wonderful neighborhood cultural spots: the American Folk Art Museum. It is an institution dedicated to showcasing and appreciating folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists. The museum hosts exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. Currently, there are two exhibitions on display, Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916-1974), both showing until August 20, 2017 and admission is always free.

Moreover, the American Folk Art Museum has a ton of free programming and special offers for members as well as a special shop for gifts and novelties. The programming at the museum typically involves detailed discussions about the art or wonderful musical talent. For instance, each Wednesday through late August, the museum hosts Jazz Wednesdays at 2:00pm, a live performance that coincides in tone with the two current exhibitions. Also, the museum has Free Music Fridays each Friday at 5:30pm which is a series that thematically reflects the spirit of the self-taught art on view. During Free Music Fridays there is also a cash bar selling wine that supports the museum and programming. Click here to view all of the museum's free events. 
Also, this summer the museum is starting a new annual event called Summer Saturday. It will take place on Saturday, July 22 from 11:00am-6:00pm and feature free live music, artist demonstrations, guided tours and general family fun throughout the day. Click here for more details and schedule information.

The American Folk Art Museum is a special and accessible cultural spot here in Lincoln Square. Be sure to take advantage of its free and enjoyable programming as well as browse the American Folk Art Museum Shop to find unique items like handmade jewelry, home décor, artist literature, and more.