Free Halloween Spooktacular event highlights October events at New Britain Museum of American Art

Published on Wednesday, 28 September 2022 11:31
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art is continuing its fall happenings with a number of programs and events in October.

The first day of the month features Arts on the Block: Celebrating Black Culture & Creativity. This Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. the festival will celebrate the living legacies of Black culture and creativity explored in the special exhibition 30 Americans.

Every Saturday there will also be a walk-in tour called Museum Masterpieces starting at 1 p.m.

Sunday is Museum Unwrapped: Poetry Reading with Frederick-Douglass Knowles II from 1-2 p.m. Knowles, an educator and activist, will present a reading of his poetry.

Every Wednesday in October will be an Adult Studio session.

Thursday, October 6 will be a Members-Only Paint Night with Posh Paint from 6-7 p.m.

Every Thursday in October will also be Studio@4: Power in Portraits. These classes, taking place from 4-5:30 p.m., will expose children ages 9-12 to various art-making processes and techniques. The course will be led by artist Andre Rochester, who will have the students look at the works in the current special exhibition 30 Americans to study the ways in which contemporary artists depict the energy, style, trends and culture of everyday people.

Thursdays will also feature an Adult Studio session called Portrait Painting with artist Anthony Zito.

On Friday, October 7 there is First Friday: Still Kickin’ featuring The Big City Horns, the museum’s social event.

On Saturday, October 8 will be the Hispanic Heritage Celebration, the museum’s free Community Day honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. All are welcomed from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to celebrate the cultural influences of Hispanic Americans in history and art. Visitors can shop local food and artisan vendors, discover Latin artists in the permanent collection through bilingual scavenger hunts, and enjoy the tunes of local musicians.

Also on Saturdays throughout the month, starting October 8 is another Adult Studio session called Time Travel & Explore Architectural Illustration.

Catch the Sunday Music Series presented by CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. “We the People: Culture of Mexico,” featuring Rosa Evangelina Beltrán, will start at 3 p.m. This program will feature a mix of Mexican musical selections. Beltrán’s opera and operetta credits include Kopernikus (Vivier), The Dream Maker (Haukoos), Die Zauberflöte, Gianni Schicchi, Carmen, Il Campanello, The Pirates of Penzance and Utopia, Limited.

The Walnut Hill Jazz Series will feature an evening of New Orleans-style jazz that was developed in the early 20th century on Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m.

Museum Unwrapped: Artist Talk with Pierre Sylvain will take place Sunday, October 16. Sylvain, a self-taught painter, mixed media, sculptor and mosaic artist, will present an artist talk.

On Sunday, October 23 fashion lovers can check out Saints by S.J. X NBMAA: Retour de la Fleur Exhibition by Saints by S.J. The fashion show and exhibit features local fashion designers Anise Saint-Juste and Natacha Saint-Juste. The sisters own Saints By S.J., a clothing line and boutique.

The Fryderyk Chopin Society of Connecticut will feature Sonja Fräki at the museum on Sunday, October 23.

End the month with Museum After Dark: Halloween Party on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. After a two-year hiatus, NBMAA will be hosting a two-night event from 8-11 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

On Sunday, October 30 Halloween Spooktacular takes place, which is a NBMAA Free Community Day celebrating Halloween. This afternoon bash will include a slime lab, caricature drawings and inside-out family tours.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 28 September 2022 11:31. Updated: Wednesday, 28 September 2022 11:33.