Lights Across Congress

Lights Across Congress

The Grand Reopening of the PMA


Tonight, we are thrilled to reopen our doors after being closed for more than four weeks, welcoming visitors and members into a completely reinstalled and re-envisioned museum, and signaling the successful completion of our massive multiyear project, Your Museum, Reimagined.

The countdown to the unveiling of the new PMA begins tonight at 6 p.m. with Lights Across Congress, a special event that brings together more than 20 community organizations, businesses, and supporters to present a massive 130-foot-wide cinematic performance on the museum’s façade, promising to be the Maine arts event of the year. At the end of the performance the museum will open its doors and welcome visitors to the entirely new and reimagined PMA for free.

There will be two performances of Lights Across Congress, the first promptly at 6:30 p.m. followed by the reopening of the museum, and the second shortly after 8 p.m. Visible countdowns to both performances begin an hour beforehand.

Lights Across Congress includes one of the largest multidimensional projections in Portland’s history, made possible through generous support from Unum as well as through partnerships with Headlight AV, p3, and the City of Portland. To celebrate the reopening of the museum, the projection will light up the façade of the PMA with an extraordinary and colorful animated sequence that people will remember for years to come. With support from the city of Portland and to provide as many viewing angles as possible, Free Street at Congress Street will be closed to traffic tonight.

Many more community partners will be involved—including ice sculptors, food trucks, and the Friends of Congress Square Park—to make Lights Across Congress a festive winter carnival environment and a true party. 

And don't miss the Open House tomorrow

The celebration continues tomorrow, February 4, as we host an open house, encouraging you, your friends, and your family to visit the museum for free, engage in several special events, and discover 20% more art on view—often in new and surprising places—themed galleries, and interactive, multimedia kiosks. Made possible through the generosity of TD Bank and TD Charitable Foundation, these events also mark the public openings of the museum’s spring exhibitions: The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Mistress and the Muse: Selections from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, and Artist’s Choice: Photographs from the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection.

Lights Across Congress is made possible and supported by Unum. Admission for the Open House on February 4 is free, courtesy of TD Bank and TD Charitable Foundation.

The projection was designed and animated by p3, and technical assistance is provided by Headlight Audio Visual, Inc.

In-Kind Event Support for Lights Across Congress

Crestline Custom Promotional Products
Headlight Audio Visual, Inc.
Hyatt Place Portland Old Port
Portland Press Herald
Seacoast Scaffold & Equipment Corporation
Townsquare Media
The Law Office of Joe Bornstein
The VIA Agency
The Westin Portland Harborview
Wright-Ryan Construction

Community Partners
City of Portland

Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau
Creative Portland
Friends of Congress Square Park
Hyatt Place Portland Old Port
Maine College of Art
Maine Office of Tourism
Maine Public
Portland Downtown


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