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SMoCA’s Free Thursday Night Programs

Nowadays, we hear the word “free” and we all jump. Well art-enthusiasts rejoice because this summer the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is offering free art programs Thursday nights, which include sketching in the galleries, humor-writing workshops, photographer and new-media artist presentations and curator/art expert gallery discussions. So this summer when your schedule is a bit more open, add a little art to your life and never even open up your wallet.


The free art programs start at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday starting this week and run through July. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can reserve a spot. **Admission to SMoCA is always free on Thursdays, however the nightly programs will only run through July.

See what’s in store for June:

Thursday, June 4: Creative writing workshop (Part I)
In response to SMoCA’s Seriously Funny exhibition, guests can meet the writing instructors, enjoy a tour of the exhibitions with co-curators Cassandra Coblentz & Claire Schneider and begin writing response pieces to the art. The program is taught by Deborah Sussman-Susser (Jewish News of Greater Phoenix) and Amy Silverman (Phoenix New Times).

Thursday, June 11: Creative writing workshop (Part II)
Return to the Seriously Funny exhibition to continue working with writers Deborah Sussman-Susser and Amy Silverman to complete a two-page writing piece in response to the humorous exhibition.

Thursday, June 25: Sketching in the galleries
Museum visitors will explore works of art in Seriously Funny through directed activities. Bring a sketch pad and pencil.

About SMoCA: Founded in 1999, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art [SMoCA] is the only museum in Arizona devoted to modern art, architecture and design. It was designed by award-winning architect Will Bruders. SMoCA’s minimalist building (an ingenious renovation of a former movie theater) has five galleries for showcasing changing exhibitions and works from the Museum’s growing permanent collection. SMoCA also features an outdoor sculpture garden housing James Turrell’s Knight Rise, one of the renowned artist’s few public skyspaces, and Scrim Wall, a monumental curtain of prismatic glass by James Carpenter Design Associates. The Museum presents a wide variety of educational programs and special events for adults and families, including lectures, docent-led tours, workshops and classes. The Store @ SMoCA offers classic design objects and furnishings, contemporary jewelry, art and architecture books and imaginative gifts for all occasions.

The museum’s summer hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale
480.874.4666, www.smoca.com


  • Janice says:

    Those creative writing workshops would be fun!!

  • Bev says:

    great way to beat the heat

  • lindsey says:

    awesome- -sketching sounds fun!

  • Sandra Sun says:

    What a fun thing to do on the weekends!

  • Quick correction to the text that reads: “The programs are free but admission into the museum is $7 for adults.”
    SMoCA is ALWAYS free on Thursdays – all day long (10am – 8pm). The Museum just also happens to be providing special free events, lectures, writing workshops, etc on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. through June & July.

    SMoCA’s regular admission on days other than Free Thursdays (Wed, Fri, Sat + Sun in the summer) is $7 for adults and $5 for students with I.D.

    Hope that helps clarify!

  • Clarissa says:

    What a fun way to let you imagination run wild. I always liked creative writing.

  • Sadie says:

    Sketching in the galleries sounds fun!

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