Thursday nights in West Palm Beach will soon be a little more “artistic” when the Norton Museum of Art’s popular Art After Dark series goes weekly, beginning February 10. Previously held on the second Thursday of each month, the popular event will expand to offer varied programs, including curator talks, live music, films, tours, children’s programs and hands-on activities throughout the Museum, as well as delicious menu options from Café 1451 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
“Art After Dark has drawn an average of 380 people a month since we launched the series in June 2009,” said Glenn Tomlinson, William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education. “By expanding it to occur weekly, we hope to offer the entire community more opportunities to experience art after hours in a fun, social setting.”
Art After Dark has allowed the Museum to partner with other area cultural organizations and groups, including Artists of the Palm Beaches, the Florida Dance Conservatory, Palm Beach Opera, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Dance Ensemble, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival among others. These groups have offered demonstrations, live performances and other activities during the regular event. In addition, a diverse roster of musicians performing at Art After Dark have included John Ralston, Ben Prestage, the Jacob Jeffries Band and Jazz singer, SAMM.
“These partnerships and guest artists maximize the experience for our visitors and give them exposure to so many of the cultural activities our area has to offer,” Tomlinson said.
Art After Dark’s new schedule debuts during the week of the Norton’s 70th Anniversary “Birthday Bash” on Feb. 8, and the opening of the much-anticipated exhibition To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum on Feb. 12. The February 10 “Party at the Norton” programming will feature a viewing of Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, an informative discussion by jewelry designer Lou Ann Berkley, and a performance by singer and songwriter Shauna Sweeney.
The new hours for the Museum will be Tues., Wed., Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thurs. from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; and Sun. from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. starting on Feb. 13 when the Museum begins serving Sunday brunch.
Art After Dark is open to the public and all ages are welcome. General admission rates apply. Members and children 12 and under are free.
For more information, please visit www.norton.org.