Save The Dates! Farnsworth’s First Fridays: Explore Rockland’s Vibrant Art Scene

Have you got plans for April 5? How about Aug. 2? Now’s the time to open your 2024 calendar and set a First Friday repeating event.

Farnsworth Art Museum Free Days

Throughout 2024, admission to the Farnsworth is free on the first Friday of every month from 4 pm to 6 pm. Along with free admission, the museum will be offering a variety of special programming each month as well. The admission fees are waived thanks to a generous grant from the Art Bridges Foundation.

First Friday Art Walk

Inspired by the Farnsworth, neighboring galleries, shops and cafés on Rockland’s Main Street also stay open late. When you visit on a First Friday, plan to wander in and out of local shops and galleries. Enjoy locally made food and drink, meet local artists, engage in hands-on art-making activities, and more. Programming changes monthly, so every experience will be something new.

Rockland: Art Capital of Maine

Rockland has earned its title as the Art Capital of Maine thanks to superb museums like the Farnsworth and over 20 exceptional galleries. Even artistic icons Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth explored Rockland, Maine, albeit decades apart. During last year’s 75th anniversary, the Farnsworth featured an exhibit of their work, so our local community could see firsthand how these artists drew inspiration from Rockland.

Art Bridges Foundation Grant Supports Free First Fridays

When the Art Bridges Foundation awarded the Farnsworth a $600,000 grant in 2023, the museum began planning for programming and admissions to reach a wider audience who may not have otherwise visit the museum. The Farnsworth was selected as one of only 64 museums to receive the Access for All grant, part of a broader program designed to educate, inspire and deepen engagement with local audiences by bringing more American art to the forefront. Art Bridges Foundation is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton.

Save These Dates on Your Calendar Now:

The free First Friday events kicked off this year in January, but there’s still plenty of exploration left in 2024. Mark your calendars now for these upcoming can’t-miss First Fridays at the Farnsworth: April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6.

Want to see what to expect? Check out our YouTube channel for details. Discover what’s coming up on First Fridays, and set your plans to visit now.

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