The Hudson River Museum is set to transform Friday nights with its exciting new initiative, Free First Fridays. Starting December 1, 2023, and continuing on the first Friday of each month, the museum will open its doors for free admission and a range of special programs from 5 pm to 8 pm.
This cultural extravaganza receives support from the “Access for All” initiative from the Art Bridges Foundation, founded by philanthropist Alice Walton. Visitors can anticipate an array of dynamic and diverse programs, including live music, dance performances, art-making sessions, and even a cash bar for those looking to enjoy the evening with a drink in hand.
Upcoming Free First Fridays
The December edition, titled “Gilded Holiday Glow,” kicks off with a celebration by Diverse Concert Artists. The offering blends a range of classical, Broadway, holiday, pop, and Hip Hop tunes. The museum’s historic home, Glenview, will be adorned in Victorian holiday splendor, creating a festive atmosphere. Attendees can also partake in guided holiday tours and a bilingual art workshop with artist Carolina Amarillo.
January’s edition, “Music Under the Dome,” features the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra playing Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” in the Planetarium, accompanied by visual displays on the dome. The evening will also include a bilingual sketching workshop and a cash bar.
February brings “A Night of Romance and Rhythms” with a staged reading of Nick Payne’s “Constellations” under the Planetarium dome. DJ Sunny Cheeba will provide a musical backdrop, focusing on themes of love and intimacy. The night will feature a bilingual art workshop and a cash bar.
March honors Women’s History Month with MorDance, a women-led ballet company. Watch them present, “Humanism,” an immersive contemporary ballet inspired by Bach’s melodies and civil rights speeches. The performance will traverse the galleries, celebrating human rights and women’s progress.
Jeana Wunderlich, the museum’s press contact, expressed excitement about the initiative, emphasizing the diverse and inclusive nature of the programs. The Hudson River Museum aims to engage, inspire, and connect communities through the power of arts, sciences, and history.
For more information on Free First Fridays and other programs, visit hrm.org/visit