Nelson starts new Third Thursday event

third thursdayThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is launching Third Thursdays beginning this week on Nov. 20.

The evenings will include live music, art activities and free programs with a different theme each month. The inaugural evening, Crafting KC, spotlights local craft beer from the Crane Brewing Company, and fair-trade coffee from Quay Coffee.

“Third Thursday is an amazing opportunity for the museum to connect audiences with local community artists, musicians and businesses in a very impactful way,” said Kreshaun McKinney, Educator at the Nelson-Atkins. “My colleagues and I really enjoy building partnerships and collaborations that allow us to attract a new adult audience through the power of art and the tremendous talents of Kansas City.”

Local indie rock band Not A Planet will perform in Bloch Lobby (schedule below). DJ Miscela will also be on hand to spin sounds with a retro, Afro-funk vibe.

An art activity with local artist Tara Tonsor will allow participants to put their stamp on their own 2015 Third Thursday calendar. Conservator Paul Benson will give a talk on the techniques used to date artifacts.

December’s Third Thursday theme is Rad Tidings, and will feature live music, a hot chocolate bar, last-minute gifts for purchase and a fruitcake toss.


Nov. 20 Third Thursday schedule:

  • Band – Not A Planet. 6:30-7:15, 7:45-8:30 p.m., Bloch Lobby
  • DJ – Matt Hayden, 6-6:30, 7:15-7:45, 8:30-9 p.m., Bloch Lobby
  • Behind the Seen, Scientific Dating Of Art: Who Needs a Curator?, 6-7 p.m. Free, tickets required, Gallery 229, Using examples of various materials like paintings, bronze sculpture, gold jewelry, ceramics, silver and organic materials, conservator Paul Benson discusses the techniques and costs of dating artifacts.
  • Crafting Coffee – Quay Coffee: Tyler Rovenstine and Cory Stipp, 6-8 p.m., presentation repeats every 20 minutes, Creative Café, Sample fair trade coffee. Short talks about their coffee beans, Tyler’s trips to a coffee farm in Central America, and tastings.
  • Craft Beer – Crane Brewing, 7-8:30 p.m., Lens 2  $5
  • KC Artists, Art activity with Tara Tonsor of Lost & Found Jewelry by See{k} Design

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