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College Night 2011

By Leah Appleton
Marketing and Public Relations Intern

In 2010 the Portland Museum of Art hosted its first annual College Night at the Museum. Boasting more than 400 people, it was a huge success! For months, we have been planning the 2011 College Night, which is coming up on Thursday, February 3. We have been tweaking and fine-tuning the details of last year’s party to redesign the event into a fresh iteration. This year the dynamic evening will feature live music by local bands we love, Phantom Buffalo (just back from their tour of France and Brussels!) and Theodore Treehouse, free food and drink, and interactive art projects.

As if none of this were incentive enough, a raffle featuring prizes from favorite (and extremely generous) local businesses, including Rogues Gallery, Bull Feeney’s, Find, Green Elephant, and many others rounds out the night. We will have hundreds of goody-bags for people to take home, so those attending better be prepared to have free stuff coming out their ears.

There are so many reasons to be excited about this event. Not only will it be great way for college students to experience the museum for free, but to do so while meeting other students. The PMA will temporarily be transformed into a melting pot of Maine’s young collegiates! Think of it as Facebook, but in real life! While all these young brains snack and schmoose amongst our fantastic current exhibitions, they will be introduced to a plethora of local businesses-all the info a new kid in town could use from coffee to consignment. Not to be left to consumption, silk screening and drawing projects will offer an outlet to react to the art that inspires them around the building.

This event promises to be a unique museum-going experience for anyone, whether you have visited us once or one thousand times. We hope you will come and enjoy the Museum in a whole new way. See you there!

College Night is on Thursday, February 3 and will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s free to Maine college students with their student I.D. Non college students are welcome for $5 at the door.

College Night at the Museum

By Joanna Hoyt
Marketing and Public Relations Intern

I was very fortunate to find an internship at the Portland Museum of Art that combined many of my interests. As an intern in the Museum’s marketing and public relations department, I have been able to learn the professional skills that I will need to use in the future, as well as having the pleasure of doing it all for a cause that I really love—art. When I was asked to assist in planning the upcoming College Night, I was thrilled. As a college student, I believe I have a great understanding of what my peers would like to have at the event. It’s been exciting to participate in all aspects of the planning, and I am confident that the end result will showcase all of the hard work that went into it.

The event will include a raffle for gift certificates from many Portland businesses. It’s wonderful to have support from such diverse businesses, from restaurants and clothing stores, to dance and holistic centered studios. There will also be enough food, generously donated by Leonardo’s Pizza and Wild Burrito, to satisfy any crowd of hungry college students. We have two great local bands playing, Phantom Buffalo and Marion Grace, as well as drawing and block printing projects sponsored by Artist and Craftsman Supply.

I hope that this will be a fun night for college students and that they will be able to mingle with each other and enjoy every facet of the event that has been planned especially for them. Most of all, I would like for the event to give those who attend a greater appreciation of art and of the wonderful museum that we have right here in Portland. The Museum is always free to local college students with their student ID, and I would like to see them take advantage of this in the future.

College Night is on Thursday, February 4 and will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s free to Maine college students with their student I.D. Non college students are welcome for $5 at the door.

I hope you all stop by on College Night!