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Montclair Art Museum to Host Free First Thursday Nights Nov. 6

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is hosting a free first Thursday night event on November 6. Held at the Museum on the first Thursday of the month, the free first Thursday night runs from October to June from 5 to 9 p.m.

Since the initial launch in 2012, the program has attracted an average of 600 attendees a night with free admission, a full-service bar, and a variety of unique art activities.

Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday

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Night. In November, MAM will highlight its current exhibition From Heart to Hand: African-American

Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, a selection of 29 colorful and creatively designed quilts by African-American quilt makers primarily from West Alabama. Docent tours of the exhibition will be offered at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. Short pop-up French language tours will also be offered by FIAF–French Institute Alliance Française. The Nubian Heritage Quilters, a quilt guild in Montclair, will provide quilting demonstrations and hands-on activities in the galleries from 5 to 8pm. 

The evening’s musical performances will include the Silver Fox Songs Quartet and Passing Notes. The Silver Fox Songs Quartet includes David McDowell (sax), Michael Bardash (keys), Gene Torres (bass), and Chuck Batton (drums) and will feature a collection of jazz and/or soul standards from the 1930s through the 1960s, paying tribute to song stylists from Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Passing Notes from Montclair High School will also perform short a cappella intervals between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

A preview of the JSDD’s Wae Center’s Chairs of Inclusion, in honor of the10th anniversary of JSDD’s Wae Center, will display ten life-sized chairs have been commissioned from professional artists, each of whom has worked with the Center’s member artists to create a chair as an art/sculpture object. The chairs represent a commitment/belief that every person is entitled to a “seat at the table”– in the community and family lives. The goal of the project is to shift perceptions about people with developmental disabilities and broaden the public’s awareness of policies about inclusion. Four of the chairs will be on view in MAM's Leir Hall and a short film on the project will be continuously screened for drop-in viewing. 

For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit 

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