Upcoming Events

August 2017

August 3, 2017 | 10 a.m.

FREE Webinar: Museum Metamorphosis: Building the Case for Change

Laura Casey

We know museums do good work and are critical to communities. But how do we carry that message to others? In this webinar, learn the importance of clearly articulating your case, how to draft key and consistent messages to articulate the need for change with different audiences, and develop techniques to better reach a desired audience. This webinar will be lead by Bob Beatty of the Lyndhurst Group, LLC

August 5, 2017 | 10 AM

Saturday Drawing Salons! All August!


On August 5, 12, 19 and 26 the Saturday Morning Drawing Salons are back at the Ney! Held from 10 to noon, these salons are FREE and open to ALL. Even if you've never picked up a pencil in your life. The museum will provide the tools and instruction you need to master the forms that Elisabet Ney so graciously provided us over 100 years ago. Learn to draw in her studio! Each week will feature a different activity, but feel free to just come sketch! Throughout the month, students will be invited to: --Understand the techniques of Chiaroscuro --Enhance confidence and fluidity with gesture drawings --Learn to depict different grades of tone, light and shade --Discover the classic thumbnail techniques --Complete a "master drawing"!!!

August 6, 2017 | 10 AM

Public Art Tour: Art in Bass

Landmarks Public Art Program

August is Austin’s hottest month. Escape the blistering summer temperatures and join Landmarks for a docent-led tour of art in Bass Concert Hall on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection features striking examples of postwar and contemporary sculpture from influential artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 6 in front of Bass Concert Hall near 23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Free and open to the public.

August 15, 2017 | 6:30 PM

Exhibit Opening: Fehr & Granger at the Austin Center for Architecture

Austin History Center

Minimalist aesthetics have made a resurgence in recent years and you can see examples of midcentury modern design almost everywhere you look. The Austin History Center, in conjunction with the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects, presents a new exhibit, Fehr & Granger, Architects - Austin Modernists on display at the Austin Center for Architecture, 801 West 12th St., from August 15, 2017 to November 15, 2017. Fehr & Granger were some of the first architects to bring modernist architectural design to Central Texas post-World War II. To mark the opening of the exhibit there will be an evening reception on Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30 PM at the Austin Center for Architecture, 801 West 12th St.. The reception is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. A limited edition print inspired by the work of Fehr & Granger by Bobby Dixon of KLCTVE Design + Illustration will be available for purchase at the reception.

August 16, 2017 | 10:00 AM

Incredible Ball Machine Grand Opening

Science Mill

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 10am-4pm Join the Science Mill as they relaunch one of their visitors’ favorite exhibits, the Kinetic Ball Sculpture, as a bigger and better version equipped with new and exciting elements that are sure to captivate all ages. Step inside and surround yourself with a maze of ball chutes and loop de loops. As you try each pulley, pedal and wheel, explore how gravity, velocity and acceleration all affect the ball's trajectory. Navigate a giant labyrinth, create musical stylings in the sound garden, flip and teeter your ball on the kinetic seesaw and so much more! Contact: info@sciencemill.org Phone: 844-263-6405 Admission: Under 3 free; 3-18 $8.50; Adults $10.00; Seniors (65+) and Military $8.00 Hours: Wed. 10:00 am-5:00 pm Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/327401154364879/

August 16, 2017 | 5:30 PM

Drinking About Museums–August Happy Hour


Drinking About Museums--August Happy Hour: Special Edition Join us for our monthly happy hour! August's Happy Hour will be a combined happy hour with the Austin Emerging Museum Professionals group. This will be a great chance to meet other museum enthusiasts in the Austin area! The Austin Museum Partnership's monthly #DrinkingAboutMuseums Happy Hour is a low-key networking opportunity for museum professionals to meet and collaborate. Meet colleagues & make new friends within the local museum community. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto 5:30-7:00 pm

August 17, 2017 | 6 PM

When Marnie Was There


On August 17 we will be screening "When Marnie Was There," directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, in 2015 for Studio Ghibli. Like last year's screening of "Secret of Kells," this is part of the Planet Cinema series we're sharing with our colleagues in the Museums and Cultural Programs division of City of Austin Parks and Recreation. And like last year's screening, it promises to be a delightful and beautiful experience. It will be screened either indoors or outdoors, depending on weather. The series is curated by Ausitn's beloved film curator Chale Nafus. Admission is free and kids are welcome! See you then! "When Marnie Was There", 2015. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, PG Anna is a very lonely foster child, talented in drawing, but incapable of making friends. Her “aunt” sends the young girl to live with family friends in a coastal village with hopes of easing her asthma attacks. In her wanderings she discovers a mansion where a girl named Marnie lives. Soon they are best friends who share secrets and adventures.

August 20, 2017 | 1:00 PM

Total Eclipse of the Sun: 99 Years in the Making

Science Mill

Did you know the last time a total eclipse crossed the United States from coast to coast was 99 years ago? Join us August 20th from 1-4pm to celebrate this extraordinary celestial event. Learn what causes an eclipse and why they are so rare as you enjoy one-of-a-kind solar activities. Harness the power of the sun by trying your hand at wood burning art or stop by the galaxy station to create your very own solar system mobile. And don't forget to pick up your FREE solar viewing glasses courtesy of Johnson City Library. Looking for more solar eclipse fun? Check out the Johnson City Library's Viewing Party Monday from 11:30am-2:30pm. Mark your calendar for one of nature's most awe-inspiring events! Contact: info@sciencemill.org Phone: (844) 263-6405 Admission: Under 3 Free, 3-18 $8.50, Adults $10, Seniors (65+) and Military $8 Hours: Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

August 25, 2017 | 6:00PM

Art After Six – “The Eyes of Texas”

City of Austin Cultural Arts Division

Join us for "The Eyes of Texas", a discussion on the work of photographers who capture different sides of the Lone Star State with 2017 People's Gallery artists Gerard Juarez, John Lockhart, and Kenny Braun.  Following the discussion, visitors are invited to tour the People's Gallery exhibition for a special "off-hours" viewing.Art After 6 flyer_8 25

August 29, 2017 | 3:30 pm

General Membership Meeting — Austin Museum Day


AMP member organizations: This membership meeting will focus on the upcoming event, Austin Museum Day. Come hear crucial logistical information, hear what various organizations are doing, and get your Social Media Kit. Also, most importantly, come to get the giveaway resources that you can distribute to your visitors during Austin Museum Day. The meeting will be held at the Bullock Texas State History Museum at 3:30 pm. For logistical information email externalaffairs@austinmuseums.org