GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-5-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — A generous gift from Meijer will launch “Meijer Free Thursday Nights” and continues the popular “Meijer Free Tuesdays,” a full night and day of free general admission to the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) each week, beginning this Thursday. The gift supports free admission for the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Tuesday and free general admission Thursday Nights from 5-9 p.m. through 2016, encouraging new and returning visitors to explore the galleries and take advantage of tours and other programs the museum offers on these dates.
“We are especially grateful to Meijer for their expanded support of GRAM and our service to the whole community,” GRAM Director & CEO Dana Friis-Hansen said. “The extension of Meijer Free Tuesdays and now, the addition of Meijer Free Thursday Nights, the museum will serve a broader range of the community as well as visitors with dynamic art exhibitions, ever-changing collection galleries, and exciting learning initiatives.”
“Our father was passionate about art, and believed it should be available for everyone to enjoy and discover,” said Hank Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “We are pleased to honor him by offering Meijer Free Tuesdays and Thursday Nights at the Grand Rapids Art Museum so that others can learn, interpret and discover culture through a different lens.”
On select Tuesday afternoons, GRAM will offer docent (volunteer educator)-led tours of the galleries. Visit the calendar at artmuseumgr.org for specific dates and times.
Guests arriving over the summer can see the following exhibitions on view and concert series:
- Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America
- Michigan Artist Series: Tim Powers: Below The Surface
- GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore
- GRAM on the Green Summer Concert Series
Admission to GRAM is regularly $8 per person, and free for GRAM members and children ages 5 and under. Special exhibition pricing may apply.
View more current and upcoming exhibitions, programs, and events at artmuseumgr.org.
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 207 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.
About the Grand Rapids Art Museum
Focusing on art, design, and creativity, GRAM provides diverse platforms for experiences, ideas, and dialogue that enrich the human spirit and build practical learning skills. Through dynamic exhibitions, collections, learning initiatives, and community collaborations, GRAM increasingly serves as a cultural beacon and civic anchor. Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Art Museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. Established in 1910 as the Grand Rapids Art Association, GRAM has grown to include more than 5,000 works of art, including American and European 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture and more than 3,000 works on paper. Embracing the city’s legacy as a leading center of design and manufacturing, GRAM has a growing collection in the area of design and modern craft.
Contact: Leslie Haviland, 616-831-2917, firstname.lastname@example.org; Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, email@example.com
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