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.