New Britain Museum of American Art brings back 'Art Summer Nights' event

Published on Monday, 18 July 2022 15:35


NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art is holding its second annual “Art Summer Nights” event. 

Maura O’Shea, the director of education at the museum, said the event is free for family audiences of all ages. 

“It is really a time for people to enjoy the museum’s patio and enjoy the grounds,” O’Shea said. “There is food and beverages for sale.” 

The event takes place at 56 Lexington Street from July 21 to Aug. 18. 

According to O’Shea, the “up-and-coming” Jazz musician, Sarah Hanahan, is performing with her quartet. 

“It’s a real treat, and the Lincoln Center program is sponsoring her quartet to come and play this Thursday evening,” she said. “She’s going to be doing demos for children to get a chance to check out what instruments look like. So it’s kind of a hands-on experience.” 

The event unveils a series of artworks titled “Piecing Together a New Britain Story,” O’Shea said. 

“There are wonderful photo collages created by artist Rashmi Talpade with collaboration from members of the community,” she said. “Over several months, they put together imagery reflecting new brands, and they are going to be hanging in the museum's cafe for a number of months.” 

Talpade will make a statement on the pieces and answer the audiences’ comments and questions, O’Shea said. 

The event will have games like Giant Jenga, Hula-Hoops and other tossing games, O’Shea said. 

“We added a number of different kinds of arts activities,” she said. “After coming out of the pandemic and restrictions, we really thought it’d be a great time to liberate our beautiful ground and have people enjoy the outdoors, with not just music, but also with games and art activities that kids would enjoy.” 

O’Shea said children have the opportunity to create their self-portraits inspired by the museum's “30 Americans” exhibit. 

“I think there’s something for everyone,” O’Shea said. “There will be a wonderful opportunity to meet artists and see their work for the first time on view. I think that’s always very exciting.” 

The “Art Summer Nights” event brings a sense of joy and community to New Britain, O’Shea said.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 18 July 2022 15:35. Updated: Monday, 18 July 2022 15:37.